In addition to a generous array of GVSU academic scholarships and awards based on financial need, the Department of Music and Dance annually awards nearly $200,000 in talent scholarships to students in music and dance who show exceptional talent. Department of Music and Dance scholarships are awarded on the basis of achievement and potential in music and dance performance (by audition).
For more information on Dance Scholarships, prospective students are invited to contact:
Professor Carrie Morris
Each year the GVSU Department of Music and Dance awards numerous performance-based scholarships to incoming music majors and minors. Awards amounts generally range from $1000 to $4000 and are renewable up to a total of four years. Both entering freshmen and entering transfer students are eligible. The awards are based on achievement evaluated during auditions. Click the button below for this year's Audition Dates.
These scholarships may be combined with other music awards, such as ensemble participation awards, as well as with university academic scholarships. New scholarship recipients will usually be notified by April 1. To have their scholarship renewed, recipients must maintain the highest possible level of musical performance, participate in the requisite major ensemble(s), and sustain a grade point average of at least 3.0.
Awards of $1,000 minimum are given to outstanding freshman pianists in either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree program. In addition to the department audition, a letter of recommendation from the private teacher is required.
Students awards are granted for vocal excellence by audition and are renewable up to a total of four years. A letter of recommendation from the current voice teacher is required and an overall G.P.A. Of 3.0 is required for renewal.
These awards are granted for participation in Concert Band or Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Awards are based on performance quality and ensemble need. Majors and non-majors are considered.
These awards are given to outstanding musicians with special consideration given to pianists and singers. Awards are based on performance quality and ensemble need. Majors and non-majors are considered.
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Bachelor of Music Education major with a 3.0 or higher GPA who has completed the Mid-Program Review and all core music courses prior to the semester in which the application is submitted. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, professional promise as a future educator based on an essay outlining educational/pre-professional goals for the coming school year, two letters of recommendation from the music faculty, and financial need. Students must have a current FAFSA, which demonstrates financial need, on file with the Financial Aid office. All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklist. Deadline: March 1.
These awards are given to music majors (performers on a standard vocal, band, or orchestra instrument) to be used during the junior or senior year. Requires a letter of recommendation by the student's private instructor, a short essay on achievements and future goals in music, and an audition before the music department scholarship committee which will be held in early April. Applicants MUST provide their own pianist/collaborator and provide judges with six copies of the musical score. All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklist. Deadline: March 1.
These scholarships recognize achievement beyond the first year and encourage continuing excellence in performance. Applicants must be full-time music majors, are not current recipients of a music scholarship and have completed, or are in the process of completing, at least 30 credit hours. Winners are selected based on an audition for the Scholarship Committee which is held in early April. Applicants MUST provide their own pianist/collaborator and provide judges with six copies of the musical score. All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklist. Deadline: March 1.
This scholarship is available to music students having at least 55 credit hours. The candidate must be a degree-seeking voice student or in the Bachelor of Arts in Dance program. Candidates must demonstrate their focus on and concentration in musical theater performance. They must carry a cumulate grade point average of 3.0 or greater (4.0 system) and must be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and Department of Music and Dance. To be eligible for this award, transfer students must be accepted by Grand Valley State University and the Department of Music and Dance.
The Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship is an award of at least $1,000 with the intention of helping the student pay for tuition in his/her final year at GVSU. Competition for the scholarship is open to students majoring in any discipline in the fine arts who have completed 54-96 credits. Students for this award will be nominated by faculty members from the Department of Music and Dance. Two music students and two dance students will be selected by the Scholarship Committee during the first week of February and these four students will go forward as our department's candidates.
Once notified of selection, the candidate must include the following:
1. A personal statement from the candidate explaining something of what his/her art means and what the candidate hopes that the audience will gain from that art. This personal statement should be 1-3 typed pages in length.
2. A current Grand Valley transcript.
3. At least three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in the program nominating the candidate.
4. Supplemental materials (optional) may include, but are not limited to: concert programs, playbills, gallery notices, reviews, and video or audio recordings of performances. (Note: these materials will not be returned).
All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklist. Deadline: March 1.
Note: The actual interview/audition for the Division-Wide Selection Committee will take place in early April.
Note: All students entering GVSU with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and a minimum ACT composite score of 23, receive an automatic $1,000 scholarship. They must have a complete application submitted to GVSU prior to December 31 to qualify. Further opportunities are open to honors students. For a comprehensive university-wide listing of scholarships and grants available to students, please go to www.gvsu.edu/scholarships.
Opportunities for employment through the Department of Music and Dance include student aides, ensemble librarians, and more. Check with ensemble directors for further information relative to these employment opportunities.
Most of these and additional employment opportunities are available through the Federal Work-Study Program, and the opportunities are generous to those who qualify (qualification is based upon financial need, determined by the FAFSA). The Department of Music and Dance engages a number of students under this program, but assignment is made from the Student Employment Office in the Student Services Building. The department can provide information about opportunities under this program. Phone: (616) 331-3484.
For further information on audition appointments and procedures, prospective students are invited to contact:
For further information on scholarships, prospective students are invited to contact:
For information about academic scholarships and need-based aid scholarships, contact the director of Grand Valley's Office of Financial Aid, (616) 331-3234.