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).

2020 Competition Dates

Applications Open: Monday, October 14, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, January 24, 2020

Piano, Strings, Brass & Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar (at Macalester College)
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Preliminaries
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – Finals
Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise (Competition Winners Recital) featuring winners of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition will be held at the Ordway Concert Hall on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

2020 Rules

2020 Finals Judges

Announcing our 2020 Finals Judges pictured from left to right: Michael Brown (Piano), Nicholas Canellakis (Strings), Alexander Fiterstein (Winds & Brass), Jeffery Van (Guitar), and Christine Brewer (Voice)

'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

Photos from past Competitions

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March 14 & 15, 2020

Scholarship Competition for Piano, Strings, Voice, Guitar, Brass & Woodwinds

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

Preliminaries: March 14, 2020
8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Finals: March 15, 2020
9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Thank you to our partners at Macalester College!

 Musicians on the Rise

2020 Competition Winners Recital
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 1:00 pm

Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St Paul, MN 55102

Reserve your free tickets online or call 651.292.3268

Register Online Now!

Application for Piano

Application for Voice

Application for Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, and Guitar

Finalists & Winners


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


Looking for 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 Kate Cooper at 651.292.3266 or

More Info

Scholarship Competition Categories

Note: The age of contestants is determined as of 09/01/19.


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 Kate Cooper, Competition Manager at or 651-292-3266.