Performing Scholar Competition

Are you a gifted musician graduating from high school in 2019? Do you have a GPA of at least 3.2 or scored a minimum of 22 ACT or 1050 SAT? If so, you are invited to compete for up to $21,000 in scholarships.

Outstanding musicians who audition on or before Feb. 25, 2019, will be considered for the Performing Scholarship.  Awards will be presented based on audition and academic scholarship.

Available award:

  • Four $21,000 scholarships, renewable for 4 years 

Additional renewable scholarships, starting at $2,000 per year, are available for other students that demonstrate strong artistic and academic ability. >>> more info


  •  minimum of a 22 ACT, 1050 SAT or a 3.2 GPA
  • Contact the music department by Feb. 1 to schedule an audition byFeb. 25, 2019
  • A completed application for admission to Bluffton University submitted by Feb. 1.
  • Scholarship recipients must declare a major in music or music education at Bluffton University.
  • Students may be scholarship recipients in one performance area only
  • Children of Bluffton University faculty/staff are not eligible


Competition details 

  • Instrumental (brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds)
  • Piano
    • Perform the first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven and at least one other contrasting piece from a different style period (15 mins. max.); memorization required.
  • Voice
    • Perform two contrasting solos (10 mins. max.), one in English and one in a foreign language, at the level of works from the Class A OMEA Adjudicated Events List; memorization required.


  • In addition to the accompanist copy, participants must provide one original copy of each composition for the faculty judges
  • Please mark measure numbers in judge's scores
  • Photocopied score will disqualify the contestant from the competition


  • Decision of the judges is final
  • The judges reserve the right to hear all or part of the prepared solos and the right not to choose a winner
  • Performance time is limited as stated in the guidelines. 
  • No videotaping, photography or recording is permitted