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Music Scholarship Application

We are delighted that you are interested in auditioning for a music performance scholarship at Willamette.


There are three requirements needed to be considered for a music scholarship at Willamette:

Please ensure that you have the following items prepared prior to beginning this application:

  • Contact information (full name, title, and email) for an ensemble director (if applicable).
  • Contact information (full name, title, and email) for a private lesson instructor (if applicable).

You will have the option of auditioning on-campus or with a digital video.

  • If you choose to audition on-campus, you will receive a follow up email with registration instructions.
  • If you choose to submit a digital audition, please have a link ready.


Whether auditioning in-person or auditioning by a digital video submission, please note the following guidelines.

Classical Musicians: Instrumental and Vocal

  • Prepare two or three pieces that have contrasting styles and tempos, and which demonstrate your ability to perform both rapid and lyrical passages.
  • Select literature from the solo, not ensemble repertoire. If the music you choose includes a separate piano part, and you plan to audition in person, please indicate in your application that you need an accompanist.
  • Instrumentalists may include etudes and studies.
  • Vocalists, whether in person or digital video, must sing at least one piece in a foreign language. You may also choose a piece from the musical theater genre or a jazz standard.

Jazz Musicians

  • Prepare two or three pieces showing a variety of styles and tempos for which you can both perform written material and improvise.
  • If you choose to audition in person, you may choose to bring a recording of a rhythm section over which you improvise a solo or you may indicate in your application that you need an accompanist. 
  • If you audition by digital video, the recorded performance should have a rhythm section be it “live” or prerecorded.


  • Composers must audition on an instrument (or voice) and submit a portfolio of compositions.

In-Person Auditions

Please revisit this site in August 2020, for dates for auditions for the 2021-22 school year.


In-person auditions involve three areas

  • Performance
  • Interview
  • Sight-reading

Plan for

  • 10 minutes of performance time.
  • 5 minutes for your interview. This is a friendly conversation to help the faculty briefly get to know you and your musical goals.
  • 5 minutes for sight-reading. This process is meant to be non-threatening. We simply want to understand the breadth and depth of your skills.
  • Instrumentalists may be asked to
    • Read a short musical excerpt appropriate for their instrument and ability.
    • For Jazz players this can mean improvising as well as reading composed melodies.
  • Vocalists will be asked to
    • Clap or tap a line of rhythmic notation,
    • Sight-read both single line notation and your part from a SATB chorale by Bach
    • Listen and sing back short melodic fragments.


  • Please arrive one-half hour prior to your scheduled audition time to allow for registration and time to warm up with your accompanist if you have requested one.
  • In the application you will be asked to list your repertoire, or it can be provided after submission, but no fewer than three weeks before your scheduled audition.
  • If you are requesting an accompanist you will be asked to submit sheet music for your repertoire no fewer than three weeks before your scheduled audition.

Digital Video Auditions

  • Digital video auditions may be posted to a variety of online platforms (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), and must be unlocked and available to faculty reviewers.
  • Digital video auditions should be 10-15 minutes in length.
  • Files and online posts must be labeled with your name and include a written program with the titles, composers, movements, and performer as appropriate.
  • Follow the same "Performance" requirements above.

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