Music Scholarships

The Department of Music is proud to offer the following scholarships to music students of outstanding musical and academic ability.

All students are eligible to apply for music scholarships which are awarded annually, including incoming first-year students, incoming transfer students, and continuing students. Scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students for a period of four years, and to transfer and continuing students for shorter periods, and require students to:
  • declare the Music major (with the exception of the Choral Scholars Scholarship)
  • to make consistent progress towards the completion of the major coursework in the expected time
  • and to remain in good academic standing. 
Any undergraduate student at USD may declare the Music major without an audition, however an audition is required for the scholarship application so that we may better understand your individual ability and your choice of emphasis, if any.

Application Process

Scholarship Applications For Fall 2020 Are Now Closed

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

These are the most current deadlines as of September 18, 2019.

List of audition dates and application deadlines

List of audition dates and application deadlines:

Monday, February 17, 2020 Monday, February 10, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020 Monday, March 16, 2020

In addition to the online application above, please email two letters of recommendation, one from a music professional, to:
Instrumental applicants should prepare one significant piece from the repertoire or two shorter, contrasting pieces/etudes. They should also prepare major scales and be ready to sight read. Percussionists should prepare repertoire for at least one mallet instrument and one to two others (snare, timpani, drum set, etc). To find out more, email Dr. Jeffrey Malecki,
Vocal applicants should prepare two contrasting pieces from the classical or musical theatre repertoire. To find out more, go to the Choral Scholars webpage or email Dr. Emilie Amrein,
Late submissions will 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. Visit for more details.
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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.

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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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