Department of Music

Scholarships

Once you’ve been admitted to Christopher Newport and to the Department of Music, you are automatically eligible for all departmental scholarships. Scholarship recipients must remain full-time music majors and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher throughout the program.

Scholarships are awarded each year to students based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the entrance audition
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Academic and musical achievements

Scholarship awards are determined at the conclusion of auditions each spring.

Ferguson Enterprises Performing Arts Scholarship ($2,500 and $5,000)

These scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year students who display high aptitude for study in the performing arts. These scholarships include a service component, affording you the opportunity to use your talents for the benefit of others.

Dr. Jeffrey Brown Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a piano major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

William S. Brown Endowed Music Scholarship

This scholarship is given each year to a music major pursuing jazz studies. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must also enroll each semester in jazz ensemble, jazz combo and jazz improvisation.

Sophie Chang Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a selected music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

Emmett S. Dyer Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a piano major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

JoAnn Falletta Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a selected music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

Donald E. Golden Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a selected music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble and perform at least once a year at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newport News.

Mark Lee McCoy Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded every four years to a music major, preferably one who graduated from a York County high school. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

James and Virginia Taylor Endowed Merit Scholarship in Music

This award is given each year to a selected music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years.

Charles J. Cooper Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a selected music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

David S. Reynolds Endowed Music Scholarships

These awards are made each year to four vocal music majors. Applicants must have experience in musical productions and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipients must enroll each semester in a major choral ensemble and perform in Opera CNU.

Ella Fitzgerald Endowed Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a vocal music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in vocal jazz ensemble and a major choral ensemble.

Lt. Col. Ed D’Alfonso Endowed Music Scholarships

These awards are made each year to four instrumental music education majors. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipients must enroll each semester in wind ensemble or university orchestra.

Dr. Mark U. Reimer Endowed Music Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded each year to instrumental music education majors. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of the audition. The recipients must enroll each semester in wind ensemble.

Marguerite K. Carter Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a violin major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in university orchestra.

Dr. Robert Carrol Smith Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a music major, preferably a pianist. Applicants must perform one work at the music scholarship recital and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

John W. and Cathleen B. Gaines Endowed Music Scholarship

The award is given each year to a music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

Friends of Music Endowed Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a music major. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

Friends of Music Scholarships

These awards are given each year to selected music majors. Applicants must perform one work in the music scholarship recital and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipients must enroll each semester in their major ensemble.

Gloucester-Matthews County Endowed Music Scholarship

This award is given each year to a music major who graduates from either Gloucester High School or Matthews County High School. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

Virginia S. Purtle Music Scholarship ($500)

This scholarship is awarded each year to a rising senior music major in good standing with Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity for women. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The selection criteria are based on service to the fraternity and overall improvement in musicianship. Applicants must remain in good standing with the fraternity the year following the award.

J. Archie and Wilma Handy Cornette Scholarship

This award is made each year to an instrumental music major studying piano as his or her applied instrument. Applicants must perform one work during the music scholarship recital and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble.

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