Scholarship Auditions


Scholarship auditions for the 2015–16 academic year will be held on January 30-31, and February 13-14, 2015. Music majors and non-majors alike are eligible for a variety of scholarships, ranging from quarter to full tuition. Students who wish to perform a live audition should contact the music department office (801-863-8534, or 801-863-6480) to schedule an audition time. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring an accompanist to the live audition. Students also have the option to submit a recorded audition (DVD, CD or MP3), which must be received at the UVU Department of Music by 5:00 p.m. February 16, 2015. Students who miss the January and February auditions are welcome to contact the appropriate faculty area coordinators at any time throughout the year to schedule an audition. Their applications will be placed on a waiting list and considered as openings become available.

Scholarship auditions may also be used as an entrance audition into the music major.


  1. Apply to Utah Valley University and make a note of the eight-digit student UVID number assigned to you. You will need this number for the audition form.
  2. Prepare an audition program that fulfills your area's audition repertoire requirements (see "Scholarship Audition Repertoire Requirements" below).
  3. Complete the “Exceptional Performance Scholarship Application and Audition Form”
  4. Mail the form to: 

    Utah Valley University
    Scholarship Application for
    [Piano/Strings/Guitar/Winds/Brass/Voice/Percussion/Commercial Music]
    Department of Music, Mailstop 165
    800 W. University Pkwy
    Orem, UT 84058

  5. Schedule a specific audition time by contacting the music department office at 801-863-8534, or 801-863-6480.
  6. For questions or additional information, contact the following faculty area coordinators:


  1. Be a Utah resident (Note: a limited number of non-resident scholarships are available)
  2. Be a high school graduate, transfer student, or current UVU student with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  3. Enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours minimum)
  4. Enroll in private lessons (MUSC 160R, 250R, 450R, or 455R)
  5. Fulfill large/small ensemble performing requirements as assigned through audition

Award recipients will be notified through their UVLink email. Music scholarships are one-year awards unless otherwise specifically stated.



  • One major or minor Baroque work (such as Bach or Scarlatti), demonstrating memorization, appropriate style and tempo
  • One movement from any Classical Sonata (such as Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert), demonstrating memorization, appropriate style and tempo
  • One major or minor work from the Romantic Era (such as Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel), demonstrating memorization, appropriate style and tempo
  • Four octave Major and harmonic minor scales played at MM=96, demonstrating technical proficiency and correct fingering
  • Sight-reading demonstrating rhythmic and note accuracy


  • One slow piece or etude demonstrating tone quality and vibrato
  • One fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability, proficiency with higher positions and standard bowing techniques (spiccato, martelé, etc.)
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral excerpt


  • Two selections from different style periods, demonstrating appropriate tempo and technical ability
  • Harpists may use a UVU harp for the audition or bring their own harp


  • One slow piece or etude demonstrating tone quality and expression
  • One fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability and proficiency with articulation
  • Sight-reading of a standard excerpt


  • One lyrical solo or etude demonstrating tone quality, phrasing, and musicianship
  • One fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability
  • Sight-reading


  • Two contrasting, memorized, art songs, one of which may be an aria. One must be in French, German, or Italian.
  • Sight-reading


  • One solo, etude, or significant orchestral/band excerpt in each of the following three instrument categories: (1) Timpani, (2) Snare Drum, (3) Keyboard Percussion (Glock, Marimba, Vibes, Xylo).
  • Applicants may also perform significant excerpts for accessory instruments like bass drum, castanets, cymbals, tambourine, or triangle.
  • To be considered for drum set performing positions and scholarships, please be prepared to play time and solo in various jazz, Latin, and rock styles.
  • Sight-reading may also be requested.

Drum Set

  • Be prepared to play time and solo in various jazz, Latin, and rock styles.
  • You may also be asked to sight-read a chart.

Commercial Music

Students should prepare ONE of the following:

  • An original composition score in PDF format and MP3 sound recording
  • Final mix of a Pro Tools or Digital Performer file
  • Final mix in a MP3 or WAV format