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Music Department Scholarships

Register Today for a Music Scholarship Audition:

*Above dates are also MVNYou Visit Days except for Oct. 28th.    

Music Scholarships are talent-based awards, open to all students regardless of major, and awarded through an audition before MVNU music faculty.

Monday, Oct. 28 – Music Visit and Scholarship Audition Day – This day is designed for prospective students considering music as a major. During the course of the day, participants will meet with music faculty and admissions, tour our campus, attend a music class and participate in a music ensemble, meet music students, and also have an opportunity to audition for scholarship. There is no charge for the day’s events and lunch is provided by the university.

Deadline to submit the application form is one week prior to your audition/visit. Applicants can also send in an audition via recording if a visit is not possible. Additional guidelines, information, application and recommendation forms can be found below.

Priority consideration will be given to audition applications that are completed by December 1st. Applicants are encouraged to submit a recorded audition or audition in person prior to December 1st.

  • Scholarship awards range from approximately $650–$2,500 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 $3,500. All prospective students considering music as a major are should audition for consideration.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • It is always to a student’s advantage to audition in person if possible. However, applicants who find that impossible may submit an audition recording. CD or DVD recordings may be sent to the address on the application and audio files may be emailed to Dr. John Packard. Music repertoire should be selected based on the aforementioned guidelines and care should be taken to produce the highest quality recording possible. Students submitting recorded auditions should first complete and submit the application and should also have a music instructor complete and submit the recommendation form. All items should be received by December 1 for priority consideration.
  • If you have questions regarding the music program or music scholarships at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, please contact Tressa Daley, Music Department Secretary, at (740) 392-6868 ext. 3000, or Dr. John Packard, Music Department Chair, at ext. 3001.
  • Scholarship auditions are held in the R.R. Hodges Chapel / Fine Arts Building.

Candidates must complete a music scholarship application. It may be completed online by choosing the appropriate link below or it may be printed, completed, and mailed to the address below.

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.

for more info

Tressa Daley
740-397-9000 ext. 3000

Dr. John Packard
740-397-9000 ext. 3001

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