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Music Scholarships and Audition Information

Last updated August 19, 2020

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 $5,000 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. We offer the following event dates in 2019-2020:

Senior Visit Days

Friday Sept 20 ,2019

Friday Oct 11, 2019

Friday Oct 25, 2019

Friday Nov 15, 2019

Friday Dec 6, 2019 "Christmas at Moriningside"

Friday Jan 24, 2020

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
  • One major scale of choice (memorized)
  • 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
  • One major of choice (memorized) 
  • 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.
  • One major scale of choice (memorized)
  • Sight-reading


  • One vocal art song or aria in English or a foreign language, or another song of your choice, (memorized)
  • Tonal memory (singing back a series of played pitches)
  • 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