We are delighted that you are interested in auditioning for a Music Performance Scholarship at Milligan. The Music Program at Milligan awards several talent-based performance scholarships each year to incoming freshmen, regardless of their intended major.
The Music Performance Scholarship is a competitive, renewable scholarship awarded to a limited number of students each year who exhibit excellent performance ability and potential as identified through audition. The award amount is determined by a combination of the student’s audition results, ensemble needs, and funding availability. Performance Scholarships are available for concert choir, orchestra, women’s chorale, Heard Mentality, and musical theatre.
For priority consideration, applicants seeking music scholarships should be admitted to Milligan College by December 1 and audition by the end of February. Music scholarships are renewable for a total of four years enrollment and require full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters. Scholarship recipients are required to maintain academic standards, take studio lessons on their major instrument or voice, and participate in ensembles or serve as accompanists as stipulated by their scholarship award contract.
STEPS TO APPLY
- Complete your admissions application to Milligan.
- Complete the music scholarship application.
- Contact Rita Myers, music secretary, at 423.461.8723 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an audition time AFTER you have completed the above processes (application and music form). See audition details below.
The music audition is a time to showcase your talent and hard work to the music faculty and to be considered for scholarship awards. Auditions are formal events in which we want to hear two of your most polished pieces and have a brief interview with you. The two audition pieces should be of contrasting style (Ex. Bach and Schumann; art song and musical theater, etc.) and should be chosen from standard repertoire (see specifics below). Accompanists will be provided for vocalists (no pre-recorded accompaniment is allowed). Instrumentalists will perform unaccompanied.
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The overall impression is important so please dress as you would for a recital or special school performance. We prefer that you audition in person, but if a personal audition is not possible, you may audition by DVD or YouTube link.
SELECTING AUDITION REPERTOIRE
Prospective Pianists and Instrumentalists should perform two pieces of contrasting styles and musical periods from the following periods:
- Baroque (Bach, Handel)
- Classical (Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn)
- Romantic (Schumann, Chopin, Franck)
- Modern (Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev, Hindemith)
Prospective Vocalists should perform material from two of the following categories:
- German Lieder
- French art songs
- American or English art songs
- Broadway/musical theater songs
- Italian bel canto songs
Prospective Organists should perform a hymn, as you would play it for a congregation to sing, including introduction and all stanzas. You will also perform at least two other organ selections, and one selection to play on the piano.
Other Financial Aid Opportunities
All scholarship awards from the Music Program become part of the total institutional package offered by the college to the student. Other college scholarship and financial aid opportunities can be found at www.milligan.edu/SFS.