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Auditions & Scholarships

Auditions & Scholarships

Undergraduate Music Scholarships

Department of Music scholarships are awarded to active or incoming music majors only.  This requires that the student is registered for, or has completed, the music theory/history sequence of courses and is currently participating in the performance-level studies and ensemble appropriate to the student's major.  To be eligible for and retain a music scholarship, a student is required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.  If at any time a student decides to withdraw from the music program, the music scholarship is forfeited. 

Music scholarships are designated for each of the following areas:
     - Fretted and bowed strings
     - Keyboard
     - Voice
     - Woodwind, brass, percussion

Incoming Student Scholarship Auditions

Audition and Scholarship Days
Feb. 22 & March 1, 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brady Educational Center
Application Deadline: Feb. 10

Scholarship auditions for incoming students are held during our incoming freshmen Audition and Scholarship Days.  The Audition Day assessments double as the scholarship audition for incoming students.  Please visit the Undergraduate Auditions page for application materials.

Current Student Scholarship Auditions

Fall Scholarship and Performance-Level Auditions
October 4, 2013
Time TBA
Brady Educational Center

Incoming majors (freshmen, transfer students and current UST students coming into the music majors from a different field) may audition for scholarship assistance and music major status during our fall auditions.  Please visit the Undergraduate Auditions page for application materials. 

Please note:  Fall auditions are reserved for current students who have not previously auditioned for music major status.
In-House Scholarship Auditions
May 19, 2014
9 a.m.
Brady Educational Center

"In-House" scholarship auditions are held in May.  Current music majors have the opportunity to audition for first-time scholarships or upgrades to current scholarship packages.  In addition to GPA, criteria for selection include presentation, musicianship, technical ability, tone, artistry and professional development.  Completed applications should be delivered to BEC 09 before May 1.

Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Music Majors

Freshman Option

All UST freshmen participating in one of the following ensembles: Women's Choir, Chamber Singers, Liturgical Choir, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble are eligible for the freshman option program. This program provides non-music major freshmen the opportunity to take 30-minute elective level lessons free of charge. The discount may be applied both fall and spring semesters. The freshman option applies to vocal lessons for students participating in the UST choirs. For UST band members, the discount applies to music lessons on the instrument played in the ensemble. Freshmen music majors receive a 50% reduction on their first year of applied level lessons. The freshman music option equates to a savings of over $1,300 per year for both music majors and non-majors.

Fine Arts Award

The "Fine-Arts Award" includes the fulfillment of the fine arts core requirement with the completion of four semesters of large ensemble participation with no tuition charge (a savings of approximately $4,300).  Four semesters of participation in the following ensembles fulfills the fine arts core requirement: Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, or Guitar Ensemble.