Scholarships in Music

For incoming music students in 2020-21

Students interested in a music major or minor are eligible for Music Achievement Awards ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 annually. Ensemble Grants of $1,000 annually are also available for students not planning to major or minor. All instruments and voice parts are encouraged to apply.

Music Scholarship Application
Music Scholarship Reference

Music Scholarship Audition Information

2020-21 Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 13, 2020 (recorded auditions only)
  • Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, March 19, 2021

Music Scholarship Eligibility

Music Department Achievement Awards ($2000 – $10,000) are available to:

  • First-year students who will participate actively in the music department and who anticipate a music major or minor. For students who declare a minor or major in music after their first year, scholarships will be renewed for six additional semesters. 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.

Ensemble Grants ($1000) are available pending audition and ensemble need for:

  • Incoming students who are ready to commit to continuous ensemble membership for their Goshen College tenure but are not planning to major or minor in music.

Procedure for Applying

  1. If you haven’t already, complete your application for admission to Goshen College.
  2. Complete the Music Scholarship online application.
  3. Ask your music teacher to complete and submit the online reference form. One music reference is required.
  4. Submit a recorded audition (either video or audio recorded) to dustingm@goshen.edu. For recorded auditions, our preferred format is either shared via YouTube, or digital file shared by Google Drive, Dropbox, or other filesharing service.

Audition Procedures

  1. Each applicant should prepare an audition of 10 minutes, which can include vocal and/or instrumental performance.
  2. Applicants may audition in more than one area (voice/instrument). However, a music scholarship is normally granted in the area of greatest strength.
  3. Music selections should come from the standard core repertoire and should represent at least two contrasting styles and tempi per instrument.
  4. Vocalists are encouraged, but not required, to perform at least one selection in a foreign language.
  5. Pianists and vocalists are encouraged to perform from memory.
  6. Please note that, in the interest of time, the reviewing music faculty may cut off an audition at the end of 10 minutes. This will have no impact on the results of your audition.
  7. No recorded accompaniments are permitted. Unaccompanied repertoire is allowed.
  8. If auditioning on an instrument for the Ensemble Grant, one of the selections can be an excerpt from an instrumental score.
  9. Auditionees will also take a short music theory placement exam that will be administered during the audition process.

Renewal of Music Scholarships

  • Music Achievement Awards may be renewed 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.
  • Ensemble Grants will be renewed if commitment level remains strong. Ensemble grant recipients should plan to take applied lessons on their instrument (2 credit hours) at least once before the third year of the award.

Application Deadline

While there is no set audition deadline, scholarship availability is limited, so applicants are encouraged to submit their auditions as early into their senior year as possible.  

Questions?

Questions about the Music Scholarships or the audition procedures can be directed to Dustin George-Miller in the Goshen College Music Department: (574) 535-7361 or dustingm@goshen.edu