Music Scholarships

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

Application Process


The University of San Diego Music Department offers scholarship money from a variety of funds to incoming Music Majors. Students interested in receiving scholarship money must submit the following:

  1. The Music Scholarship Application Form;
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one from a music professional;
  3. Unofficial academic transcript; and
  4. Video recording and/or live audition in which applicant performs two pieces in contrasting styles. If students need an accompanist for their live audition, they must submit clean PDF copies of the music along with the other materials.

The Music Department offers three dates for live auditions. Those dates, and their respective deadlines for submitting materials, are as follows:

These are the most current deadlines as of November 1, 2017.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

If students choose not to do a live audition, they must submit all materials by Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Late submissions with not be accepted.

Please be aware that the application to the University of San Diego itself is a separate procedure. Specifically, materials sent to the USD Admissions Office are not shared with the Music Department.

Singers may apply for both the Choral Scholars and for Music Department Scholarships, but these are also separate procedures. To find out more, go to the Choral Scholars webpage.

The Music Department prefers that application materials be submitted electronically. Recommendations should be signed letters, scanned and submitted as PDF documents. Students should supply links to their video materials. Materials submitted electronically should be sent to Dr. Ron Shaheen at

The Music Department will accept application materials sent via regular mail. These materials must be postmarked by the deadlines listed above. The mailing address is:

Music Scholarship Committee
Attn: Dr. Ron Shaheen
USD Music Dept., Camino 161
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Shaheen through e-mail ( or by phone (619) 260-7653.

Adams/Hughes Music Scholarship

Award: Award Amount: $500-5,000 Number Awarded Per Year: 1-4

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.

Music Scholarship Application Information

Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship

Award: Award amount: $500-2,000 Number of awards per year: 1-3

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.

Music Scholarship Application Information

Choral Scholars Scholarship

Award: Award amount: $1200 - $10,000 (includes applied lessons) Number of new openings per year: approximately six
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

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.

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USD Faculty Contact: Emilie Amrein (

Music Endowment Scholarship

Award: Award amount: $1,000-5,000 Number awarded per year: 1-4

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.

Music Scholarship Application Information

Sister Rossi/James H. Kolar Amadeus Endowed Scholarship

Award: Award amount: $500-2,000 Number of awards per year: 1-2

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.

Music Scholarship Application Information

USD Music Scholarship

Award: Award amount: $540-15,000 Number of awards per year: 1-6

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.

Music Scholarship Application Information

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