College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music

Scholarships, Competitions, and Awards Spring 2014

TU Concert Hall

The following scholarships are being offered this semester. If you wish to apply, click the application. You can either print the application and then type in the requested information or simply fill out the form within Acrobat then print it.


New Procedures for Department of Music Scholarship Applications


In an effort to streamline the scholarship application process and encourage more student participation the Department of Music Scholarship Committee will institute a few changes in the application process for Spring 2014 applications:

For Students:

  •  You will find a common application cover sheet on the Department’s scholsrship web page:
  • Every scholarship for which you apply will need to have this form attached as a cover sheet. 
  • You can fill this information out once and save it then go back and adjust the form fields as needed for specific scholarship information.  We hope this will save you time.
  • Each scholarship has its own application form as well with information specific to that scholarship.
  • In past years we have had “fact sheets” and application forms.  The new forms combine the application and fact sheets together for ease.
  • All scholarships require submission of an unofficial transcript.
  • All competition recitals require submission of print-ready program information (including translations for singers).  Your applied teacher must approve the print-ready recital program information before you submit your competition application.  Make sure you proof your information carefully.
  • Remember that competitions require published scores.  Plan ahead to make sure you have these well before the competition day.
  • If you need help writing your supportive statement(s) please see a member of the scholarship committee or talk to a faculty member who can assist.
  • Remember:  you are presenting yourself in the best way possible.  Promote yourself and your accomplishments as a performer, scholar, future educator.  Discuss your financial situation where appropriate. 

 For Faculty:

  • Please submit letters of recommendation which mention the specific scholarship by name.  This is especially important for scholarships which are decided upon outside of the Department.  It is fine to use the same letter (or nearly so) for different scholarships, but tailoring the letter to a specific scholarship helps your recommended student in the end. 
  • Please try, whenever possible, to give your recommendations to the student so that they can submit all of their materials together. 

Application Cover Sheet:




Spring 2014 Scholarships


The Ben O’Brien/Music & Arts Center Memorial Endowment Fund - $2633


Funds are used to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in Music Education.  Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating financial need. 

1. Must be a full-time junior or senior student at Towson majoring in music education.

2. Must have an overall 3.0 GPA.

2. Must be enrolled in or have completed MUSC 327 Choral Conducting or MUSC 329 Instrumental Conducting.


GPA:  Minimum 3.0

Statement of application and financial need required.

Students may self-nominate. 

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Alicia Mueller – Dept. of Music



Sylvia and Irving H. Cohen Scholarship Fund - $617.00


The annual award will be granted to an undergraduate student(s) who was a Music Preparatory student [now called The Maryland Performing Arts Institute] for at least two years prior to attending Towson University. Preference will be given to entering freshmen or transfer students. The recipient(s) must be a full-time Music major and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Preference will be given to a student who studies and instrument taught by a university instructor who also teaches for the Maryland Performing Arts Institute. [formerly Music Preparatory Department.]


GPA:  Minimum 3.0

Application statement required. 

Students may self-nominate. 

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m.  Friday, March 7, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Phillip Collister – Dept. of Music



Franklin and Alice Cooley Art Scholarship Endowment - $517.75


 The scholarship shall be awarded annually to talented students in the various disciplines of: art, dance, music and Theater.


GPA:  Minimum 3.0

Application statement required. 

Students may self-nominate. 

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m.  Friday, February 28, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Phillip Collister – Dept. of Music



The Sidney Lieberman Music Competition – 1st and 2nd prize winners – Convocation winner’s recital.


The purpose of the fund shall be to provide support for a music competition in the College of Fine Arts and Communications Department of Music. The competition is open to any Towson University student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate major in music. Contestants must be currently enrolled in applied lessons and sponsored by an applied faculty member. Contestants must be prepared at the audition to present a total of twenty-five (25) minutes of music. (First-place winners of the Friedman-Gordon or the Lieberman competition may not again enter the competition in which they won first place.) Each applied teacher may send a maximum of two candidates. The criteria for the competition will include musicality, technique, interpretation, stage presence, and style. A minimum of two different styles or style periods must be represented. Memorization is required for voice (oratorio and chamber music excepted) and piano, optional for others. One copy of the solo part or piano score must be provided for the judges. Photocopies are not acceptable, and will result in disqualification.


