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Music Scholarship Auditions for Incoming First-Year Students

If you’re an incoming first-year student and plan to pursue a major or minor in music or, if you simply enjoy music, you’re eligible to audition for a music scholarship. 

Scholarships are available for voice, string, brass, woodwind, percussion and keyboard musicians.

Scholarship Audition Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an audition video?
To submit an audition video, complete our online audition form. We’ll send you a confirmation email that you can reply to with your YouTube link.

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 should I perform at my audition?
Voice: Two memorized solos of advanced standard literature in contrasting styles. 

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion: One solo of advanced standard literature or one etude (contrasting styles), major scales in keys up to four sharps and four flats. If you prefer, you may audition with one composition that illustrates both melodic and technical abilities.

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

Strings: Please prepare two scales of your choice, as many octaves as comfortable. Also prepare two solos of contrasting styles (for example, this could be two movements of one piece, or two separate solos altogether). If you have any questions email Audrey Nowak at

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.

Is there a deadline for audition registrations?
Audition submissions are due by March 1, 2021.

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 rank it based on your technical skills, your musicality and your potential as a performer. Then, based on those rankings, awards will be made 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.

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.


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