Music merit scholarships are available for:

  • Bachelor of arts in music majors
  • Bachelor of music majors with concentration in either performance, education, or composition
  • Non-music majors who wish to participate in music-department ensembles or chamber groups, or to provide musical accompaniment. Awardees will contribute to and make progress in the Deparment of Music program and take free private lessons in their primary performance area.

All prospective music majors will be considered for arts merit scholarships.

Awards for Non-Music Majors

To receive Arts Merit Scholarship consideration as a non-music major candidate, please submit a recording. Criteria for the recording are as follows:

  • features a solo performance, not ensemble work
  • not to exceed 10 minutes in length

Submit materials by Nov. 15 (Early Decision I candidates) or Jan. 15 (Regular Decision and Early Decision II candidates); using SlideRoom.

The non-music major scholarship recommendations are determined by the evaluation of the submitted audition recordings.

The Department of Music DOES NOT hold on-campus auditions for non-music majors.

Submit by Oct. 1

Early Decision Candidates

Early decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music by October 1, 2014.

Please note that auditions for Early Decision candidates must take place before November 14, 2014.

Auditions are scheduled through Brenda Ross (phone 570.577.1216 or email:

Submit between Sept. 1 and Jan. 15

Regular Decision Candidates

Regular decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music between September 1, 2014, and January 15, 2015.

Invitations to audition will be offered to all candidates judged eligible following the Admissions Department academic pre-screening process.

Regular decision music candidates have a choice of the following audition dates:

  • Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

What to Submit

Application Materials for Early and Regular Decision Candidates:

  • Department of Music Audition Form
  • Performance Resume that addresses your training background and experiences in music (submit via SlideRoom)
  • Samples of creative compositional work — scores and/or recordings are to be submitted via SlideRoom (for intended composition majors only)

What to Expect at Your Audition

On the audition day, the student will:

  • Perform two or three pieces from different historical periods. These should be works that best represent your technical and interpretative skills. Please see the suggested audition materials.
  • Singers must send copies of audition music to the Department of Music by mail or fax (570-577-1215) at least two weeks prior to the audition date. The Department of Music provides the accompanist at no cost.
  • Attend personal interview with music faculty.
  • Composition candidates: Submit samples of compositions.

Note: Please do NOT send audition recordings.


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