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Scholarship Auditions

Music scholarships are available to music majors, music minors and music participants. Amounts range from $200 to $4,000, renewable upon meeting the criteria listed in the scholarship acceptance letter and based upon funding.

All music majors must audition for entrance into the program. Students seeking a music scholarship will use that audition process as meeting the requirement. If you are not seeking a music scholarship or are applying after the scholarship process is complete, contact David Holdhusen at David.Holdhusen@usd.edu or the appropriate faculty member in your area of study to set up an audition. A late audition may take place during the summer months or at the beginning of the semester.

Undergraduate Audition Information


Truran Piano Scholarships

Truran Piano Scholarships range from $500-$4,000 annually. All incoming freshmen or transfer student pianists who are majoring, minoring or participating in music are eligible to compete. To audition, you must select audition materials that demonstrate two works of contrasting style from two of the following periods of music:

  • Baroque
  • Classic
  • Romantic
  • Contemporary

Audition pieces must be performed from memory. Transcriptions, arrangements and popular music styles are not allowed.

23rd Annual Genevieve Truran Piano Competition

The Truran Piano Competition is open to pianists in grades eight through 12. Contestants are divided into categories by school year. One first place and one second place will be awarded for each of the five categories. The first place cash award for each category is $200; second place, $100. Contestants must play two or three works from memory. The works must be from two of the following compositional periods:

  • Baroque
  • Romantic
  • Classic
  • Impressionistic/Contemporary

Learn More About The Truran Piano Competition

Audition Dates

  • Undergraduate - Feb. 3 & 9, 2018
  • Graduate - Feb. 10, 2018


To apply for any of these scholarships, complete the music scholarship application form. It can be mailed or submitted online for your convenience.

Music Scholarship Application

Name Department & Office Contact
David Holdhusen
  • Chair, Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A