Music Auditions and Scholarships
Musicians who are interested in studying at North Park University as a music major or minor are required to audition for admission to the music department. This audition will also be considered for a scholarship. Students who are still deciding on their academic plans, but wish to continue their musical study through lessons and participation in a music ensemble, may also audition for a music scholarship.
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Music Scholarships are open to all students regardless of their academic major and range up to $4,000/year for non-music majors and up to $8,000/year for music majors.
Students awarded a North Park art scholarship must:
- Be accepted to the University (as a first-year or transfer student), and enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours).
- Maintain appropriate academic standing
- Be recommended for renewal by the music faculty
- Enroll in private music lessons from North Park faculty
- Enroll in the designated music ensemble/s and each semester
1) Complete an application to North Park University.
2) Complete a Music Audition Application. Please have your resume in PDF format ready for upload, and if submitting a recorded audition, the link to your recording.
3) Schedule your audition. During the time of COVID-19, auditions may be scheduled on our audition dates listed below or by individual appointment. Contact the Assistant Director of the School of Music, Art, and Theatre Recruitment, Erin Matonte to schedule your audition. Electronic submissions will also be accepted and materials should be uploaded to your scholarship application.
During the time of COVID-19, virtual auditions will be scheduled on our audition dates listed below. Electronic submissions will also be accepted. Choose your preferred submission type on the Music Scholarship Application.
- Saturday, November 7, 2020 (Application Deadline — Monday, October 26, 2020)
- Saturday, February 13, 2021 (graduate and undergraduate) (Application Deadline — Monday, February 1, 2021)
- Saturday, February 27, 2021 (Application Deadline — Monday, February 15, 2021)
The music department will continue to accept Music Scholarship Applications throughout the summer for admission and scholarship consideration, as funds remain.
Music Scholarship notifications will be communicated two weeks following each audition date or recording submission.
Questions about the application and audition process may be directed to the Assistant Director of the School of Music, Art, and Theatre Recruitment, Erin Matonte.
Audition Repertoire Requirements
Prepare two complete movements or excerpts from the standard classical repertoire (from Baroque to the present) and an étude representing the current level of technique, as well as three-octave scale. Sight reading may be requested.
Prepare two contrasting movements or excerpts from your repertoire (from Baroque to the present). Sight reading may be requested.
Woodwind and Brass
Prepare two complete movements or excerpts that demonstrate lyrical playing and technical agility and two, two-octave major scales. Sight reading may be requested.
Prepare two complete movements or excerpts that demonstrate lyrical playing and technical agility and two, two-octave major scales. For students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music in Worship degree, one of the two selections should be a contemporary piece that demonstrates your ability to comp chords and play an accompaniment while singing. Bachelor of Music in Music in Worship candidates must also prepare a I, IV, V7 chord progression in four different keys, and demonstrate the ability to play a melodic line with or without an accompaniment. Sight reading may be requested.
Prepare three pieces (at least one by J.S. Bach), all major scales, and arpeggios (2-4 octaves, hands together). For students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music in Worship degree, one selection should be a sacred piece (traditional, contemporary or gospel), which is played on either piano or B-3 organ. Singing while accompanying is desired, but not required. Sight reading may be requested.
For recorded submissions, prepare three pieces (at least one by J.S. Bach), four major scales, and arpeggios (2-4 octaves, hands together). Of the four major keys chosen, two should start on white keys (other than C Major) and two on black keys.
Prepare two contrasting pieces, one in English and one in a foreign language. At least one piece must be classical (art song or aria) from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic period. One piece may be a traditional musical theater piece or, if the student wishes to pursue the Bachelor of Music in Music in Worship degree, a traditional or contemporary sacred song. Repertoire chosen should demonstrate the student’s highest level of vocal technique and musical understanding achieved up to this point. Sight reading may be requested.
Set players: Demonstrate competency with various styles such as swing, Latin, ballad, and rock. Sight reading may be requested.
Non-set players: Prepare two pieces, one snare etude, such as those found in “Portraits in Rhythm” by Anthony J. Cirone, and one piece for a mallet instrument and/or timpani. Four mallet playing is desired. Sight reading may be requested.
Prepare three pieces; one by J.S. Bach, a piece of contrasting style and a hymn. For students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music in Worship degree, one selection may be played on the B-3 organ. Singing while accompanying is desired, but not required. Sight reading may be requested.
Additional Considerations for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Composition or Jazz Studies Concentrations
Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a composition concentration must audition on a primary instrument or voice, as articulated above, and submit a portfolio consisting of at least two contrasting compositions demonstrating a variety of different instrumentation and musical forms. Recordings are optional but recommended. An on-campus interview is required and should be scheduled individually with Erin Matonte.
Jazz Studies (instrumental)
Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a jazz studies (instrumental) concentration should prepare one classical piece and one jazz transcription. Students must also play two, one-octave major and minor scales, and solo over a 12-bar blues in F major. Sight-reading may be requested.
Demonstrate the ability to play a bass line over chord changes (blues, rhythm changes, or standard jazz tunes, for example); presenting a classical piece (using bow) is to your advantage but is not required. Sight reading may be requested.
See set-player audition requirements above.
*Music Scholarship awards may be combined with other gift aid such as academic scholarships, grants, etc., however, total gift aid, including Federal and State aid, may not exceed the cost of tuition at North Park University.