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Music Scholarships and Audition Information

Last updated September 13, 2017

The Music Department at Morningside College offers significant scholarship funding for talented students of all majors who are involved in music performance.

The Department of Music offers talent awards in music to deserving admitted applicants. Awards up to $3,000 per year are available to both music majors and non-majors. This grant is awarded upon a successful audition during a student's senior year in high school.  Students may audition on both voice and an instrument or on more than one instrument. Students are required to participate in the music program as assigned by the music faculty in order to receive a music talent award.


Contact Morningside College Admissions to schedule an audition.

Fall Senior Visit Days

Friday Sept 22,2017

Friday Oct 6, 20178

Friday Oct 27, 2017

Spring Senor Visit Days

Friday Jan 19, 2018

Friday Feb 2, 2018

Friday Feb 16, 2018

Junior Visit Days

Friday Feb 23, 2018

Friday April 6, 2018

Friday April 27, 2018

Individual audition appointments may be made by contacting your Admissions Counselor.

Auditions Requirements

Brass or Woodwind:

  • Two contrasting selections (from solo pieces or etudes – no band parts) one showing lyrical abilities, the other showing technical abilities. (These selections may come from the same composition.)
  • A chromatic scale covering full range of the instrument
  • All major scales
  • Sight-reading (music majors only)

An excerpt (30-60 seconds) of a solo or etude on as many of the following instruments as possible:

  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Keyboard (preferably marimba)
  • Multiple percussion
  • A chromatic scale on a keyboard instrument
  • All major scales (keyboard instrument)
  • 40 snare drum rudiments (music majors only)
  • Sight-reading on snare drum and marimba (music majors only)


  • Perform two contrasting works from the standard repertoire. Memory is preferred
  • Short sight-reading excerps might also be requested at the audition


  • Two contrasting musical selections which demonstrate your strengths as an instrumentalist, including your technical ability, your tone, and your musicianship.
  • All major scales (memorized)
  • Sight-reading


  • One art song or aria in a foreign language (memorized)
  • One art song in English (memorized)
  • Sight-reading (music majors only)

Jazz Auditions

Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones:

  • Sightreading
  • Improvisation (optional) Bb blues or other tune of your choosing
  • Saxes may audition on alto, tenor, or bari.


  • Sightreading will include written out and improvised comping in multiple styles
  • Improvisation (optional)


  • Sightreading will include written out and improvised bass lines in multiple styles
  • Improvisation (optional)

Drum Set:

  • Demonstrate the following styles:
    • Fast Swing (quarter = 220) sticks and brushes
    • Medium Swing (quarter = 160) sticks and brushes
    • Jazz Waltz (quarter = 160) sticks and brushes
    • Medium Bossa (quarter = 160)
    • Samba (half = 120)
    • Afro-Cuban 12/8 (dotted quarter = 120)
  • Sightreading will include time, fills, hits, and short solos