Scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000 for majoring in music or participating in band or choir at McPherson College. All students accepted to McPherson College are also eligible for Merit Scholarships up to $15,000 for freshman based on GPA/ACT (see calculator below).

Review - Fall 2018: A Life Shaped by the Arts

Review magazine – Fall 2018

“A Life Shaped by the Arts”

This issue of the McPherson College magazine focuses on our fine arts students and alumni in art, music and theatre.



Currently the McPherson College Band program is centered around its concert band which is one of the largest concert bands among any private Kansas college. The concert band is comprised of students from a wide variety of majors, academic disciplines and activities across campus. They all share a passion for making music in college and beyond. Several ensembles spring from the concert band including a full jazz ensemble, brass quintet, woodwind ensemble and a Dixieland jazz combo. The band also enjoys supporting the larger campus community through a volunteer pep band that plays at several athletic events each semester.


The McPherson College Choir is the college’s premiere choral ensemble. Comprised of students from all majors, the choir performs repertoire from a variety of style periods and genres. From this choir, students are selected by audition to perform in Bella Voce Women’s Choir or The Singing Statesmen. In addition to local and regional concert appearances, the choirs tour nationally or internationally each year.

Lingenfelter Artisti Series: Boston Brass

Boston Brass

Boston Brass performed in concert and presented a Masterclass for students in the Fall of 2018.

Kento Aizawa and Lillian Oeding earn permanent spots in the Salina Symphony.

MC Student Excellence

Congratulations to McPherson College students Kento Aizawa and Lillian Oeding for earning permanent spots in the Salina Symphony.

MC Band 2018 KMEA performance

MC Band at KMEA

The McPherson College band was among concert bands from just four colleges selected to perform at KMEA in February 2018.

The Music Department commits itself to developing – through a professional based approach supported by academic instruction – our students’ knowledge and skills of music with a multicultural view and interdisciplinary commitment towards artistic creativity, collaboration, ethics, scholarship, professionalism and service.
We offer a major in Music and Music Education. See our Catalog for program and course descriptions.
Our Faculty members encourage students to develop skills, build relationships, and express themselves through performance.
Scholarships are available for students who major in music or participate in band or choir.


Fine Arts Calendar

From the Music faculty:

“Throughout history, whenever humans have been faced with the ultimate questions of life and existence, they have relied upon music in their search for meaning. So I am passionate about teaching music and strive to pass on my love of music to my students. I have high expectations for my students to succeed at whatever their individual skill level is. I want them to experience music at its best so they can experience life at its best.”
“Students deserve exceptional instruction and are to be acquainted only with the finest music literature, pedagogical materials, and methodologies. I believe students deserve superb instructors who are themselves exceptional musicians, scholars, and mentors. As a professor, I must cultivate a safe and inclusive learning environment in which students are actively engaged and high expectations are the norm.”

McPherson College offers the following scholarships and awards:

First time freshman can receive up to $15,000 based on your GPA and ACT scores (minimum 2.0 & 18 required).

Transfer students can receive up to $12,000 based on GPA (minimum 2.0 required).

Use our merit award calculator to determine your scholarship amount now!

Merit Award Calculator
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GPA: (unweighted)
ACT: (freshman only)

The Presidential Scholarship is an award of $500 – $3,000 in addition to the Merit Scholarship available to first time freshman. Use the merit award calculator above to see if you qualify.

The scholarship is awarded during Presidential Scholars Day for high school seniors. The award is based on the following criteria: Cognitive ability test, Round table discussion, Personal interview and High school academic record.

These awards are renewed annually for four years provided satisfactory academic progress is maintained.

This category recognizes a student’s achievement and participation outside of the classroom. Awards require audition or recommendation from coach/faculty. All McPherson College awards are limited based on academic information. IN ADDITION TO ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS, THESE AWARDS REQUIRE PARTICIPATION – AWARDS ARE RENEWABLE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE FACULTY OR COACH. Students are limited to ONE co-curricular scholarship.

Athletic Awards: Requires coach recommendation. Students are encouraged to complete the Athletic Recruitment Form.

Music Awards: Audition Required. Additional requirements: A letter of recommendation from one or more high school or private music teachers. This letter should include comments that pertain to musical skills, ability to be successful as a musician at the collegiate level, overall character and academic performance in high school.

Theatre Awards: Audition Required. Additional requirements: A letter of recommendation from one or more high school/college theatre instructors. The letter should include comments that pertain to the student’s theatre skills, the student’s ability to be successful within theatre at the college level, the student’s overall character, and the student’s academic performance. A written statement from the student as to why he or she is choosing theatre as a major or interest. The student should discuss personal and professional goals.

Students can receive only ONE Academic award unless indicated otherwise.

Fine Art Scholarship

STUDENTS MUST MAJOR IN VISUAL ART (studio art, art education, graphic design or graphic design management) and complete the following steps.
Additional requirements: Portfolio

STUDENTS MUST MAJOR IN PERFORMING ART (vocal music, instrumental music, theatre, musical theatre) and complete the following steps.
Additional requirements: Audition

Marvin and Doreen Will History/History and Politics Scholarships

STUDENTS MUST MAJOR IN HISTORY and/or POLITICS. These scholarships help provide students with wonderful opportunities for travel, educational advancement, and the chance to study history at McPherson College.

History Scholarship for Studying Abroad

This scholarship is intended to provide need based support for international study experiences which could include a traditional study abroad experience, internship or field experience related to History and/or Politics.

Natural Science Scholarship

STUDENTS MUST MAJOR IN NATURAL SCIENCE (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental stewardship, or health science), be eligible for a Presidential Scholarship, and complete the following steps.
Additional requirements: Interview with the Natural Science Department Chair.

Alumni/Church of the Brethren Scholarship ($1,000)

McPherson College is excited to offer the new Alumni/Church of the Brethren scholarship. $1000 will be awarded to any new student who is either a child or sibling of an alumnus or Church of the Brethren member. Criteria: To qualify as a Church of the Brethren member, please submit a letter of recommendation from your local congregation