Bluffton University offers music scholarships of at least $2,000 for music majors,of $1,000 for music participants majoring in another field and a Performing Scholar Competition scholarship worth up to $20,000.
Music scholarships are based on an audition and interview with the music faculty. In order to be awarded a music scholarship, recipients must have applied and been accepted at Bluffton University.
Music Major Scholarship:
Awarded to new students, music majors only. These scholarships range from $2,000-$20,000 annually, and are based on both music performance and academic achievement. All instruments and voice parts are encouraged to apply.
Exceptional students will be selected from all musicians auditioning on or before
Feb. 16, 2015, to compete in the Performing Scholar Competition finals on Feb. 22, 2015, to determine the top music scholarships.
Music Ensemble Scholarship:
Awarded to incoming students, non-music majors, based on an audition. These scholarships are $1,000 annually. Successful participation in the assigned ensemble is required each semester to continue to receive the scholarship. All instruments and voice parts are encouraged to apply.
Application procedure for Music major/ensemble scholarships
- Complete an application for admission to Bluffton University.
- Complete the online music scholarship application or print a hard copy for submission.
- Print a teacher recommendation and give to a teacher to submit.
Audition procedures for Music major/ensemble scholarships
- Schedule an audition time with Mark Suderman.
- Plan to perform two works of contrasting character. For instrumentalists this could include a fast and slow work, and/or pieces from different historical eras; vocalists may choose to perform one of their pieces in a foreign language.
- Audition music should not exceed ten minutes.
- You are encouraged to bring your own accompanist. In the event this is not possible, please contact Dr. Suderman to make arrangements for an on-campus accompanist.
- A videotape of the audition may be made for purposes of adjudication.
- Dress appropriately for the performance and interview.
- Your audition is limited to two instruments - but be sure to tell us about other instruments you play!
- Detailed audition requirements and suggestions to prepare for your audition.
Renewal of award
Scholarships are renewable for an additional six semesters after the first year, as long as the following requirements are met:
- Grade point average of 2.5 is maintained.
- Positive participation in the appropriate choral and/or instrumental ensembles each semester.
We encourage you to audition early. Awards will be made through March 1. After March 1, please contact Mark Suderman or Jodi Diller for scholarship availability.
Many endowed music scholarships make this financial support possible for music scholarships.
Auditions for music major or music ensemble scholarships for students entering Bluffton
in fall 2015 will be Jan. 24 and 30, and Feb. 13, 16 and 27.
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a Successful audition
Just as you prepare for the ACT or SAT, you need to prepare for your audition. A high
quality performance will maximize your chances of receiving one of our scholarships.
Are you a gifted musician graduating from high school with a GPA of at least 3.5 and
scored a minimum of 25 ACT or 1130 SAT? If so, you are invited to compete for up to $20,000 in scholarships.
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