Admission & Financial Aid


Music Scholarships

Each year Concordia University Chicago invites new students to audition for music scholarships. These performance-based scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating musical talent and potential. Whether you want to pursue a professional career in music or simply continue to improve your skills, CUC's music programs will support your aspirations and personal passion for music. 

Fall 2020 music scholarship auditions have concluded. They were held in fall 2019 (November 16) and winter 2020 (February 15, 17 and 22).  If you are a Fall 2020 admitted student and have questions regarding this process, please contact the music department at 708-209-3062.  Fall 2021 students, check back soon for more information on next year’s music scholarship audition dates!

You will further your talent through the mentoring of our world-class faculty — a group of dedicated and highly sought-after teachers and performers. At Concordia-Chicago you will have the opportunity to participate in one of our music music ensembles, study your instrument or voice, tour nationally and internationally, and possibly obtain a valuable internship with a world-class organization such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

We invite you to become part of the rich tradition of music at CUC, where you will experience a wide variety of musical learning and performance in a Christian environment.

How much could I qualify for?

Music scholarships are awarded based on musical ability and potential contributions of the student to the music department. Both music and non-music majors are eligible to apply. 

Music scholarship decisions and awards will be announced within four weeks of the student's audition date. Scholarship recipients must notify the Office of Undergraduate Admission that they accept the scholarship by submitting their $100 enrollment deposit postmarked on or before May 1, 2020 and accepting the music scholarship terms and conditions via the Concordia Connect portal. 

The amount of the scholarship is dependent upon the audition performance, needs of the music department, the number of scholarship applicants, as well as the individual student's total award package. Awards are divided evenly between two semesters (excluding summer) and may be renewed annually for four years as long as academic standards are met.

Concordia University Chicago is a collegiate partner with Lutheran Summer Music (LSM). We offer scholarships of at least $1,000 to qualified LSM alumni. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years and are subject to the policies that apply to other music scholarships. In addition, CUC offers two specialized scholarships for incoming organ students: The Trusheim Freshman Award and the Waldschmidt Organ Scholarship.

Do I need to major in music to receive a scholarship?

You do not need to major or minor in music to be eligible for a scholarship. However, the scholarship audition does serve as the entrance audition for incoming music majors. Scholarship recipients participate in choral or instrumental ensembles at CUC and enjoy individual attention through private lessons with some of the area's finest musicians.

How do I prepare for the audition?

Students must perform two selections of contrasting styles from the standard solo repertoire, lasting 8-10 minutes total. Selections should not include etudes, pop tunes, show tunes or Christian contemporary music. In addition, students may be asked to do one or more of the following: tonal memory exercises, sight-reading, scales (instrumentalists and pianists), vocalizations (singers) and/or hymn playing (organists).

When and where are the music scholarship auditions?

Music scholarship auditions are held each year on the Concordia-Chicago campus, located in the beautiful, upscale, suburban community of River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.  Auditions for academic year 2020-2021 enrollment were held in fall 2019 (Nov. 16) and winter 2020 (Feb. 15, 17 and 22).

When can I register?

Once you are admitted to Concordia–Chicago and receive your acceptance packet containing your personal login information, you will be able to register online for the audition date and time of your choice via the Concordia Connect portal

Haven't applied for admission yet? Complete our CUC online admission application or apply with the Common Application to get the process started.

If you are unable to come to Concordia–Chicago for a music scholarship audition due to geography, you may submit a recorded audition. Log in to the Concordia Connect portal for further information and to register. Please note that students are strongly encouraged to audition in person if at all possible.


Registration: Call the Undergraduate Admission Office at 877-CUChicago (877-282-4422) or email

Music questions: Call Laura Zimmer in the music department at 708-209-3062 or email