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Music Scholarship Auditions for Incoming First-Year Students

Music scholarships are available for any incoming first-year student regardless of major. Whether you are pursuing a major or minor in music or you simply enjoy music, you are eligible for a music scholarship. Scholarships are available for voice, string, brass, woodwind, percussion and keyboard musicians.

Scholarship Audition Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be admitted to St. Norbert to audition?
No, you don’t. However, you will need to have applied to the college before you can audition. Once you audition, you’ll need to be admitted to the college to be considered for a music scholarship.

What are the requirements to maintain my music scholarship?
You must be a full-time student at St. Norbert College, participating in a major ensemble seven out of your eight semesters, performing on the instrument or voice scholarship you were awarded. If you’re planning on going into teacher education, you should save your “free” semester for the semester you will be student-teaching.

How do I audition for a music scholarship?
Self-recorded video auditions can be submitted at any time through February 20, 2022. Prior to filling out the Scholarship Video Audition form, please continue to read through the rest of the Frequently Asked Questions. These will help you prepare and understand the criteria necessary to complete the Scholarship Video Audition Form.

What should I perform for my video audition?
In your recording, please introduce yourself by telling us your name, what school you are from, the name of your audition pieces and the composer for each piece. We have provided additional audition resources and tips for more detail on how to create a great audition video.

Voice: Two memorized solos of advanced standard literature in contrasting styles.

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion: One solo of advanced standard literature or one etude demonstrating contrasting styles. Major scales in keys up to four sharps and four flats.

Piano: Two solos of advanced standard literature in contrasting styles (equivalent to WSMA Class A list). Memorization preferred but not required.

Strings: Two solos of standard literature in contrasting styles (for example, this could be two movements of one piece, or two separate solos altogether). Two scales of your choice, as many octaves as comfortable.

Can I audition in more than one area?
Yes, please consider the following before you decide:

  • Incoming students are awarded music scholarships in only one specific area (e.g., clarinet, percussion or voice). Auditioning in multiple areas will not increase the amount of money that is offered to you.
  • The area in which you’re awarded a scholarship is the area in which you’ll be required to take lessons and play in an ensemble to maintain your scholarship. This, however, doesn’t prevent you from taking additional lessons or participating in other ensembles while you’re at St. Norbert.
  • If you audition in several areas, we’ll make the decision in which area your scholarship is awarded. If you want to be considered for a scholarship in only one area, audition only in that area.

How much are the scholarships? And how do you decide who gets one?
Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 for the year and are renewable, subject to review, for three additional years.

St. Norbert music faculty members will listen to your audition and determine scholarship award amounts based on your technical skills, your musicality and your potential as a performer. Scholarships will be awarded until all of the scholarship funds have been allocated. In the case of closely ranked auditions, music majors and minors may receive some preference over non-majors.

Is there a deadline for video submissions?
Yes. Please complete the Scholarship Video Audition Form by Feb. 20, 2022.

When will I hear back about my audition?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their audition via letter by mid to late March.

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