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Music Scholarship and Audition Information

Entrance Audition Information

The Music Department does not deny anyone the opportunity to enter our programs. All music majors and minors will be accepted into the program upon successful completion of an audition. The audition is designed to allow the faculty members of the music department the opportunity to assess your musical skills and background so that we may better advise you to the most suitable courses and degree track.

Auditions will be scheduled only if your application to Bellarmine University has been received.

The Audition Process Options

Option number one is to audition on the same day that you visit our campus. You'll take a campus tour, meet with an Admissions Counselor and Financial Aid then visit the Music Department. This option can be scheduled any time during the academic year at a time that fits your schedule and the schedule of your parents. We also encourage you to sit in on a music class during your visit. For audition information specific to your area of music study, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Option number two is to audition on a day after you've visited our campus. This option can also be scheduled any time during the academic year at a time that fits your schedule and the schedule of your parents should they come with you. We also encourage you to sit in on a music class during your visit. For audition information specific to your area of music study, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

For options number one and two, the audition process includes:
  • An interview
  • Performing for select music department faculty members
  • A short lesson with faculty member of the same instrument
  • A brief, oral assessment of music theory and musicianship
  • A discussion about the student's academic and career goals. Parents are welcome to be present during this part

Option number three is to send a video or audio CDs, MP3s, or other digital media in lieu of a personal audition. The materials will be be reviewed by a panel of music department faculty members and you will receive notice of our decision within two weeks.

The audition will consist of:
  • Performing for select music department faculty members
  • A brief, oral assessment of music theory and musicianship
  • A discussion about the student's academic and career goals
  • Students auditioning on an instrument or voice may have to sight read a short passage

To schedule an audition time please call Richard Burchard, audition coordinator at 1.502.272.8497 or email rburchard@bellarmine.edu.

More about the Music Theory Assessment

This is the part of the audition process that makes a lot of students nervous. Our advice: don't be nervous! We're aware that many incoming students haven't had the luxury of a music theory class or years of private lessons. That's why we designed an introductory theory course for students with little to no background in music theory. By completing this course you will be prepared to enter and successfully complete the required music theory sequence of courses.

Music Scholarship Information

Music Scholarships are granted to music majors only and are determined by level of performing or creative ability and the department's needs. These scholarships range from $500 - $1,500and are added to the student's comprehensive financial award package once that has been completed by the Financial Aid Office. In order to be considered for a music scholarship, students must audition following the Entrance Audition Requirements outlined below.

There are a limited number of Pep Band Stipends that are available for music majors and non music majors. Those are awarded once the basketball season begins. To qualify students must audition for the Pep Band Director during the first week of the fall semester.

Entrance Audition Requirements - Vocal Performance

  • Interview with the Department Chair and/or faculty member from the Voice area
  • A brief, oral assessment of theory and musicianship
  • 2 contrasting pieces, one preferably in a foreign language
  • We will provide an accompanist. It is not necessary to send copies of the music in advance.
  • A short lesson with a voice instructor

Entrance Audition Requirements - Instrumental Performance

  • Interview with the Department Chair and/or faculty member from the Instrumental area
  • A brief, oral assessment of theory and musicianship
  • 2 contrasting pieces or etudes that display both technique and lyrical playing.
  • An accompanist is not necessary however we will provide one upon request. It is not necessary to send copies of the music in advance.
  • A short lesson with an instructor of the same instrument

Entrance Audition Requirements - Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying

  • Interview with the Department Chair and/or faculty member from the Piano area
  • A brief, oral assessment of theory and musicianship
  • 2 contrasting pieces or etudes that display both technique and lyrical playing.
  • A short lesson with an instructor of the same instrument

For more information about the Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying Degree click here.

Entrance Audition Requirements - Jazz Studies

  • Interview with the Department Chair and/or faculty member from the Jazz area
  • A brief, oral assessment of theory and musicianship
  • 2 contrasting pieces that display you technical playing and improvisation abilities
  • We will provide an accompanist. It is not necessary to send copies of the music in advance.
  • A short lesson with an instructor of the same instrument

For more information about the Jazz Studies Degree click here.

Entrance Audition Requirements - Sacred Music

  • Vocalists follow the information in the Vocal Performance Requirements above
  • Instrumentalists follow the information in the Instrumental Performance Requirements above

Entrance Audition Requirements -Teacher Certification: Music Specialization

  • Vocalists follow the information in the Vocal Performance Requirements above
  • Instrumentalists follow the information in the Instrumental Performance Requirements above.

Entrance Audition Requirements - Music Technology

  • Interview with the program director.
  • A music portfolio and/or audio CD.
  • An audition on an instrument or voice.
  • A brief, oral assessment of theory and musicianship

For more information about the Music Technology Degree click here.

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