Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

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).

2021 Competition Dates

Applications Open: Monday, October 12, 2020

Application Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021

Video Submission Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021

Winners Announced: Week of April 1, 2021

2021 Rules

Updated January 4, 2021

2021 Age Limits: Since we were not able to offer all divisions in the 2020 Digital Competition, the upper age limit for Brass & Woodwinds, Strings, and Voice will be raised by one year for the 2021 Virtual Competition. Please see your category’s rules for the 2021 age/level definitions. 

2021 Accompaniments: Live accompaniment is encouraged. However, given the current global health crisis, if entrants are unable to or are uncomfortable working with their collaborative pianist live, pre-recorded accompaniments and/or unaccompanied auditions will be accepted. Judges are instructed not to penalize entrants using pre-recorded accompaniments and unaccompanied auditions. 

2021 Judges 

We are thrilled to announce the judges for the 2021 Student Scholarship Competition. 

Brass & Woodwinds 


Christopher P. Davis Bill Kanengiser  
Monica Ellis Leighann Narum  




William Eddins David Finckel Lawrence Brownlee
Laura Melton Simin Ganatra Minnita Daniel-Cox
Stephen Prutsman Kathleen Winkler Frederica von Stade
TBA Steve Wyrczynski TBA

Piano, Strings, and Voice judges will only be judging 1-2 levels each. All competitors will receive comments from two judges. 

Schubert Club Winners Recital: Musicians on the Rise 

Featuring winners of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. Details will be announced in Spring 2021



'It has been an indispensable source for musical growth, and a proving ground where I could test my skill and artistry. I feel like I've grown up as a musician through the Schubert Club competition, and it is an opportunity for which I am immensely grateful.' -Liam Ainslie Mayo, 2017 Piano Winner

Photos from past Competitions

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2021 Virtual Competition

Brass & Woodwinds, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Voice, Organ

Video Submission Deadline: February 12, 2021
Winners Announced week of April 1, 2021

 Musicians on the Rise

2021 Competition Winners Recital
Details to be announced Spring 2021

Register Online!

Application for Brass & Woodwinds

Application for Guitar

Application for Piano

Application for Voice

Application for Strings

Finalists & Winners


For up-to-date news on results, photos, and more follow us on social media @schubertclub #sccompetition


Looking for confirmation email? Schubert Club reviews each application individually in order of receipt. You will not receive an automatic confirmation, but will receive an email from staff after your application has been reviewed.

Other Questions? Please contact:

Kate Cooper at 651.292.3266 or

Jessica Hastreiter at 651.789.4412 or

More Info

Scholarship Competition Categories

Note: The age of contestants is determined as of 09/01/20.


Level I: Grades 7, 8, 9
Level II: Grades 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 23
Level IV: Age 24 through 28


Level I: Grades 7, 8, 9
Level II: Grades 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 23
Level IV: Age 24 through 29

Combined Brass and Woodwinds

Level II: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 29


Grade 9 through age 28


Level I:  Age 18 through 21
Level II:  Age 22 through 25
Level III:  Age 26 through 31

Organ: for information about the organ competition, please contact Dr. Mary Newton at

Looking for a Collaborative Pianist? Check our online directory.

Music Educators

If you would like to publicize the Competition information within your music school or studio with posters or postcards, please contact Kate Cooper, Competition Manager at or 651-292-3266.