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Auditions and Music Scholarships

University Days Scholarships
The Department of Music at Walla Walla University offers a number of scholarships for incoming and continuing music students. The first opportunity for prospective students takes place each spring during University Days, when we hold scholarship auditions. This year's auditions are scheduled for March 6 and April 6, 2020. YouTube or DVD auditions are also considered if candidates reside more than 200 miles away and cannot audition in person. YouTube / DVD recordings are due March 31

These auditions serve to introduce applicants to the music faculty and provide the possibility of a music scholarship of up to $7,000 a year. University Days scholarships for wind, brass, percussion, and string players are awarded for participation in the wind symphony or the symphony orchestra upon enrollment at Walla Walla University. Awards to vocalists are for participation in the university choirs and voice lessons. Keyboard players who receive University Days scholarships will enroll in lessons and serve as departmental accompanists. Guitarists who are awarded a University Days scholarship will also enroll in lessons.

To schedule an audition during University Days, please complete the application form and submit it by February 21 for the March U-Days Auditions, or by March 20 for the April U-Days Auditions. All University Days music scholarship decisions will be made after both March and April auditions are completed.

Audition dates (University Days Auditions): 
March 6 and April 6, 2020

Application deadlines:  

  • February 21 for the March U-Days Auditions 
  • March 20 for the April U-Days Auditions
  • March 31 DVD / YouTube Auditions (if residing more than 200 miles away)


  • Candidates should prepare two selections in contrasting styles and eras representative of their level of playing/singing. Each selection should be no shorter than three and no longer than five minutes. Excerpts from longer works are acceptable.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified after both March and April auditions are completed.
  • Please note that while auditions may be scheduled throughout the year, scholarship availability is not guaranteed.

Submit an audition application

Organ Scholarships
Students who have advanced keyboard skills and are interested in accompanying the university choirs as an organist are encouraged to apply for the organ scholarship specifically designated for this purpose. Please contact Dr. Kraig Scott at for more information.

Music Lesson Fees Waiver Scholarships for Music Majors
Students who choose to major in music qualify for a music lesson fees waiver scholarship once they have successfully completed Theory I and Ear Training I, and they have attained major status through an applied examination (jury). The scholarship is applied only to those lessons that are needed to complete requirements for the major in music, and students must maintain good standing as majors to remain eligible. The fee for one credit of music lessons is $225 per credit (2018-2019), which means the total scholarship amount of this type for music majors is in the range of $2700-$4500 over at least four years, depending on the degree track selected. Additional information is provided in the WWU Financial Bulletin (2018-2019, page 17). 

This scholarship in the amount of $2000 per person per year is awarded based on auditions held in the beginning of Fall quarter. Please contact Dr. Cristian Neacsu at for more information.

Endowed Scholarships
Generous donors have given funds for scholarships to support music students in our program. Consideration for these awards takes place each year in the Spring, and the recipients are announced during the Awards CommUnity during Spring quarter. Eligibility for these awards is based on student ability and achievement, demonstrated need, and the guidelines provided by each endowment. 

Other scholarships
Prospective music students should apply for the achievement scholarships offered by Walla Walla University. It is one of the largest scholarships available, anywhere between $8,000 to $12,000 per year depending on GPA or ACT/SAT scores, and should be considered in a student’s complete financial aid package when calculating the total cost of a college education. Special scholarships for transfer students are also available. For more information about all University-Wide Scholarships please visit the Scholarships page. 

Last update on October 15, 2019