Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

First Year Scholarships The Department of Music prepares students for careers in music and offers diverse musical experiences to all, enriching the musical fabric of our university and community, regionally and globally.

Students intending to major in music who complete an
Entrance Audition will be considered for a music scholarship. Awards range from $1500 to $4000.

  • Department of Music Scholarship Fund
  • Kenton Frohrip Scholarship for Brass
  • Cristine Rehwaldt String Scholarship
  • Mabeth Gyllstrom Voice Scholarship (renewable)
  • Ruth Gant Piano Scholarships
  • Earl Danforth Music Scholarships
  • David Swenson Memorial Foundation Percussion Scholarship
  • The Charles Echols Music Scholarship (general award for any age level)
  • The May Bowle Music Scholarship (also a general award for any age level)
  • The Charlotte West Anderson String Scholarship (any age level)
  • Andrea Arriagada Memorial Voice Scholarship (any age level)
  • The Golden Rule Scholarship in Music Education (returning and transfer students)

While all first year awards are available to incoming students, priority will be given to intended music majors. All scholarship recipients are required to participate in lessons and a performing organization for the entire academic year. Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are not renewable and students will audition annually for scholarship consideration.

Transfer & Returning Scholarships

  • Department of Music Scholarship Fund
  • Roger Barrett Brass Scholarship
  • Anne Simonett Memorial Instrumental Scholarships
  • Mildred McGonagle Voice Scholarship
  • Helen Steen Huls Memorial Voice Scholarship
  • David Ernest Woodwind Scholarship
  • Dorothy Weismann Memorial Voice Scholarship
  • Harvey Waugh Memorial String Scholarship
  • David Swenson Memorial Foundation Percussion Scholarship
  • Ruth Gant Piano Scholarships
  • Earl Danforth Music Scholarships
  • Myrl Carlsen Voice Scholarship
Ask a Question!

In order to renew or audition for a transfer or returning student scholarship, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, a music GPA of 3.0, and must have applied for the major. All scholarship recipients must participate in lessons and a performing organization for the entire academic year, as advised and dictated by your curriculum.

Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are not renewable and students will audition annually for scholarship consideration.

Brass Scholarships

The Kenton Frohrip Brass Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus Kenton Frohrip has been an active member of local arts organizations for over thirty years. Dr. Frohrip is an eloquent and passionate advocate for the arts and was instrumental in bringing about the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra’s Classics for Kids program, which now reaches 1400 fourth graders in School District 742. Dr. Frohrip’s scholarship is awarded to a music-major studying a brass instrument.

The Roger Barrett Brass Scholarship in Music Education was established in 1987 to support music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree instrumental music education. Faculty Emeritus Roger Barrett joined the St. Cloud State University faculty in 1949 and served as director of bands for eighteen years. He received several awards throughout his career including the MMEA service award and the induction into the MMEA Music Educators Hall of Fame.

General Music Scholarships

The Bruce and Dee Pearson Music Scholarship. Bruce Pearson's career as a teacher, composer, consultant, writer has established his international reputation for excellence in the field of band education. Bruce Pearson is the recipient of both an SCSU Honorary Doctorate and Distinguished Alumni Award. His love for instrumental music began while attending St. Cloud State University in 1964 where he earned a degree in Music Education. Each year, Bruce and Dee Pearson donates to the Department of Music Scholarship Fund to help award a student embarking on a career in music education with an instrumental emphasis.

The Anne Simonett Memorial Scholarship Fund. Anne Simonett was a graduate of Little Falls High School and earned bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Lawrence University in 1974 and Yale in 1977.  She went on to law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1981.  It was not a stretch for Anne to go from being a pianist to being a judge.  She said, “Music is an intellectual exercise, but the main thing is – other than enriching your soul, which I think music does – the discipline it teaches you will serve you in any profession.”

The Earl Danforth Music Scholarship Fund. Earl Danforth was born in Minneapolis to a musically inclined family and grew up on a farm near Princeton.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and played in their band. Danforth played the piano and the trumpet very well from an early age and had dreams of performing professionally.  Earl loved music, especially Big Band and Jazz.

The Charles Echols Music Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus Charles Echols was Professor of Music at St. Cloud State from 1972 until his retirement the spring of 2005. Dr. Echols served as Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral of St. Cloud for twenty-five years. A prolific performer, he has performed all ten of the organ symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor and the six organ symphonies of Vierne in a series of faculty concerts across Minnesota.

The May Bowle Scholarship Fund. May Bowle is a tradition in St. Cloud.  For the past forty-eight years, on the first Saturday of May, community volunteers along with personnel from St. Cloud State University, St. Johns University and the College of St. Benedict put on a dinner dance at one of the three universities with proceeds going to support scholarships for students in music, visual arts and theater.

Music Department General Scholarship Fund. This fund receives donation and contributions from a variety of sources and is open to all music majors regardless of their degree pursuit.

String Scholarships

The Charlottee West Anderson String Scholarship Fund. Charlotte West Anderson received her music, mathematics, and elementary education degrees from St. Cloud State University in 1948.  She spent most of her career in education as a music teacher. Through her generosity to St. Cloud State University and the string program, Charlotte West Anderson has designated an award for a music-major whose principal instrument is strings.


