Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship

Gustavus Adolphus College recognizes the importance of music as an integral element in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. The music faculty prepares majors for advanced studies and for careers as professional musicians and educators, and engages non-majors in the study and performance of music. The Jussi Björling Music Scholarship rewards musical accomplishment and potential for continued growth as a musician.

Named for the great Swedish opera singer, The Jussi Björling Music Scholarship honors his legacy as a prominent musician. Touring the United States in 1920 with his father and brothers, the nine-year-old Björling presented a recital at Gustavus Adolphus College. After returning to the United States in 1937, Björling made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1938 and sang as the leading tenor for the prestigious opera house for the next two decades. The Chicago Tribune wrote, “He would have been extraordinary in any age, for top-notch tenors are scarce articles. But in our age, he verges on the fabulous.” Björling was awarded an honorary doctorate by Gustavus, and in 1970 the Jussi Björling Recital Hall was dedicated on campus.

Recipients are awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000-$8,000 annually. In addition, winners receive a renewable $1,000 Gustavus Music Award to pay for private lesson study at Gustavus. Successful Björling Scholarship applicants typically have had extensive performance experience in solo and ensemble settings, pursue individual lesson study, and have been recognized as leaders in their school music program. This scholarship recognizes the dedication, discipline, and commitment needed to attain a level of excellence as a performer.

Candidates must submit an application for admission to Gustavus Adolphus College and complete the Björling Scholarship application. (Students need not be music majors to qualify for these awards.) Renewal is by audition and requires continued participation in an appropriate ensemble and private music lessons each semester in residence. Scholarship awards will be made on an ongoing basis and awardees will be invited to the Jussi Björling Scholarship reception as part of Gustavus’s Scholarship Day. **Please note: You may apply for the Jussi Björling Music Scholarship in multiple performance areas—for example, you may send one application for voice and another application for piano. Separate application forms, audition recordings, recommendation letters, and résumés must be completed for each performance area.**

The Gustavus Department of Music, with its thirty-eight full and affiliate faculty members, provides a musical education of recognized excellence. Nearly fourty-percent of the students at Gustavus participate in some form of music ranging from individual instruction to participation in any number of the thirty-two performing organizations. The Department awards the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Students perform and study in facilities that include the 475-seat Jussi Björling Recital Hall, Christ Chapel, a fully computerized music lab, class and rehearsal rooms, thirty private practice rooms, and the Lund Music Library.


Applicant Information
Please submit the completed form to be considered for the Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship. 
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Music Information
You may apply for the Jussi Björling Music Scholarship in multiple performance areas—for example, you may send one application for voice and another application for piano. Separate application forms, audition recordings, and résumés must be completed for each performance area.

Please direct all questions to Alan Meier of the Admission Office (ameier@gustavus.edu or 507-933-7682).

Scholarship Performance Area
Additional Scholarship Information
All Scholarship applicants must complete both this application and an application for admission submitted by the scholarship deadlines. Please see directions below based on when you submit the college admission application as it impacts what is needed for your scholarship application. 

Rolling Admission Applicants (not Early Action Applicants):

Students must submit all required pieces of the Bjorling Music Scholarship, including a recorded audition that can be viewed as part of the application below, by January 3rd, 2017. These scholarship applicants will not be asked to do a live audition on campus, but will be invited to campus for a scholarship event February 25th, 2017. Bjorling applications completed after January 3rd will be considered based on the completion date.

Scholarship items needed (Audition and Music Résumé):
- Audition: Recorded auditions will consist of two contrasting pieces by different composers, totalling not more than ten minutes, that demonstrate expressive and technical skills.

Recorded Audition: For Rolling Admission, all applicants will submit a recorded audition and email it as an unlisted YouTube link to Alan Meier by the priority deadline of Tuesday, January 3rd.
- Music Résumé

Please summarize your private studies, solo and ensemble experience, and any musical honors you have received in a Music Résumé Word Document (to be uploaded below).

Please indicate if you will be applying for any other merit-based scholarships at Gustavus:
These scholarships require separate applications, which are due by January 3, 2017 for Rolling Admission Students. Students who fail to meet this scholarship deadline may not be eligible for scholarship awards. You are automatically considered for other scholarships based on your Application for Admission. To apply for scholarships online, and to learn more about all your options, please visit our scholarship page.
By filling in your electronic signature below and submitting this form, you are verifying that the information is accurate and acknowledging that it will be used to evaluate potential scholarship awards.