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.
Scholarships are renewable each year to those who:
- Maintain appropriate academic standing
- Are recommended for renewal by the music faculty
- Enroll in private music lessons from North Park faculty
- Participate in designated music ensembles each semester
Scholarship in Music for Social Change and Human Values—El Sistema
Open to music majors only, these competitive scholarships are awarded for up to $7,000 per year and may be combined with other forms of financial aid. They are reserved for instrumental musicians with preference given to students playing bowed string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and who have participated in an El Sistema-inspired program (for programs in the U.S., please visit El Sistema USA) or have experience working within a program based in the El Sistema philosophy. Scholarships are renewable annually and require completion of the certificate in music for social change and human values. Preference will be given to musicians with demonstrated academic and performance ability. To be considered, please list the El Sistema-inspired program you were involved with on your music resume included in your Music Audition Application referenced below.
The audition dates for students planning to enroll at North Park University beginning in Fall 2020 are below. The music department will continue to accept auditions throughout the summer for admission (and scholarship consideration, if funds remain.)
An accompanist will be provided at no cost for all on-campus auditions.
2020 Undergraduate Audition Dates
- Saturday, November 9, 2019 (Application Deadline – Thursday, October 31, 2019)
- Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Application Deadline – Monday, February 3, 2020)
- Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Application Deadline – Friday, February 21st, 2020)
How to Apply
1) Complete an application to North Park University.
2) Then, complete a Music Audition Application.
Acceptance to the university prior to scheduling an audition is preferred, but students who have submitted an application may be also be scheduled. If you have any questions about the audition or application process, please contact Dr. Rebecca Ryan.
Recorded auditions are also acceptable. The deadline for submitting recorded auditions is March 9. Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube and the links emailed to Dr. Rebecca Ryan as soon as possible.
Music Scholarship notifications for on-campus auditions will be communicated two weeks following each audition date and by April 15th for students who submit recorded auditions.
To be eligible to receive a scholarship, you must be accepted to the University (as a first-year or transfer student), and enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) starting in Fall 2019.
Students awarded a Music Scholarship will be required to register and participate in a designated music ensemble and applied music lessons, as well as maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 and applied music grade point average of 3.0.
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Check-in and warm up
9:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Fundamental Theory and Aural Skills Placement (music majors and minors only)
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Auditions
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch w/ the music faculty
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Campus Tour (optional)
*Parents are welcome to attend the welcome and lunch. A financial aid session and campus tour may also be available.
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). 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.
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 Dr. Rebecca Ryan.
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.