Scholarship Competitions and Awards

This is a list of School of Music Competitions and Scholarships that require an application or audition.

Clara Rolland Piano Competition

  • Spring competition for undergraduate piano majors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  
  • See your piano professor for more details
  • Contact: Rebekka Price

Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship

  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in music annually.
  • Contact: faa@illinois.edu

Krannert Debut Artist


Salvatore Martirano Composition Award

  • Open to any composer, regardless of age or nationality. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.
  • Deadline is April 1 for following year.
  • Contact: Prof. Emeritus Zach Browning

Paul Rolland Memorial String Award

  • Open to all violinists enrolled as current graduate or undergraduate students at the University of Illinois School of Music.​
  • Spring competition, date TBA.
  • Repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Meg Freivogel.
  • Contact: Rebekka Price

Thomas J. Smith Scholarship Competition

  • Awarded each year to undergraduate women who are U of I School of Music majors and residents of Illinois.
  • Faculty nomination is required for students who wish to participate in the competition.
  • Spring competition; deadline 02-08-2021.
  • Complete Guidelines
    Contact: Rebekka Price

UISO Concerto Competition


21st Century Piano Commission Competition