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Music scholarships range from $1,000-$9,000 per year and are renewable annually based upon a successful audition, continued full-time enrollment at Trinity University, and participation in one or more of the performing ensembles. Piano, organ, and composition scholarships are also available for private study.

All music scholarships, including departmental awards and the Baker Duncan Fine Arts Scholarship, are offered in addition to the University's academic and financial aid awards to provide overall support for a Trinity education. Students who complete the music scholarship form will automatically be considered for both the departmental and Baker Duncan scholarships.

Auditions are for music scholarship consideration only and have no formal bearing on acceptance to the University. In addition, separate auditions are held every fall for the University's various performing ensembles, which are open to all Trinity students.

Note: Students are not required to major or minor in music to be eligible for music scholarships. To be considered, prospective students must complete the online music scholarship application form on or before Friday, March 3, 2017 and they will be contacted to schedule an audition.

Scholarship Audition Dates

Audition dates are held in conjunction with the Admissions Office's "Trinity in Focus" weekends and should be scheduled directly with the music department.

Dates for the 2016-17 academic year are*:

September 17, 2016
November 12, 2016
January 21, 2017
March 4, 2017

*Auditions pending availability of music department faculty

The deadline for scholarship auditions is Saturday, March 4, 2017.

If a student cannot audition on one of these dates, they may schedule an audition separately during a campus visit.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person. If circumstances prevent this, a DVD or CD recording may be mailed directly to the music department. Audition recordings must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Audition Requirements


Contact faculty for audition requirements.


  1. Two contrasting songs
    It is strongly preferred that the selections be memorized and at least one song be in a foreign language belonging to the classical art song repertoire. One selection may also be an opera/oratorio aria or musical theatre piece.
  2. Two to three short sight-reading selections sung a cappella (choice of neutral syllable or solfege).

Note: An accompanist will be provided. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time to rehearse with the accompanist.


  1. Perform a work by J.S. Bach or one of his contemporaries.
  2. Perform a composition by a composer from the 19th or 20th centuries in a contrasting style.
  3. Perform a hymn of your choice.
  4. Sight reading may be incorporated as a part of the audition.

Note: Each student auditioning in organ should bring with him or her a list of the repertoire covered in lessons with his or her teacher.

Wind, Brass, and Percussion

  1. Students should prepare two contrasting selections, and while the all-state audition etudes are acceptable, it is preferred that students prepare excerpts from repertoire pieces (more along the lines of solo/ensemble type selections). Students may provide their own accompanist if they wish, but performing with accompaniment is not required (unfortunately, we cannot supply an accompanist). In addition, selections do not need to be memorized.
  2. Sight reading and major scales.

Strings (includes Harp)

  1. Two contrasting selections without accompaniment. (Selections need not be memorized.)
  2. Sight reading


Contact composition faculty for audition requirements.