Scholarship Auditions

Music Department Admission & Scholarship Auditions

The audition at Southwestern serves as both a formal audition into the Music major and an audition for the Sarofim Scholarship in Music. For non-majors, it serves as the audition for a performance award. Your audition day will help you get acquainted with the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, learn more about the music programs and ensemble participation offered, and introduce you to the Music Department faculty .

Audition Dates:

Fall Dates:

This fall we will see students who have an active application on file with Southwestern on a one-on-one basis. Currently, we see students Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  You must sign up to audition within two weeks of your campus visit.  We will do our best to accommodate all requests, but cannot guarantee your preferred appointment. Please click here for detailed instructions. Your audition must be scheduled by arranging a Daily Campus Visit

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Spring Dates:

January 25, 2020 , for music majors and non-majors.

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February 22, 2020 , for music majors and non-majors.

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April 5, 2020 , for non-majors.

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The January and February Audition Day is for majors and non-majors.  Time will be spent in preparation for your audition warming up and working with an accompanist if needed. You will tour the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center and meet with the Fine Arts Liaison for Admissions.  Plan on being at the University from any time between 12:30pm - 5:00pm.

The April Audition Day is scheduled for Admitted Student Day with overnight.  A student must be admitted and attend Admitted Student Day to register for an audition. If you have any questions please contact the Admissions’ Fine Arts Liaison, Bob Baldwin .

Students who send recordings should fill out the audition form beforehand, stating clearly for what type of award they are applying. Recordings sent without sufficient identifying information will not be evaluated.  

Please send a Youtube video to Laura Sewell at  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 link to a recording, as early as possible in the spring semester for full consideration. 

Candidates that receive the Sarofim Scholarship or the Performance Award are eligible for additional assistance, including Southwestern merit scholarships .

  • Please carefully read the Audition Guidelines

    Sarofim Scholarships in Music are for Music majors only. 

  • Please carefully read the Audition Guidelines

    Performance Awards in Music are for Non-Music majors only. 

  • 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 go to Financial Aid/Merit scholarships or call 1-800-252-3166. 

    Any financial aid offer from Southwestern University will be void as of May 1, 2020 if a student accepts financial aid from another college or university.

For any questions regarding auditions, please contact Laura Sewell  at

Audition Dates for Sarofim Scholarships and Performance Awards are for Enrollment Fall 2020.

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