Scholarships

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

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2020-21 MacPhail Scholarships Brochure

Scholarships and Named Funds

UPDATE: MacPhail 2020-21 Scholarships

MacPhail Center for Music will be offering scholarships for the 2020-21 school year. The audition process has changed, however, due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines: the application and audition process will be moved online. Similarly, auditions will be reviewed and adjudicated remotely by non-MacPhail judges.

Announcement: The online application portal is now open! More information about the online application is found in the 2020-21 Scholarships Addendum. Additionally, the application deadline has been extended to Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please visit the following link to start an application: macphailmusic.getacceptd.com

Here are some important details about the auditions:

  • MacPhail is working with GetAcceptd to coordinate online applications
  • The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Scholarship auditions will take place through pre-recorded video audition
  • Complete documentation about the online application process will be sent once the process is open for submission
  • The 2020-21 Scholarships Addendum contains information about the online application process. That document can be found here.

The Scholarship Brochure outlines the scholarship awards, types, amounts and required documents for each scholarship. Included in that document is the Scholarships FAQ, which answers questions about the scholarship process. Please see the 2020-21 Scholarships Addendum about the online application process.

Questions can be directed to Jon Iverson, Student Performance Coordinator, at Iverson.Jon@macphail.org.

The scholarship descriptions are listed below and the application requirements for each scholarship type.

A number of performance scholarships are awarded to current and potential students based on performance excellence. These scholarships are supported by funds donated to MacPhail specifically for this purpose. Awards range from $175-$1,500 and must be used for study at MacPhail on the designated instrument (or voice) during the following semester.

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.

Religious Studies Scholarship

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.

Composition Scholarship

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.

Need-Based Scholarship

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, at Iverson.jon@macphail.org

 

 

 

Click on the link below to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Performance Scholarship auditions.
Performance Scholarship FAQ download (pdf)


Here are the 2019—2020 MacPhail Performance Scholarship Recipients!

Scott Blain, piano student of Julia Elkina, Chaya Gelfund Piano Scholarship
Brigette Blesi, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship
Madeline Bohn, violin student of Kelly Lehr, Robert Bland Memorial Suzuki Scholarship
Shannon Braun, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Hayden Burk, piano student of Luke Swanger, Shin Tanaka Memorial Piano Scholarship
Oliver Chan, piano student of Irina Elkina, Theone Walker Brown Piano Scholarship
Skyler Chan, piano student of Irina Elkina, Peter Jackson Keyboard Scholarship
Emily Chen, violin student of Kelly Lehr, Robert Bland Memorial Suzuki Scholarship
Kevin Chen, composition student of Sarah Miller, Joan Miller Composition Scholarship
Dominic Cudd, voice student of Thaxter Cunio, Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Sara DeFor, piano student of Beth Turco, Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship
Lucy Dunne, piano student of Nancy Daley, Theodore Bergman Piano Scholarship
Atira Grose, piano student of Nancy Daley, Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship
Oliver Hall, piano student of Ora Itkin, The Gary Sipes Piano Scholarship
Anders Holst, voice student of Thaxter Cunio, Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Owen Kareken, guitar student of Alan Johnston, Peter Jackson Guitar Scholarship
Shreya Konkimalla, voice student of Manon Gimlett, Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Kathryne Krauel, piano student of Annette Lee, Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship
Autumn Langdon, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Elizabeth Drueding Voice Scholarship
Amanda Verstegen, voice student of Manon Gimlett, Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Amanda Laugerman, voice student of Dennis Petersen, Mary Ann Kimball Religious Studies Scholarship
Soren Miller, voice student of Thaxter Cunio, Jessica Schwartzbauer McDonald Memorial Fund
Charlie Muellner, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Zara Napp Anderson, piano student of Benjamin Downs, Shin Tanaka Memorial Piano Scholarship
Josiah Parsons, composition student of Sarah Miller, Joan Miller Composition Scholarship
Maya Pliego-Garcia, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Willie B. Hale Vocal Scholarship
Kris Potter, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Nivedha Ramaswamy, violin student of Jeremy Swider, Edith B. Norberg Religious Studies Scholarship
Ethan Rich, percussion student of Paul Babcock, E. Jerome Carlson Scholarship
Jaime “Vincent” Rosa-Chavez, voice student of Thaxter Cunio, Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Samuel Joseph Schulte, voice student of Mikyoung Park, Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Jessica Shao, piano student of Jose Uriarte, The Agnes Barnwell Sanders Kemp Piano Scholarship
Solveig Svennerig-Brosi, voice student of Manon Gimlett, Okasan Bryn Vocal Scholarship
Julia Tkachenko, piano student of Ora Itkin, The Minneapolis Club Scholarship
Vladimir Tsiper, violin student of Lucinda Marvin, The MacPhail Instrument Scholarship
Christian Westrum-Millar, piano student of Jose Uriarte, Roy and Virginia Genaw Memorial Piano Scholarship Fund
Ash Wood, violin student of Jeremy Swider, Mary West Violin Scholarship

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2019-2020 Performance Scholarship auditions!