Music Scholarships

2015-16 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016 (Honors Festival participants only)
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 (Instrumental Auditions)
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Vocal and Keyboard Auditions)
  • other dates by appointment (contact Kathy at 402.465.2269)

Eligibility Requirements for Audition

  • Must be a high school senior or transfer student
  • Must have been accepted to Nebraska Wesleyan University at time of audition
  • Must audition before music faculty (except in cases of long distances or illness)
  • Must have an ACT score of at least 22 OR a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0; transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare a program of not more than 10 minutes according to the following recommendations:
    • VOCAL: Choose at least two contrasting selections from standard vocal repertoire (art song, opera, oratorio, musical theater). Memorization is recommended. Pop music and choral repertoire (example: singing a part from a choral score) is not recommended. If requesting an NWU accompanist, please send the music two weeks before your audition. It is not recommended that the student use an accompaniment tape or CD.
    • INSTRUMENTAL: Choose quality solo literature to show your talent. Memorization is not required. If requesting an NWU accompanist, please send the music two weeks before your audition. It is not recommended that the student use an accompaniment tape or CD.
    • PIANO: Choose two selections of contrasting style from the standard piano repertoire. Memorization is recommended. Be prepared to sight-read a short accompaniment.
  2. Provide a brief (one page) résumé of your performing experience (solos, ensembles, etc.), and repertoire lists from your private study (grades 9-12). You may attach this to the scholarship audition application or bring it with you to the audition.
  3. Students must have completed their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and returned it to the NWU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to receive notification of music scholarship awards. Notification of scholarship awards will be made to all applicants as soon as all auditions have been completed.
  4. Fill out the online application

NWU Music Scholarships Brochure

Sam Zitek, Chair
Department of Music
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504