25th Oct2011

Composition Scholarship

by Mrs. Gunn

Indiana University Composition Scholarship

Due date: postmarked by December 1, 2011

Scholarship: $60,000 undergraduate scholarship

High School Composition Competition


A $60,000* undergraduate scholarship from Indiana University ($15,000 per year for four years) for a major in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

* A $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year for four years) will be awarded if the competition winner is an Indiana resident.


• Entrants must be currently enrolled in an accredited public or private high school in North America, graduating in 2012. There is no restriction concerning citizenship.

• Composers entering the competition should be prepared to enter college or university in the fall of 2012.

• To be eligible to receive the award, the winner of the competition must be accepted into an undergraduate degree program of the Indiana University School of Music Composition Department.* Composers entering the competition need not apply for admission to Indiana University at this time.


• Composers are invited to submit legible scores for up to two (2) works, of any instrumentation and duration. Your music should be reproduced and bound; do not send original manuscripts. An audio CD of the music of one or both of the scores may be submitted as supplemental material. These recordings may be MIDI realizations, but please do not send data CD’s of MIDI files. If you wish to have your materials returned, enclose a self-addressed envelope with proper postage; scores submitted without return postage will become the property of the School of Music. Though every precaution will be taken, Indiana University does not assume liability for loss or damage to materials.

• Students entering the competition should complete the competition entry form.

Click here for on-line entry form.


The competition will be judged by the Indiana University School of Music composition faculty; the decision of the judges is final. If in their opinion no submitted works are worthy of the award, none will be made.

Address and Deadline

Scores and completed competition entry forms should be sent to:

High School Composition Competition
Composition Department
Jacobs School of Music
1201 E Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Submissions must be postmarked by December 1, 2011.
Finalists will be notified by January 20, 2012
The winning composer will be notified by May 1, 2012

Previous Winners

1993 Daniel Dixon Kellogg (Wilton, CT)
1994 Sherene Strausberg (Baltimore, MD)
1995 Matthew Van Brink (East Northport, NY)
1996 Sarah Polk (Tucson, AZ)
1997 Ryan Deasy (Indianapolis, IN)
1998 Ryan Howard (Foster City, CA)
1999 Robert DeVries (Farmington Hills, MI)
2000 John Rodney Glover (Bloomfield, MI)
2001 Jeffrey Stanek (Madison, WI)2002 Erik Norman (Huntington Beach, CA)
2003 Sarah Gibson (Atlanta, GA) 2004 Trevor Edge (Columbus, OH)
2006 Max Grafe (Wallkill, NY)
2007 Jacob Shrum (Oswego, IL)
2008 Evan Rees (Westwood, MA)
2009 Connor Lidell (Arlington, TX)

* Among the determinants for admission to Indiana University and the School of Music are an audition in at least one area of performance, the evaluation of scores by the composition faculty, and an examination in the basic knowledge of music theory. For full details on admission, please contact:

Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid
Merrill Hall 101
1201 E Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-7998
School of Music Admissions Website  [LINK]
e-mail: [email protected]



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