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Music Scholarship Information

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The Department of Music has several types of scholarships available by audition:

  1. Linfield College Competitive Scholarship Awards - for first-year music majors, minors and non-majors
  2. Music Achievement Awards - for first-year and transfer music majors and minors only
  3. Music Participation Awards -  for non-majors to recognize participation in music ensembles, including band, choir, or chamber music.

First-year and transfer students are eligible to audition for scholarships in music theory/composition, voice, piano or instrumental music performance.

Linfield College Competitive Scholarship Awards 
(Audition date is: February 18, 2018)

First-year students only.

The Competitive Scholarship music audition provides an opportunity for Linfield College to recognize students who have achieved outstanding success in their high school education and have had an enriching musical experience. Competitive Scholarship Day is by INVITATION ONLY from the Office of Admission and requires attendance in person. In order to be considered for these significant scholarships, students must complete the Linfield Application for Admission and the Competitive Scholarship Application forms by December 1, 2017. The Music Scholarship Application is due January 29, 2018 to the Department of Music.

The Department of Music may nominate up to three Competitive Scholarship winners in each category: music theory/composition, vocal and instrumental/piano performance.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants auditioning in music for the Competitive Scholarship Awards will automatically be considered for Music Achievement Awards and Music Participation Awards offered by the Department of Music. Students cannot be awarded both a Competitive Scholarship in Music and a Music Achievement Award or Music Participation Award.

Department of Music Auditions 
(Audition date is: February 25, 2018)

First-year and transfer students

This audition enables the Department of Music to recognize and provide scholarship assistance to students who have had successful participation in music. Eligible applicants must have applied for admission, but are not involved in the Competitive Scholarship Awards audition day. Participants who are interested in majoring or minoring in music will be considered for either the Music Achievement Awards or Participation Awards. Students not intending to major or minor in music will be considered for Participation Awards only. The Music Scholarship Application is due January 29, 2018 to the Department of Music. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the Application for Admission to the Office of Admission by January 23, 2018.

If you are unable to audition in person for the Music Achievement Award or Music Participation Award on February 25: Vocal/Instrumental: Send a CD/DVD, MP3 or YouTube link of your performance. Music Theory/Composition: Send up to three samples of original music and a one-page narrative of your musical experience and interest in music composition; plus a recording and score for each composition, if available. Please send information to the addresses on the Music Scholarship Application by February 19, 2018.

Transfer students are eligible to apply for Music Achievement and Music Participation Awards. We encourage you to complete your application to Linfield by January 29, 2018 and audition in person on February 25, 2018.  If you apply to Linfield after January 29, you may submit the Music Scholarship Application and an electronic audition until the transfer student deadline, April 15, 2018.  Transfer students with experience in music theory and/or composition are encouraged to apply for the Music Theory/Composition award.

Audition Information for Competitive Scholarships and Music Achievement Awards

Music Theory/Composition

High school students who are currently taking Music Theory or AP Music Theory are encouraged to apply for this award. Participants will interview in person and complete a music theory exam to demonstrate music skills and comprehension or submit up to three samples of original music with a recording (CD, DVD, YouTube, MP3, or MIDI) and score when possible. Students may be asked to sight-read music and answer questions about their music interests. Total audition time is 30 minutes (exam), 10 minutes (interview).


Participants will be expected to perform prepared solos by two different composers, or one longer composition that demonstrates contrasting styles. Performers are to show versatility in style and may perform portions of one or more compositions. Music participants will also be tested on their ability to sight read material selected by the Department of Music. Total audition time is 10 minutes (six minutes of prepared music and four minutes for sight reading and conversation with the faculty).

Participants who need an accompanist will have time to rehearse with a staff accompanist. A copy of music for the accompanist must be received by the Department of Music no later than February 9, 2018. Participants will receive a written confirmation from the Department of Music of their audition date and time.

Music Scholarship Application

Complete and return the Music Scholarship Application form (pdf available in the menu on the left) by January 29, 2018.

Questions: Contact Shelly Sanderlin, Music Administrative Coordinator, at 503-883-2275,