The Cristine Ann Rehwaldt Memorial String Scholarship. Cristine Ann Rehwaldt was a talented musician and top student. Her years were dedicated to a search for love, light, truth, trust and peace. The purpose of the Cristine Rehwaldt Memorial Scholarship is to support the education of outstanding violin students during their first year of attendance at SCSU. If no violinist is found, the award may be made to incoming music students in other fields who demonstrate superior potential.


The Harvey Waugh Memorial String Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus Harvey Waugh established the Harvey Waugh Memorial String Scholarship for a music-major whose principal instrument is strings. Harvey Waugh was foremost a team player. In 1949, during the centennial celebrations of the State of Minnesota, he co-wrote and produced the musical Minnesota.  During World War II while in the military he was the chief music arranger for the world renowned Blue Jacket Choir. They sang in Great Britain and throughout mainland Europe.  They sang for the memorial services of the late President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Following the War, he was asked to go to Augsburg, Germany, where he conducted a combined army-municipal band.

Percussion  Scholarships                                                                                    

The David Swenson Foundation Memorial Scholarship in Percussion Studies. David Swenson graduated from St. Cloud State in 1976 with a music education degree. He was a percussionist with multiple goals in music and life, and in 1994 he posthumously established a foundation dedicated to advancing the percussive arts at St. Cloud State University. The David Swenson Foundation Percussion Scholarship is a four-year award granted to those outstanding musicians pursuing a degree in music whose primary instrument is percussion.

Piano Scholarships                                                                                               

The Ruth Gant Piano Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus Ruth Gant joined the faculty at St, Cloud State University in the fall of 1946.  While at SCSU she taught piano, organ and music theory. Ruth loved music, students, and St. Cloud University and was a devoted teacher who always expected the best of her students.  In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Gant was an accomplished pianist, garnering many enthusiastic reviews in the 1920s’ ‘30s, and ‘40s when she performed in cities such as Indianapolis, Indiana, and Emporia, Kansas.

Vocal Scholarships

Andrea “Andy” Arriagada Memorial Voice Scholarship. Andrea Arriagada was a very talented and gifted young musician. She loved theater, set design, painting, drawing, ceramics, origami, quilting and played the clarinet, piano, and marimba. In September 2005 Andrea started her first year at St. Cloud State University, where she received a SCSU Foundation Scholarship. Andrea Arriagada passed tragically on October 8, 2005. 

She will live forever in the hearts and voices of her family and many friends.

The Dorothy Weismann Memorial Voice Scholarship. John Jacob Weismann honored his wife, Dorothy, with the establishment of this memorial fund. Dorothy took a post in the public schools of St. Cloud while John accepted an offer to teach at St. Cloud State University.

The Helen Steen Huls Memorial Voice Scholarship Foundation was established by Fred Huls as a memorial to his wife memorial to his wife shortly after her death in 1971. The scholarship fund was established helping students prepare for careers in music and music education. Third and fourth year music majors at St Cloud State University are eligible for the annual awards. Faculty Emeritus Helen Huls was a vocal music instructor at SCSU for 43 years from 1926 until her retirement in 1969.  She was widely known in the Upper Midwest as a choral director, speaker, clinician and adjudicator for vocal competitions.  She studied the problems experienced by immature singers and published her findings in a book, The Adolescent Voice.

The Mabeth Saure Gyllstrom Voice Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus Maybeth Gyllstrom received her doctorate in vocal performance at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in vocal performance at Northwestern University.  She received a Music Education Degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  She taught voice from 1968-98 in the Music Department at St. Cloud State University. The Mabeth Saure Gyllstrom scholarship is designated for first-year voice students. Selected recipients may continue to receive this scholarship for up to four years as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA in music classes and satisfactory vocal progress.

The Mildred McGonagle Voice Scholarship. Mildred McGonagle graduate from the SCSU class of 1943. As teacher, advocate, promoter and supporter, Mildred has helped the arts thrive in Central Minnesota. She established a scholarship for voice students at St. Cloud State in 2002. The McGonagle scholarship was set up for sophomore music students with operatic potential.

The Myrl Carlson Voice Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus Myrl Carlsen retired in 1963 after thirty-seven years in the St. Cloud State University Music Department. She is the first person in the history of the college’s Alumni Association to establish a perpetual endowment scholarship fund while still living. Myrl was on the local board of directors for the Minnesota Symphony, and for twenty-eight years was the executive secretary and concert manager of the St. Cloud Symphony Association. She was the St. Cloud area chairman to promote the annual Metropolitan Opera Company Festival in Minneapolis for over thirty years.

Wind Scholarships                                                                                             

The David Ernest Woodwind Scholarship. Faculty Emeritus David Ernest retired from St. Cloud State University the spring of 1996. He studied oboe and English horn in Chicago, Paris, Boulder, CO, and Urbana, IL. David taught double reed instruments, but Music Theory, Composition, 20th Century Music, Analytical Techniques, Form and Analysis, Foundations and Principles of Music Education, and Humanities.  One of the highlights of his career was receiving a Fulbright scholarship to study oboe in Paris. He published articles for “Gopher Music Notes”, the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association’s publication for twenty-four consecutive years.  He also performed for many years as the principal oboist for the St. Cloud Symphony, Amadeus Chamber Symphony and for the MN Center Chorale.

Music Education Scholarships (open to ALL music education majors)

Golden Rule Scholarship in Elementary Education: Agatha Fleming’s endowed scholarship is designed to support music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. The award is given to a junior or senior in music education in consultation with the faculty within the Department of Music and is awarded through the School of Education.

Untitled Document