The Texas Choral Directors Association annually awards scholarships to Texas college or university undergraduate music education or church music majors with 60 credit hours and at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 system, and to active TCDA members (three years of continuous active membership required) seeking assistance with higher education (graduate school or certification level workshops). 

The 2017 scholarship application submission window is now closed.

If you would like to give to our scholarship funds, please go to Giving Opportunities to make online gifts.

TCDA awarded 10 student and 3 professional scholarships at the 2016 Convention.

Student Scholarships and 2016 Recipients (pictured with TCDA President & Donors):


  • Cloys Webb Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Monica Pasillas, Texas Tech University
  • Bill Gorham Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Andrew McNair, Texas State University
  • Past Presidents Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Ryan Rogers, University of Houston
  • Jackie Cocke Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Kevin Tarpley, Texas State University
  • Donald Bailey Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Megan Becker, Baylor University
  • James Matheny Student Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Richard Del Christo, Jr., UT Arlington
  • James Matheny Student Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Molly Leach, University of North Texas
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Sarah Collier, UT Arlington
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Justin Shen, University of Houston
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Brandi Spybuck, University of North Texas

Professional Scholarships and 2016 Recipients:

TCDA/Jim & Glenda Casey Professional Scholarship ($1000) - Clinton Hardy
TCDA/Abbott IPCO Professional Scholarship ($1,000) - Chelsea Berner
Gandy Ink Professional Scholarship ($1,000) - Aaron Harp


All requirements and criteria are listed on the scholarship application.  For undergraduate applicants, TCDA scholarship awards include the following criteria:

  • Must be student members of TCDA;
  • Current enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at a Texas college or university, in choral music education or church music major;
  • 3.0 overall GPA average based on a 4.0 system;
  • Current transcript;
  • Completion of 60 hours by May 31 in the year of the award;
  • Two sealed letters of recommendation (one from a current TCDA member);
  • Letter of application (typed or printed) detailing musical contributions and accomplishments, potential for success in the choral music profession, and professional qualifications.
For professional applicants, the following criteria includes:
  • Three continuous years of TCDA membership;
  • A letter of application describing your qualifications, professional goals and a description of the higher education or workshop certification sought;
  • Resume or Vitae.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Creating a Scholarship

Establishing a formal scholarship in memory or in honor of an individual provides a lasting legacy of his/her contributions to the choral arts, and provides critical support to young musicians. TCDA requires an initial gift of $5,000 to establish a formal scholarship, and such amount funds a $1,000 annual scholarship to a qualified individual. Going forward, a minimum annual contribution of $1,000 will ensure scholarship awards beyond five years.  It is up to the family establishing the named scholarship to raise funds; however, TCDA will provide assistance by publishing the establishment of the scholarship in publications and on our website.  For more information on creating a formal scholarship, please e-mail Sharon Lutz at or call the TCDA Office at 512-474-2801. 

Endowed Scholarships

Establishing an endowed scholarship will leave a perpetual gift for generations to come and will ensure needed educational assistance is provided to deserving students.  For more information, please contact Sharon Lutz at or call 512-474-2801.