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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

Auditions for the 2020-21 academic year will be held at the Willamette University Campus on these dates:

  • Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020

If the above dates do not work with your schedule, additional auditions can be requested on your application.

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, and
    • 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

Deadline to submit your application with video link:
Sat. February 22, 2020. 
We are accepting applications between now and then!

  • Digital video auditions may be posted to a variety of online platforms (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo).  Use high quality, minimally or uncompressed file formats. Students wishing to send their files on physical media (e.g. data discs, thumb drives), should contact Diane Trevett for instructions.
  • 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.
  • For all digital auditions, keep in mind that we will be making our decision based on the sounds we hear from the recording.  The recording equipment should be the best quality available to you. And posted materials should be full fidelity.
  • If your files are on an online platform (YouTube, Vimeo) they must be unlocked and available to faculty reviewers.

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