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Music Merit Scholarships

The Department of Music offers annually-renewable merit-based scholarship aid to talented new students interestered in majoring or minoring in music. The department also awards one-time scholarships to returning students who have demonstrated high achievement in music lessons, ensembles, and classes.

New students considering a major/minor in music may apply for renewable music merit-based scholarship aid by completing the following two steps:

  1. Emailing the following information directly to the Department of Music
    • Your name and instrument(s)
    • Your UR student ID number (if known)
    • A brief music bio
  1. Submitting a Music Portfolio through the Undergraduate Admissions Office portal with YouTube or other video sharing links to recent performances. Your submission should link to recent solo performances that demonstrate your current level of musical and technical proficiency on your instrument or voice. See instrument-specific repertoire requirements below. Composers should submit PDF files and/or recordings of 3-4 original works.
    • Pianists:  One polyphonic work by J.S. Bach, one Classical-era allegro, and one other piece of the applicant's choice; memorization is preferred.
    • Voice:  Two contrasting art songs. It is preferred that both pieces are performed from memory and one song is in a language other than English. One piece may be an opera/oratorio aria or piece from the musical theatre repertory.
    • Band/orchestral instruments:  Two pieces of contrasting style from the instrument's standard solo repertory; memorization is not required.
    • Guitar:  Two pieces of contrasting style; memorization is not required.

Expectations of students who are awarded renewable scholarships

A. Declare a music major or minor in music by the sophomore year and maintain a B (3.0) average in their music courses.

B. Enroll in MUS 095-Repertoire/Colloquy every semester in residence.

C. Enroll in the MSAP course (private lessons) appropriate to the student's voice or instrument and/or accompany every semester in residence.

D. Enroll in the MSEN course (ensemble) appropriate to the student's voice or instrument and/or accompany every semester in residence.

E. Be a leader in the Department of Music by attending departmental concerts, student recitals, and other music events; be involved in Phi Kappa Mu; organize and/or present programs for MUS 095.

Richmond Scholars Program

Each year, the University awards up to six full-tuition scholarships as part of the Richmond Scholars Program to students with exceptional artistic ability (in music, visual arts, theatre, dance) and a record of high academic achievement. All domestic and international first-year applicants who submit an Arts Supplement and follow the Richmond Scholars application process are eligible for consideration.

Endowed Music Scholarships

Suzanne Kidd Bunting Scholarship
The scholarship was established in 1998 by friends of Suzanne Bunting, who served as University organist, faculty member and long-time department chair from 1961 until her retirement in 1999.

Hannah Coker Music Scholarship
Established 1978 by a gift from Hannah L. Coker, a graduate of Westhampton College in 1923. Over her 25-year career at the University of Richmond, she taught music appreciation, music history and piano, founded the music library and was the music librarian.

Quincy Cole Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1969 through the bequest of Quincy Cole in the Windsor Foundation, which Mr. Cole began through his will and named for his home in Windsor Farms in Richmond. Mr. Cole attended Richmond College in the Class of 1912 and was one of the founders of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

Margaret Downer Music Scholarship
Established in 2000 by Margaret Taylor Gallaway in honor of her mother, the scholarship gives precedence to an outstanding voice or piano student.

F. Flaxington Harker Scholarship
Established in 1953 by the bequest of Edith Clark Harker, W’33, in memory of her husband, F. Flaxington Harker, who had been organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church from 1914–1932. Mrs. Harker had been a professor of voice at Westhampton College. The scholarship is for a Westhampton College student in the Department of Music with preference to piano and organ students.

Margaret E. James Scholarship
Established 1964 by the bequest of Minnie K. James (Mrs. William Carey James) in memory of her daughter, Margaret, who was a member of the Westhampton College Class of 1916 and a music teacher. The scholarship is for Westhampton College students of piano.

Frederick Neumann Scholarship
Frederick “Fritz” Neumann (1907–1994), a native of Bielitz, Austro-Hungary, taught at the University of Richmond from 1955–1978. A violinist, he founded the University Symphony and served as the first concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He was also a renowned scholar of performance practice in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The scholarship was established in 1987 by friends in honor of Dr. Neumann’s 80th birthday.

Puckett Family Scholarship
The scholarship was created in 1994 from a gift from Virginia McIntosh Puckett, W’34, and Charles W. Puckett, R’32, in appreciation of the educational opportunities given to them and their daughter Mary Elizabeth Puckett Maddox, W’66, during their student days at the University of Richmond.

Hilton Rufty Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1974 as a memorial fund at the death of Hilton Rufty, who had been associate professor of music at University of Richmond since 1946. He had also been organist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and St. Giles’ Presbyterian Church in Richmond. The scholarship is for a student in the music department.

Hazel I. M. Sternheimer Scholarship
The scholarship was established in 1991 by Mark and Anne Sternheimer and family in honor of Mark’s mother, Associate Professor of Harp at the University of Richmond from 1939–1942.

Frank I. Stockstill Scholarship
The scholarship was established in 1983 by Susan Stockstill in memory of her husband, who enjoyed playing oboe in the University of Richmond Symphony.

Endowed Residency

The F. Ralph Swanson, R’26, and Mary A. Swanson Artist-in-Residence Fund
The fund was established in 1987 by an estate gift from Mary A. Swanson. This fund brings musicians to the campus every year for several days. In addition to performances, the musicians work with students in classrooms and rehearsals.

Annual Music Awards

The Annual Award for Excellence in Performance, Composition, or Scholarship

An award available to current University of Richmond music majors and minors focusing in Performance, Composition, or Music Scholarship. The value and number of the awards varies yearly at the discretion of the Department of Music faculty.

Applicants must either have declared the music major, or be on track for the minor, prior to applying for the award (first-year students must be officially on track for the major or minor before any award can be made). Awards are based on merit, academic performance, and a dedication to music. Application for these awards is made through a written application (maximum 250 words) directed to the chairperson of the Department of Music and should address:

a) Rationale for receipt of the award
b) Specific examples of the applicant’s efforts in the department to date, as well as a list of classes taken in the Department of Music (see Form here)
c) Applicant’s goals as related to performance, composition, or musicology/ethnomusicology for the coming academic year.

Bobby Chandler Award
The award was established in 1989 by Mr. Homer H. “Kip” Kephart in memory of Mr. Bobby Chandler and is given annually to an outstanding music major.

C. J. Hesch Award
The award was established in 1995 by the family of Dr. C. J. Hesch and is given annually to an outstanding student who has made significant contributions to the music department through participation in ensembles, applied lessons and/or classes.

Roy Jesson Music Prize
The prize was established in 1974 by friends of Jesson, University of Richmond piano instructor from 1955–1961, after his untimely death in 1972. It is awarded to a music student or graduate who excels in performing, conducting or composing.

Phi Kappa Mu Music Honorary Society
The Phi Kappa Mu Music Honorary Society recognizes and promotes academic achievement in the study and performance of music. Students are eligible for membership after achieving second-semester sophomore status and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least three full-unit MUS courses required for the Music major/minor, plus one unit of MSAP and one unit of MSEN. Students are inducted into Phi Kappa Mu at the final MUS 095-Repertoire Class of each academic year.