Scholarship Competition

Dear Participants, Adjudicators, and Volunteers,
Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 virus and newest recommendations from Gov. Walz, the MN Department of Health, and the Department of Education regarding events and gatherings, we have decided to postpone the RMG Scholarship Competition. I am working hard with our team to see if rescheduling is possible. If cancelling is our only option, all entry fees will be returned. We will be in communication with updates as they become available.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Rochester Music Guild. We dedicate our organization to promote the appreciation, education, and performance of music in our community.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Tessa Sawchuk and Linda Edd

RMG Scholarship Chairs

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.

Save the Date: The 2020 Scholarship Competition will be held on March 21 and 22, 2020.  Additional information will be published by early December, 2019.

Competition Winners
View Winners
Scholarship Alumni Bio Book

2020 Winners’ Recital
Sunday, April 19, 2020
1:00 pm
Christ United Methodist Church  – FREE

Looking for an accompanist?
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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.

2020 Information & Rules (pdf downloads)
2020 Information for all Applicants
2020 Piano Rules
2020 Strings, Woodwinds & Brass Rules
2020 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 21, 2020
Christ United Methodist Church

Final Rounds & Camp Scholarship Audition
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Christ United Methodist Church

Application Deadline
Friday, February 15, 2020
$15 late fee added if registering between February 15 and February 29, 2020
No applications accepted after February 29, 2019.

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.