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Music Scholarships

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Two Types of Scholarships Available

  • Ensemble Scholarships
    • Auditions to be Completed by March 1
      • Auditions after March 1 may cause students to be placed on a scholarship wait list
  • Privately Funded Scholarships 
    • Applications due February 1 (except where noted)

Ensemble Scholarships 

Band Scholarships

At A-State our band scholarship program is one of the best in the entire Mid-South. Every eligible student in the A-State Bands, both music majors and non-music majors, receives some type of scholarship. Our top band scholarship is nearly $5,000 per year. Audition materials usually are drawn from the student’s current All-State/All-Region materials, scales, and sight-reading. Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis by contacting the applied faculty member who teaches your instrument or by contacting Dr. Oliver. Auditions may be scheduled at the convenience of the student but should be completed by March 1. Due to scholarship demand, auditions after March 1 might place the applicant on our scholarship wait list. 

To Schedule an A-State Band Scholarship Audition Contact the Applied Faculty Member Below who Teaches Your Instrument. Click on their name for their contact information:

Band Scholarships are also available for Color Guard Members and Majorettes. Contact A-State’s Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Polly Middleton, for more information.

In addition to our band scholarships, we also offer separate scholarships for students who participate in our basketball and volleyball bands. These scholarships are awarded at the end of each respective season and are based on participation. For more information about basketball and volleyball band scholarships, please contact Dr. Polly Middleton.

String Scholarships

In 1996 a scholarship program was established to assist string students in the orchestra. The program is funded by donations to the Aileen Matthews String Scholarship Fund. Scholarship money is available to both music majors and students majoring in other fields. Students are eligible by audition and must participate in orchestra as well as enroll in private lessons. Auditions should be scheduled prior to March 1.

Interested students should contact Dr. Chi Young Song at csong@astate.edu.

Vocal Scholarships

Auditions are open to students who plan to be voice majors (either vocal performance or vocal music education). Scholarships will range from $1,200 to a maximum award of $3300 per semester. Selection of recipients will be by audition-only before the Arkansas State University voice faculty with criteria based on vocal potential, musicianship and scholarship.

Students wishing to audition for voice scholarships (music majors) should prepare two contrasting solos. At least one song should be from the classical repertoire, and one of the selections may be from musical theatre repertoire 

All auditions must utilize piano accompaniment. No recorded accompaniments will be accepted. If a pianist is needed, one will be provided by Arkansas State University if copies of music selections are sent with the application or one week prior to audition. Those using an ASU accompanist will be assigned a rehearsal time upon receipt of application. 

Students wishing to audition must complete the application form, enclose teacher recommendation, and return it to the Director of Choral Activities. Auditions should be completed prior to March 1.   Click here for application form.

These should be returned to:

Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities
Music Department - Arkansas State University
PO Box 779
State University, AR 72467
phone: 870.972.3841, or FAX: 870.972.3932
email: rdmiller@astate.edu

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Privately Funded Scholarships

The application form for all privately funded scholarships can be found at the Privately Funded Scholarship portion of the A-State website. Click HERE to go to that page. The application will not be uploaded to the site until the month of December. In addition to the application, students are recommended to submit supporting documentation (resume, letter(s) of recommendation, essay, etc.) to strengthen their application. The application and supporting materials are due February 1.

Questions about privately funded music scholarships should be directed to Ken Hatch at khatch@astate.edu.

Privately Funded Scholarships for Instrumentalists (Band, Keyboard, and Strings) 

The Da Capo Scholarship

Two $2,500 awards for two students payable at the rate of $1,250 for the fall and spring semesters are available. To qualify for this scholarships students must be a full-time instrumental majors, be upper classmen with at least 60 completed credit hours, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate musical merit and financial need.

Ann Slaughter Smith Scholarship

An award of $500 payable at the rate of $250 for the fall and spring semester is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be members of the Sound of the Natural State Marching Band, full-time students of any major and be in good academic standing with the university.

Lily Peter Keyboard Scholarship

An award of at least $500 (could be as high as $2500) a year payable at the rate of half for the fall semester and half for the spring semester is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be keyboard majors, maintain satisfactory progress in their keyboard studies, provide service in the form of accompanying or other duties as assigned in the music department, and demonstrate talent and performance in audition.

J. Beard Memorial Keyboard Scholarship 

An award of up to $1000 a year payable at the rate of half for the fall semester and half for the spring semester is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be entering freshmen majoring in piano or organ or a current piano or organ majors, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and provide service in the form of accompanying or other duties as assigned in the music department. In the event an otherwise qualified student applies but does not have a 3.0, he or she may still be considered if there is visible potential for academic improvement. 

Janna Lambert Keyboard Scholarship

An award of at least $200 (could be as high as $700) a year payable at the rate of half for the fall semester and half for the spring semester is available.   To qualify for this scholarship students must be incoming freshmen majoring in music on piano or organ, have at least an ACT score of at least 20, perform a memorized audition for the keyboard faculty, and provide service in the form of accompanying or other duties as assigned in the music department. Memorized audition music should be at least equal to the difficulty level of the Sonata in G major, Op. 79 by Beethoven. 

