Music Scholarships

Music Service Scholarships

All Truman students — including incoming students — are eligible to audition for Music Service Scholarships, awarded based on ability demonstrated in your music audition.  To sign up for an audition, please submit the online Audition Request Form or contact the professor in your area of interest. In the case of equal ability between two candidates, preferences will be given to music majors.

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Endowed Music Scholarships

To be eligible for an Endowed Music Scholarship, students must be currently enrolled and have declared music as their major.

Band Scholarships

Available to both majors and non-majors, band scholarships ensure a pool of the finest wind and percussion performers for the Wind Symphony. There are normally 25 of these scholarships available each year, from $500 to $1500. Scholarships are renewable each year as long as you are enrolled in Wind Symphony.

Orchestra Scholarships

Qualified string players, regardless of major or minor status, can audition to receive an orchestra scholarship of up to $1000 per school year. Members of the President’s String Quartet receive an $1800 stipend in addition to their orchestra scholarship. The Karl Webb Endowed Scholarship is a $1000 one-year scholarship awarded to an incoming string music major. If you are a string music major with a scholarship, you must enroll for the University Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and a private lesson. String students with scholarships who are not music majors would be required to enroll for the University Orchestra with optional participation in the Chamber Orchestra and applied lessons.

Piano Scholarships

Piano scholarships range from partial scholarships to full tuition, room, and board. Our Annual Piano Festival in February features the competition which determines the Truman “full-package” scholarship, as well as other scholarships in piano. All high school seniors are encouraged to compete for these awards. Arrange for an audition as soon as possible.

Vocal Scholarships

In addition to generous academic scholarships offered by Truman State University, the choral/vocal area provides financial assistance to qualified, talented students. As an undergraduate vocal music major, you can receive endowed scholarships of substantial amounts. Both music majors and non-majors who participate in choral music ensembles may audition for service scholarships ranging from $300 to $600 per year.

Please contact the Music Department at (660) 785-4417 for additional information about any of the above music scholarships.

Rules for Music Scholarship Students

  • All Music Scholarship students must attend public performances and all rehearsals of their ensembles unless excused by a verified illness, a death in the family, or by special permission of the Head of the Music Department. 
  • All vocal/choral Music Scholarship students must participate in Cantoria and University Chorus and demonstrate leadership and follow guidelines as outlined in the course syllabi. Failure to do so will be cause for non-renewal of the scholarship.
  • Music Scholarship students must maintain an honor point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Good conduct and an attitude of interest and cooperation must be shown by a Music Scholarship student.