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Music Scholarships

Baker offers scholarships to music majors and nonmusic majors for their participation in Baker University music ensembles and activities. Financial awards are available to academically gifted and musically talented students. The amounts of these music scholarships are based on musical ability and potential shown through audition. High school juniors are encouraged to audition.


Music Scholarship Audition Days

Audition early to combine your music scholarship with an academic award based on high school GPA and ACT score.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Steps for Music Audition Days

  • Fill out the music scholarship application. You may audition in person or submit a URL for an audition video.
  • Email the following link and your area of interest to your high school music teacher or a private instructor: www.bakerU.edu/musicrecommendation. You can also ask your teacher to fill out a hard copy of the pdf teacher recommendation form and send it to us.
  • After the last audition day, you may still apply for a scholarship and schedule an audition for any weekday. We recommend that you audition for a music participation award before the end of April preceding your first year of college.

You will perform for five to eight minutes. Following your performance, music program faculty will interview you. At this time you will have the opportunity to ask questions about Baker University and the Department of Music and Theatre.

Any repertoire that you have prepared as a soloist for regional or state music festivals is appropriate for your audition. You are strongly encouraged to select an audition piece or pieces that are accompanied and to thoroughly practice with the accompaniment in preparation. You are welcome to bring your own accompanist or one will be provided. A recorded accompaniment is not appropriate.

Instrumentalists should prepare a solo, etude, or movements from a work for your instrument. Memorization is not required.

If you have questions, contact the Music Office at 785.594.8478 or perform@bakerU.edu.

Music Scholarship FAQ

1. What kind of financial aid is available?

The Department of Music and Theatre offers music scholarships.

2. Do I have to be a music major to qualify?

No, any incoming freshman or transfer student may qualify for a music scholarship. Approximately 75% of the students involved in the music ensembles are nonmajors, and a large number of music scholarships are awarded to nonmajors.

3. If I receive a music scholarship my freshman year, will I have it all four years?

Music scholarships are renewable. However, you will have to maintain an above-average grade-point and fulfill any other stipulations stated when the award was initially offered.

4. If I receive another university scholarship, am I still eligible for a music scholarship?

Probably! Numerous scholarships and awards are available, and each carries its own stipulations. This will be discussed in detail when you audition.

5. What do I have to do to apply for a music scholarship?

First of all, you must be admitted to Baker University and must apply for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office if you’ve not already done so. The Department of Music and Theatre recommends to Financial Aid a music scholarship award amount, and after reviewing your financial needs, the Financial Aid Office determines the actual amount of music scholarship you may receive.

6. Do I have to audition?

Yes. You must complete three steps before music faculty will recommend you for an award.

  1. Complete a music program scholarship application.
  2. Submit a completed teacher recommendation form.
  3. Audition in person or submit an audition video. It is recommended that you audition before the end of April preceding your first year of college.
7. How do I request an audition?

Contact the music program at 785.594.8478 or email perform@bakerU.edu The scholarship application and teacher recommendation form will be sent to you or you may download them from the links above. Following your request you will receive a letter confirming your audition date with further explanation of the audition procedures.

CONTACT US

Trilla Lyerla, Chair
Department of Music and Theatre
Department Office: Owens Musical Arts Building 201
785.594.8478
trilla.lyerla@bakerU.edu

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