Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

Elevating young musicians with inspiration, connections, and accomplishment

*Update for the 2022 Competition: Preliminaries will be ONLINE through video submissions. Finals will be in-person on April 23 & 24.*

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).

We remain committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the protection of our participants, judges, staff, and volunteers.  In light of recent Covid-19 variants and the increase of Covid-19 cases in Minnesota, we have decided to move our preliminaries to an online video format. Our finals will still be held in person on April 23 & 24. (Subject to change if Covid-19 rates stay the same or increase.)

2022 Competition Dates

Applications Open: October 1, 2021

Application Deadline: February 13, 2022

Repertoire Change Deadline: March 13, 2022

Preliminaries Video Submission Deadline: March 20, 2022

Finalists Emailed: April 12, 2022

In-Person Finals: April 23 & 24, 2022, Landmark Center

April 23- Guitar, Piano, and Voice

April 24- Brass & Woodwind and Strings

Musicians on the Rise Winners Recital: Sunday, May 15, 2022, Ordway Concert Hall

2022 Rules (Updated for online preliminaries)

'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

Online Preliminaries: Video Submission Due: March 20, 2022
In-Person Finals:

Landmark Center

April 23- Guitar, Piano, and Voice
April 24- Brass & Woodwind and Strings


Finals Location

Landmark Center
75 W 5th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

 Musicians on the Rise

2022 Competition Winners Recital
Sunday, May 15, 2022- Ordway Concert Hall

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.