Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

Update regarding COVID-19 concerns: April 2020 Update

We remain committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the protection of our participants, judges, staff and volunteers.  In light of recent protection measures which have been mandated and will exist longer than first anticipated, we have made the decision to not move ahead in rescheduling a live, in-person competition at a venue for this season.  

However, we are offering the solo Piano and Guitar competitors the opportunity to compete this season through submission of audio/video auditions.  

Unfortunately, the other categories (Strings, Brass, Winds and Voice) require time to rehearse and record with an accompanist which does not comply with social distancing policies, so we feel obligated to cancel those categories entirely.

Please continue to stay safe and well during these very challenging and difficult days.

Elevating young musicians with inspiration, connections, and accomplishment

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards a total of over $50,000 annually to young musicians to be used for further musical education.

The competition began in 1922, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Schubert Club. It started modestly with three winners representing the categories of voice, violin, and piano. The competition has since grown to fourteen different categories with two cash prizes awarded for each category – $2000 and $1500 – to be used for further musical education. The winners of each category are also invited to perform in the annual Winners Recital.

The Competition is named in memory of Bruce P. Carlson, Executive Director of Schubert Club from 1968 to 2006.

Applicants must be a resident or enrolled in a learning institution within the 5-state region (MN, WI, SD, ND or IA).

Winners List 2020


Thank you to our judges! 

Jeffrey Van – Guitar

Michael Brown – Piano II & IV

Anna Polonsky – Piano II & IV 

Orion Weiss – Piano I & III

Joyce Yang – Piano I & III

2020 Digital Competition Rules

Competition Rules Digital 2020 (pdf)

Piano Rules Digital 2020 (pdf)

Guitar Rules Digital 2020 (pdf)

2020 Digital Competition Dates

Applications Open: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Application Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020

Video Submission Deadline: May 1

Winners Announced: Week of May 25

The 2020 competition is complete. Check back in Fall 2020 for application information for 2021! 

Photos from past Competitions

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