Music Scholarships

Our Music Department awards several scholarships annually to those who demonstrate exception ability, all of which are available irrespective of your major.

The Donald B. Plott and J. Estes Millner Scholarships, valued at $10,000 annually, are offered to up to three students in each entering class. The awards are renewable for your 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 January 2. In addition, submit a letter discussing your interest in the award, a letter from your current music teacher, and an unedited recording. The quality of the recording should be taken into consideration before submission. See guidelines below.

As one of 10 to 15 finalists you will be invited to the campus to audition during Scholars Celebration and Decision Davidson Weekend.

All finalists will be offered free music lessons in one area for their four years at Davidson.

Guidelines for Recordings and Music Selection

  • Do not send sound files as email attachments
  • Approximately 10 minutes in length
  • No exercises or scales
  • Care should be given to the recording environment  
  • Recordings of recitals or concerts are acceptable
  • Three selections performed from memory
  • One movement or work from the Baroque era
  • One from a Classical sonata
  • One from the Romantic era
  • Three contrasting songs or arias performed from memory.
  • One Italian art song or aria from the 17th or 18th centuries
  • One song in English from any period (excluding musical theater)
  • One work of your choice
  • 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 your standard repertoire
  • 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 instrument

Eligibility Requirements

As a recipient, you are required to maintain a strong academic performance, make expected progress toward your degree, and take applied music lessons for credit with our music faculty, one hour a week, on the instrument auditioned.

You must participate fully 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 a host. Additionally, you will serve as usher for at least two major concerts each semester.

Scholarships for Continuing Students

Pending availability of funds, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors may audition for other music scholarships.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 704-894-2357.