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Department of Music

The Department of Music is proud to offer many different scholarships for music students!

Students can apply for Music Department scholarships via AcademicWorks during the open application window December 1 – March 1. 

Scholarships recipients are announced during the spring semester and receive their award in the following academic year.

Each of the Music Department scholarships has unique eligibility criteria, and recipients are determined by a scholarship committee made up of Music Department faculty and in some cases, the donor.

Below are the specific criteria for each of the music scholarships. Please note, not every scholarship is available every year; the application will list the available scholarships for any given year.


Band Excellence Endowed Scholarship
 

  • Be a band member in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band for at least one year
  • Demonstrate an enduring commitment to the band program through musicianship, dependability, loyalty and cooperation in a 250 word essay
  • No minimum credit enrollment
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5


Beverly Christiansen Fernald Endowed Scholarship 

  • Be a declared music performance major at the time of application
  • Must have passed the Voice Performance Audition
  • Must be willing to give back to the MSU Denver Music Department in ways best suited to their circumstance
  • Must perform a scholarship audition (date listed on application) demonstrating vocal ability
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5


Christopher Priolo Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music composition major accepted into the composition program at the time of application
  • Outstanding achievement or potential as a composer
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Dale Bruning Jazz & Improvised Music Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music major with a concentration in Jazz and American Improvised Music
  • Have exceptional dedication to the study of Jazz and American Improvised Music
  • Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment during the semester(s) the scholarship is received with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Denver Lyric Opera Guild (Apply through the Voice Area Faculty)

  • Be enrolled in applied voice as a declared music major
  • Must submit a resume of musical activity and accomplishments
  • Must perform an operatic aria in a scholarship audition (date listed on application) demonstrating vocal ability
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Frank G. Edmonson Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music major at the time of application
  • Have outstanding potential as a sound engineer
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Additional Preferences for Selection:
    • Completed coursework in sound engineering
    • Have surmounted challenges to succeed in college education
    • Demonstrated talent for the guitar

Fred Hess Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music major with a concentration in Composition
  • Write a 250-word essay detailing your exceptional dedication to the study of music
  • Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment at the time of application and during the semester(s) of award with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0


Gerald R. Endsley Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a band member in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band or a Jazz Ensemble for at least one year
  • Be a declared music major with an emphasis in a brass instrument (preferably trumpet)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

H. William Morse Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music major
  • Be an outstanding instrumentalist involved in the Metropolitan State University of Denver orchestra currently and during time of scholarship award
  • Junior or senior class status
  • Financial need is considered as a factor, but is not a requirement
  • Be enrolled full time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Jerrald D. McCollum Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music education major with a choral emphasis at the time of application
  • Have completed 30 hours at MSU Denver or as a transfer student
  • Outstanding potential as a music educator
  • Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0


Jim Altman Scholarship

  • Be a declared guitar performance major at the time of application
  • Outstanding guitarist who is in need of financial assistance in order to continue studying
  • Student is encouraged to display an interest in styles in addition to classical in their programming
  • Junior or senior class status preferred
  • Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment in fall and spring semesters with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

L. Quinn-Rudolph Scholarship

  • Be a declared music major at the time of application
  • Strong interest and potential in the field of music (performance, teaching, etc.)
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Larry Worster Music Endowed Scholarship (Awarded in Fall semester only)

  • Be a declared music major at MSU Denver
  • Be registered for classes in the Fall semester
  • Show outstanding potential for contributing to the advancement of the art or study of music, either academically as a scholar or as a performer during undergraduate studies


Max DiJulio Scholarship of the Denver Foundation for Brass

  • Be a declared music education major enrolled in Wind Ensemble at the time of application
  • Principal instrument must be trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba
  • Demonstrated talent and significant interest in brass performance
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative MSU Denver GPA of 2.5, or transfer or high school GPA of 2.5 for new MSU Denver students

Max DiJulio Scholarship of the Denver Foundation for Composition

  • Be a declared music composition major accepted into the composition program at the time of application
  • Demonstrated talent and significant interest in music composition and arranging
  • Minimum 12 credit hours enrollment at the time of application with a minimum cumulative MSU Denver GPA of 2.5, or transfer or high school GPA of 2.5 for new MSU Denver students

Piano Endowed Scholarship

  • Be a declared music major with piano as primary instrument
  • Have exceptional dedication to the study of music as demonstrated during an audition
  • Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment during the semester(s) the scholarship is received with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Strings Endowed Scholarship

  • Have a declared music major with Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass as the primary instrument
  • Have exceptional dedication to the study of music as demonstrated during an audition with the selection committee
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credit hours at the time of application and during the semester(s) of award with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

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