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Music Scholarships

High school seniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics and performance or composition may be eligible for the prestigious Brooks Music Scholarship or the Organ Scholarship, both covering full tuition at Holy Cross.

 

Brooks Scholarship

Anastasia (Ana) Dulskiy '19, a Brooks Scholar, with Jan Muller-Szeraws, artist in residence (cello) and coordinator of chamber music.

The Brooks Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition scholarship offered to a high school senior who will major in music or double major in music and another discipline.

Candidates must demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in the area of instrumental/vocal performance or composition as well as significant academic achievement. Holy Cross offers a rich and varied music curriculum, distinguished faculty members with international reputations, and opportunities for private study and participation in large and small music ensembles.

General Guidelines

In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the College, students applying for the Brooks Music Scholarship must also provide the following materials to the Department of Music: 

  1. A music resume detailing the student’s background, experience, and teachers. 
  2. An essay (approximately one page) describing the student’s goals and reasons for wanting to major in music. 
  3. Two letters of recommendation, sent under separate cover. One letter should be from the student’s current private vocal/instrumental or composition teacher; the other letter should be from a music teacher or other professional musician with whom the student has worked.
  4. Recordings of applicants playing, singing, or compositions. Links to file sharing sites (SoundCloud, DropBox, YouTube, etc.) are preferred. A CD recording is also acceptable. Email file sharing links to Alice Resker (aresker@holycross.edu) with the subject heading: Brooks Scholarship Audio Links.

Please contact Alice Resker (office coordinator) if you have any questions about the application process: aresker@holycross.edu.

Guidelines for Performers

  • Submit a recording of two selections in contrasting styles.
  • Include piano accompaniment where applicable.
  • Orchestral excerpts are not acceptable unless the applicant is a soloist.
  • The recording should not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Guidelines for Composers

  • Composers should submit at least two compositions with corresponding scores and recordings if available. Computer realizations are acceptable.
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Please send the scholarship application materials to:

Chair, Department of Music
P.O. Box 151A
College of the Holy Cross
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610

Holy Cross Organ Scholarship

Abraham Ross ’16, who was a Holy Cross Organ Scholar during his time at Holy Cross, on the Taylor & Boody Organ in St. Joseph Chapel.

The Organ Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition, scholarship, renewable on a yearly basis, offered to a high school senior who will major in music or double major in music and another discipline beginning in the fall of 2017. The recipient of this scholarship will have at his/her disposal the 1985 four manual, 50-stop mechanical action organ built by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders, located in the beautiful Saint Joseph Memorial Chapel.

The awardee will assist the college organist as needed in all aspects of the chapel music program and will hold the title of Holy Cross Organ Scholar of the Class of 2021. The awardee must major in music and study organ privately for four years; the person must have a career goal in church music and/or organ performance. The awardee will also have the opportunity to take voice and conducting lessons.

Applicants for the scholarship should already have some experience in church music and a very strong background in keyboard studies and very good sight-reading skills. This prestigious scholarship will only be awarded to an advanced organist who has seriously studied organ for several years and has excellent basic music skills especially in sight reading. 

A letter of intent, a detailed resumé of the applicant’s studies and musical experiences, a complete list of the applicant’s organ repertoire, a CD or DVD recording of your abilities as an organist (three organ solos of your choice, plus two hymns) and three letters of reference are to be sent to Prof. James David Christie, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610.

After formal application to the College and upon receipt of all the applicant’s materials, Prof. Christie will contact the applicant for a personal interview and live audition at Holy Cross. It is necessary to write directly to the Admissions Department of the College of the Holy Cross for all necessary application forms and financial aid information; there is no special form to apply for the organ scholarship, but the applicant must inform the Admissions Department that he/she is applying for the Holy Cross Organ Scholar position for the class of 2021. Deadline for submission of the organ scholar application is Jan. 15, 2017. Please contact Prof. Christie via email if you have any questions: jdchrist@holycross.edu  

If one is invited to play a live audition at Holy Cross, the applicant should be prepared to play four solo organ works: a large work of J.S. Bach, a pre-Bach work, a Romantic work, and a 20th century work. The applicant should also prepare one hymn as if leading a congregation (free harmonizations are optional); the applicant will also be tested on sight-reading and ear training.