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Music Scholarships & Auditions

Music scholarships are available to all students who qualify through audition. Click here to schedule an audition.


Scholarship amounts may vary, but the standard awards are as follows:

  1. Music major - up to $2500 per academic year.*
  2. Ensemble Scholarships. Open to all students, regardless of major.
    • Vocal - up to $1000 per academic year.
    • Instrumental - up to $1000 per academic year.
  3. Music minor - up to $500 per academic year.
  4.  James F. Mellichamp Music Scholarship - $1000 per academic year.*
  5. Lachicotte-Strickland Minority Music Scholarship - $1000 per academic year.*
  6. C. Wallace Hinson Choral Scholarship - $1000 per academic year.*
  7. Harold S. Hannum Scholarship - $1000 per academic year.*

*Must be a music major to be considered for these scholarships. Students may be eligible for more than one scholarship category.

Audition Requirements

  1. Be prepared to perform at least one piece on your primary instrument (brass, guitar, organ, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds) that will demonstrate your strengths--tone, range, technical skill, etc. For singers, art song, lieder, aria or musical theatre solo. For instrumentalists, sonatina, sonata movement, etude, or any solo piece for your instrument.
  2. Sight-reading
  3. For singers, tonal memory
  4. For instrumentalists, scales and arpeggios.

To ensure consideration for a music scholarship, the deadline for auditions is April 1. Those auditioning after April 1 will be considered if funds are still available. Follow the link to set up an audition, or contact the Conservatory of Music. 

A student who is awarded one of these scholarships must maintain at least a 2.5 overall GPA, a 3.0 in music classes, attend a minimum number of on-campus recitals and concerts, and contribute to the overall success of the Conservatory of Music to continue receiving a music scholarship. Each student's semester grades and level of contribution will be evaluated every semester.

Under normal circumstances, scholarships are awarded during the fall and spring semesters only, and each student is eligible for only four years of music scholarships.