School of Arts and Communication

School of Arts and Communication

Music Scholarships

Our choral and instrumental scholarships are part of the university’s student service awards. These annual scholarships will be granted to selected singers, players, and one pianist/choral accompanist at the beginning of the academic year. Students who receive the scholarships are responsible for enrolling in two successive semesters of Concert Choir MUS 2201, Wind Ensemble MUS 2203 or String Ensemble MUS 2204 and fulfilling roles as section leaders.

Van Riper OrchestraClass attendance and a high standard of practice, leadership and performance are expected. Duties may also include the organization and direction of sectional practices outside of class-time. Scholarships may be rescinded due to absences or unsatisfactory participation or leadership. Dr. Robert Taylor, Head of The Schoold of Arts & Communication, makes the final judgment on such cases based on director recommendation. All scholarships are competitive. Although they can be attained by the same person(s) multiple years in a row, their renewal is not guaranteed and recipients must re-audition by .  

Scholarship Audition Requirements

A limited number of scholarships are available for students performing in the Concert Choir, Concert Band, and String Orchestra, and for Pianists that can serve the Music Program as Accompanists. 

1. Solo

A prepared piece of your choice (one movement from-multi movement pieces)

Drummers interested in Jazz Band may demonstrate two applicable styles (i.e., Swing, Rock, Funk, Latin)

You are welcome to bring an accompanist or recording to accompany you, but accompanists are not required for the audition. We may have accompanists available on select audition dates that coincide with University Admission Events. Please conduct the professors below for more information.

2. Major and Minor Scales (if applicable)

Winds and Percussion: Concert F, Eb, and D

Piano: Bb, D, and A

Strings: G and D

Voice: Scale Patterns at Piano

3. Sight Reading (if applicable)

A short passage from the repertoire will be given.

4. Recommendation Letter

Required of all new student scholarship applicants.

For full consideration, auditions must be completed by June 1 prior to the academic year the scholarship is awarded. In some circumstances pre-recorded auditions may be considered in lieu of a live audition. Contact the professors below for format and submission instructions.