Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships for Students

For music teachers in Springfield, Sangamon County, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra musicians

Five scholarships for orchestral instruments and one scholarship for vocal performance will be awarded. The piano category has been eliminated since piano scholarships are available elsewhere.

Auditions will be held Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2020 at Sacred Heart/Griffin High School, 1225 W. Monroe in Springfield.

Please download the application form and share it with your promising music students in grades 6-12.  We hope many will audition for these scholarships to be used either for private music lessons or for summer music camps. If you have questions, please contact Dee Dee Gain at (217) 572-1372 or

Scholarship Auditions

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
(Application deadline is March 1 – no exceptions)

Place: Sacred Heart Griffin High School
1225 W. Monroe St, Springfield, Illinois 62702

Time: Starting at 1:00pm 

The following scholarships will be awarded:

  • Grades 6 – 12:  Orchestral Instruments:  five awards
    (strings, woodwind, brass or percussion)

    1st place $400;  2nd place $350;  3rd place $300;
    4th place $250;  5th place $200
  • Grades 8 – 12:  Vocal (male or female):  one $300 award          

All awards must be used for lessons or summer music camps.

Auditions are open to all students who are members of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, or students whose teachers are Illinois Symphony Orchestra musicians, or any music students who live in Sangamon County.

Students auditioning should come prepared to play one selection of their own choosing up to 5 minutes in length. Vocal solos must be memorized.

Students must provide their own accompanist unless the music was originally composed as an unaccompanied piece.

Students must supply 2 complete copies of the music for the judges, including accompaniment. Number the measures of your composition to assist the judges in their comments.

First place winners from previous years may not compete again on the same instrument.

Videotapes and other electronic media will not be accepted in place of this audition. 

Contestants will be notified of their audition times by March 6.

Winners are invited to perform at the Central Illinois Young Musicians’ Concert on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 4:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Submit applications by March 1, 2020 to Dee Dee Gain, 2053 Cardinal Dr. Springfield, IL 62704
phone: (217) 572-1372

Download the application form

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