Scholarships

Students planning to declare any major may audition for a music scholarship at Albion. Music Department auditions at Albion College are intended solely for the purpose of scholarships. In keeping with the rich tradition of liberal arts at Albion College, the Music Department does not require auditions to become a music major.

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions will be accepted beginning October 1 of a student’s senior year.

Scholarship Submission Deadlines

Scholarship Audition Steps

  • December 1 (High school seniors) – Priority scholarship consideration
  • March 15 (High school seniors) – General scholarship consideration

Music Scholarship candidates will:

  1. Apply to Albion College and express interest in music on application;
  2. Schedule audition through provided registration link;
  3. Audition on campus with the music faculty.

Prepare for Audition

Students must audition and complete an interview with the Music Department prior to receiving their scholarship decision. Students who’ve expressed interest in music on their application will be contacted regarding audition submission and to schedule an interview. For questions regarding your audition, please contact the Office of Admission admission@albion.edu.

Music Scholarship Expectations

If awarded a Music Scholarship, the student is required to perform in one of the department’s major ensembles (Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band/Symphonic Wind Ensemble, or Symphony Orchestra) in order to receive funds each year. Although students are assigned to one of these ensembles based on their abilities and the ensemble’s needs, the Music Department encourages all students to participate in more than one.

Once awarded, all scholarships are guaranteed for all four years of college provided all requirements are fulfilled and the student is in good standing in the department. Our financial aid office works to supplement music scholarships with other kinds of aid to make an Albion education more affordable.

Audition Expectations

We encourage students to perform music which best showcases their abilities. In addition to the prepared materials, a brief sight-reading exercise is expected.

Audition Guidelines

Voice Toggle Accordion

Solos: Prepare two or three songs. English text required. French, German, and Italian encouraged only if currently studying privately. Must be contrasting (technical and lyrical). Art songs, opera arias, folk songs, and musical theatre are all acceptable repertoire.

 

Faculty Contact: Clayton Parr

Piano and Organ Toggle Accordion

Solos: We recommend preparing two contrasting selections that demonstrate a range of styles and abilities

Scales: Prepare one major scale and one minor scale of your choice.

 

Faculty Contact:  David Abbott

Strings Toggle Accordion

Solos: We recommend that you prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument.

Scales: Prepare one major scale and one minor scale of your choice.

 

Faculty Contact:  Ji Hyun Kim (jkim@albion.edu)

Woodwinds and Brass Toggle Accordion

Solos: We recommend that you prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument.

Scales: Prepare one major scale and one minor scale of your choice.

 

Faculty Contact:  David Valasek (dvalasek@albion.edu)

Percussion Toggle Accordion

Prepare an audition that demonstrates as much as possible the following characteristics:

  • The basic snare rudiments; a piece or etude on snare
  • Scales and a piece on a keyboard instrument
  • Work on an auxiliary instrument (timpani, for example)

 

Faculty Contact:  David Valasek (dvalasek@albion.edu)