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Music Scholarships

All prospective music majors are required to audition for entry to the TLU School of Music.

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School of Music Building
TLU School of Music Building at the Weston Center

The TLU School of Music provides artistic recognition for outstanding musical performance to students who plan to major in music education, music performance or a more general music degree or are interested in participating in a performance ensemble such as choir, band, or orchestra.

To apply for a music scholarship, students must register for an audition and complete the registration form. The form also serves as your music scholarship application.

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In-Person and Virtual Auditions Available

Music auditions are offered both in person in the TLU School of Music building and virtually. If you cannot make one of the audition dates below, please email Prof. Beth Bronk at bbronk@tlu.edu.

  • In-Person Auditions: Auditions, along with a personal interview, are held in person (10-minute time slots) between 1 to 3 p.m. on the audition dates below. Click on the "Register for Your Audition Now" button on this page to sign up for an audition date and time.
  • Virtual Auditions: Students choosing to audition virtually will complete the audition and interview in a two part process:
    • A personal interview will be held virtually via Zoom (10-minute time slots) between noon and 1 p.m. on the audition dates below. Click on the "Register for Your Audition Now" button to sign up for an audition date and time.
    • Students should upload their audition to their Google drive or other cloud storage or post your video on YouTube as an unlisted video. Email the link to Prof. Beth Bronk at bbronk@tlu.edu. It is preferred that the link for the audition is sent prior to the virtual interview; however, video auditions will be accepted after the virtual interview.
2021-2022 AUDITION DATES
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Saturday, April 9, 2022


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2022-2023 Music Scholarships

TLU School of Music scholarships are in addition to the student's TLU academic scholarship. Students must apply to TLU and be admitted to earn an academic scholarship.

2022-2023 Music Scholarships
Music Majors
Up to $7,500/yr *
Non-Majors / Performance Awards Up to $3,000/yr
*Limited number of top awards available. Must audition by Feb. 1, 2022, to qualify for top award.
2022-2023 Academic Scholarships
Presidential $22,000/yr4.40 or above
TLU Promise$20,000/yr4.00-4.39
Academic Excellence$18,000/yr3.70-3.99
Academic Excellence$15,000/yr3.30-3.69
Heritage$12,000/yr<3.30

Learn More About TLU's Academic Scholarships

Audition Instructions

Audition materials should showcase you at your best within contrasting styles. Please tell us the title and composer for each piece you perform.

Vocal and Choral Audition: Two contrasting, memorized pieces that demonstrate your musical strengths – one selection in a foreign language and one selection in English. It is recommended that at least one piece represent repertoire appropriate for All-State and/or UIL. In addition to performing your prepared repertoire, we may also ask you to sing scales and vocalizes.

Strings Audition: Two contrasting selections, one slow and lyrical and one faster and more technical, and a memorized two octave scale, ascending and descending. All-state audition material, etudes, or appropriate solo material are encouraged.

Winds Audition: Two contrasting selections, one slow and lyrical and one faster and more technical, and a memorized chromatic scale, ascending and descending. All-state audition material, etudes, and appropriate solo material are encouraged.

Percussion Audition: Two selections, one on either timpani or snare, and one on marimba (4-mallet encouraged). All-state audition material, etudes, and appropriate solo material are encouraged.

Piano Audition: Two selections of contrasting style and time period. Memorization is encouraged but not required. In addition to performing your prepared repertoire, you may be asked to play scales or arpeggios.

About Our Music Awards & Renewal Criteria

Jones Fine Arts Audition Award

The Jones Fine Arts Audition Award provides artistic recognition for outstanding musical and dramatic media performance to those students who intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree in music, music education, or dramatic media. The amount of this scholarship, up to $7,500 per year, is based on an audition and is required for entry into the School of Music.

A student must demonstrate sufficient proficiency on an instrument or voice. Incoming freshmen, transfer, and returning TLU students are eligible. Music students will audition for, and participate in, ensembles appropriate to their principal instrument (organ, piano, strings, voice, or winds). The amount of this award varies and is determined by the appropriate department faculty.

This scholarship is in addition to any academic scholarships you have received based on academic performance in high school.

Participation Requirements

  • Music scholarship awardees must perform in ensembles as assigned each semester. For awardees in the music major or minor, this requirement continues even where performance requirements for degree completion have been fulfilled.
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances unless excused in advance by the director.
  • Be prepared musically for all rehearsals and performances.
  • Represent the university and the organization in a manner befitting the character of the institution and organization.
  • Enroll in private instruction and labs as required by the instructor.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Demonstrate leadership within the school and organization.

Criteria for Renewal

Recipients must continue to pursue the designated participation, list music or music education as their a major, maintain a 2.0 CGPA, and meet all participation requirements. The scholarship is renewable for up to an additional three years.

Performance Awards

Performance Awards provide artistic recognition for outstanding musical and dramatic media performance to those students who are majoring in a field other than music, music education, or dramatic media. Incoming freshmen, transfer students and returning TLU students who demonstrate superior musical ability in their area of performance or in dramatic media are eligible, regardless of whether or not they are a music or theatre major. The amount of this award, up to $3,000 per year, is based on an audition and can be combined with your TLU academic scholarship. An audition is required.

Performance Awards are given in the following areas:

  • Band Participation
  • Choir Participation
  • Strings Participation
  • Dramatic Media Participation

Participation Requirements

  • Music scholarship awardees must perform in ensembles as assigned each semester. For awardees in the music major or minor, this requirement continues even where performance requirements for degree completion have been fulfilled.
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances unless excused in advance by the director.
  • Be prepared musically for all rehearsals and performances.
  • Represent the university and the organization in a manner befitting the character of the institution and organization.
  • Enroll in private instruction and labs as required by the instructor.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Demonstrate leadership within the school and organization.

Criteria for Renewal

Awards are reviewed by the director/instructor annually. The level and quality of participation determine whether an award will be renewed, as well as the amount of the renewal. There are no guarantees of renewal. Awards are rescinded if participation is discontinued or unsatisfactory.

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