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Music Scholarships

Generous scholarships support the music making tradition of Waldorf University. Scholarships auditions are available and open to all students, both music majors and non-majors, who participate in an ensemble in the Department of Music regardless of their major course of study. Similar scholarships are available for all music majors and minors. Scholarship amounts are allocated based upon individual musical achievement, professionalism, and ensemble needs.  

Two types of scholarships are awarded solely by the Department of Music. The general difference of each scholarship is determined by the requirements for each scholarship:

Level 1 Music Scholarships:
  • For instrumental, vocal, piano, or orchestra students (does not include theater);
  • Maximum of $64,000 awarded over four years;
  • Residential component (must live on campus for all four years of degree program);
  • Membership and participation in an assigned ensemble;
  • Must take Applied Lessons for at least two years of the award. Applied study during your first year must maintain a minimum grade of B-. For keyboard students, applied study is obligatory through the duration of the scholarship.;
  • Minimum GPA average of 2.0;
  • Service to the departmental activities, such as ushering concerts, etc.;
  • Participation in one workshop performance each year, such as collaborative pianist, musical pit band, performance on a recital, etc.;
  • An additional $500 Travel Grant is awarded if the student completes a full visit with parent or guardian;
  • Must apply, be accepted to Waldorf University, have FAQ and FAFSA submitted, with Financial Aid awarded, and Financial Aid documents completed and returned by January 31, 2018.  
Level 2 Music Scholarships:
  • For instrumental, vocal, piano, or orchestra students (does not include theater);
  • Reduced award (maximum of $48,000 award over four years);
  • Membership and participation in an assigned ensemble;
  • No housing component – may live off-campus if approved;
  • Must take Applied Lessons for at least two years of the award. Applied study during your first year must maintain a minimum grade of B-. For keyboard students, applied study is obligatory through the duration of the scholarship.;
  • Minimum GPA average of 2.0;
  • Service to the departmental activities, such as ushering concerts, etc.;
  • Participation in one workshop performance each year, such as collaborative pianist, musical pit band, performance on a recital, etc.;
  • An additional $500 Travel Grant is awarded if the student completes a full visit with parent or guardian;
  • No deadline for submission of application. 
Additional scholarships are available for those who wish to engage in ensembles of the Department of Music and the Department of Theater. Department of Music scholarships are renewable for up to four years for full-time students. Music Education students may apply for a one-semester extension if required for their student teaching practicum.
 
To apply, visit the Music Scholarship application.
 
Specific Audition Criteria
Instrumental
  • An etude or solo appropriate for high school All-State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
  • Major scales through 4b & 3# (C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and A Major).
Keyboard
  • One solo piece, preferably memorized, which represents your technical and musical mastery level.
  • A second solo piece, does not need to be memorized, but should show a contrasting style.
Vocal
  • One solo piece, with the option of a second solo, appropriate for high school solo & ensemble festival such as a folksong or classical art song. No memorization is required.
  • An accompanist will be provided as needed.
  • When scheduling your audition, include the composers’ names and the keys of your songs.
Suggested Dress Attire
  • Business dress attire encouraged but not required. We encourage students to dress as if they are going to an employment interview or church.  

Schedule Your Audition Today!
Music auditions are held on campus during regular business hours, or on specific Saturdays throughout the Academic Year. Auditions are scheduled through the Department of Music. To schedule an audition, call 641.585.8278 or email Natasha Meyerhofer.