Music Scholarship Application

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

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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, take a music scholarship class during their first year at Willamette, 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 YouTube link to your digital audition. 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 must audition on an instrument (or voice) and submit a portfolio of compositions.

Digital Video Audition Details

  • Video auditions should be uploaded as “unlisted” or “public” to YouTube.
  • 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 Applicants: November 19, 2023

Regular Decision Applicants: February 1, 2024


Contact Music Scholarship Advisor:
James Miley, Chair and Professor of Music

Willamette University

Music Department

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6260 FAX

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