Charles T. Griffes Music Scholarship

Established in 1986 and funded by the family of the Elmira-born composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, to recognize the most promising and talented music majors at the College. Griffes, who died in 1920 at the age of 35, is widely regarded as having been one of the major American composers of the early 20th century. Griffes’ compositions were some of the first U.S. works to break with the dominant German and French influence of the time. Award will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. Funding is based on availability.

Selection Criteria

  • awarded to a matriculated sophomore or junior level student in good academic standing at SUNY Cortland
  • musical theater major or a student pursuing a music minor or concentration
  • enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester)
  • student must have at least one full academic year remaining at the start of the fall semester of award year
  • an audition is required, please contact the department to schedule

Renewal Information

  • This scholarship is a one-time award and is non-renewable

Scholarship funding is determined by the Cortland College Foundation. Scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.

Funding Amount Varies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you currently majoring in Musical Theater or registered in a minor or concentration in music through the Performing Arts Department?
  2. Are you currently enrolled in a music ensemble or have you been enrolled in a music ensemble in a past semester?
  3. I am aware that successful application to this scholarship requires an audition with the Performing Arts Department, which I should contact them to schedule.