Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Applications for all MacPhail Center for Music metro sites (Apple Valley, Chanhassen, Minneapolis, White Bear Lake) as well as for Austin, MN for the 2021-2022 school year open in April.

Financial aid awards are based on need.  The amount of financial aid is determined by a sliding scale, which takes into account household income and number of exemptions. View the financial aid grid.

For questions regarding our financial aid program please feel free to contact Student Services at 612.321.0100.

2021-2022 School Year Application

Applications must be received in full by MacPhail by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if funds are available.

Financial aid is available to qualifying students at MacPhail’s Metro sites in the form of reduced tuition. Awards are determined on a sliding scale that considers family financial resources and number of dependents.

  • Aid is limited to one activity per semester for new students
  • Aid granted for fall semester is renewable for spring
  • Summer aid is separate from fall/spring aid. Re-application may be required. Each summer varies, depending on available funding. Check our website in April prior to the summer semester for updates or contact Student Services with questions.
  • Re-application is required for each new academic year

For questions regarding the financial aid program in the metro area, please contact student services at 612-320-0100 or via email

For questions regarding the financial aid program in Austin, please contact Cheryl Berglund at 507.396.6730 or via email

Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) helps Minnesota families who meet income requirements pay for educational afterschool programs including music lessons at MacPhail. MAA pays 75%* of the eligible education expenses for activities, up to $1,000 per child in grades K-12. This will help pay for approximately 30 half-hour lessons per year ($42.50 per half-hour lesson), which is the equivalent of an academic year.

How to get started:

1. Fill out this online application to determine eligibility. Please fill out a separate application for each participating student. ​

2. The application will be reviewed. You will receive an email with eligibility results.

3. If eligibility is determined, choose MacPhail Center for Music in your acceptance email’s list of current offerings. You will then fill out a questionnaire for music lesson placement.

4. Pay the required family contribution of 25%*. Then, MAA will add its 75% to the child’s account.

*Funds may be available to assist with the family’s 25% as well.

More information about After School Advance

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Scholarships

MacPhail offers scholarships for instrumental and voice study. Awards are given to students of all ages and varying amounts.

Scholarship auditions take place in-person during the last week of the spring term. For 2022-2023 year, vocal auditions will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 starting at 12:30pm and the instrumental auditions will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2022 starting at 11:30am.

The 2021-22 Scholarships Brochure (PDF) details the scholarships, amounts, and application requirements. This document also contains an FAQ.

This scholarship is open to students of all religious faiths who intend to use their music in religious practice and/or worship.

Application requirements:

  • A video recording of two performances featuring two contrasting styles of music
    This must be a recent performance, either public or private
    The combined length of the video must not exceed eight (8) minutes of music
  • A scanned PDF of the music/score for each piece performed in the audition video
  • A Letter of Recommendation. Teachers will need to complete an online form behalf of the student. Once the student applies, the recommendation form will be e-mailed to the teacher’s e-mail address listed in the application.
  • A written essay by the student discussing the importance of music, and how that music will be used in the student’s religious practice/worship.

For composers of all ages this scholarship is for composition study based on the quality of original music submitted, potential as a composer, recommendation, and personal interest in music.

Application requirements:

  • A composition dossier consisting of at least two separate compositions featuring different instrumentation/ensembles
  • Audio recordings. While not required, students can submit audio recordings of their compositions
  • A Letter of Recommendation. Teachers will need to complete an online form behalf of the student. Once the student applies, the recommendation form will be e-mailed to the teacher’s e-mail address listed in the application.
  • A written essay by the student describing their interest in the composition scholarship and what the student hopes to accomplish from composition study.

Awarded to students with financial need, as demonstrated by review of the student or parent’s most recent Federal Income Tax forms. Awards are granted to students who demonstrate a commitment to their music studies and financial need. Awards vary in amount and all are applied to one full academic year (fall and spring) for individual instruction. Some scholarships specify an age range and are awarded to individual instruments.

Application requirements:

  • A video recording of two performances featuring two contrasting styles of music
    This must be a recent performance, either public or private
    The combined length of the video must not exceed eight (8) minutes of music
    Please note: two of MacPhail’s need-based scholarship do NOT require a performance audition: Roy and Virginia Genaw Memorial Piano Scholarship and Shin Tanaka Memorial Piano Scholarship. Two of MacPhail’s need-based scholarships DO require a performance audition: Bjork-Pederson Suzuki Scholarship (any instrument), and Elizabeth Drueding Voice Scholarship. Please see the 2020-21 MacPhail Scholarship Brochure for complete information for each scholarship requirements.
  • A scanned PDF of the music/score for each piece performed in the audition video
  • A Letter of Recommendation. Teachers will need to complete an online form behalf of the student. Once the student applies, the recommendation form will be e-mailed to the teacher’s e-mail address listed in the application.

The online application process through GetAcceptd accepts most commonly used file formats as well as video and audio formats, including MIDI files.

Any questions about scholarships can be directed to Jon Iverson, Student Performance Coordinator.

As to be expected, these scholarship auditions are very competitive. The judges comment time and again about the high level of performance and preparation on behalf of all applicants.

Congratulations to all students who submitted a scholarship application!

