Instrumental and Voice Lesson Scholarship Award

Albert Lea Civic Music Association offers music lesson scholarships for private instrumental and voice students Grades 6-12 living in Freeborn County, MN.  Albert Lea Civic Music recognizes that there are students who wish to further their study of their instrument with additional lessons with private non-school lessons. These scholarships are not for beginner students, but for students showing promise and a desire for improvement on their instrument.

Life long learning begins as a child and continues for a  lifetime.

Application Deadline April 15, 2024
Audition Date and Location Friday, May 24, 2024
3:00-6:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Albert Lea, MN (map)


Eligibility requirements

  • Students, including home schooled students, Grades 6-12
  • Students must live in Freeborn County, MN


  • Awards are for 26 thirty minute lessons at $20 a lesson, scheduled during the school year.
  • Judges may award a sixty minute lessons at $40 per lesson for an exceptional advanced student.

The Scholarship Committee can assist in identifying a qualified teacher. Scholarships will be subject to availability of a teacher.

Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the judges and the Civic Music Scholarship Committee.

As part of your scholarship acceptance, all recipients are required to participate in a celebratory showcase recital for the Albert Lea Civic Music Board, parents, friends, and teachers at the end of the following school year. 

Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Detailed Requirements and Audition Information

All auditions will be performed before a panel of judges.

Application Fee $15

(Fee is waived if applicant has a current Civic Music Season Ticket)

1) Applicant must live in Freeborn County, MN.

2) Applicant must submit a completed application form.

3) All applicants will perform in front of a panel of judges.

4) All applicants must complete all of the requirements.

5) A recommendation from a current private teacher or a school music teacher is required for all applicants

Please instruct your teacher to submit their recommendation by April 15, 2024.

6) Audition repertoire requirements

Each applicant must perform two contrasting selections:

  • The two selections must be of contrasting style (e.g. fast and slow, sacred and secular, etc)
  • Two different time periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary)
  • Two different composers

7) All music will be performed with a live accompanist unless the music is specifically written without accompaniment. NO taped accompaniments allowed. Albert Lea Civic Music will provide an accompanist for all applicants and will cover the accompanist’s fees.

Please review the Accompanist Information Page Follow the guidelines for preparing and submitting your original scores for your assigned Civic Music accompanist. All scores must be submitted by the application deadline.

8) No music substitution day of competition.

9) At audition, applicants must provide an original copy of required selections for the judges with measure numbers marked.

10) Memorization is preferred, not mandatory.


Albert Lea Civic Music Scholarship Committee
Revised January 2024