Music merit scholarships are available for:

  • Bachelor of arts in music majors
  • Bachelor of arts music majors with a concentration in either performance, contemporary composition, or cultural and critical studies in music
  • Bachelor of music majors with a concentration in either education or vocal performance
  • 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 Department 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
  • if submitting voice audition, please submit a video recording and refrain from mastering the audio

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 Nov. 15

Early Decision Candidates

Early decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music by Nov. 14, 2017.

Please note that auditions for Early Decision candidates must take place before Nov. 14, 2017.

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 Sept. 1, 2017 and Jan.15, 2018.

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

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

  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

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

  • Interview with music faculty.
  • Instrumental auditions are to include a performance of two to three pieces from different historical periods that best represent their technical and interpretative skills.
  • Vocal auditions are to be a performance of three to four songs including at least one song in a foreign language.
  • Singers who require an accompanist must provide their sheet music to Department of Music a minimum of two weeks prior to their audition date.
  • Composition candidates are also required to audition.
Suggested Audition Materials

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