Kiara Amezcua, piano student of Miryana Moteva
Roy and Virginia Genaw Memorial Scholarship Fund

Mark Bass Evenson, piano student of Susan Sophocleus
Shin Tanaka Memorial Scholarship

Madeline Bohn, violin student of Kelly Lehr Robert
Bland Memorial Suzuki Violin Scholarship

Shannon Braun, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

Josiah Chan, piano student of Miryana Moteva
Theone Walker Brown Piano Scholarship

Emily Chen, violin student of Kelly Lehr
Robert Bland Memorial Suzuki Violin Scholarship

Kevin Chen, composition student of Sarah Miller
Joan Miller Composition Scholarship

Laila Elazab, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship

William Feng, piano student of Susan Sophocleus
The Agnes Barnwell Sanders Kemp Piano Scholarship

George Galle, voice student of Thaxter Cunio
Jessica Schwartzbauer McDonald Memorial Fund

Anabelle Gbedjangni, viola student of Tamara Gonzalez
Bjork-Pederson Suzuki Violin Scholarship

Leo Goodwin, piano student of Susan Sophocleus
J. Rudolph Piano Scholarship

Andrej Humiston, voice student of Thaxter Cunio
Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship

Samuel Kapsner, piano student of Timothy De Prey
The Gary Sipes Piano Scholarship

Maria Kim, piano student of Julia Elkina
The Agnes Barnwell Sanders Kemp Piano Scholarship

Steven Kim, voice student of Dennis Petersen 
Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship

Sarah Klieber, piano student of Annette Lee
Theodore Bergman Piano Scholarship

Kathryne Krauel, piano student of Annette Lee
Chaya Gelfand Piano Scholarship

Autumn Langdon, voice student of Manon Gimlett
Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

Eira Lindberg, piano student of Irina Elkin
Peter Jackson Keyboard Scholarship

Jaclyn Mack, voice student of Manon Gimlett
Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

Melissa Marsh, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

Leo Mellum, piano student of Timothy De Prey
The MacPhail Instrument Scholarship

Charlie Muellner, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

Valerie Mukete, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Willie B. Hale Vocal Scholarship

Zara Napp Anderson, piano student of Suzanne Greer
Shin Tanaka Memorial Scholarship

Brock Nofsinger, composition student of Sarah Miller
Joan Miller Composition Scholarship

Junghoo Park, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Oksana Bryn Vocal Scholarship

Kris Potter, voice student of Mikyoung Park
Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship

Nivedha Ramaswamy, violin student of Jeremy Swider
Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship

Will Sedo, piano student of Annette Lee
E. Jerome Carlson Scholarship

Jessica Shao, piano student of Jose Uriarte
The Elise Midelfort Piano Scholarship

Maxwell Spencer, voice student of Thaxter Cunio
Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

Vladimir Tsiper, violin student of Lucinda Marvin
Mary West Violin Scholarship

Sumit Varadhan, piano student of Miryana Moteva
The Minneapolis Club Scholarship

Alejandro Vega, voice student of Thaxter Cunio
Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship

Soren Winikoff, guitar student of Alan Johnston
Peter Jackson Guitar Scholarship

The panels of judges included:

Instrumental Scholarship Auditions
Ann Duhamel, piano (University of Minnesota Morris)
Charles Gray, violin/viola (St. Olaf College)
Nicola Melville, piano (Carleton College)
Paul Shaw, piano (University of Minnesota)

Vocal Scholarship Auditions
Tracey Engleman, voice (St. Olaf College)
Melissa Holm-Johansen, voice (freelance)
Dede Jorstad, voice (University of St. Thomas)
Jennifer Lien, voice (College of St. Scholastica)

Composition Dossier Reviewer
Randall Davidson, composer

RCMI Scholarships are for serious music students of color who have a high musical aptitude and the motivation to pursue a music career on a standard orchestral instrument. Scholarships will be awarded to four students of color, granting each student the opportunity to participate in individual and group instrumental instruction at MacPhail. The value of each scholarship is up to $2500 for instruction during the 2021-2022 Fall, Spring, and Summer registration periods. Students must complete the required application materials to be considered for scholarship.

*Students must be participating in grades 5-12 and currently playing/studying an orchestral instrument. Eligible instruments include violin, viola, cello, upright bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and concert percussion.

The RCMI Scholarship requires a live audition, a letter of recommendation, evidence of financial need, and a 250-word personal essay. RCMI Scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated artistic and musical merits as well as financial need. Students should also demonstrate performance experience and the desire to be an engaged student at MacPhail. Submit completed applications to Student Services by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Please contact Elizabeth Winslow, Director of School Partnerships, with any questions: winslow.elizabeth@macphail.org or 612-767-5305.

RCMI Application

Learn more about Roderick Cox.

Scholarships & Named Funds (PDF)

Creating and naming gift funds provides a meaningful way for donors to pay tribute to loved ones, friends and mentors, and is a source of vital support for MacPhail.

  • A minimum initial gift of $5,000 is required to create and name a current expendable fund.
  • A minimum initial gift of $25,000 is required to create and name a permanent endowed fund.

MacPhail is grateful to donors for enabling scholarships and programming now and in the years ahead. If you’re interested in exploring scholarships and named funds, please contact Lisa Salzl or call 612.767.5327.

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