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Music Auditions

Visual and Performing Arts scholarships are available to students who demonstrate exceptional talent in music. Scholarship amounts are based on an audition and interested students should contact the Music, Art, or Theatre departments. Students must audition before March 1. Visual and Performing Art scholarships awarded to students who are majoring, or minoring will replace a student’s merit scholarship awarded at the time of admission. Students who are receiving multiple awards should also refer to our stacking policy.

The application for admission to the fall 2021 semester at the University of Mount Union will be available in July 2020. Beginning in early fall of 2020, audition reservation forms for students admitted to the fall 2021 semester will be available. The Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship audition dates for students admitted to the 2021 incoming class are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 14 (CANCELED)
  • Monday, January 18
  • Saturday February 13
  • Monday, February 15
  • Saturday February 20

Students auditioning digitally shall prepare and video record their solo or songs.  Next, upload the unedited recording to YouTube, save as an unlisted video, and email the link to Once received you will be contacted to discuss your interview.  During the interview instrumentalists will play scales and an etude.  Vocalists will be given sight singing exercises.  Next students will converse with members of the audition committee.  This will be an opportunity for you to get acquainted with our Music faculty and ask questions.

If you experience any technical difficulties or have questions about the process please contact the Music department at or by phone at (330) 823-2473."


Access both the music audition reservation form and the blended music/theatre audition reservation form through the button below.

Music Audition Reservation Form 

Music auditions serve two purposes:

  1. Music Majors: For students who wish to major in music and are thus applying for direct-admission to the music degree programs, auditions are an evaluation of skill and potential for success as future musicians. For these students, auditions are part of the admission process into the music degree programs as well as evaluations of musical ability for the purposes of earning a scholarship award. Students intending to major or minor in music should clearly state their intent to do so in the application process. There is also a blended scholarship available for students double majoring in both music and theatre.
  2. Non-Music Majors: For students who do not wish to major in music, the music audition serves only as an evaluation of musical ability for the purposes of earning a Music Scholarship Award.

Music Scholarships awarded in: 

Brass ▪ Guitar ▪ Harp ▪ Percussion ▪ Piano ▪ Organ ▪ Strings ▪ Voice ▪ Woodwinds

We encourage you to think seriously about your major strength in the area of visual and performing arts. Students are permitted to audition for only one scholarship. Mount Union offers visual and performing arts scholarships in art, music, theatre and a blended scholarship for students majoring in both music and theatre.


  • Scales C-G-D-A-E-F-Bb-Eb-Ab Majors
  • An etude of your choice
  • A solo showing your level of advancement


  • Perform two solos of contrasting style (Preferably memorized)



  • Scales
    • Majors through four sharps and flats
    • Minors through four sharps and flats, harmonic and melodic
  • Three works in contrasting styles, memorized
  • Sight-reading


  • Two works in contrasting styles
  • One prepared hymn
  • Sight-reading


  • A short solo on any two of the following:
    • Snare Drum
    • Mallet Percussion
    • Timpani
    • Multiple Percussion 
  • Major scales on any mallet instrument in two octaves, up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • Snare Drum Rudiments -or- a short rudimental snare etude

 Students may bring their own accompanist. With advance notification, an accompanist can be provided. If we will be providing an accompanist for you, you will need to send or fax your music one month before your audition date and plan to arrive thirty minutes early to rehearse with the accompanist before your audition.