Ann and Albert Swaty Strings Scholarship

An annual award of $500 awarded in the fall semester is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be full-time or incoming full-time students at A-State, participate in A-State Orchestra and take string lessons from A-State faculty, and have a 2.5 GPA or higher. 

Donald R. and Virginia Minx Memorial Scholarship

An annual award of $1,600 a year is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be junior music or non-music majors, have strong musical and academic skills, be active in community service and service to music at A-State.

L.H. Sternheimer Family Scholarship

An annual award of $800 a year is available payable at the rate of half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. To qualify for this scholarship students must be graduating seniors from Jonesboro High School with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 who plan on attending A-State, demonstrate sound moral character and social-emotional adjustment, and participate in extracurricular activities. Preference is given first, to a double major in keyboard and vocal music; second, to a major in keyboard; third, to a major in vocal music; fourth, to any music major. Students must maintain a 3.0 or higher as a full time student of A-State.

John H. and Irene N. Neeley Memorial Music Scholarship

An annual award of $3,000 a year is available payable at rate of $1,500 per semester, provided funds are available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be junior or senior music majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, from the Jonesboro or Western Poinsett County area, and demonstrate scholastic achievement, musical talent, dedication to the study of music, citizenship, and financial need. 

Dr. Thomas Miles O'Connor Award for Jazz Performance 

An annual award of $1,000 a year is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be sophomores or higher with previous jazz band membership, be committed to the A-State jazz music program through exemplary rehearsal and performance attendance, demonstrate excellence or improvement in jazz performance, instrumental proficiency, improvisation skills, and jazz music literacy, and demonstrate outstanding ensemble and solo performance in jazz and a commitment to the preservation and future of the medium. 

Mary Anna Chop Charitable Trust Scholarship

An annual award of $1,200 a year is available. To qualify for this scholarship students music be full time A-State undergraduates majoring in music. 

Treble Clef Club Scholarship


Two awards of $500 apiece are available per year. One will be given to an instrumentalists and one will be given to a vocalist. To qualify for this scholarship students must be pursuing or planning to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Performance or a Bachelor of Music Education degree at A-State. Awards are contingent upon the quality of applicants. Thus, no award may be given, or two may be given in one area. This scholarship has a separate application that may be accessed here (Treble Clef Club Scholarship Application) and has a deadline of April 1.

Privately Funded Scholarship Application-Due February 1

Privately Funded Scholarships for Vocalists

Julia Lansford Vocal Scholarship

An annual award of $2,000 a year is available payable at the rate of half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. To qualify for this scholarship students music be a junior or senior level vocal music majors, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be pursuing a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree. Finalists for this award will perform for a committee where a winner will be selected.

Alfred R. Skoog Choral Scholarship

An annual award of an unspecified amount is available a year. To qualify for this scholarship students music be pursuing a Master of Choral Conducting or a Master of Music Education degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to former students of Mr. Alfred Skoog or A-State graduates.

Donald R. and Virginia Minx Memorial Scholarship

An annual award of $1,600 a year is available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be junior music or non-music majors, have strong musical and academic skills, be active in community service and service to music at A-State. 

L.H. Sternheimer Family Scholarship

An annual award of $800 a year is available payable at the rate of half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. To qualify for this scholarship students must be graduating seniors from Jonesboro High School with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 who plan on attending A-State, demonstrate sound moral character and social-emotional adjustment, and participate in extracurricular activities. Preference is given first, to a double major in keyboard and vocal music; second, to a major in keyboard; third, to a major in vocal music; fourth, to any music major. Students must maintain a 3.0 or higher as a full time student of A-State.

John H. and Irene N. Neeley Memorial Music Scholarship 

An annual award of $3,000 a year is available payable at rate of $1,500 per semester, provided funds are available. To qualify for this scholarship students must be junior or senior music majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, from the Jonesboro or Western Poinsett County area, and demonstrate scholastic achievement, musical talent, dedication to the study of music, citizenship, and financial need.

Mary Anna Chop Charitable Trust Scholarship

An annual award of $1,200 a year is available. To qualify for this scholarship students music be full time A-State undergraduates majoring in music.

Treble Clef Club Scholarship
 

Two awards of $500 apiece are available per year. One will be given to an instrumentalists and one will be given to a vocalist. To qualify for this scholarship students must be pursuing or planning to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Performance or a Bachelor of Music Education degree at A-State. Awards are contingent upon the quality of applicants. Thus, no award may be given, or two may be given in one area. This scholarship has a separate application that may be accessed here (Treble Clef Club Scholarship Application) and has a deadline of April 1.

Privately Funded Scholarship Application- Due February 1

Contact the Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Dale Miller

Phone: 870-972-3841

Room: 143
Fine Arts Building

Postal Address:
PO Box 779
State University, AR  72467

Contact the Director of the Sound of the Natural State

Dr. Sarah Labovitz

Phone: 870-972-2799

Room: 136
Fine Arts Center