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Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition

Application Deadline:
January 8, 2024


Online Preliminaries:
Videos Due January 28, 2024

In-Person Finals:
March 10, 2024

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards a total of over $70,000 annually to young musicians to be used for further musical education.


101 Years Awarding Student Scholarships

Exciting Changes in 2023!

  • There is no cost to apply.
  • A second Guitar division will be added:
    Guitar II – Grades 7-12
    Guitar III – College Freshman – Age 28
  • A 3rd prize award of $500 will be added in all categories.
  • The scholarship award for college and graduate students in all instrument/voice categories will increase from $2000 to $2500 for 1st place and from $1500 to $1750 for 2nd place.
  • The Preliminary round will continue to be virtual while Finals will be in person with a nationally recognized judge. All finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a live session following their category/division’s auditions to receive additional education and feedback from their judge.

2024 Competition Dates

Applications Open: September 8, 2023

Application Deadline: January 8, 2024

Repertoire Change Deadline: January 21, 2024

Preliminaries Video Submission Deadline: January 28, 2024

Finalists Emailed: February 27, 2024

In-Person Finals: March 10, 2024 at Macalester College

Musicians on the Rise Winners Recital: April 13, 2024 at 1:00 p.m., Ordway Concert Hall

2024 Finals Judges

Deborah Voigt, voice

Beloved soprano Deborah Voigt is one of the world’s most versatile singers and endearing musical personalities. Thanks to the singular power and beauty of her voice, and her captivating stage presence, she is internationally revered for performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi, and more, besides serving as an active recitalist and exponent of Broadway standards and popular songs. She boasts an extensive discography and regularly appears—as both performer and host—in the Metropolitan Opera’s “The Met: Live in HD” series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters worldwide.

For more information, please visit https://deborahvoigt.com/

Lawrence Dutton, strings

Lawrence Dutton has collaborated with many of the worlds great artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Oscar Shumsky, Walter Trampler, Menahem Pressler, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Misha Dichter, Jan DeGaetani, and Edgar Meyer, among others. As violist of the Emerson String Quartet, he performs over 100 concerts each season. With the quartet, he has won eight Grammy Awards, most recently the 2006 Best Chamber Music Performance for Intimate Voices on Deutsche Grammophon, for whom the Quartet records exclusively. Mr. Dutton has performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles, including the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets and the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trios. Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras, including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Santa Fe, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Chamber Music Northwest and has collaborated with the late Isaac Stern in the International Chamber Music Encounters both at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. Mr. Dutton is professor of viola and chamber music at Stony Brook State University of New York and the Manhattan School of Music.

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

In a career that has spanned over 25 years, American pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The breadth of her repertoire matches that of her instrument, spanning from Bach, Haydn and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, Prokoviev and Scriabin to works by today’s most influential composers — Aaron Jay Kernis, Steven Hartke, Joan Tower and Charles Wuorinen, among them. As an Artistic Director, Ms. McDermott leads the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in Florida and the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao.

Beginning with the 2011 season, she is also the Artistic Director of the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Anne-Marie has been an Artist Member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1995. Ms. McDermott’s passions have recently coalesced in several important projects that are indicative both of her popularity and the range of her musical interests: the presentation of The Complete Prokoviev Piano Sonatas and Chamber Music as part of the Lincoln Center Festival; The Chamber Music of Shostakovich at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center ; the premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Piano Sonata No. 6; and the performance and recording of Gershwin’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony (2008, Bridge Records). The latter was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone.

About her critically acclaimed recording of the Complete Prokoviev Piano Sonatas (2009, Bridge Records), Gramophone wrote “we have waited a long time for an American pianist of this stature.”  
For more information, please visit https://annemariemcdermott.net/index.html

Russell Peterson, winds/brass

RUSSELL PETERSON (b. 1969) An accomplished classical/jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer, Russell Peterson holds degrees from Youngstown State University (Ohio), Le Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France), and Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he studied with Dr. James Umble, Donald Byo, Jean-Marie Londeix, Dr. Jeffery Lyman and Dr. John Sampen. Winner of numerous prizes, including the top prize at the International Geneva Saxophone Concours, (Switzerland), and first place winner of the MTNA National Music Competition, Mr. Peterson has soloed with orchestras in the United States as well as Europe, including the Dana Chamber Orchestra, (USA), Concordia Orchestra, (USA), Bowling Green Philharmonic, (USA), L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, (Switzerland), Collegium Musicum, Basel (Switzerland), The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (USA), The Orchestra Conservatorio Superior De Mœsica (Spain), The Western New York Chamber Orchestra (USA), and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, (Russia).

Mr. Peterson is an active chamber musician, performing extensively throughout Europe and The United States with The Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet, and is currently also performing with the Hard-Bop Jazz Saxophone Quartet in Fargo-Moorhead. The Hard-Bop Quartet’s first CD release “DON’T STEP ON YOUR NECK”, is available on Sea-Breeze records and the TSQ’s debut CD “MOUNTAIN ROADS” is available on Albany Records. Russell’s first solo CD “AMERICAN BREATH” is on Barking Dog Records and features the music of David Maslanka, Larry Bell and Peterson.  Russell released “Russ Peterson and Friends, Jazz/Rock Saxophone” in Jan of 2010.  As an Orchestral player, Russell has served as bassoonist with several symphony orchestras, and is currently principal bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, as well as bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Wind Quintet.
For more information, please visit http://www.russellpeterson.com/

Nicholas Goluses, guitar

“Goluses is masterly, a musician’s musician.”  American Record Guide

“Goluses produced an elegant sound.  And the finales, taken dangerously fast, were accurate, transparent, and impressively articulated.  Mr. Goluses gave persuasive, energetic readings.”   The New York Times

“Goluses reached the highest levels of instrumental virtuosity.” Generalanzeiber (Bonn, Germany)

Nicholas Goluses is Professor of Guitar, founder, and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Additionally, he was the inaugural Andrés Segovia Professor at Manhattan School of Music where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and was the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor, the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit and the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.  His students have won major competitions and professorships throughout the world.  He is a Fulbright International Specialist Professor and serves as the external examiner for doctoral dissertations throughout the British Isles.

Nicholas Goluses’s concert tours as soloist, with orchestra, and as chamber musician have taken him across North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East to critical acclaim.  He has recorded extensively for NAXOS, Albany Records, BMG, and Linn Records.  Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of over 100 works.  His 2023 season is highlighted by a performance of a new concerto by Stephen Goss in Glasgow, Scotland and a Fulbright Residency in Tolima, Colombia.  
For more information, please visit WWW.GOLUSES.COM

More About the Competition

The Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards a total of over $70,000 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 fifteen different categories with three cash prizes awarded for each category to be used for further musical education. The winners of each category are also invited to perform in the annual Winners Recital, Musicians on the Rise.

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).

“The Competition 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