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Music Scholarships

 

Choir Rehearsal

All applications are due February 1 except as noted below.

Instrumental 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.

The Da Capo Scholarship

  • TWO - $2,500 awards for two students payable at $1,250 for the fall and spring semesters.
  • Qualifications:
  • Instrumental Music Student in the College of Fine Arts.

  • Full-time student (12 or more credit hours per semester).

  • Upper classman only with 60+ hours.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • Merit and need Based.

  • Musical achievements.

  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time status at the end of the fall semester to receive the remainder of the award for the spring semester.

  • Selection made by:
  • Department of Music Scholarship Committee.
  • Application available here.
  • CONTACT PERSON:

Mr. Ken Hatch

Department of Music
Arkansas State University
P. O. Box 779
State University, AR. 72467
970-972-2094
870-972-3932 – Fax

Ann Slaughter Smith Scholarship

  • Award of $500 per academic year, payable at the rate of $250 per academic semester provided funds are available.
  • Qualifications:
  • Member of the ASU Marching Band
  • Available at any academic level. Recipient must be in good standing, & enrolled as a full-time student during the academic semester of the award.

  • Selection made by Chair of the Department of Music in consultation with the Director of Bands.
  • CONTACT PERSON:

Mr. Ken Hatch

Department of Music
Arkansas State University
P. O. Box 779
State University, AR 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 - Fax

 

Keyboard Scholarships

Lily Peter Keyboard Scholarship

  • Recipient must be a keyboard major.
  • Awarded annually.
  • Amount varies ($500-$2500/year or $250-$1250/semester.)
  • Award is based on talent and performance in audition.
  • In order to maintain scholarship, recipient must maintain satisfactory progress in their major performance area and provide service to the department in the form of accompanying or other duties as assigned by the Keyboard Area Coordinator.
  • Selection is decided by piano faculty.
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Contact:
  • Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Director of Keyboard Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Arkansas State University
  • P.O. Box 779
  • State University, AR 72467
  • 870-972-2094
  • 870-972-3932 - Fax

 

W. J. Beard Memorial Keyboard Scholarship

  • Amount varies, up to $1,000/year or $500/semester.
  • Students must be freshman or currently enrolled students planning to major in or
  • majoring in piano or organ.
  • Other areas of musical involvement desired.
  • 3.0 GPA.
  • Consideration is given to potential and desire if 3.0 GPA is not quite achieved.
  • In order to maintain scholarship, the recipient must continue to meet the outlined
  • criteria and is at the discretion of the committee, and must provide service to the
  • department in the form of accompanying or other duties as assigned by the Keyboard Area Coordinator.
  • Selection is decided by piano and organ faculty members.
  • Deadline: Febrary 1
  • Contact:
    Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Director of Keyboard Studies
    Department of Music
    Arkansas State University
    P.O. Box 779
    State University, AR 72467
    870-972-2094
    870-972-3932 - Fax

 

Janna Lambert Keyboard Scholarship

  • Amount varies, $200-$700/year or $100-$350/semester.
  • Must be an incoming freshman music major.
  • Must be majoring in piano or organ as his/ her performance concentration.
  • Must have at least a 20 ACT score.
  • Must play a memorized audition for the keyboard faculty.
  • Recipient should have reached a proficiency level at least equal to that of the Sonatain G major, Op. 79 by Beethoven.
  • Recipient should provide service to the department in the form of accompanying or other duties as assigned by the Keyboard Area Coordinator.
  • Selection is decided by the keyboard scholarship committee.
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Contact:
  • Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Director of Keyboard Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Arkansas State University
  • P.O. Box 779
  • State University, AR 72467
  • 870-972-2094
  • 870-972-3932 - Fax

 

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.

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

Ann and Albert Swaty Strings Scholarship

  • Annual award of $500 awarded in the fall semester.
  • Qualifications:
  • Must be a full time student at ASU-Jonesboro.

  • Must participate in the ASU Concert Orchestra and be taking applied lessons from an ASU strings professor.

  • Incoming freshman must meet ASU-Jonesboro enrollment guidelines.

  • Current ASU students must have a 2.5 overall GPA.

  • Audition for the ASU Concert Orchestra Director.

  • The scholarship is not renewable. However if there are no applicants, the previous year’s recipient may be considered by the scholarship committee to receive the scholarship again.

  • Selection will be made by the ASU String Scholarship Committee.
  • Contact:

Dr. Chi Young Song, Orchestra Director

Department of Music
Arkansas State University
P. O. Box 779
State University, AR 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 – Fax

 

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.  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

Julia Lansford Vocal Scholarship

  • Annual award of $2,000
  • Qualifications:
  • Vocal music major
  • Junior or senior level
  • Current member of ASU choirs
  • Maintain a 3.0 or better overall grade point average
  • Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree path
  • Applications to be made to a committee of the ASU vocal faculty, Dale Miller or current director of Choral Activities serving as permanent chair. Committee will recommend several outstanding applicants. Each applicant will perform for the committee and Mrs. Lansford at a time set by the committee. Winner will be selected by the committee and Mrs. Lansford. Award will be for two semesters. Winners may reapply for the scholarship for the next year.
  • Deadline: February  1
  • Contact:

Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities and Scholarship Committee Chair
Department of Music
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 779
State University, AR 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 - Fax

Alfred R. Skoog Choral Scholarship

  • Qualifications:
  • Graduate Student Majoring in Choral Conducting or Choral Music Education.
  • Maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.
  • Preference given to Former students of Mr. Alfred Skoog or ASU graduates.
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Contact:

Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities and Scholarship Committee Chair
Department of Music
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 779
State University, AR 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 - Fax

Other Music Scholarships

Donald R. and Virginia Minx Memorial Scholarship

  • $1,600 Annually
  • Qualifications:
  • Student must be Junior status
  • May be a music major but not necessary for applying
  • Strong musical and academic achievements
  • Community service
  • Service to music at ASU
  • Other Information
  • Only achievements and/or honors which have been accomplished while in college will be considered
  • An interview will be conducted by Mrs. Ginny Minx after the applications have been submitted
  • Awarded annually
  • Deadline: February 1
    • Mr. Ken Hatch
      Department of Music
      Arkansas State University
      P.O. Box 779
      State University, AR 72467
      870-972-2094
      870-972-3932

 

L.H. Sternheimer Family Scholarship

  • $800 Annually
  • Qualifications:
  • Jonesboro High School graduating senior with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with intentions of enrolling in Arkansas State University the following fall semester 
  • The order of preference for selection is: 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 a major in general music. 
  • In the event there is no qualified incoming freshman, then the scholarship may be awarded to any sophomore, junior, or senior level graduate of Jonesboro High School who otherwise qualifies. 
  • Recipient should demonstrate citizenship as evidenced by sound moral character, good social-emotional adjustment and participation in extracurricular activity.
  • Other Information
  • Award is $400 per semester for one academic year, provided funds are available. The award may increase as funds are available. 
  • In order to maintain scholarship, the recipient must be a full time student (12 or more credit hours) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA 
  • The selection is made by the Department of Music Scholarship Committee. 
  • Financial Aid at Arkansas State University will send a copy of the award letter to the Jonesboro High School Counselor. The Department of Music will represent ASU at the JHS Music Awards Night Program to present a certificate. A brochure containing biographical sketches and photographs of the L.H. Sternheimer Family shall be distributed at the Awards Night Program and made available to the appropriate university departments.
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Contact:
  • Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Director of Keyboard Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Arkansas State University
  • P.O. Box 779
  • State University, AR 72467
  • 870-972-2094
  • 870-972-3932 - Fax

  

John H. and Irene N. Neeley Memorial Music Scholarship

  • Annual award of $3,000 payable at rate of $1,500 per semester, provided funds are available.
  • Qualifications:
  • Junior or senior music major
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Preference to the Jonesboro or Western Poinsett County area (Harrisburg, Weiner, Waldenburg, and Fisher).
  • Applications are considered according to scholastic achievement, musical talent, and dedication to the study of music, citizenship, and financial need.
  • Other Information
  • One award of $3,000 annually
  • At the discretion of the committee, award may be renewed through the senior year if recipient continues to meet the criteria.
  • Contact:

Mr. Ken Hatch
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 779
State University, AR 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 - Fax

 

Dr. Thomas Miles O'Connor Award for Jazz Performance

  • $1000 for 2015-2016
  • Criteria for Selection:
  • Must be a full-time student who is a sophomore or higher with previous jazz band membership.

  • Strong commitment to the ASU jazz music program including exemplary rehearsal and performance attendance.

  • Excellence in and/or most improved performance in the ASU jazz music program; demonstrated instrumental proficiency, improvisation skills, and jazz music literacy (e.g. familiarity w/jazz artists, composers, recordings, and jazz music history).

  • Demonstrated ensemble and solo performance; commitment to the preservation and future of jazz music.

  • Selection made by Chair of the Music Department, ASU Director of Bands and the ASU Jazz Band Director.
  • Contact:

Dr. Ken Carroll, Director of Jazz Studies and Scholarship Committee Chair

Department of Music
Arkansas State University
P. O. Box 779
Arkansas State University
State University, AR. 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 - Fax

Mary Anna Chop Charitable Trust Scholarship

  • The total amount of award is $1,200.
  • Qualifications for receiving the scholarship:
  • Full-time student majoring in music.
  • Selection will be made by the Department of Music Scholarship Committee.
  • Application available here.
  • Contact:

Mr. Ken Hatch

Arkansas State University
P. O. Box 779
State University, AR 72467
870-972-2094
870-972-3932 – Fax

Treble Clef Club Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships will be given this year to two selected music students (one instrumentalist and one vocalist) who wish to pursue or continue their education in either Music Performance and/or Music Education at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. Note: Awards are contingent upon the quality of applicants. Thus, no award may be given, or two may be given in one area.

Deadline: April 1, 2016
Dr. Lauren Schack Clark

Application available here.

 

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 Athletic Bands

Dr. Polly Middleton

Phone: 870-972-2659

Room: 254
Fine Arts Center