Music Scholarship Application

New first-year and transfer students who are declared Music Majors can apply for financial assistance in the form of music scholarships. The maximum award is $5,000 annually and all instruments and voice parts are encouraged to apply. Complete application materials must be received by March 18, 2016. Notification of scholarship awards will be made by March 31, 2016.
2016 music scholarship application

Application Procedures

  • Complete an application for admission to EMU.
  • Complete the music scholarship application one week before your audition. Essay and reference letter may be turned in later but by March 18.
  • Ask your music teacher to complete and return the Reference Form.
  • Audition at EMU on Friday, February 5, 2016 during the Honors Visit weekend, or on Friday, March 18, 2016.
  • Dress appropriately for performance and interview.

NOTE: If it is not possible for you to attend either of these audition dates, you may submit a compact disc recording by March 18, 2016, along with the application. The CD should contain a high-quality recording of at least 10 minutes, but no more than 20 minutes, of music performed by the applicant. When preparing your CD cover/jacket, please include your name and phone number, “EMU Music Program Audition,” date of recording, list of repertoire on the CD with corresponding track numbers, and your accompanist’s name. You may also arrange a different live audition date by contacting the music department chair, Joan Griffing, at .

Audition Procedures

Admission requirements: Students with a concentration in music performance or music education are required to audition in a major performance area. Students with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies in Music are not required to audition. There is also no audition requirement for either music minor.

Please plan to perform two works of contrasting character. For instrumentalists, these might include a fast and slow work, and/or pieces from different historical eras.

Vocalists should include one foreign language piece and one English language piece. The English language selection may derive from traditional classical repertoire (art song, oratorio, etc.) or from the musical theater genre. Both works together should not exceed ten minutes duration.

The department encourages vocalists to bring their own accompanist. (Instrumentalists will perform unaccompanied.) In the event this is not possible, please call the music department to discuss accompanist options. In the event a member of the Scholarship Committee is not present, a videotape will be made of the audition for purposes of adjudication.

Renewal of Award

The scholarship award is renewable for an additional six semesters after the first year as long as grade point averages meet the following requirements. You must have earned a grade point average of at least a 2.5 at the end of each academic year. Successful completion of the Spring Assessment is mandatory. Students are expected to participate in activities and programs of the department.