Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition each year to students who:

1) are in their second full-time semester at SD Mines
2) are registered in a degree-granting program
3) have been involved in a music ensemble at SD Mines
4) have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

Award winners may audition again during their award year for the following academic year. Instrumental award winners are expected to enroll in University Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and/or Jazz Band for the academic year and perform a leadership role in one of those ensembles. Vocal award winners are expected to enroll in University Choir, Concert Choir and/or Master Chorale, assuming a leadership role in one of those ensembles. Keyboard award winners choose to audition for either band or choral awards at the time of application. Keyboard award winners will thus be expected to be involved with the ensemble(s) of that category at the discretion of the appropriate Director.

2017-18 music scholarship auditions will be held in the Music Center, room 203 on Friday, March 31, 2017, beginning at 4:00 pm. The online application form must be submitted by end of business day on March 18, 2017. Contact Dr. Armstrong , or Ms. Schnittgrund for details.

Before you apply, read these Thoughts about Music Scholarships at SD Mines

The number of scholarships and the amount awarded is based on two factors:
1. The monies available to be awarded, determined by the SD Mines Foundation, which handles Music Scholarship investments.
2. The number and quality of the applicants, which varies from year to year.

Following are the scholarships currently available:

Music Scholars Award  

2016-17 recipients : Alana MacLachlan, Christopher Oram

This scholarship attempts to identify and reward students who are leaders in music ensembles on campus.  It was established by Director of Music, Dr. James D. Feiszli, using funds generated from donations at the annual holiday choral concerts.

Charles Hallstrom Memorial Scholarship

2016-17 recipient : Alexander Schimbeno

The Charles Hallstrom Memorial Scholarship award was established in 2013 in honor of Charles, or Chuck, who tragically lost his life in 1970 while fighting in Vietnam. Hallstrom was a South Dakota School of Mines student who actively participated in the Singing Engineers, the top vocal group on campus at that time.

Larry Huisenga Award

2016-17 recipients : Hannah Covey, Mitchell Kovash

Used to further Music Activities at SDSM&T, the Larry Huisenga Vocal Music Fund was established by Tamera J. Nelson (MetE86) in honor of her father, who was a lifelong singer.  It may be used as a scholarship award in any year at the discretion of the Director of Music.

Margret MacIntosh Music Scholarship  

2016-17 recipient : Adelyn Crabtree

This scholarship was established by Dan (CheE' 77) and Nancy Carlson in honor of Dan's aunt Margret. It is to be awarded to a student who is active in te university music program.

Ronald F. & Eunice A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

2015 recipient : Cole Steffen

Awarded to a student of good academic standing who is involved in a vocal ensemble and comes from South Dakota, the Milller Memorial Scholarship was established by Kenneth Miller (EE75) in memory of his parents.

Karen Whitehead Scholarship

2016-17 recipient : Summer Rogers

The Karen Whitehead Music Scholarship fund was established in honor of former Provost Dr. Karen Whitehead to assist students who share her love of music. The Whitehead Scholarship is awarded to any student involved in the music program upon recommendation from the music director.