Each year, several scholarships are available for local musicians through the Albert Lea Civic Music Association Scholarship. Auditions are held each spring.

Questions? Please contact Eileen Nelson Ness at 377-2075 or Sue Jorgensen at 377-1580.

Instrumental and Voice Lesson Scholarship Award

The Instrumental and Voice Lesson Scholarship Award is intended for instrumental and voice students living in Freeborn County. The scholarship seeks to support students who wish to further their private study. Any student, grade 6-12, is eligible for this scholarship.

Jerdet Scholarships

The Jerdet summer music camp scholarships are available for junior and senior high school students who are interested in attending a summer music program. Up to two awards are available in each age bracket. Auditions consist of two contrasting pieces in style and period.  

Also available is a college scholarship for a student who has finished the freshmen year of college. Audition requirements include a movement of a concerto and a contrasting piece from any time period. For vocal auditions, one piece must be in a foreign language and one in English. While preference is given to music majors, non-music majors may also audition.

Helen Wipplinger Organ and Piano Lesson Scholarship

The Helen Wipplinger Organ and Piano Lesson Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the late, Helen Wipplinger. Wipplinger was an accomplished musician and avid music lover who desired to promote and encourage the education and training of future church organists and pianists. Anyone wishing to pursue training to play in church should apply for this scholarship.

Adult lesson awards are also available. Applicants must prepare one of the required pieces, a piece of their choice, a hymn of their choice and a hymn that is sight-read.