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Music Program Scholarships

Music Scholarships at Carroll University

Carroll University offers four-year merit scholarships to qualified freshmen, based on an audition and independent of financial need. All music scholarships are available to both music majors and non-majors, and are awarded in the areas of voice, winds and percussion, strings, and piano.

Scholarship recipients will receive private instruction on their primary instrument or voice, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and participate in at least one ensemble every semester to continue eligibility.

How to Apply

Complete the Music Scholarship Application below. Upon receipt of your application, a representative of the music program will contact you to schedule an audition time.

Music Scholarship Audition Guidelines

All auditions take place in Shattuck Music Center. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to warm up.

Accompanist Information

All vocal auditions must be accompanied by piano. You are encouraged to bring your own accompanist. However, if you are unable to bring an accompanist, we will provide our staff accompanist for you at no charge.

For instrumentalists auditions, piano accompaniment is not required and an accompanist will not be provided by Carroll. You are encouraged to bring your own accompanist but this is not required.

If you choose to use our staff accompanist, please notify us at at least two weeks in advance of your audition. At that time, please send us the names of the pieces you will be performing and the book or edition in which it is found to ensure the best possible audition. When you come for your audition, you must bring an original published edition of the music (not a photocopy) for the accompanist. Your music will be returned to you as soon as your audition is over.

This audition will determine scholarship award only. All scholarship recipients will audition again in the fall for ensemble placement.

Vocal Auditions

  • Accompanist required: Yes
  • Audition length: 15 minutes
  • Audition material: Prepare one (1) classical aria or an art song.
  • Vocalists will also be asked to complete a basic sight-singing and solfège exercise.

Winds and Strings

  • Accompanist required: No
  • Audition length: 15 minutes
  • Audition material: Two (2) contrasting works; either two pieces by different composers or time periods, or two contrasting movements from the same piece (e.g. fast / slow).
  • Instrumentalists may also be asked to play common major or minor scales.


  • Accompanist required: No
  • Audition length: 15 minutes
  • Audition material: Two contrasting pieces or études on different percussion instruments; one on keyboard percussion (or piano) and one on timpani, battery (e.g. snare drum), or multiple percussion.

Piano or Organ

  • Audition length: 30 minutes (audition and sample lesson)
  • Audition material: 2 pieces of contrasting style (different periods or composers)
  • Pianists and organists may also be asked to sight-read a simple sonatina or accompaniment.


  • Accompanist required: No
  • Audition length: 15 minutes
  • Audition material: 2 pieces of contrasting style (different periods or composers)
  • Guitarists may also be asked to sight-read a simple piece.


To ensure full consideration for Fall 2017, all scholarship applications must be received by February 1, 2017.

For More Information

For specific information about music scholarships or Carroll's music program, contact the Music department at or 262-524-7182 or 1-800-277-7655, ext. 7182.

For any other inquiries about financial aid at Carroll University, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 262-524-7296 or 1-800-277-7655, ext. 7296.

An asterisk(*) denotes a required field.

Music Scholarship Application
* First Name:
Middle Initial:
* Last Name:
* Address:
* City:
* State:
* Email:
T-shirt size:
Name of High School:
Year of High School Graduation:
High School Address:
High School City:
High School State:
High School Zip:
High School GPA:
Class Rank/Class Size:   /  
SAT/ACT Composite:
High School Music Teacher:  (Band / Choir)
High School Teacher Email:
Intended Major:
What is your primary instrument?
*If other, what is your primary instrument?
Have you taken private lessons on your primary instrument? Yes No
If yes, how long?
Have you received private instruction in piano? Yes No
Have you taken a music theory class? Yes No
2017 Audition Dates: Please select the date that you would like to audition for a music scholarship.
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