Music Scholarships

Pacific University has an extensive program of grants, scholarships and awards to help students finance their education.

Scholarships for music are awarded on the basis of talent, and do not require that the recipient be a music major. All scholarship awards from the Music Department become part of the total institutional package offered by the university to the student.

Scholarships

All students, regardless of their major or minor, are eligible for a music scholarship with the exception of dental hygiene. Scholarship awards are offered from $2,000 to $6,000 per year, per student, renewable for all four years of study.

Eligibility

Future students must apply for the scholarship before they become a student at Pacific University to be eligible for this scholarship.

Auditions

In person auditions for the class of 2025 will be held on March 6, 2021.  The audition consists entirely of material prepared in advance by you and a short interview by the music faculty.  If you wish to audition in person, contact Becca Ellenbecker at talentauditions@pacificu.edu to arrange an audition time.  Additionally, please complete the online scholarship application and upload a copy of your Letter of Recommendation and Scholarship application form.  You won't need to submit copies of your music electronically if you are auditioning in person.  

If you cannot audition in person, you may submit an application online by recording either in mp3 format or YouTube link.  Find the application here.  Deadline to submit the online application is March 1, 2021.

If interested in auditioning for the Music Therapy program, please submit a 200 - 300 word essay about why you would like to pursue this major field. You can submit this essay through the online scholarship application.  

If you wish to audition for a music scholarship audition beyond March 6, please contact us at talentauditions@pacificu.edu

Audition Selections:

Selections are 10-15 minutes long and follow these criteria:

  • Pianists & Organists: Two works (each from a different period) selected from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic, or Modern Period
  • Vocalists: Two pieces, preferably in classical style, and at least one in a foreign language
  • Strings: One or more movements from a baroque work and one or more movements from a classical or romantic sonata or concerto
  • Winds: Two contrasting pieces, or two movements from a solo sonata or concert
  • Percussion: Performance on a snare drum, timpani, and one or more mallet instruments
  • Guitar: Guitarists should prepare two solo pieces.  One should be slow to display your lyrical sound. The second should be at a faster tempo to display your technique.

In addition to the audition portion of the application, applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation and a Music Scholarship Application.  

 

2021-22 Music Talent Award Online Application - Due March 1, 2021. 

 

University Admissions

To become a music major, a student must be admitted to Pacific University and file a declaration for the music major with the Registrar's Office.

If you have questions about applying for admission, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@pacificu.edu, or calling at 503-352-2218.