Music Department Admission & Scholarship Auditions
We are thrilled that you are considering the Music department here at Southwestern University to further your passion in the arts!
Here’s what you need to know…
AUDITION DATES FOR SAROFIM SCHOLARSHIPS AND PERFORMANCE AWARDS FOR ENROLLMENT FALL 2017 ARE
Your audition can serve as the formal audition into the Music major at Southwestern. It can also serve as the audition for an award for non-majors. Your Audition day will help you get acquainted with the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, learn more about the programs offered, and introduce you to the faculty in the Music department.
Performance with piano accompaniment, if a composition calls for it, is required for prospective music majors desiring a music scholarship. For non-majors who are applying for a P.A., accompaniment is optional, though recommended. Any audition that does not meet all of the criteria for a music scholarship audition listed on the web site (i.e., number of pieces, performance with accompaniment, etc.) will be considered a non-major P.A. audition and awards will be made accordingly.
A live audition cannot be guaranteed if a student cannot appear on one of the scheduled audition days. Any student who cannot schedule a live audition is advised to send a CD recording or cassette tape of their audition program as soon as he or she is able. Recordings received after the last audition date will be listened to and evaluated and awards made based on available funds. Students are advised to audition, or send a recording, as early as possible in the spring semester for full consideration.
STUDENTS WHO SUBMIT REQUESTS FOR AUDITION TIMES IN FEBRUARY 2017 WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED WITHOUT HAVING SUBMITTED A FORMAL APPLICATION TO SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
SAROFIM SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC (ONLY FOR STUDENTS MAJORING IN MUSIC)
Includes a private lesson fee waiver (maximum of 2 credits per semester, or $360)
Renewable annually up to four years.
Because the demand for financial aid is high, the Department of Music is obliged to review your progress annually. Evaluative criteria include maintenance of a 2.5 overall grade-point average, satisfactory academic and musical performance, and demonstration of motivation and interest. While we realize that college is a time to explore all areas of learning and that your career and educational plans may evolve and change, in the event that you decide to change your major, you are expected to contact the Chair of the Department as soon as possible so that your scholarship needs may be re-evaluated. Also, changing your major instrument requires a re-audition and may result in an adjustment of your award amount. If you participate in an off-campus or foreign study program during which you are ineligible for Southwestern University financial aid, your music award is renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to the same criteria and departmental review.
Non-major students may audition for a Sarofim Performance Award in only one performance area. Only one award will be made to any student. Students cannot receive two music scholarships in different performing areas, or a music major scholarship and a non-major performance award. Complete compositions, etudes, or movements of sonatas or concertos must be prepared—fragments of works are not acceptable.
You must enroll in an ensemble each semester to qualify for a Sarofim Performance Award (Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Southwestern University Chorale, SU Singers).
Includes a private lesson fee waiver.
Renewable annually up to four years.
Candidates must apply for general admission to Southwestern University separately, and must have an active application to Southwestern University in order to schedule an audition. However, they need not have been accepted yet in order to audition. Please note that, although recommendations will be made following a student’s audition, admission to Southwestern must be granted in order to receive the scholarship. An individual student’s admission status may not be determined until after the final audition deadline in March.
Recipients of Sarofim Scholarship in Music and Performance Awards may also be eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships. In addition, recipients may apply for University need-based aid. For more information, please click: FINANCIAL AID, MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS or call 1-800-252-3166.
Any financial aid offer from Southwestern University will be void as of May 1, 2017 if a student accepts financial aid from another college or university.
For any questions regarding auditions please call Julie Hudson at 512-863-1548.