Scholarships

Congratulations!

Winners of the Peggy Friedmannn Gordon Music Competition!

Congratulations to Melodia Mae Rinaldi, soprano ('18) for winning the Peggy Friedmann Gordon Music Competition.  Samuel Cano Gutiérrez, cello, took second place and Erica M. Ferguson, soprano, third place.

Winners of the James L. Dunbar, Jr. Memorial Scholarship!

Congratulations to Lily Wang and Elizabeth Durrant for winning the James L. Dunbar, Jr. Memorial Scholarship!

 

Procedures for Department of Music Scholarship Applications


For Students:

  • Click HERE to access the common application form
  • Scholarship applications require submission of an unofficial transcript
  • Competition recitals require submission of print-ready program information (singers must include translations). Your applied teacher must approve the print-ready recital program information before you submit your competition application. Make sure you proof your information carefully
    • Competitions require published scores. Plan ahead to make sure you have these well before the competition day. If your pieces are in the public domain, you may submit bound scores from IMSLP
    • If you need help writing your supportive statement(s) please see a member of the scholarship committee or talk to a faculty member who can assist
    • Present yourself as luminously as possible. Promote yourself and your accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or future educator. Discuss your financial situation where appropriate

For Faculty: 

  • Click HERE to submit the department nomination form along with letters of recommendation that mention the specific scholarship by name. This is especially important for scholarships that are decided upon outside of the Department. It is fine to use the same letter (or nearly so) for different scholarships, but tailoring the letter to a specific scholarship helps your recommended student in the end 

Fall 2017 Scholarships

 

Basler Foundation Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Current Towson University Music Major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Total aid from all sources may not exceed your TU Cost of Attendance Budget
  • Must demonstrate Financial Need
  • Student must write a 500-word or less essay, advocating their experience and talent:

1. Description of professional musical aspirations and explanation of how studying at TU has helped towards the achievement of those goals.

2. List of achievements as a TU Music Major - including awards, participation in ensembles, scholastic merit, and notable musical and/or educational activities outside of the University.

Process:

  • Applicants must submit online common application form
  • Applicants must submit most recent unofficial transcript
  • Award will be decided by the scholarship committee, upon fully reviewing all submitted materials

Application Due Date: Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Award Date: No later than Dec. 15, 2017

Submit: all Application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at  


 

Spring 2018 Scholarships

 

Beulah M. Price Scholarship

Award: $3,258

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Undergraduate Sophomore, Junior or Senior Towson University Music Major
  • Demonstration of financial need and excellence within the major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Process:

  • Faculty division leaders submit letters advocating a student for the scholarship
  • Scholarship Committee writes a letter of support about one student that is selected as a "finalist" and forwards to the COFAC Dean
  • The Dean makes the final determination from one of the six nominations from each of the Departments of COFAC

Faculty Submission Due Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 5:00 p.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at

 

Franklin and Alice Cooley Scholarship for the Arts

Award: $663

Eligibility:

  • Towson University Music Major
  • Demonstration of financial need and excellence within the major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Process:

  • Complete online common application form
  • Submit most recent unofficial transcript
  • Submit a 250-word statement demonstrating financial need and evidence of excellence within the major

Application Due Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 5:00 p.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at

 

McConnell-Brungardt Scholarship

Award: $745

Eligibility:

  • Towson University Music Major
  • Demonstration of excellence in performance and scholarship within the major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Process:

  • Complete online common application form
  • Submit most recent unofficial transcript
  • Submit a 250-word statement demonstrating excellence in performance and scholarship within the major

Application Due Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 5:00 p.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at

 

Alexander E. Sidorowicz Memorial Award

Award: $521.50

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Undergraduate Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Towson University Music Major
  • Demonstration of academic achievement and outstanding talent within the field of study
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Process:

  • Complete online common application form
  • Submit most recent unofficial transcript
  • Submit a 250-word statement demonstrating academic achievement and outstanding talent within the field of study

Application Due Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 5:00 p.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at

 

Sidney Lieberman Music Competition

Award: Two Cash Prizes in the amount of $1,000 and $500 to the students placing first and second

Eligibility:

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Must be available to perform at the Winner's Recital on 4/24/18 during Convocation

Process:

  • Award determined by audition

Requirements:

  • Applicants must submit online common application form
  • Applicants must submit most recent unofficial transcript

Application Due Date: Friday, March 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Recital Date: TBA

Complete: Application and send to Prof. Jason Rigby, Department of Music,

 

Presser Undergraduate Scholarship Award

Award: $4,000

Eligibility:

  • Outstanding Music Major at, or after, the end of his or her Junior year

Process:

  • Awardee will be recognized publicly as a Presser Scholar, date and location TBD
  • Faculty submit recommendation letters to the Scholarship Committee, who make the final selection
  • Recipient will be selected by the music faculty with the choice solely guided by consideration of excellence and merit, without regard to sex or race

Faculty Submissions Due Date: Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

 

C. James Velie Memorial Scholarship in Music Education

Award: $833

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • Music Education Major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Process:

  • Award determined by audition and interview by the selection committee

Requirements:

  • Applicants must submit online common application form
  • Applicants must submit most recent unofficial transcript

Application Due Date: TBA

Audition Date: TBA

Complete: Application and send to Prof. Jason Rigby, Department of Music,

 

Department of Music Talent Awards

Award: $150 for each division: History & Culture, Music Theory, Voice, Keyboard, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Strings, Jazz/Commercial, Guitar, Composition, Music Education, Carl B. Schmidt Outstanding Paper Award

Eligibility:

  • Towson University Music Major

Process:

  • Each awardee is chosen by faculty within each division
  • Award winners will be announced and will perform at the 4/10/18 Winner's Recital during Convocation

Faculty Submissions Deadline: Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Recital Date: April 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

 

The Three Arts Club of Homeland Music Scholarship

Amount: $200

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Music Major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Demonstration of contribution via service and talents to the Department of Music
  • Recipient must perform a 20-25 minute "recital" for the Three Arts Club

Process: Faculty nominated