Music Scholarship Council

Grossmont Community Concert Association

Music Scholarships

Below is the information for the two types of Music Scholarships offered by the Music Scholarship Council of the Grossmont Community Concert Association: Instrumental Scholarships and Vocal Scholarships.


Instrumental Scholarships


Twelve cash awards (James and Francine Dobbin First Place $2500, Second Place $1500, Third Place $750) will be given to winners in piano, strings, classical guitar, and woodwinds/brass. 



Age: 16-24 years of age

Residence: San Diego County

Audition time: 15 minutes



One selection from three of the five following periods:


Include one movement of a sonata or other major work.  (Classical guitar applicants may use one movement of a suite and two contrasting pieces from different stylistic periods INSTEAD OF A SONATA MOVEMENT.) All are to be performed from memory, except accompanied sonatas.


ACCOMPANIST: To be provided by the applicant


ENTRY FEE: $20.00


Winners are required to perform at a concert on April 2, 2017

Previous first place winners are not eligible to compete.




AUDITIONS will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at

The Music Department of Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Drive

El Cajon, CA


For further information call

Sandia Tuttle (619) 463 3344 
or email to


Click here for Instrumental Scholarship Application



Vocal Scholarships


The Virginia and Susan Hawk Scholarship was established in 1979 by Mrs. Virginia Hawk and Captain C.V. Hawk in memory of their daughter, Susan.  




  1. Must be a resident of San Diego County or Imperial County for at least one year prior to competition date.
  2. Must be between the ages of 20 and 35 on the date of auditions (verified by driver license, birth certificate or other document satisfactory to the Scholarship Committee).
  3. Must have or be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in music, or must be seriously following private vocal study.
  4. Must have a professional music career as a goal.  

2017 Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at La Mesa First United Methodist Church, 4690 Palm Avenue, La Mesa, CA.
Auditions are not open to the public.

EMAIL the completed application, proof of birth date, teacher’s letter of recommendation, winner’s pledge and a black and white photograph to: must be received by Saturday, March 11, 2017. First place winners may not reapply.

Non-refundable $25.00 entry fee is to be submitted on audition day, Saturday, March 25. Make check payable to Music Scholarship Council.

Contestants’ Dress Male - Jacket and tie    Female - Floor length dress

Award Monies  First Place - $3,000   Second Place - $2,000       Third Place - TBA
The award monies are given in one amount to the winners at the Winners’ Concert on Sunday, April 2, 2017, St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd, San Diego, CA. There is no charge for admission to the Concert; it is open to the public and the Music Scholarship Council will give a reception to honor the winners. We welcome contributions to the Scholarship Fund.
Each applicant will be considered on individual merit by three out-of-town judges, who will be given the applicant’s assigned number, age, years of study, and the contestant’s vocal selections. All participants will be notified of results by telephone and in writing following the auditions. If, in the opinion of the judges, none of the contestants meets the high standards required to receive these awards, the amount of the awards (all, or in part) will be returned to the Hawk Scholarship Fund for future awards.

The judges will use the following four, equally weighted criteria, rating each contestant on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) in each of the four criteria.                                   

     1 Vocal Potential The contestant demonstrates a vocal quality that would allow for a successful professional career for lead roles on the operatic and concert stage and/or as a desired soloist for oratorio and cantata works.
     2 Musicianship and Language Skills The contestant demonstrates a repertoire that is appropriate for the voice and the level of development of the voice. The voice is positioned in the appropriate range. The contestant demonstrates the appropriate pronunciation of the full range of each of the languages, including inflection and articulation.         
     3 Technique The contestant demonstrates correct intonation and voice placement across the full range of the voice. The contestant demonstrates the appropriate dynamic sensitivity as well as the rhythm, meter, and tempo for each song. The contestant demonstrates clear articulation of the words.
     4 Artistry The contestant demonstrates both a vocal interpretation and physical/visual/presentation that are fully engaged with the character of the aria or song and that demonstrates a connected engagement as an entertainer with the audience.


1 Repertoire must include:

  • Two operatic arias and a selection from an oratorio or a cantata, each sung in the original key and the original language. Include name of opera in parentheses if an aria
  • One selection from each of the following: French art song, German lied, Italian song, and a contemporary English or American song (1920 to the present). One of the arias may be used to satisfy one of the language requirements. Contestants may substitute one song in another language (e.g., Russian, Spanish, Czech, etc.) for one of the non-English songs.

2 Please provide the length of time (minutes) of performance for each piece.

3 All music must be sung from memory, except for the oratorio and the cantata.

4 Applicant must provide own accompanist.

5 Applicant will audition for 12 minutes.

6 Repertoire prepared for previous Hawk Scholarship Auditions may not be repeated. 

For further information telephone Shirley Stowers, (619) 994-0712,


Click HERE for Hawk Vocal Scholarship Application & Winner's Pledge 
Click HERE for Teacher's Recommendation Form
Click HERE for Contestant Information for Judges

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