GPA:  Minimum – N/A

Application required

Students are nominated by applied professor (a maximum of two candidates per studio)

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Phillip Collister – Dept. of Music



The Music Department Talent Award Competition –$150.00


Talent competition within each of the following divisions: composition, jazz, keyboard, strings, guitar, voice, winds, percussion, brass, history/ literature and theory. Students must be in “good academic standing.” This can be referenced by checking a Degree Progress Report. At the discretion of the area coordinator, consideration may include GPA and the ability of students to complete academic courses in a timely manner.


Any Towson University undergraduate music major excluding: 1) the preceding first or second place winners in the Friedman-Gordon Competition (from Fall 2012) or the Diekmann Competition (from Spring 2012), and 2) Any former winners of the Talent Award from any given year. This information will be available online for reference.


Additional Information:  See contest rules sheet.

GPA:  Determined by area

Application Form

Due Date:  See your area leader or division leader.



Beulah M. Price Scholarship - $2506.00

(awarded through the COFAC Dean’s office)


Applicants must:

1.Be a full-time undergraduate in Dance, Art, Music, or Theater major and in good standing.

2. Be at sophomore, junior, or senior standing (with a full year of study until completion of the degree).

3.Have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

4.Demonstrate excellence in the major.

5.Demonstrate exceptional circumstances requiring the award.

Be nominated by a division of the Music Department


Application statements required.

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m.  Friday, February 28, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Phillip Collister – Dept. of Music



The Alexander E. Sidorowicz Memorial Fund - $538.00 Award


To provide scholarships on a rotating basis to students of the Fine and Performing Arts Departments and the Department of Communication and Communication Studies of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University. 


Awards shall be made to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, as well as outstanding talent, in their field of study. Awards are not be renewable.


GPA:  Minimum 3.0

Application statement required.

Students must be nominated/sponsored by a Music Department faculty member.

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m.  Friday, February 28, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Phillip Collister – Dept. of Music



The McDonnell-Brungardt Scholarship Fund - $564.00


The purpose of the Fund shall be to provide support for scholarships in the Music and Art Departments of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


Awards to Music Department students shall be determined by a Music Department faculty committee appointed by the Dean.  Recipients may be from any discipline within the Music Department, and consideration shall be given to performance and scholarship within the discipline.


Only full-time undergraduate or graduate music majors are eligible.  Music Department faculty must nominate students. Students may solicit faculty nomination.  Recipients may be from any discipline within the Music Department. Consideration shall be given to performance and scholarship within the discipline. The award is based on merit. The recipient must be in good academic standing. Minimum GPA: 3.0


GPA:  Minimum 3.0

Application statement required.

Due Date:  by 4:30 p.m.  Friday, February 28, 2014

Submit Application to Dr. Phillip Collister – Dept. of Music



Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2839
Fax: 410-704-2841



Fall 2013

Scholarship Recipients



John H. Kelbaugh Scholarship


Scott D. Winter (B.M. piano performance)- $646.00 award


Mary Pat Hughes Scholarship

Meghan McGinty (B.M. Voice Performance) - $1027.00 award


C. James Velie Scholarship

Lindsay Spiegel (BS. Music Ed / Vocal-General/piano) - $750.00 award


James L. Dunbar, Jr. Scholarship

1st prize -  LaShelle Bray, Award of $1200
2nd prize - Chistina Senita, Award of $500
3rd prize - Heather Whelan, Award of $337


C. May Diekmann Scholarship

Megan Weeks - Clarinet

Colin Walter - Bassoon

Emily Sessa - Flute

Sondra Boyle - Oboe

Cynthia Ford - Flute

Jennifer Wegman - Clarinet

Mark Doctor – Saxophone


Kenton Jazz Scholarship

Chris Young (B.M. Jazz/Commercial Performance) - $640.00


Henry Sanborn Music Scholarship

Ashley Larkin – Voice - $1500.00

Sondra Boyle – Piano - $1500.00


Cecylia Barczyk Cello Scholarship Fund

Michael Diener - $314

Megan Beichler - $100


Ben O’Brien Music and Arts Scholarship  (Music Education)

Ashley Ashman-$792

Amanda McNutt-$792

David Wagner-$792


Peggy Friedmann Gordon Music Competition

Matthew Dupree, percussion – 1st prize $1000.00

Ashley Larkin, soprano – 2nd prize - $650.00

Jesse Washburn, guitar – 3rd prize - $350.00








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