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Music Scholarship & Audition Application

New first-year and transfer students who are declared Music Majors can apply for financial assistance in the form of music scholarships. The maximum award is $6,000 annually and all instruments and voice parts are encouraged to apply. Complete application materials must be received by March 27, 2022.  Applicants auditioning by February 5, 2022 will be notified of scholarship awards by March 1, 2022.  Applicants auditioning after February 5 (and before March 27) will be notified of scholarship awards by April 8, 2022. 
2022 music major scholarship application

Learn about scholarship opportunities for non-majors

Application Procedures

  • Complete an application for admission to EMU.
  • Complete the music scholarship application at least one week before your audition. Essay and reference letters may be turned in later, but no later than March 27, 2022.
  • Ask your music teacher to complete and return the Reference Form.
  • Audition dates: November 12, 2021; January 17, 2022; February 5, 2022; March 27 2022.  You may also arrange a different audition date by contacting the Admissions office.
  • Dress appropriately for performance and interview.

NOTE: If it is not possible for you to attend either of these audition dates, you may submit an audio or video recording to the Music Department office by March 27, 2022, along with the application. A video recording is preferred, but an audio recording is also accepted.

  • If submitting an audio recording, it must contain a high-quality recording of at least 10 minutes, but no more than 20 minutes, of music performed by the applicant. If you are submitting the recording on compact disc, please include on the disc's cover/jacket your name and phone number, the phrase “EMU Music Program Audition,” date of recording, a list of repertoire with corresponding track numbers, and your accompanist’s name.  If you submit an audio recording through a platform such as YouTube or Google drive, please include the above information as part of the recording's description.
  • If submitting a video recording, please submit a high-quality recording of at least 10 minutes, but no more than 20 minutes, of music performed by the applicant.  The video may be shared as a download on Google drive, or as a link to a viewable video on YouTube. (No video files through email, please.)  Be sure to include the information listed above (name, contact info, subject, repertoire, accompanist's name) as part of your submission.

Audition Procedures

Audition requirements for Music Majors: Students with a concentration in music performance or music education are required to audition in a major performance area (vocal or instrumental). Students with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies in Music are not required to audition, and there is also no audition requirement for a music minor.

Please be prepared to present two works of contrasting character - a fast and slow work, for example, and/or pieces from different historical eras. Vocalists should present one foreign language piece and one English language piece. The English language selection may derive from traditional classical repertoire (art song, oratorio, etc.) or from the musical theater genre. Both works together should not exceed ten minutes duration.

Vocalists should also expect light sight-singing and tonal memory exercises. (An instructor will play a string of notes, which the vocalist will then sing back as heard/remembered.) These are in addition to the prepared pieces. Instrumentalists should expect light sight-reading and to play a major scale (chosen by the instructor) in addition to their prepared piece.

Audition requirements for Ensemble Participation Scholarship Applications: Vocal students are to prepare a single selection--with accompaniment if needed--that demonstrates their abilities. Instrumental students are to prepare two contrasting selections that demonstrate a variety of skill.  (No sight-reading/singing or tonal memory will be included in the audition.) 

Please note: The department encourages vocalists to bring their own accompanist. (Instrumentalists will perform unaccompanied.) In the event this is not possible, please email the music department chair, Dr. David Berry, to discuss accompanist options. In the event a member of the Scholarship Committee is not present, a recording will be made of the audition for purposes of adjudication.

Renewal of Award

Scholarship awards are renewable for an additional six semesters after the first year, with renewals contingent on the student's ability to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) at the end of the first year of study, a 2.4 GPA at the end of the second year of study, and a 2.7 GPA at the end of the third year of study. Successful completion of the department's Spring Assessment is mandatory. Students are also expected to participate in activities and programs of the department.

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