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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, Class of 2015 Brooks Scholar, with Jan Müller-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 at the College of the Holy Cross.

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. Performers: video recordings of two selections in contrasting styles. Include piano accompaniment if applicable. Orchestral or ensemble excerpts are acceptable if the applicant is a soloist. Recordings should not exceed 15 minutes in length. Links to file sharing sites (SoundCloud, DropBox, YouTube, etc.) are preferred.

4. Composers: two or more compositions with corresponding scores. Include audio recordings if available. Computer realized recordings are acceptable. Links to file sharing sites (SoundCloud, DropBox, YouTube, etc.) are preferred.

Submission Guidelines

Please send materials by either email or postal mail.

By email:

Alice Resker, Office Coordinator, Department of Music
Subject Heading: Brooks Scholarship
Address: aresker(at)holycross(dot)edu

By postal mail:

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

Please contact Alice Resker if you have any questions about the application process:

Application Deadline: Jan. 15


Holy Cross Organ Scholarship

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. The recipient of this scholarship will have at his/her disposal the 1985 four manual, 50-stop mechanical action organ built by Taylor & Boody Organ builders, located in the beautiful St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. Please note: the organ scholarship is not offered every year. To find out if it will be offered in the year you are applying, please contact the music department (  Applicants for the organ scholarship must apply for early decision and December 1 is the deadline for those applying for the organ scholarship.  Organ scholarship applicants should apply as early as possible because the live audition at Holy Cross must be completed no later than December 18.

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 his/her particular class. 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. It is possible to have a double major in another discipline.

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 to apply for the organ scholarship, a detailed résumé of the applicant’s studies and musical experiences, a complete list of the applicant’s organ repertoire, a 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:

Department of Music – Brooks Concert Hall

College of the Holy Cross

1 College St.

Worcester, MA 01610

After careful review of the submitted materials, the top applicants will be invited to come to Holy Cross for a live audition and audition.  These auditions and interviews will take place before December 22 in any given year.

After formal application to the College and upon receipt of all the applicant’s materials, The Department of Music will contact the applicant for a personal interview and live audition at Holy Cross. Holy Cross application forms as well as information for applying for financial aid are found on the Holy Cross website; 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. Deadline for submission of the organ scholar application is December 15, as applying for early decision is required.  Please contact the Department of Music via email if you have any questions: