Scholarship Competition

About The Competition

Since its founding in 1964, the Rochester Music Guild has sponsored an annual Young Musicians Scholarship Competition. This annual competition, held each spring, has been a source of motivation and inspiration for countless musicians from the SE Minnesota area and awards approximately $10,000 annually to young musicians. The Music Guild’s goal is to expand the passion for classical music through dynamic competition and compelling live performance. The competition serves as a platform for music excellence and aims to develop the performing skills of musicians in the Rochester area, to improve musical standards and to identify potential music talents by providing the opportunity for young musicians to perform in a competitive situation. Three cash awards are given in each age and instrument category. These awards are to be used for further musical education. For questions, please contact Tessa Sawchuk │ 507-884-7534.

Competition Winners
View Winners
Scholarship Alumni Bio Book

2017 Winners’ Recital
Friday, May 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Christ United Methodist Church  – FREE

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Scholarship Competition Categories

Piano │ Strings │ Woodwinds & Brass
Junior Division – Grades 7-9
Senior Division – Grades 10-12

Voice (Senior Division only)
Senior Division – Grades 9-12

Camp Scholarship
Senior Division – Grades 10-12
See Camp Scholarship Guidelines here.

2017 Information & Rules (pdf downloads)
2017 Information for all Applicants
2017 Piano Rules
2017 Strings, Woodwinds & Brass Rules
2017 Voice Rules


Participants must electronically submit an application. Please read all the information carefully. Applications must have all the required information and the application fee.

Preliminary Rounds & Master Classes
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Christ United Methodist Church

Final Rounds & Camp Scholarship Audition
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Christ United Methodist Church

Application Deadline
Saturday, February 4, 2017
$15 late fee added if registering between February 5 and February 18, 2017
No applications accepted after February 18, 2017.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.