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 email@example.com 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
- Nov. 19, 2022
- Jan. 28, 2023
- Feb. 11, 2023
- Feb. 25, 2023
Virtual Audition Portfolio
- Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis and reviewed between November 19, 2022, and February 25, 2023, in alignment with the in-person audition dates.
Portfolio Priority Deadline
- December 1, 2022
3. What to Expect
Preparing your Audition
Depending on your musical discipline, please prepare the following for your in-person auditions or virtual portfolio submission. If you have multiple interests, please upload separate materials for each of your interests. Please contact Kimi Kawashima (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any assistance.
- Vocal and Musical Theatre: 2 contrasting songs of your choice; repertoire from classical art song and musical theater styles are highly recommended; 1 popular or jazz cover is acceptable.
- Piano: 2 solo pieces of your choice: an 18th century sonata movement and a solo work from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century work is recommended.
- Winds, Brass, Percussion: 2 contrasting pieces of your choice.
- Strings: 2 contrasting pieces of your choice; 1 solo movement by J.S. Bach is highly encouraged but not required.
- Jazz: 2 contrasting pieces of your choice including 1 transcription.
- Composition, Songwriting, Music Technology: 2 recordings or (if applicable) scores of recently completed works. This could be a recording that you produced, recorded, or mixed, an instrument you have built, an original song you wrote, some sort of performance with live electronics, music or sound design for a collaborative or multimedia project, or any other demonstration of your proficiency and interest in music technology.
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.