Music Merit Scholarship 2024
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Music Merit Scholarship 2024

Our Music Merit Scholarship is open to young instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 2–12.* 

Majors Grades (Current Grade) 
Concert Band  3–12 
Orchestra 3–12 
Junior Vocal Ensemble 2–6
Senior Vocal Ensemble 6–12 
Jazz Ensemble 7–12 

Applications closed on May 24, 2024. Audition results will be shared on a rolling basis but not more than three weeks after auditions.

*Please note, we are not accepting piano auditions at this time. 


Applicants should prepare about 5-10 minutes of solo music. NYSSMA pieces are acceptable, although specific pieces are not required. Students may be asked to play scales and/or perform sight reading. Students should not play band or orchestra pieces from school.  

Students must have at least one year of experience playing their instrument and must be able to read sheet music. Students must also submit a teacher recommendation letter. Letters can be emailed directly to Teachers can use our recommendation letter tips for help writing their letters. 

Students are not required to enroll in camp before their audition but are encouraged as classes may fill up before final decisions are released.  


Students should submit a brief application through Submittable and complete an audition. Students can choose to audition live on campus or virtually via Microsoft Teams. Auditions can be scheduled once the application is submitted using the link on the Submittable confirmation email. 

Alternatively, applicants can submit a pre-recorded audition with their application. Please note, preference will be given to students who choose to do a live audition, either on campus or virtually. 

Live Auditions

Live auditions will be conducted on campus or scheduled via Microsoft Teams on the dates listed below. Auditions will be 15–20 minutes long and include a brief get-to-know-you interview. Students should bring an additional copy of their music; a piano score is an acceptable copy. 

On-campus audition dates: 
Sundays, April 7 & 28 
Sundays, May 5 & 19 
Sunday, June 2

Live virtual audition dates: 
Tuesdays, April 16 & 23 
Tuesdays, May 14 & 28 

Pre-recorded Auditions

Students wishing to submit a pre-recorded audition via Submittable should submit a recording of their solo in its entirety. Recordings should not exceed 10 minutes in length. Students will also be asked to upload a copy of their sheet music. 


Applications closed on May 24, 2024.


Merit Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Technical skills 
  • Passion and motivation 
  • Usdan’s instrument and music needs based on enrollment 
  • Teacher recommendation 


Award amounts will vary from 10-95% of tuition for classic 4- or 8-week programs in music only. View rates.