Music Scholarship Application

We are delighted that you are interested in auditioning for a Music Scholarship at Willamette.

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Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be admitted to Willamette University, demonstrate a passion and talent for music through their audition, be committed to joining at least one of Willamette’s outstanding music ensembles, and take private lessons through the music department. The scholarship is renewable based on annual evaluations by the faculty.

To Apply:

  • Apply for admission to Willamette University
  • Submit the Music Scholarship application, including:
    • Reference Contact Information:
      • Provide contact information (first and last name, title, email address) for an ensemble director, if applicable
      • Provide contact information (first and last name, title, email address) for a private lesson instructor, if applicable
    • Digital Audition:
      • Provide a link to a digital audition hosted on a video-sharing site. Please note the requirements specific to your background and interest in music below.

Audition Requirements

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.
  • Instrumentalists may include etudes and studies.
  • Vocalists 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 that you can both perform as written material and with improvisation.
  • The recorded performance should have a rhythm section be it “live” or prerecorded.

Composers

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

Digital Video Audition Details

  • 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 titles, composers, movements, and performers as appropriate.
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How to Apply

Please review all instructions for the audition process on this page before proceeding with the application.

Apply for a Music Scholarship

Priority Submission Deadlines

Early Action & Early Decision candidates: November 18 for notification of admission, merit scholarship and music scholarship in December

Early Action & Early Decision candidates: February 1 for notification of music scholarship in Spring 2023

Regular Decision candidates: February 1 for notification of admission, merit scholarship and music scholarship in Spring 2023

Questions

James Miley, Chair and Professor of Music

Willamette University

Music Department

Address
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6255

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