Music Scholarships at Carroll
The music program offers variable, four-year merit scholarships to qualified freshmen, based on an audition and awarded independent of financial need. All music scholarships are available to both music majors and non-music majors, and are awarded in the areas of voice, winds and percussion, and strings and piano. There are two levels of scholarships offered: the Applied Lesson Stipend and the Music Artist Award.
To be awarded a music scholarship, an applicant must be a high school senior who has been accepted to Carroll University as a full-time student for fall 2013. Scholarship recipients must remain in good standing in ensembles, make steady progress as musicians, and maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue eligibility.
Applied Lesson Stipend
Several Applied Lesson Stipends are offered each year to qualified students who wish to pursue private study along with ensemble experiences in college. The amount of the award is set at $500 per year, renewable for four years, to cover the cost of private music instruction.
- Register for, and participate fully in, the Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Chamber Strings or Women's Ensemble.
- Register for and take a weekly, half-hour private lesson with a music faculty member.
The music faculty chooses several advanced students each year on a competitive basis to receive four-year Artist Awards. These awards are reserved for the serious music student, regardless of major, and range from a minimum of $1,000 per year up to several thousand dollars per year for the highly accomplished student.
- As listed above for the Applied Lesson Stipend.
- Register for, and participate fully in, chamber ensembles as assigned by the music faculty. (Pianists will be required to accompany assigned soloists or a choir in rehearsals and performance.)
How to Apply
Complete and return the enclosed Music Scholarship Application. Please remember to select an audition date. Upon receipt of your application, a representative of the music program will contact you to discuss a specific audition time. Also upon receipt of your application, Carroll University will send a Scholarship Nomination Form
to your high school music director and/or private lesson teacher. These forms are due back from your teachers two weeks before your audition. Music scholarship applications and nomination forms are available below.
Wind and percussion players, and pianists, should perform two pieces of contrasting style and tempo. Usually the two pieces should be by different composers, but two contrasting movements from a single larger work can be acceptable.
An accompanist is required for instrumental auditions of music majors. You are encouraged to bring your own accompanist, but if you wish to use a Carroll University accompanist, you must report this to Dena LeMere in the Carroll University Music Office, 1.800.227.7655 ext. 7182. You must also deliver good quality photocopies of the accompaniments to the Music Office at least two weeks prior to your audition date. Delivery of accompaniments by mail is much preferred to delivery by fax. An accompanist is not required for instrumental auditions of non-music majors.
The instrumental music scholarship audition also will include a sight-reading component and rhythmic reading in simple and compound meters. The performance of scales will not be required.
A singer should perform two contrasting pieces that will best persuade the faculty that he/she will be an outstanding contributor to the choral ensembles in terms of vocal talent and musicianship. At least one of the pieces must be an art song or an aria; the second piece may be a musical theater or vocal jazz piece if the singer prefers. A song in a foreign language is not required.
Vocal music scholarship auditions must be accompanied by a live accompanist; no CD accompaniments or unaccompanied performances are allowed. You may bring your own accompanist to the audition, or Carroll University will provide one. If you wish to use a Carroll University accompanist, you must report this to Sara
Meyer in the Carroll University Music Office, 1.800.227.7655, ext. 7182. You must also deliver good quality photocopies of the accompaniments to the Music Office at least two weeks prior to your audition date. Delivery of accompaniments by mail is much preferred to delivery by fax.
The vocal music scholarship audition will also include a sight-singing component. Rhythmic reading in simple and compound meter, melodic reading of principally diatonic melodies, and part reading in a four-part texture will all be part of the audition.
To ensure full consideration, all music scholarship auditions must be completed on February 8 or February 15, 2014.