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.


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.


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


Auditions must be scheduled by appointment.  There are four in-person audition dates each school year.  Our primary audition date occurs the first part of March.  If you are not able to audition in person, you may submit  your materials online.  Instructions on how to submit an online application are below.

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. Upload this essay with your audition. Please title it: LastName.MTessay

If you wish to audition for a music scholarship audition beyond March 1, please contact us at

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

In-person auditions for the class of 2024 will be held on November 16, December 7, February 9, and March 1. 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 to arrange an audition time.

If you cannot audition in person you may submit an online application and audition by recording either in mp3 format or YouTube link.

Upload your application form and recording to:  Piano, Vocal, Strings, Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion, Guitar

Submissions must be titled: LastName.Instrument

Submit letters of recommendation to Becca Ellenbecker:


Please see the Scholarship and Audition information (pdf) which includes instructions for auditions.

Note the Scholarship Application Form must also be filled and included with information or submitted recordings

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.

Applications for admission may be obtained by contacting us at 503-352-2218, or toll-free at 877-PAC-UNIV, ext. 2218.