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.

2024 Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition – Minor rule changes include acceptance of transcripts and additional resources added for addressing questions related to works in the public sphere.

  • Date to be announced: Information and rules will be available.
  • Date to be announced: Applications will be accepted.
  • Date to be announced: Competition weekend at Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester.
  • Date to be announced: Winners’ Recital at Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Winners’ Recital
Each winner will be required to perform at the Winners’ Recital, a public event celebrating the accomplishments of all winners.

Competition Winners
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Scholarship Alumni Bio Book

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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
Camp Scholarship

2023 Information and Rules
2023 Information for all Applicants
2023 Piano Rules
2023 Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass Rules
2023 Voice Rules
2023 Camp Scholarship Guidelines

2024 Online Application – applications will be accepted starting (date to be announced).

2024 Scholarship Competition Application
2024 Camp Scholarship Competition Application
For Camp Scholarship only –
Camp Scholarship Teacher Recommendation
Additional Camp Scholarship Recommendation

You may review the information that will be needed for the application at this link.

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.