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). 

'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

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

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For questions, please call Kate Cooper at 651.292.3266 or

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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


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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,