The Music Department offers competitive scholarships for both music majors and non-majors who are involved in the music program. Students apply for scholarships by auditioning, and the award is based on their performance. You can sign up for an audition by clicking HERE.
Generous scholarships are awarded each year to music majors AND non-music majors who participate in music at Bethany. We encourage all prospective students to contact a member of the admissions or music departments, or click the link above to set up a date and time to audition.
Potential music majors should sing two songs that contrast in character (e.g. one slow and one fast). One in a foreign language is preferred, but not required, and memorization is recommended. Those NOT planning to major in music may sing one selection of your choosing.
You may bring your own accompanist, or Bethany can provide one. An accompanist will be on hand at each of the auditions days, but we ask that you provide copies of the music in advance. Communicate with Jessica Earle in the VPAA office.
Prepare two compositions, movements, or etudes in contrasting styles, including one that demonstrates technical proficiency.
Both pieces should be played within 10 minutes.
Auditions with two or more of the following instruments are preferred.
Snare: solo and one or two etudes
Timpani & Mallets: solo and one or two etudes, or excerpts from band/orchestra literature
Set: examples of patterns (sixteen bars) in various styles (swing, salsa, rock, funk) and examples of fills within above patterns (one, two, three, and four count fills)
Prepare two contrasting selections from standard solo or etude repertoire demonstrating varied styles and techniques. Orchestral and chamber literature excerpts are also acceptable. Pieces prepared for district or state solo contest would work well.
Potential Music Majors should also be prepared to play several scales of their choice.
Prepare two selections.
One selection must be a memorized solo from the standard repertoire (e.g. piano selections that have stood the test of time from composers such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Bartok, Debussy, or Prokofiev.) Method teaching pieces or pop arrangements are not acceptable.
The other is a solo selection that contrasts with the standard repertoire to show your versatility. Memorization is optional, but encouraged. Most any selection is appropriate (e.g. hymn transcription, pop or jazz arrangement.)
Be prepared to sight-read and play scales.
Prepare two selections from the standard organ repertoire.
Selections should vary in character from one that demonstrates technical facility, and one that is slow and melodic (e.g. Eight Little Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach, prelude and fugue by Dietrich Buxtehude, trio by Josef Rheinberger.)
Be prepared to sight-read a hymn using manuals and pedal.