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Music Department Scholarship

Each year the Department of Music awards scholarships to high-potential students. If music is your passion and you desire to major in or be involved in music at Bethel, consider applying for Bethel’s music scholarship.


$2,000-$5,000 per year (non-music majors)

$2,000-$8,000 per year (music majors)


  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students
  • Students of any declared major are eligible
  • Must commit to participation in a musical performance group each semester, including all concerts and tours
  • Must have completed the Bethel University Application for Admission on file with Admissions

Requirements and Details

Half of each award will be credited to the student's account each semester.

Renewable each year up to four years without reauditioning. Students receiving a larger Music scholarship as a music major will have the award reduced in subsequent years if major changes from music major to a non-music major.

The award will be renewed annually by the music faculty with evidence of continued musical progress on the auditioned instrument, based on 1) fall and spring music juries; and 2) teacher recommendation.

The music faculty renews scholarships annually if the following requirements are met:

  • Continuation of full-time enrollment status
  • Satisfactory degree progress
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA
  • Participation each semester (including all concerts and tours) in a Department of Music performance organization(s) on the instrument for which the scholarship was given
  • Registration for a (weekly) 30-minute music lesson each semester (a music lesson fee is billed to the student account each semester)
  • Completion of Financial Aid process

2020-2021 Music Scholarship Award Timeline

June 1, 2019 to February 1, 2020

Scholarship application, recommendations, and recordings accepted.

Students may choose to schedule an in-person audition, preferably during Admissions Fall Campus Visit Days. If the Campus Visit dates do not work, please contact the Music Department to schedule the audition. An in-person audition is always in your best interest. It gives the best representation of who you are and what you can do musically. However, we understand there are individual circumstances that prevent some applicants from coming for an in-person audition. If you are unable to come, please submit a (preferably video) recording.

Audition results are mailed to all applicants. Your completed Bethel University Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office.

December 1, 2019

Financial Aid packages are awarded beginning December 1. It is recommended to submit your materials as early as possible. It is in your best interest to submit all your materials by December 1 for highest scholarship consideration. Scholarships will be awarded as applications and auditions are received.

April 16, 2020

Award acceptance deadline.

May 1, 2020

National Candidate Reply date (date by which all music scholarship awards must be finalized).

How to Apply

Complete the Music Scholarship Application. You will be asked to:

  • Prepare an audition of two (2) classical pieces of contrasting style in one (or more) of the following formats:
    • Electronic file (mp3 or wav)
    • Link to online video or audio (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc)
    • High-quality CD or high-quality video
    • Schedule an in-person audition 
  • You may audition on more than one instrument. Please provide two (2) classical pieces of contrasting style for each instrument, but submit each instrument on a separate recording or schedule two (2) audition times. All performances should be accompanied, with the exception of piano, guitar, and percussion. (Bethel can provide a staff accompanist for an in-person audition.)
  • Provide a short personal essay telling about your interest in pursuing music as a major and career or as an active non-major participant in music.
  • Include a list of performed repertoire. Instrumentalists and pianists: please include method studies in your list.

A recommendation letter from your school music director or private teacher is also required for consideration of this scholarship. Have this person complete the online Recommendation form, which will be submitted directly to the Department of Music, as soon as possible but no later than December 1, 2019.

All application materials must be submitted by December 1, 2019. It is in your best interest to submit all your materials by December 1 for highest scholarship consideration. Scholarships will be awarded as applications and auditions are received. If you cannot complete the entire application process before December 1, contact the Music Office as soon as possible.

Mail physical recordings to:

Department of Music
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

Videos/CDs will not be returned unless a postage-paid self-addressed envelope is provided.

If an extension is needed for submitting audition recordings, please contact Cindy Reents at 651.638.6380 or email

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