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Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships at Augustana College

Augustana College offers Department of Music scholarships to students of any major. Please read the information on this page and the Application Procedures before completing the Music Scholarship Application. Our scholarships are renewable for fours years and range from $1000-$5000.

If you are in the process of completing the Common Application for admission to Augustana College, you do not need to complete the Arts Supplement. The Music Scholarship Application and materials listed on the Application Procedures page are required for scholarship auditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a music major?
No. With the exception of the Carl B. Nelson Music Education Scholarship, all scholarships are open to majors and non-majors.

Do I need to be accepted at Augustana in order to sign up for an audition? 
No. Your general application for admission to Augustana College (the Common Application) should be complete by the audition date. Please apply and set up your audition date as soon as possible, as there is limited room. Do not wait until you are accepted.

Do I have to audition to be accepted?
No. There is no audition for admission to the music program or degrees. As a Liberal Arts college, your acceptance to the College aloows you to pursue any major. We have course requirements to ensure quality progress towards your degree. 

Is this an audition for an ensemble?
No. Ensemble auditions are held the weekend before the start of classes in the fall. 

Can I audition on more than one instrument?
Yes. For the Honors recording, please make two serparate recordings. If you are chosen to attend the Honors auditions, it would most likely be for the stronger recording. For general auditions, you will be scheduled for two auditions-we do our best to schedule them within an hour or two of each other. Again, you will receive the higher of the two scholarships, as we can only award one.

What do I prepare?
See our Audition Requirements

How long are the auditions?
Honors auditions are ten minutes long, with 8 minutes of music needed. General auditions are 10-15 minutes long, with 8 minutes of music.

Do I need an accompanist?
For Honors weekend scholarship auditions, you need a live accompanist. You are welcome to bring your own accompanist, but we are happy to provide our accompanists.

For General scholarships, we provide an accompanist for all vocal auditions, or you may bring your own-you do need to perform pieces that are accompanied. Instrumentalists may bring their own accompanist, but most audition without accompaniment. It will have no impact on your results.

Do I get to practice with the accompanist?
For the Honors weekend, you will have a chance to rehearse with the accompanist for 30 minutes on Friday.

For General auditions, vocalists get 5-10 minutes with the accompanist before they go into the audition.

Do I need to bring music or send it ahead of time?
For the Honors audition, you need to send the accompaniment immediately after you are notified about being a finalist.

For General scholarships, no music is needed ahead of time.

When will I hear about my audition time?
Upon notification of being an Honors finalist, we ask that you reply by email with answers to several questions, helping us design your schedule. After we have heard from all the finalists, we will send you a schedule for the two day weekend. For General scholarships, we send a schedule approximately two weeks before the audition date.

If I receive a scholarship, what are the requirements?
All scholarship recipients are required to take applied lessons on the audition instrument for at least one credit, or one half-hour per week, and participate in one of the major ensembles. There is a fee for music lessons.

What if I cannot make one of the scheduled audition dates?
It is best to audition on a scheduled date, however if you absolutely cannot, please contact the office by email at