Music Scholarships

2016-17 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 (Honors Festival participants only)
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • 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

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

Contact or visit us

Music Department
Kathy Benischek, Staff Assistant
Rogers Fine Arts, Room 182
Lincoln, NE 68504
402.465.2269
kmb [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

General Info/Instrumental

Dr. Sam Zitek
402.465.7501
szitek [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Vocal

Dr. Jana Holzmeier
402.465.2284
jjh [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Piano

Dr. Larry Jones
402.465.2278
lej [at] nebrwesleyan.edu