Music Admissions & Scholarships

Division of Communication Studies, Fine Arts and Literature

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Scholarships

Music scholarships are open to all full-time Bridgewater College students, regardless of their academic major. Scholarship selection is based on technical and musical proficiency in your medium, the needs of the department and the potential for continued success. 

Music scholarship recipients are required to enroll in at least one of the following musical ensembles on their main instrument (concert choir, chorale, symphonic band, jazz ensemble or chamber strings). Year-to-year retention of scholarships is dependent on the student’s academic record and evaluation by the music faculty.

Applicants must be admitted to Bridgewater College prior to scheduling a live audition. 

Auditions

2017 Music Scholarship Auditions:

  • Saturday, February 11
  • Saturday, March 4

Auditions will take place on Bridgewater College’s campus, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music from noon-4 p.m. View map and directions to campus.

To register for an official music scholarship audition day, please contact one of the music department faculty members listed below. 

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Piano/Organ Scholarships:
You will be asked to play two contrasting solos or etudes representing two historical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, etc.) not to exceed a total of 10 minutes. You will also perform two major scales over two octaves, hands together.

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Woodwind/Brass/Guitar/Strings Scholarships: 
You will be asked to play two contrasting solos or etudes, one lyrical and one technical, not to exceed a total of 10 minutes. Please bring one copy of each piece for the audition panel. You will also be asked to play two major scales that demonstrate the range of your instrument and a brief sight-reading excerpt.

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Percussion Scholarships:
You will be asked to prepare a solo or etude on both snare drum and mallet instrument. Both instruments will be provided for you. Bring your own mallets if you own them. Please bring one copy of each piece for the audition panel. You will also be asked to play two major scales and a brief sight-reading excerpt on mallets.

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Vocal/Choral Scholarships:
You will be asked to perform one memorized song (arias, lieder, chansons, other classical genres, folk songs, hymns and musical theater pieces are all acceptable options). A pianist will be provided, and we ask that you bring a legible copy of the audition piece for the pianist. Vocal auditions will also consist of vocal exercises and a brief diatonic sight-reading excerpt.

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In addition to the activities listed above, all students auditioning for music scholarships will be asked to complete a musical skills pre-test in which you will identify notes on a staff by letter name in both treble and bass clef, time signatures, rhythmic values and key signatures for major keys.

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Questions? Contact Us!

For general questions about the department of music, instrumental music and music education:

Dr. Christine Carrillo, Department Chair
540-828-5301
ccarrill@bridgewater.edu

For more information on organ, piano and composition:

Dr. Larry Taylor, Associate Professor
540-828-5302
ltaylor@bridgewater.edu

For more information on choral ensembles and vocal music:

Dr. John McCarty, Assistant Professor
540-828-5305
jmccarty@bridgewater.edu