Important COVID-19 Update: All scholarship auditions will be held online this spring, rather than on campus. Please read below under "How to Audition" for more information. Additionally, the requirement for submission of a video recording has been waived due to COVID-19. Students who complete the scholarship application are automatically approved to sign up for a live online audition on the audition date of their choice (see options below under "Audition Dates").
The Sister Monica Laughlin Music Ensemble Scholarship auditions are open to students in all majors at the College who sing or play in choir, band, or orchestra. Students may receive up to $16,000 over four years (up to $4,000 per academic year) for participating in music ensembles. A student's award is determined by the members of the Music Department faculty following a live audition (held online in 2020). The scholarship is automatically renewed each semester for a student who:
Music scholarships can only be offered to students who have been accepted to The College of St. Scholastica.
The combined amount of scholarships and grants offered by the institution cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Music scholarships cannot be used toward room and board.
Students who audition early in the scholarship process (in February or March) may not receive notification of a music scholarship until after the Financial Aid Office has created an initial financial aid package. Students who are awarded full tuition scholarships or grants through this financial aid process are ineligible for additional music scholarships, even if they have already completed the audition process.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Music Department or the Financial Aid Office before you submit an application.
Audition dates for students entering college in Fall 2020 are listed below. We encourage students to apply early, even if you plan to audition on a later date and are still working on your audition recordings.
Once all scheduling forms have been received from students auditioning on that date, you'll receive another email with confirmation of your official audition time. This email will also contain a link to a Zoom meeting and instructions on how to download and use Zoom, if you are not familiar with it. You'll receive your scheduled time and Zoom link 5-6 days before the audition date.
Plan to join the audition meeting on Zoom 5-15 minutes early before your scheduled time. You will be sent to a virtual "waiting room" until the previous student has finished auditioning, then you will be admitted to the Zoom meeting with the music faculty. During your 10-minute audition slot, you'll perform for the music faculty, and they will also have a short conversation with you. For more information on what to expect at your audition and how to prepare, see the Frequently Asked Questions for Online Auditions page.
The CSS Music Department faculty and staff understand that there are a lot of uncertainties and unknowns in the coming days. We care about you feeling great about your audition experience and are creating accommodations to help you do your best during this time and in this format while practicing measures of health safety.
If you have questions or concerns about online auditions, such as internet access limitations, unfamiliarity with Zoom, or lack of access to needed instruments, please let us know, and we are ready to work with you on alternate solutions for your audition. The sooner we know about any challenges you may be facing with this new audition format, the more effectively we can help you navigate the situation and find a solution that works for you.
Music Lesson Scholarships are available for Music majors and minors to pay for private lessons on a major instrument or voice. These scholarships are given in addition to other aid offered through the Financial Aid Office. If you have questions or would like to be considered for the Music Lesson Scholarship, or if you are interested in pursuing a Music major or minor, contact Dr. Jeremy Craycraft at 218-723-7021 or email@example.com.