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    Performing and Visual Arts Scholarship Events

    We will unlock your full potential and get you the experience you need to take the world by storm. Transform your artistic abilities with faculty who will challenge and inspire you within your craft, nurturing a deeper appreciation for the arts. 


    Who is eligible?

    • Students who plan to major in music, art, or theatre 
    • Students who plan to double major with music, art, or theatre
    • Students who plan to minor in music
    • Students who plan to minor in dance
    • Students interested in music ensemble participation

    Musical Theatre

    • Please prepare roughly 16 bars each from two contrasting Musical Theatre songs; you will provide your own digital tracks or recorded piano accompaniment tracks from your phone or laptop. There is no a cappella singing.
    • Please also prepare a monologue from a play or musical, no longer than 60 seconds in length.


    • Please prepare and present a two-minute audition package consisting of two contrasting monologues from two different published plays.
    • For those interested in design please prepare a 5-10 minute presentation of a physical portfolio or bring a laptop with digital access to a design folder that includes research, drawings and/or photos of productions, i.e. examples of your work.


    • Prepare and perform a 60-90 second dance combination of either your own choreography or a piece that you’ve performed; please provide musical accompaniment via your phone or laptop.

    Art & Design 

    Portfolio reviews will be held in the Milliken Art Building. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes and will include a short oral interview with the art student. Art History applicants only need to submit the essay for consideration. They do not need to participate in the portfolio review.

    The student is responsible for bringing to the portfolio review:

    • A portfolio of 10 works – any medium. The work should be contained within a portfolio unless size dictates otherwise. 
    • Sketchbooks that include idea development, sketches, etc.
    • A list of submitted works on the Portfolio Content form, including title, medium, and the name of the project, if part of a class assignment.

    Art History Scholarship:

    The Art History scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

    1. Extra-curricular activities

    2. Evidence of intellectual potential

    Please include a 300-word essay on why you want to study art history

    Petrie School of Music

    Please prepare your audition carefully, following the guidelines listed below. Vocalists must sing with piano accompaniment. Non-keyboard instrumentalists performing pieces written or arranged with piano accompaniment should audition with an accompanist.


    Voice: Three contrasting selections, including one song in Italian from the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries, one English or American art song or aria, and one other song or aria in any language. Please avoid gospel or pop songs, choral voice parts, or overly-difficult operatic arias. Memorization is required.

    Piano: Two or three contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist or 20th-century style periods. Suggested repertoire: Bach preludes and fugues or three-part inventions; first movement of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven sonata; or works by major composers of the Romantic and later style periods. Memorization is required.

    Strings: Two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th-century style periods. A movement of a larger work may be considered as one composition. Memorization is required for string performance majors. Memorization is encouraged, but not required for all other string majors and minors.

    Harp: Two works in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire. Orchestral excerpts are also acceptable. Memorization is not required.

    Guitar: Two works in contrasting styles to be chosen from solo literature and/or etudes. Auditioning guitarists should demonstrate a degree of technical fluency and musical awareness appropriate to the level of audition literature. Memorization is not required. 

    Woodwinds and Brass: Two works (one lyrical and one technical) of contrasting style periods from the standard repertoire, including movements of sonatas or concerti, solo pieces and longer etudes. Memorization is not required.

    Percussion: Performance in two of the following areas is required: snare drum (rudiments and a prepared solo or etude); timpani; marimba. Percussionists should provide their own sticks and mallets. Memorization is not required.

    Music Therapy: A student auditioning as a Music Therapy major must complete TWO individual auditions:

    1. A voice or instrumental audition (on an instrument from one of the above categories) that satisfies all the listed requirements.
    2. An interview with the Coordinator of the Music Therapy program during which the student must sing a popular song from memorization, accompanying themselves on either piano or guitar.

    Composition or Contemporary Music (Media Applications):  A student auditioning as a Composition or Contemporary Music major must audition for the Musicology & Composition faculty. The audition consists of:

    1. A review of the student’s original compositions (which can be presented in written and/or recorded form and/or performed live).
    2. An assessment of the student’s performance ability (choice of instrument and repertoire are at the student’s discretion).

    Composition and Contemporary Music (Media Applications) students who wish to be considered for large ensemble participation and/or a performance scholarship should perform a second audition for the appropriate area faculty, using the repertoire guidelines outlined above.


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