95th Annual 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). 

2017 Competition Dates

Please note that starting in 2017, the Competition will be spread across two weekends and two locations.

  • Brass, Woodwinds, Voice and Guitar will compete at Augsburg College on Saturday, March 4, and Finals will be held the following day, Sunday, March 5.
  • Piano and Strings will compete at St. Catherine University on Saturday, March 11, and Finals will be held the following day, Sunday, March 12. 

Application deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017

Brass & Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar (at Augsburg College)

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Preliminaries*
(*March 4 is also the annual Thursday Musical Competition, however both organizations will work in tandem to allow students to audition in both competitions)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – Finals
Piano and Strings (at St. Catherine University)
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Preliminaries
Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Finals
Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise (Competition Winners Recital) featuring winners of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1pm, Ordway Concert Hall

2017 Rules


Photos from past Competitions



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


For questions, please call Kate Cooper at 651.292.3266 or kcooper@schubert.org.

More Info

Scholarship Competition Categories

Note: The age of contestants is determined as of 09/01/16.


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 I: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Level II: 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

Previous Year's Results

2014 Preliminaries and Finals

2015 preliminary results
2015 competition winners

View the 2016 Finalists

View the 2016 Winners

2015 Organ Student Scholarship Competition results
On Saturday, April 11, the annual organ Student Scholarship competition took place at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis). Competitors played on the Schlicker organ during this exciting day of music. A new addition to the competition this year added an element of audience participation: competitors are required to play all stanzas from a chosen hymn and the audience was invited to sing along.

The first place prize went to David H. Anderson of St. Olaf College, a student of Dr. Cathy Rodland and Dr. Lynn Trapp. The award is given by Schubert Club as part of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. Anderson will go on to compete at the regional competition in St. Louis in June. The second place prize is $1,000 and is generously donated by Twin Cities American Guild of Organists member Phil Asgian.

MPR Interviews and Performances

Listen to MPR Classical Radio interviews and performances by winners from the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

2012 Competition

Luther Warren
Rosalind Leavell
Sarah Knott
Isaiah Grose
Chelsea Wang

2010 Competition

Steve Staruch interviews Allison Schardin – soprano
Steve Staruch interviews Sedra Bistodeau – violin
John Birge interviews Chris Leslie – euphonium

John Birge interviews Andy Xue – piano
Alison Young interviews Henry Johnston

2009 Competition

2nd place Junior High Piano, Maggie Yang
1st place Guitar, Xavier Jara
1st place Intermediate Voice, David Morgan, tenor
1st place College/Graduate Strings, Joshua Rohde, cello
1st place Senior High School Brass and Woodwinds, Hannah Peterson, flute
1st place Graduate Piano, Anton Melnichenko

2008 Competition

1st Place Senior High School Strings, Emily Anderson, violin
2nd Place Senior High Piano, Teresa Yang
1st Place Guitar, Stephen Krishnan

1st Place Advanced Voice, Caitlin Cisler, soprano
1st Place College/Graduate Brass & Woodwinds, Daniel Larson, tuba

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, please click here to download this year’s Competition poster. If needed, you can also receive additional postcards similar to the one you received by mail, by contacting Kate Cooper, Competition Manager, 651-292-3266, kcooper@schubert.org.