Music Department scholarships are awarded for performance and academic ability in amounts ranging from $500 to $6000. Scholarships are available to music majors, minors and non-majors. Recipients are required to participate in ensembles and study privately on their principal instrument. They must also demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamentals of music through a placement test given at the audition.
Auditions to determine acceptance as a music major and to award scholarships are held in February. Prospective students must apply for admission to the university prior to their audition. A separate application for the music auditions is available on the music department web page.
Guidelines for auditioning are listed below for all instructions and voices. An in-person performance audition is required of all students applying to the university as music majors. The evaluation of your audition by the faculty will be the most important factor in granting admission to the department. An accompanist will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. All students auditioning will be asked to sight-read and excerpt.
Scholarships are reviewed annually and may be renewed at the current level, raised, lowered or denied, depending upon the student’s progress academically and musically. Returning students will be evaluated at their fall semester jury hearing in December. Faculty will consider a scholarship recipient’s growth in musicianship through their applied music studies as well as their success in academic courses. If a student is found to be deficient in any area, he/she will be notified and told what action (re-audition, etc.) will be required in order to retain his/her scholarship.
The Marina Carroll and Dr. Charles LaBelle Music Scholarship Fund was created by Dr. James Carroll (husband of Marina) as a memorial to his wife and her father. Current Caldwell students may apply and audition for this special award scholarship. Please see the following page for a description of the award, application and audition requirements.