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Admissions and Scholarships

Apply for a scholarship in music

Apply for admission to Bridgewater College through the office of admissions.

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, marching band 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.

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Important Dates

Music Major for a Day
Scholarship Audition Dates

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Piano/Organ Scholarships

  • Perform two contrasting solos or etudes representing two historical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, etc.) not to exceed a total of 10 minutes.
  • Perform two major scales over two octaves, hands together.
  • Sight-reading will be asked.

Questions? Contact Dr. Larry Taylor

Woodwind/Brass Scholarships

  • Perform two contrasting solos or etudes, one lyrical and one technical, not to exceed a total of 10 minutes.
  • Major Scales and Chromatic Scale, played at a tempo that best demonstrates your ability.
  • Sight-reading will be asked.

Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Carrillo

Percussion Scholarships:

  • Perform a solo or etude on both snare drum and a mallet instrument.
  • Perform two major scales on mallets.
  • Perform a chromatic scale ascending and descending the full range of the instrument.
  • Sight-reading will be asked on both mallets and snare.

Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Carrillo

Vocal/Choral Scholarships: 

  • Perform two contrasting vocal works: one in a foreign language and one in English. The vocal selections may derive from traditional classical repertoire (art song, oratorio, etc.) or from the musical theater genre. 
  • A live accompanist will be provided, please bring an extra copy of the music for the accompanist.
  • Sight-reading will be asked.
  • Both works together should not exceed ten minutes duration.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ryan Keebaugh

Strings and Guitar Scholarships:

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass:  Perform two contrasting solos or etudes, one lyrical and one technical, not to exceed a total of 10 minutes.   
  • Guitar and Electric Bass: Perform 2 contrasting pieces in any style.  This can include a classical, jazz, funk, Latin, or any other style that best demonstrates your strengths.
  • Major Scales played at a tempo that best demonstrates your ability.
  • Sight-reading will be asked.

Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Carrillo