Music Scholarships

For incoming students in 2016-2017

In recognition of their commitment to the music department at Goshen College, various donors have established music scholarships at Goshen College. Awards are in the $2,000 to $10,000 range annually, and all instruments and voice parts are encouraged to apply.

Audition Information

Music Scholarship Application
Music Scholarship Reference

2015-16 Music Achievement Award Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
  • Friday, January 29, 2016
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016
  • Friday, March 11, 2016

We encourage a visit to campus to audition in person on one of the above dates. Please contact the Music Department to arrange a Friday afternoon audition on a different date. Recorded auditions are also accepted.


Music Department Achievement Awards are available to:

  • First-year students who will participate actively in the music department. The awards will be renewed for an additional six semesters for students who declare a major or minor in music or music education. Recipients must be eligible for admission to Goshen College and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Transfer students who are declared music majors or minors and have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • In addition to the Music Department Achievement Award, a student is eligible for one more award from the following list: Academic Scholarship, Anglemyer Education, Athletic, Gorsline Business/Communication/Theater, Swallen Missionary, and Tuition Discount Benefits. Goshen College limits merit awards so that more funds can be awarded on the basis of financial need. Applications are accepted for any number of awards.

Procedure for Applying

  • Complete an application for admission to Goshen College. (Online application is available here)
  • Complete the Music Department Achievement Award online application.
  • Ask your music teacher to complete and submit the online reference form.
  • Audition at Goshen College on one of the dates listed above. Students who cannot audition in person will be asked to submit an audio or videotaped audition (online submission via YouTube is also acceptable).

Audition Procedures

Each applicant should prepare an audition of 10 minutes, which can include vocal and/or instrumental performance. Applicants may audition on more than one area (voice/instrument), however scholarship is normally granted in the area of greatest strength. Music selections should come from the standard core repertoire, and should represent at least two contrasting styles and tempi per instrument. Vocalists are encouraged, but not required, to perform at least one selection in a foreign language. Pianists and vocalists are encouraged to perform from memory. No recorded accompaniments are permitted. Unaccompanied repertoire is allowed. Please note that in the interest of time the attending music faculty may cut off an audition at the end of 10 minutes. This will have no impact on the results of your audition. We will provide accompaniment if needed; please submit music for your accompanist along with your audition.

Renewal of Award

Students may renew the scholarship for an additional six semesters after the first year by continuing to major or minor in music or music education at Goshen College, by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0, and by continuing core ensemble activities and lessons as prescribed by the music department chair in the award letter.


To ensure that your application is processed expeditiously and that you have the best possible experience at your Music Achievement Award audition, the Music Department requests that applicants complete all steps by one week before the intended audition date. 


Questions about the Music Achievement Awards or the audition procedures can be directed to Dustin George-Miller in the Goshen College Music Department: (574) 535-7361 or