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Welcome to the GVSU Trombone Studio!

Important Scholarship Information for High School Seniors

Merit-based Scholarship Programs Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

Grand Valley State University offers outstanding merit-based scholarship programs. For example, all Michigan High School graduates entering GVSU with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher, and a minimum ACT composite score of 23, can receive a $2000/yr Laker Scholarship. Larger awards are available to students with higher GPAs and ACT scores. To be considered for a scholarship, students must have a complete application for admission submitted to the Admissions Office by December 31, 2018. Complete applications consist of an application for admission, official transcripts, results of the ACT or SAT test, and payment of the application fee. All relevant information including ACT and SAT scores must be received by the December 31st deadline to receive scholarship consideration. Initial eligibility for these scholarships is determined at the time of admission, although final award decisions and the amount of most scholarships are made by the scholarship committee after the student has completed all required application materials. A complete list of scholarships is available at

In addition to a generous array of academic scholarships and awards based on financial need, the Department of Music annually awards talent scholarships to students in music and dance who show exceptional talent as performers and composers. Department of Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of achievement and potential in music and dance performance (by audition) and composition (portfolio).

About the Studio

The Grand Valley State University Trombone Studio has been under the direction of Dr. Mark R. Williams since the Fall of 2008. The trombone studio is composed of a close-knit group of students who share a common interest in improving their skills as trombonists. All of the students perform in the GVSU Trombone Ensemble which performs concerts each semester. Studio members also perform in Grand Valley's outstanding ensembles and present solo recitals and chamber music performances. In addition, master classes and recitals are performed for students each year by guest trombone artists. Many students also participate in the Grand Rapids Symphony Student Passport program which allows them to purchase $5 tickets to concerts by the Grand Rapids Symphony, one of the finest regional symphony orchestras in the United States.

About the Department of Music and Dance at Grand Valley State University

The Department of Music and Dance at Grand Valley State University is focused on undergraduate education. The department offers curricula leading to three undergraduate music degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education. These programs present music in the context of a broad liberal education, provide a course of study for the exceptionally gifted student who is interested in performance, composition, music technology, private studio teaching, or further graduate study, and prepares both vocal and instrumental students for careers in elementary and secondary school teaching. Additionally, the Music Department is committed to providing cultural enrichment to students in all departments and to serving the university community by providing appropriate musical support for all facets of academic life.

About Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University, established in 1960, is a four-year public university. It attracts more than 25,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley provides a fully accredited liberal undergraduate and graduate education and has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, and regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university, serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 200+ areas of study. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 2,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

About Grand Rapids, Michigan

Accessible by free bus transportation from the Allendale campus, Grand Rapids is the second largest city in the state of Michigan. It has a wealth of cultural opportunities, including the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The downtown area is home to four outstanding museum, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the leading botanical gardens in the world, is just a short drive northeast of the downtown. The downtown also features over 60 restaurants and a thriving entertainment district. Grand Rapids also hosts the annual ArtPrize international art competition which this year drew artists from around the world.