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

2018 Competition Dates

Applications Open: Monday, October 30, 2017

Application deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

Piano and Strings (at Augsburg College)
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Preliminaries
Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Finals
 
Brass & Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar (at Augsburg College)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Preliminaries
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Finals
 
Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise (Competition Winners Recital) featuring winners of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2 pm, Ordway Concert Hall
 
 

2017 Rules

2018 Rules will be posted in September. 

 

Photos from past Competitions

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Announcements

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

Questions?

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.

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 28

Combined Brass and Woodwinds

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

Guitar

Grade 9 through age 28

Voice

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, please check back in September to download the 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.