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Music Scholarships

Audition Information

  • Candidates will audition in their major applied area (voice, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, composition). Students may not audition in more than one area without prior approval by Dr. John Packard. If approved, separate applications and recommendation forms must be submitted for both auditions.

  • The Music Faculty strongly recommends that you prepare two selections or movements from different style periods for the audition, i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Instrumentalists may prepare only one selection if it demonstrates both lyrical and technical aspects of musicianship. A good source of appropriate literature is the Solo Contest list used by most state music competitions.

  • Audition material does not have to be memorized. Copies are not needed for the judges.

  • An accompanist will be provided, but arrangements must be made in advance by selecting that option on the application. Students will have an opportunity to rehearse with the accompanist for a few minutes before the audition and must bring a copy of the music for the accompanist to use. The entire audition schedule is planned around the students' need for the accompanist, so please be certain of your plans and choose the correct option on the application.

  • A cassette/CD player will also be available if needed.

  • Candidates will be contacted during the week of February 6 with a specific audition time. If an audition time needs to be scheduled around other commitments that day, it must be noted in advance on the application.

  • It is always to a student's advantage to audition in person if possible. However, applicants who find it impossible to audition on February 11, because of schedule conflicts or distance, may send an audition recording (CD, DVD) to the address below or email an audio file to Dr. John Packard. Music compositions should be selected based on the aforementioned guidelines and care should be taken to produce the highest quality recording possible. Students submitting recorded auditions must still complete the application and have a music instructor complete the recommendation form. The February 1 deadline still applies.

Application Information

Recommendation Information

  • Candidates must have a music instructor complete a recommendation form. The student should give the instructor the web address to complete the online form. Or the form may be printed by the student or instructor, completed by the instructor, and mailed by the student or instructor to the address below.


Music Scholarship Auditions
Attention: Tressa Daley
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Questions can be directed to Tressa Daley in the MVNU Music Department at (740) 392-6868 ext. 3000.
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