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).

2022 Competition Dates

Applications Open: October 1, 2021

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Performance Times Announced: First Week of March, 2022

Preliminaries: March 19, 2022

Finals: March 20, 2022

2022 Rules

'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

'I am excited to be able to perform during this time. I have previously performed for Schubert Club, and each time feels like a marker of how much I have grown as a musician over the course of the year. Thank you to Schubert Club for promoting burgeoning singers like myself as we build our careers, especially in such uncertain times as these.' - Voice Level III, 2021 Participant


Photos from past Competitions

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2022 Scholarship Competition

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

Preliminaries: Saturday, March 19, 2022
8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Finals: Sunday, March 20, 2022
9:00 am- 4:30 pm


Macalester College
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
Music Building
130 S. Macalester Street
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Thank you to our partners at Macalester College!

 Musicians on the Rise

2022 Competition Winners Recital
April 2, 2022

Details coming soon!

Register Online Now!

Brass & Woodwinds Application Guitar Application Piano Application Strings Application Voice Application

Finalists & Winners


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


Competition FAQs

Looking for a 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.

Questions? Please contact Gweni Smith at 651.789.4412 or

More Info

Scholarship Competition Categories

Note: The age of contestants is determined as of 09/01/21.


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 28

Combined Brass and Woodwinds

Level II: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 28


Grade 9 through age 28


Level I: Age 18 through 21
Level II: Age 22 through 25
Level III: Age 26 through 30

Looking for an accompanist? 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 Gweni Smith at or 651-789-4412.