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Lewis & Clark offers merit-based music scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding skill and potential in their instrument, voice part, and/or in music composition. Incoming students, transfer students, and current students are eligible to audition once per academic year, in February.  Awarded scholarships will apply in the following fall semester.

Fast Facts

Some scholarships are available to all Lewis & Clark students, regardless of major, and others are available only to declared music majors. The amount of funds given out each year varies. Awards range from $550 per semester (covering the fee to participate in private lessons) to $10,000 per year. Scholarships are automatically renewed each academic year, provided the recipient continues to fulfill the obligations of his/her award – participating in private lessons and performing in the relevant Lewis & Clark music ensemble, i.e. orchestra, choir, wind ensemble, or jazz band. Students may audition on more than one instrument if they possess outstanding skill on both. 

Music majors who receive scholarships will have their primary instrument lessons paid for as a Tholen Lesson Scholarship. The department will also waive the cost of up to 4 semesters of piano lessons. Music majors receiving scholarships, who wish to take a third set of lessons for a third instrument that they study seriously, can petition the department for an additional waiver, as limited funds are available for additional lessons. 


How To Apply

Auditions for the 2015/2016 Academic Year are now closed. Please check back in the fall for instructions on how to apply for 2016/2017.

Audition Requirements

All performance scholarship auditions, whether live or recorded, should demonstrate your abilities to date. If instrumental, please perform 10-15 minutes of music, either one or two short movements or a longer work, demonstrating contrasting styles. Vocalists should perform at least two separate pieces representing different styles you have studied (for example, aria, art song, and musical theater selections); we wish to hear at least one piece in a foreign language and at least one piece using classical vocal technique.

Music composition scholarship applicants should note the portfolio requirements, above. 

Auditions will be heard by members of the Lewis & Clark College music faculty.

For more information on available scholarships and how to apply, contact Jessica Sweeney at 503-768-7460, or email



The Lewis & Clark College music department offers an array of named music scholarships, designed by our donors to foster excellence in a variety of musical areas. Below is a sampling of several of the prestigious named scholarships available to Lewis & Clark students. There are many additional scholarships not listed here that recognize achievement in all areas of the department. 


Betsy Russell ’81 Music Composition Scholarship

The Betsy Russell ’81 Music Composition Scholarship was established in 2011 by music alumna Betsy Russell to attract music composition talent to Lewis & Clark and to celebrate emerging composers in the greater Portland area.  Ms. Russell has a long-standing relationship with the College and a special interest in supporting new music.  Her commitment to the arts will allow Lewis & Clark’s music program to attract and retain fresh talent and promote and reward new composition from young musicians.


The renewable scholarship will provide a $5,000/year award to a student who majors in music composition.  The award will be merit-based and the selection committee will be comprised of faculty of the department and perhaps a music alumnus/a with experience in composition.  The recipient of the award must remain in good standing and as a music composition major throughout his or her academic career at Lewis & Clark.  As a student, the award recipient will submit a composition to be played by a professional music ensemble.


  1. Competitive, merit-based; students will compete for award by submitting a portfolio of their work to music faculty
  2. Current music major with a focus on composition OR incoming student intending to declare a music major with a focus on composition
  3. During Lewis & Clark tenure, recipient presents best work to professional group to perform the composition


Dr. Paul Bellam Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Paul Bellam Memorial Scholarship was funded in 2011 by Bruce Bailey and Mariel Bailey ’72 to celebrate classical music and provide an incentive and a reward for the concert master or mistress of the Lewis & Clark orchestra.

Dr. Bellam lived in Portland, Oregon, from 1966 to 1987 where he taught in Lewis & Clark’s music program, conducted the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and played with the Oregon Symphony.  Called a “perfectionist and taskmaster,” Dr. Bellam played the violin and viola.  He died in 2003.

Mariel studied with Dr. Bellam as an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark.  Mariel went on to play for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and currently holds the position of Section First Violinist.  Her husband, Bruce, plays for the same orchestra.  Mariel and Bruce enjoy the outdoors, collecting musical scores, and spending time with their dog.


The Reinhard and Constance Pauly Orchestral Strings Scholarship

The Reinhard and Constance Pauly Orchestral Strings Scholarship was established in 2013 to enhance the Lewis & Clark strings program by providing merit-based tuition scholarships as well as lesson scholarships to students of the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Dr. Reinhard Pauly was a long-time member of the music faculty where he taught music history and chaired the department. He also played viola with the Portland Opera Orchestra for many years and continues to be involved in chamber music. Students may be awarded a Pauly scholarship regardless of financial need or academic major. Recipients must enroll for lessons in their instrument and play in the orchestra or a chamber music ensemble each term they are on campus. They may renew their scholarship by demonstrating satisfactory progress as determined by their principal teacher.


Cynthia Lois Brown Organ Scholarship

Cynthia Lois Brown Organ Scholarships were established to support students interested in studying the organ as a part of a liberal arts education. The late Cynthia Lois Brown, a student of Lewis & Clark organist and Professor of Music Emeritus, Dr. Lee Garrett, provided the endowment for these scholarships.

Recipients do not need to major in music, but they must have prior keyboard experience in order to take full advantage of the College’s rich program of learning about the organ and its music (there are three fine pipe organs at Lewis & Clark). Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and need and may be renewed, pending students’ satisfactory progress.

Photo below: the Casavant Organ located in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel