An audition is required to become a music major and/or to be considered for a talent-based music scholarship. You must audition on the instrument you plan to major in. Thanks to the generous support by the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation and the Gore Endowment for Music, students enrolled in the Music program at Westminster College receive a wide range of scholarships and unique performance opportunities.
1. Apply to Westminster
Before you can audition, you must submit an application for admission to Westminster. If you would like to audition to major in the Music program, select "Yes" on the application when asked if you are interested in auditioning for a performing arts scholarship. Auditions are required in order to pursue the music major and are also used for scholarship consideration. Music minors and others who participate in the program/music performances in some capacity can audition for scholarship consideration without wanting to become a music major.
If you have already submitted your application for admission and did not select "Yes" on the application when asked if you are interested in auditioning for a performing arts scholarship, contact your admissions counselor or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Once you've submitted your Westminster application, complete the performing arts audition form that will appear in your application checklist. You will be able to schedule an in-person audition or submit a virtual audition portfolio through your application portal.
In-Person Audition Dates
- November 21, 2020
- January 30, 2021
- February 13, 2021
- February 27, 2021
Preparing your Audition
- Voice Audition: Submit 2 songs of your choice. Repertoire from classical art song and musical theatre styles is recommended. One popular or jazz cover is also welcome.
- Instrumental Audition: Submit 2 pieces of your choice. Solo repertoire in contrasting styles from any era of classical music or jazz is recommended. Orchestra or band excerpts are also welcome.
- Music Technology/Composition/Songwriting: Submit 1 original composition in the form of a MP3 and/or score. For songwriters, submit 1 original song and 1 cover (vocal or instrumental) in classical, jazz, or popular style.
It is recommended that you prepare music that is representative of different styles and periods of composition to highlight your ability and talent. These works should demonstrate your musical abilities and technical proficiency.
For in-person auditions, if you require an accompanist, please provide music that is legible and bound or prepared for a 3-ring binder. Alternatively, you can bring a recording of the accompaniment.