Music Department Scholarships
MVNU Music Department Scholarship Auditions
- Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Jan. 15, and Feb. 19 – MVNyou Day audition days
- Sat., Feb. 17 – Annual scholarship day
Music Scholarships are talent-based awards, open to all students regardless of major, and awarded through an audition before MVNU music faculty.
Scholarship awards range from approximately $650–$2500 for one academic year and are available for voice, piano, guitar, most wind and string instruments, percussion, organ and composition. Awards specifically for music majors can be as high as $3500. All prospective students considering music as a major are expected to audition for consideration.
Deadline to submit the application form is February 7, 2018 (or one week prior to any MVNU Day audition). Applicants can also send in an audition via recording. Additional guidelines, information, application and recommendation forms can be found below.
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must agree to study privately at MVNU on the instrument (or voice) on which they auditioned; register for one of the MVNU Music Department ensembles each semester of the award year; and maintain a good academic standing. All music scholarships are renewable for the next year as long as the student continues to meet the above requirements.
Scholarship auditions are held in the R.R. Hodges Chapel / Fine Arts Building.
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.
Candidates are also welcome to bring a recorded accompaniment (either CD, phone, or mp3 player).
Candidates will be contacted during the week of February 12 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 17, 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 7 deadline still applies.
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.