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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.

 Eligibility  |  Repertoire  |  Scholarship Payments  |  Important Dates | Apply

About the Final Round  |  Regulations for Final Round  |  Questions?


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 performances (with accompaniment*, unless a solo piece per se).
    * We recognize that the current pandemic could present potential hazards to recording live with pianists. This season we will accept prerecorded accompaniments for singers, and solos that traditionally have accompaniment may use prerecorded accompaniment or be submitted without accompaniment for instrumentalists.
  • Repertoire should come from the Western classical tradition and should include at least two (for singers, three) selections representing different 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 chair of the Music Department, you may change the repertoire you perform in the final round.
  • Scores may be used in all areas of performance except voice.
  • Judges may request performance of any portion of the movement or selection presented, and may terminate the audition after they have heard a representative amount of material.

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 15, 2021 - Skidmore deadline (apply here)
  • January 20, 2021 - Filene submission deadline (create an account at SlideRoom)
  • February 19, 2021 - Announcement of Finalists
  • April 3, 2021 - On-Campus Competition Day


  • When registering, you must submit recordings via audio or video upload at SlideRoom entries must be completed by January 20, 2021.
  • Submissions should include titles, movements, and composers' names.

About the Final Round

  • Applicants selected for the final on-campus competition will be notified by February 19, 2021. Finalists must indicate their intention to participate in the competition within a week, in order to compete in the final round. Acceptance of finalist status indicates a commitment to compete in the final round at Skidmore on April 3, 2021. 

  • The competition is on one day only. Only finalists who perform in the hall that day will be judged. This is an "open" competition, and we invite all finalists and their families into the hall to hear and to observe. Neither recording nor photography of the competition is allowed.
  • 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, it 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 four 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 freshman year.

Regulations for Final Round**

(** If Covid 19 restrictions prohibit an in person final round in the Spring of 2021, we will hold remote finals. Details to follow.)

  • Arrive well before your assigned audition time. Only finalists performing on the day of the competition at their prescribed times will be considered for scholarships.
  • Furnish two published copies of scores for judges.
  • Finalists must play with an accompanist in all works except those composed explicitly without accompaniment. You may bring your own accompanist, but the Skidmore Department of Music will provide one at no charge.
  • Taping and photography is prohibited. No recording equipment will be allowed in the recital hall.
  • We invite finalists and their families to listen to the competition. We only ask that they refrain from talking and/or exiting or entering the hall during performances.


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