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 16, 2019. Notification of scholarship awards will be made by April 3, 2019. 
2018 music 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 letter may be turned in later but by March 16, 2019.
  • Ask your music teacher to complete and return the Reference Form.
  • Audition November 5, 2018, January 21, February 6, or March 16, 2019
  • Dress appropriately for performance and interview.

NOTE: If it is not possible for you to attend either of these audition dates, you may submit a compact disc recording by March 16, 2019, along with the application. The CD should contain a high-quality recording of at least 10 minutes, but no more than 20 minutes, of music performed by the applicant. When preparing your CD cover/jacket, please include your name and phone number, “EMU Music Program Audition,” date of recording, list of repertoire on the CD with corresponding track numbers, and your accompanist’s name. You may also arrange a different live audition date by contacting the music department office manager,  Stephen Farrar, at

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. Students with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies in Music are not required to audition. There is also no audition requirement for a music minor.

Please plan to perform two works of contrasting character. These might include a fast and slow work, and/or pieces from different historical eras. Vocalists should include 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 expect light sight-singing and tonal memory exercises. (The instructor will play a string of notes and the vocalist will sing back what they heard/remember.) This is in addition to their prepared piece. 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, Mr. James Richardson, 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

The scholarship award is renewable for an additional six semesters after the first year as long as the student has earned a grade point average of at least a 2.5 at the end of each academic year. Successful completion of the Spring Assessment is mandatory. Students are expected to participate in activities and programs of the department.


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