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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. Applications are due in January, and auditions take place in February. Awarded scholarships will apply in the following fall semester.
Continuing students who audition for music scholarships are eligible to receive “Music Excellence Awards.” These are merit-based, limited scholarships, and may augment a student’s current scholarship.
Continuing students who are non-majors involved in the music department may also audition for lesson scholarships to offset the cost of private lessons on their voice or instrument for their remaining time at Lewis & Clark. Receiving this scholarship will require the student to participate in the appropriate ensemble each semester they are on campus.
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 start at $550 per semester (covering the fee to participate in private lessons) and may also include funding to offset tuition costs. Music merit scholarships combine with need-based financial aid offered by the college to make tuition expenses more affordable. 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. To do so, students must complete two separate applications.
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 2017/2018 Academic Year are now closed. Please check back in the fall for instructions on how to apply for 2018/2019.
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.
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 by music alumna Betsy Russell in order 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 compositions from young musicians.
The scholarship will provide a $5,000 tuition award to a music major with a focus on composition. The award will be competitive and merit-based. The selection committee will be comprised of faculty of the music department and perhaps a music alumnus/a with experience in composition. The award recipient will also receive up to $800 per Russell award year for professional performance(s) of their composition(s), which they may opt to use during the award year or apply toward later performances. Recipient may re-apply for future years, but there is a separate selection process for every year. However, if they do not receive the Russell scholarship again, the department will still renew tuition funding at the same level, assuming they remain in good standing.
- Competitive, merit-based; students will compete for award by submitting a portfolio of their work to music faculty
- Current music major with a focus on composition OR incoming student intending to declare a music major with a focus on composition
- During award year, recipient will discuss with composition faculty which composition(s) would best be suitable for performance(s) by professional musicians, as well as the appropriate venue(s).
Size and Duration of the Award
This fund is non-endowed. Scholarship funding will be provided by the donor on an annual basis. The award will be a $5,000 tuition scholarship.
Donor Involvement and Student Recipient Commitment
The recipient of this award will be asked to:
- Write to the donor to apprise her of his/her progress at Lewis & Clark
- Attend the annual scholarship luncheon to meet with the donor
- Work with composition faculty to select a work to be performed by a professional ensemble in a public performance or performances
- Invite the donor to senior recital, if applicable.
The donor of this award can expect:
- An opportunity to meet the scholar at the annual scholarship luncheon and receive at least one piece of correspondence per award year from the scholar.
- An invitation to hear the scholar’s composition performance(s), including the performance(s) by professional musicians, and to scholar’s senior recital, if applicable.
- To be acknowledged in the college’s donor honor roll of donors, and invited to stewardship events hosted by the college.
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 concertmaster 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