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Beloit College Music Scholarships

The music scholarships, presented each year to a number of talented first-year students, are awards of up to $20,000 over four years of study at Beloit College. Winners are selected based on their potential to contribute to the Beloit College music department. 

Marjorie Brown Leff
Up to $5,000 per year for four years
Vocal or Instrumental

Sau-Wing Lam
Up to $5,000 per year for four years
Bowed String Instrument

General Information

Scholarship recipients are chosen by Beloit College music faculty based on a recorded video or audio audition.  Both scholarships are worth up to $20,000 (up to $5,000 per year) over a four-year period.  To retain these awards, winners must contribute to Beloit's music department by registering for a performance ensemble or pursuing lessons- one need not be a music major to qualify for these scholarships. 

Students are encouraged to audition in their area of strongest expertise, regardless of whether they intend to ultimately participate in an ensemble or lessons reflective of their audition.

Find out more information about the Music Department at Beloit College.


Music scholarship applicants must complete all of the following steps by April 1, 2019:

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Submit this form to indicate your interest in applying for a music scholarship. **Within a few hours of submitting this form, you will be emailed login information to begin creating your music scholarship application.**
  3. Log in to complete your music scholarship application. Your application should include your recorded video or audio audition—consisting of two contrasting selections—as well as a letter of recommendation from your music instructor. (While completing the application, you will be prompted to invite your instructor via email to complete a recommendation).


    Audition Repertoire

    Candidates are required to perform two contrasting selections.  While a specific difficulty level is not required, candidates should choose two pieces that they feel best represent their skills and abilities. 

    • Vocalists should perform two vocal solos with piano accompaniment; foreign language is not required but is encouraged. Suggested repertoire includes art songs or arias; one selection may be from the American songbook/musical theatre repertoire. Pop songs are not acceptable.
    • Instrumentalists should perform solos from standard repertoire, with accompaniment if appropriate; an excerpt from an orchestral work is not acceptable.    

    Please note: original compositions are not permitted as audition repertoire.

    Recording Submission

    The online portfolio contained within the scholarship application will support a number of video types, audio files, or links to sites, e.g.,YouTube. We recommend using a modern browser such as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox to submit your application.

    We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time.

    If submitting a video recording, please be sure to face the camera (if possible), and ensure that the camera's view of your instrument is unobstructed. Before uploading, save your files with your name and piece titles, e.g., First.Last_PieceName. All accompanied works must be performed with an accompanist. Recorded auditions are due April 1, 2019.


    Inquiries may be directed to:

    Christopher A. Joyner
    Director of College Choirs & Performing Arts Recruiter
    Beloit College
    700 College Street                            
    Beloit, WI 53511-5595

    Phone: 608-363-2310
    Fax: (608) 363-2075

    About the Scholarships

    Marjorie Brown Leff Music Scholarship

    The Marjorie Brown Leff Music Scholarship was established through the generosity of Mrs. Leff’s family for entering students who exhibit high musical abilities in the areas of vocal, instrumental, or keyboard performance, and musical composition.  Marjorie Brown Leff was a native of Beloit, Wisconsin and graduated from the College in 1933.  She began teaching music theory and piano at Beloit College in 1947 and retired in 1970.  During her tenure at Beloit, she was considered one of the finest piano performers and teachers in the nation.

    Sau-Wing Lam Bowed String Instrument Scholarship

    The Sau-Wing Lam Bowed String Instrument Scholarship was established by Mr. Lam’s family for entering students who exhibit high musical abilities in the area of bowed string instruments.  Sau-Wing Lam was born in Shanghai, China, began his career at the Dah Chong Trading Corporation in the United States in 1948, and in 1964 became its president.  Always an avid music lover, he was an amateur violinist, violist, a collector of rare string instruments, and a patron of the arts.  Mr. Lam assisted many young musicians in furthering their musical studies and professional careers, including cellist Jian Wang, who was discovered by violinist Isaac Stern.

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