Scholarship Competition

Applications are no longer being accepted. Please come to the recital on April 24th at 2 pm at Christ United Methodist Church.

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.

2022 Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition will return to an in-person format
With few exceptions, the format and rules will be consistent with the in-person competition prior to 2020.  Key Dates:

  • September 1, 2021: Information and rules will be available.
  • January 4th – February 21, 2022: Applications will be accepted.
  • March 19-20, 2022: Competition weekend at Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester.
  • April 24, 2022: Winners’ Recital at Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Winners’ Recital
The Winners’ Recital will also return to an in-person format in 2022.
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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Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition COVID Mitigation Plan

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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

2022 Information and Rules
2022 Information for all Applicants
2022 Piano Rules
2022 Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass Rules
2022 Voice Rules
2022 Camp Scholarship Guidelines

2022 Online Application – now closed

2022 Scholarship Competition Application
2022 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.