Music Scholarships

The Department of Music is proud to offer the following scholarships to music majors of outstanding talent.

Application Process

Music Department Scholarships require the same application, and applicants may apply for all of them at once. Scholarship applications must be sent directly to the Music Department; students must also complete the admission application to the University of San Diego through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. 

Requirements

  1. Letter of application: Explain why you want to be a music major at USD and what your career goals in music are upon graduation. Please include your contact email and phone number.
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one from a music professional.
  3. Recording or live audition (perform two contrasting selections).
  4. For questions, contact: Ron Shaheen, Ph D.

Submission

Send applications to:

University of San Diego
Music Department, Camino Hall 161
Endowment Scholarships
Attn: Ronald Shaheen
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Student Scholarships

Adams/Hughes Music Sholarship

Amount: Award Amount: $500-5,000 Number Awarded Per Year: 1-4
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The Adams/Hughes Music Scholarships, established in honor of USD President Emeritus Author E. Hughes in the Jack L. Adams Endowed Scholarship Agreement, is offered to a music major who demonstrates financial need and merit in music.

USD Faculty Contact: Ron Shaheen (rshaheen@sandiego.edu)

Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Award amount: $500-5,000 Number of awards per year: 1-3
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving music major who gives evidence by recitals and performances that they intend to pursue a career in music as a performer. Recipients may be chosen from either currently enrolled or incoming music majors.

USD Faculty Contact: Ron Shaheen (rshaheen@sandiego.edu)

Choral Scholars Scholarship

Amount: Award amount: $1200 - $10,000 (includes applied lessons) Number of new openings per year: approximately four
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Eligibility for the University of San Diego Choral Scholars Award is contingent upon an annual re-audition, satisfactory completion of coursework for the music major or comprehensive minor, and maintenance of a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Requirements: Application requirements: Submit a brief letter of application, unofficial transcripts, a "screen shot" of SAT (or ACT) scores, and an audition recording by February 1 to Emilie Amrein, DMA. Recordings should be unedited web-based, video recording of two contrasting art songs accompanied by piano; at least one of the two selections should be in a foreign language. Students advancing to the next round of auditions will be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. For questions and additional information, please email Dr. Emilie Amrein.

Link: http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/ensembles/chorals/

USD Faculty Contact: Emilie Amrein (amrein@sandiego.edu)

Music Endowment Scholarship

Amount: Award amount: $1,000-5,000 Number awarded per year: 1-4
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The Music Endowment Scholarships were established by a gift from the Philip Y. Hahn Foundation. They are offered to music majors who show outstanding promise and demonstrate a desire to contribute to the USD Music Department in a significant way.

USD Faculty Contact: Ron Shaheen (rshaheen@sandiego.edu)

Sister Rossi/James H. Kolar Amadeus Endowed Scholarship

Amount: Award amount: $500-2,000 Number of awards per year: 1-2
Application Deadline: January 1, 2016

The Sister Rossi/James H. Kolar Amadeus Endowed Scholarship is a combination of the Sister Rossi Scholarship – which was established by Alan and Irene Lund in memory of USD’s Sister Rossi and in appreciation of their daughter Victoria Lund, who flourished in the USD Music Department – and the James H. Kolar Amadeus Fund, which was established by Professor Emeritus Henry Kolar in honor of his son, James H. Kolar. The purpose of the Sister Rossi/James H. Kolar Amadeus Scholarship is to promote sacred and classical music at USD. Incoming and continuing music majors may apply for this Scholarship.

USD Faculty Contact: Ron Shaheen (rshaheen@sandiego.edu)

USD Music Scholarship

Amount: Award amount: $540-15,000 Number of awards per year: 1-6
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The USD Music Scholarships are available for incoming or continuing music majors who excel in performance, composition, education, or research in music history or culture and show promise of making a strong contribution to the Music Department. Scholarships might also be available to pay for applied lessons on a limited basis for non-majors participating in Chamber Music Ensembles.

USD Faculty Contact: Ron Shaheen (rshaheen@sandiego.edu)

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