Music Scholarships

2017-18 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 (Early Decision applicants encouraged to audition)
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 (Honors Festival participants only)
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • other dates by appointment (contact Kathy Benischek at 402.465.2269/kmb [at] nebrwesleyan.edu)

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
  • Early Decision applicants must audition in Fall 2017 for scholarship consideration

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

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

Instrumental

Dr. Steve Goldeck
402.465.7501
sgoldeck [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