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Skidmore College
Music Department


Filene Music Scholarship Competition


Four to six $60,000 Filene Music Scholarships are awarded each year through a performance competition coordinated by Skidmore's Department of Music.

The scholarship package—$15,000 per year toward tuition, plus lesson fees—is awarded independent of any additional need-based aid. Financial aid applicants who demonstrate financial need will receive Skidmore grant aid in addition to their scholarships.


The competition is open to high school seniors who meet the criteria for admission to Skidmore College and who apply for admission by January 15, 2021. Students are allowed to compete only once. Children and dependents of Skidmore faculty and staff are not eligible for the competition.


  • Submitted recordings should be of solo repertoire.
    * We recognize that the current pandemic could present potential hazards to recording live with pianists. This year we will accept prerecorded accompaniments for singers, a cappella is not accepted. Instrumentalists may submit solos that traditionally have accompaniment with prerecorded accompaniment or without accompaniment.
  • Repertoire should come from the Western classical tradition and should include at least two (for singers, three) selections representing contrasting historical or stylistic periods.  (Performances of jazz, original compositions, and musical theatre will not be considered for this competition but may be an asset to your Skidmore arts portfolio.)
  • Selections should total approximately 10 minutes all together.
  • Percussionists should choose appropriate recital material for mallet percussion (vibraphone, marimba, or xylophone).
  • Recordings must be unedited, with no artificial enhancement or corrective software used.
  • All competitors should select diverse works that demonstrate your highest level of technical proficiency and musicianship.
  • Normally, the repertoire is the same for both rounds of the competition; however, with advance approval from the respective Skidmore teacher, you may change the repertoire you perform in the final round. All changes must be submitted by February 26, 2021.
  • Memorization is required for voice submissions.

For repertoire suggestions contact Michele Koskinen at 518-580-5320. She will put you in contact with a teacher in your performance area.

Scholarship Payments

The annual scholarship of $15,000 is awarded to competition winners without consideration of financial need, and it is credited in $7,500 installments to the recipient's account in the fall and spring semesters. Financial aid applicants who demonstrate financial need will receive Skidmore grant aid in addition to their Filene Scholarships. For more information on Skidmore grant assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid, 518-580-5750.  

Scholarship awards are renewed each year if the student continues in good academic standing and receives the recommendation of the Department of Music.

Important Dates:

  • January 17, 2022 - Skidmore College Common Application deadline (apply here)
  • March 7, 2022 - Announcement of Finalists
  • March 26, 2022 - On-campus Competition Day


  • You must submit recordings via audio or video upload at for the first round of the competition.  SlideRoom entries must be completed by January 20, 2021.
  • Submissions should include titles, movements, and composers' names.

About the Final Round

The final round of the competition will be judged virtually using prerecorded videos on March 20-21, 2021.

  • Finalists will be selected by February 12, 2021 and contacted to finalize repertoire selections for the final round of the Competition.
  • The final round video must be a maximum of 10 minutes and must include two contrasting pieces or movements (three pieces for singers). With approval from the respective Skidmore private instructor, repertoire and videos for the finals may be different from the first round. Any changes in final round repertoire must be approved and submitted by February 26, 2021. If the first round video is used for the final round, the repertoire and video must be edited to total a maximum of 10 minutes. Only one cut per selection is allowed.
  • Finalists will be sent individual links to upload their final round video submissions. MP4, MOV, WMV or AVI are all acceptable file formats.
  • Digital Scores in PDF format, marked with any cut corresponding to the final round video submissions will be sent to Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins no later than March 15, 2021. Please put ”Filene Final Round Scores” in the subject line.
  • Only finalists who submit final videos and scores by March 15 will be judged.
  • Finalists must register for one of two informational zoom meetings to be scheduled on the morning of Filene Competition Day, March 20, 2021. During the meeting, you will be welcomed by the Music Department Chair, meet the judges, and hear about our rich music program. You will also have an opportunity to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.
  • Following the competition, judges will select up to six winners. Four scholarship winners are sponsored by the Filene Foundation and the Ladd Charitable Trust, and two by Skidmore College. Additionally, judges will select a number of runners-up. If a winner does not accept admission to Skidmore, the scholarship will be offered to a runner-up. The two Skidmore-sponsored scholarships are offered only to those students awarded at the final round.
  • Faculty of Skidmore's Department of Music oversee and participate in the judging of the competition. The judges' decisions are final, and we reserve the right to name fewer winners if six do not qualify.
  • Announcement of the awards will be made within one week of the final round.
  • The Department presents the scholarship winners in a concert at Skidmore in the fall of their first year.


Jeffrey Segrave
Music Department Chair
David H. Porter Professor
Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632