2021 Bruce P Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Winners 

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).

Schubert Club Winners Recital: Musicians on the Rise 

 

Join us for two evenings of virtual recitals featuring winners of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition!

Premieres May 13 & 14, 2021 at 7pm CDT

Hosted by Garrett McQueen

This program is generously sponsored by a grant from Travelers

 

2021 Judges 

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

Brass & Woodwinds 
Competition Judge 2021Christopher Davis Competition Judge 2021Monica Ellis

Guitar

Competition Judge 2021William Kanengiser Competition Judge 2021Leighann Narum

Piano

Piano Levels II & IV
Piano Levels II & IV
Piano Levels I & III
Piano Levels I & III

Strings

Strings Levels II & IV
Strings Levels I & III
Strings Levels I & III
Strings Levels II & IV

Voice

Voice Level I
Voice Levels II & III
Voice Level I
Voice Levels II & III

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

2021 Competition Dates

Applications Open: Monday, October 12, 2020

Application Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021

Video Submission Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021

Winners Announced: March 22, 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. 

 

'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

2021 Bruce P Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Winners

 Musicians on the Rise

2021 Competition Winners Recital premieres May 13 & 14, 2021 at 7pm CDT

Register Online!

2021 applications are now closed. Information about the 2022 competition will be posted in fall 2021. 

Finalists & Winners

Announcements

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

Questions?

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 kcooper@schubert.org

Gweni Smith at 651.789.4412 or gsmith@schubert.org 

More Info

Scholarship Competition Categories

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

Piano

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

Strings

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

Guitar

Grade 9 through age 28

Voice

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 mayanewton@yahoo.com

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 kcooper@schubert.org or 651-292-3266.