University of Northern Iowa undergraduate students in music receive scholarships each year ranging from $2,000 to $24,000 over four years. The majority of scholarships may be renewable for four years based upon successful progress and available funding. There are opportunities for both entering students and currently enrolled students.

The online scholarship application is only available for students who have applied for admission to the University of Northern Iowa. Music students also complete a supplemental form to arrange their audition and apply for music-specific scholarships. To apply for an audition and scholarships to the School of Music, complete the supplemental music form found here

If you have not applied for admission to UNI and still wish to audition, please contact the School of Music office for additional information (e-mail or call (319) 273-2024).

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Entering Student Scholarship Information

Non-major scholarships

Scholarships for students in majors other than music are sometimes available. These scholarships are for students that play certain instruments: bassoon, cello, double bass, euphonium, horn, oboe, tuba, viola and violin. If you would like to schedule an audition for a non-major scholarship, please contact Dr. Melinda Boyd at

Currently Enrolled Student Information

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The Emerging Artist Competition

The Emerging Artist Competition will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, with preliminary round held on Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Application for 2024 is below. 

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions for currently enrolled UNI students must be submitted as video by April 1.

Instrumental Concerto Competition

The preliminary rounds for the Instrumental Concerto Competition will be held October 30, 2024, and the finals will be held in Great Hall on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.

Application (due by April 26) and rules for 2024 are below.