Music Scholarships

For students with exceptional talent and passion for music.

The Music Department awards a number of scholarships annually, all of which are available irrespective of major. The Donald B. Plott and J. Estes Millner Scholarships, valued at $15,000 annually, are offered to up to three students in each entering class. The awards are renewable for recipients' remaining three years at Davidson provided you meet the requirements listed below.

Application Process

Submit the application scholarship form and your application for admission by your chosen application plan's deadline. In addition, you must submit a letter discussing your interest in the award, a recommendation letter from your current music teacher, and an unedited recording. The quality of the recording should be taken into consideration before submission.

Students must submit their scholarship application and the required materials by the deadline date of their chosen application plan (Early Decision 1 - Nov. 15; Early Decision II or Regular Decision - Jan. 5). Please note that you will only be able to submit your portfolio after you have received your 'Application Status Webpage' PIN and log-on email from Davidson. You will receive this email only after you have submitted your admission application. Since the email and your PIN may not reach you for 24 to 48 hours after you submit your application for admission, be sure to allow for this time in your process.

Finalists will audition on campus during Scholars Celebration and Decision Davidson Weekend. All finalists will be offered free music lessons in their instrument for their four years at Davidson.

Music Selection Guidelines for Audio Submission


  • Upload your audio⁄video files
  • Recordings should be approximately 10 minutes in length
  • Do not submit exercises or scales
  • Care should be given to the recording environment
  • Recordings of recitals or concerts are acceptable


  • Three selections to include the following:
  • One movement or work from the baroque era
  • One from a classical sonata
  • One from the romantic era


  • Three contrasting songs or arias
  • One Italian art song or aria from the 17th or 18th centuries
  • One song in English from any period (excluding musical theater)
  • Selections should demonstrate your musical sensitivity and technical proficiency
  • Selections must be performed in their entirety (long instrumental accompaniments may be shortened)
  • Selections should be accompanied, unless written for unaccompanied voice

Other Instruments

  • Two selections from the standard repertoire of your instrument
  • One moderate or fast tempo, demonstrating technical proficiency
  • One slower, demonstrating musical sensitivity
  • Selections should be accompanied, unless written as a concert piece for unaccompanied instrumental, such as a Bach suite or a percussion solo

As a recipient, you are required to maintain a strong academic performance, make expected progress toward your degree, and be an active member in one of the Music Department ensembles. You must participate fully in that ensemble each semester, including tours and graduation weekend performances, and earn a positive recommendation from the ensemble director.

You will participate in Scholars Weekend and serve as usher for at least two major concerts each semester.

Pending availability of funds, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors may audition for other music scholarships. For more information, call the Music Department at 704-894-2357 or visit Music Department.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Gardner Roller Ligo
Director of Merit Programs