Music Scholarships at Carroll University
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 2015 Scholarship recipients must remain in good standing in ensembles, make steady progress as musicians, and maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue eligibility.
How to Apply
Complete the Music Scholarship Application below. 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.
Student Nomination Form
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 the Carroll University Music Office, 1-800-227-7655 ext. 7182. You must also deliver good quality photocopies of the accompaniment 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 the Carroll University Music Office, 1-800-227-7655 ext. 7182. You must also deliver good quality photocopies of the accompaniment 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 also will include a sight-reading 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 Feb. 7 or Feb. 21, 2015.
For More Information
For more information about financial aid at Carroll University, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 262-524-7296 or 1-800-277-7655, ext. 7296. For specific information about music scholarships or Carroll’s music program, contact the director of the Wind and Percussion Institute, Dr. Larry Harper, at 262-524-7188 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or professor Seth Houston, visiting lecturer in choral music, at 262-524-7183 (email@example.com).