Additional Scholarship Information

Additional Scholarship Information

GW is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and rewards exceptionally qualified students with academic scholarships. 

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Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Presidential Scholars in the Arts are talented students who are looking for a challenging education and artistic growth in Washington, D.C., a vibrant destination for practitioners and supporters of the arts. Students are encouraged in their artistic pursuits and have the opportunity to create in excellent facilities and work one-on-one with faculty who are both dedicated artists and teachers. Together, they experience our nation’s most important museums, stages, libraries, centers for performing arts and arts organizations. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., George Washington University offers a vibrant community of practitioners and supporters of the arts.

PSA scholarship recipients in Music must either major or minor in Music, register each semester for private music lessons and participate in ensemble classes in the performing medium for which the scholarship was awarded.

Application and Audition Requirements

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Awards will be based on auditions to be held on February 3, 2018. Applicants will be contacted after January 5 to schedule auditions.

Audition requirements are as follows:

Instrumentalists: Three contrasting selections that demonstrate musicality and technical proficiency. Be prepared to play major, minor and chromatic scales throughout the range of the instrument and to sight-read. Please bring three (3) photocopies of your music for the audition panel.

Pianists: Three selections from different style periods, including one lyrical piece; also be prepared to play major/minor scales and arpeggios and to sight-read.

Vocalists: Three selections, all to be sung from memory. Two selections must be from the classical/art music repertoire, of which one must be in a foreign language. One selection may be from the pop/jazz/musical theatre repertoire. All selections must be accompanied; a departmental accompanist will be provided. You will be asked to sight-read tonal and rhythm exercises.

Accompaniment: The Department of Music will supply a professional accompanist for all voice applicants. All music for departmental accompanists must be received at least one week prior to the audition. If you send photocopies, please make sure all the music has fit on the page! Please do not fax photocopies of your music to us. Every attempt will be made to allow some rehearsal/discussion time with the department-supplied accompanist, but this cannot be guaranteed. For all other instruments, we discourage the use of an accompanist. Pre-recorded accompaniments will not be allowed except for jazz auditions.


Steiner & Myers Scholarship in Music

The Steiner and Myers scholarship funds are awarded to students who have shown a significant role in the classroom or performance study, letting music influence their academic and personal lives in a way that will carry with them while at GW and beyond. Students must be a Music Major or Minor. These scholarships are maintained throughout your time at GW, with good academic standing and continued involvement with the Department. Applications will be available on March 15, 2017 and will be due later in the Spring 2017 semester.  Contact Carey Stipe for more information.

University Band Award

Open to any member of the University Band by audition. Recipients of these awards must participate in ensemble activities prescribed by the Director of Bands. Awards range from $500 to $1500 per semester and are renewable. For further information, contact Robert Baker, Department Chair.

Barry Manilow Endowed Prize in Music

Awarded annually to a graduating senior whose outstanding record and contributions to the department's programs generally merit such consideration.

Harmon Choral Prize

Established in 1986 in memory of Dr. Robert H. Harmon, Director of Choral Activities from 1924 to 1964, by his brother Bishop Nolan Harmon, the Harmon Choral Associates, and the Department of Music. Awarded annually to one or two students who have made outstanding contributions to the choral program.

GW Becomes "All-Steinway" School

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the dedication of GW’s student-pianists were matched by the quality of GW’s instruments. As part of the largest gift in department history, GW’s Music Department boasts 28 new Steinway-designed pianos, making GW an official all-Steinway university. This elite designation is shared by a small number of schools nationwide, and places GW in the company of Juilliard, Yale, and the Curtis Institute of Music as an all-Steinway school.