Scholarships for Entering Students

The Music Department awards several scholarships annually to first-year students. All scholarships are available regardless of whether a student majors in music.

Based upon the submitted Special Application Scholarship materials, approximately 10-15 students are invited to the campus to audition during Scholars Celebration and Decision Davidson Weekend in April.

The Donald B. Plott and J. Estes Millner Scholarships provide for a total of three scholarships for first-year students, each valued at $10,000 annually. Plott and Millner Scholars also receive a Harper Lesson Scholarship that provides for on-campus, 60-minute applied music lessons for credit.

The awards are renewable for the recipients' remaining three years at Davidson, provided they:

  • Maintain a strong academic performance
  • Make expected progress toward their degree
  • Take applied music lessons for credit with Davidson College music faculty, one hour a week, on the instrument auditioned
  • Earn a grade of B in each semester's jury and a grade of B or better in applied lessons
  • Participate fully each semester, including tours and graduation weekend performances, in the ensemble indicated on the award's "Statement of Understanding," and earn a positive recommendation from the ensemble director
  • Serve as usher for a minimum of two of the department's major concerts each semester
  • Participate in the Scholars Weekend and serve as hosts for Music Scholar guests

Application Requirements

Students wishing to apply must submit the following by the deadline date of their chosen application plan: Early Decision I - November 15; Early Decision II or Regular Decision - January 2.

  • Special Application Scholarship Form - submissions without this application will not be considered
  • Letter discussing your interest in the award
  • Letter of recommendation from your current music teacher
  • One unedited CD or DVD recording.

Recordings for the Special Application Scholarship Form

  • Recordings should be approximately 10 minutes in length and should not contain any exercises or scales
  • For optimal evaluation, care should be given to the recording environment and quality
  • Recordings of recitals or concerts are acceptable but quality should be taken into consideration
  • Please do not send sound files as email attachment
  • See Music Selection Guidelines below to guide preparation of your audio submission.

Music Selection Guidelines for the On-Campus Audition


Three selections performed from memory. These should include one movement or work from the Baroque era, one from a Classical sonata, and one from the Romantic era.


Three contrasting songs or arias performed from memory. These should include one Italian art song or aria from the 17th or 18th centuries, one song in English from any period (excluding musical theater), and one work of the singer's choice

All selections must be performed in their entirety, although long instrumental accompaniments may be shortened. Unless written for unaccompanied voice, the selections should be accompanied. The selections should demonstrate the singer's musical sensitivity and technical proficiency.

Other Instruments

Two selections from the standard repertoire of one's instrument and one should be of moderate or fast tempo, demonstrating technical proficiency and one should be slower, demonstrating musical sensitivity.

Unless written as a concert piece for unaccompanied instrument, such as a Bach suite or a percussion solo, the selections should be accompanied.

For more information on music scholarships contact Christine Tabor or call 704-894-2357.