Academic Affairs

Music Scholarship Information

Here are some fast facts about Music Scholarships at Hendrix:

  • Eligibility: All incoming students, regardless of major.
  • Scholarship amount: Financial award of$1,000-$2,000 per year, plus a waiver of private lesson fees ($150-$300 per semester). The scholarship can be increased up to $3,000 per year, beginning as early as the sophomore year, if the scholarship recipient declares as a music major.
  • How to get one: Meet with and audition for the music faculty on campus between September and mid-March. See below for a list of instruments on which you may audition for a Music Scholarship.
    • Submit the Co-Curricular Scholarship Application Form by February 1, 2024. Select the "Music Scholarship" option.
    • Arrange your audition through the Office of Admissions. There are two ways to audition:
      • Recorded auditions may be submitted electronically to the Office of Admissions. The deadline for recorded auditions is March 1, 2024.
      • Live auditions on campus can occur between September to March. The deadline to audition in person is Monday, March 11, 2024.
  • Scholarship requirements for renewal: Participate in the appropriate major ensemble for your instrument and take private lessons on that instrument every semester. See below for a list of instruments and their associated major ensembles.
  • Other scholarships: Music Scholarships may be awarded in combination with most other Hendrix scholarships.

Consult with your admissions counselor or email one of the Hendrix music faculty to learn more.

Audition Requirements


Instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp
Major Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra

  • 2 contrasting prepared excerpts/pieces: one legato, lyric, and expressive; one technical and staccato
  • Sight reading


All vocal ranges/voice parts welcome
Major Ensemble:

  • 2 contrasting songs
    • Students should prepare solo vocal pieces, not isolated voice parts from a piece of choral music
    • Examples of contrasting works could be: pieces in two languages, one piece of classical music/art song & one piece of musical theatre, pieces from two different time periods
  • An accompanist will be provided (we would prefer to hear you sing with a live pianist rather than a pre-recorded accompaniment)
  • Please bring at 2 photocopies of each song, plus one for yourself if needed
  • Memorization of your songs is encouraged but not required
  • Sight reading

Woodwinds and Brass

Instruments: bassoon, clarinet, euphonium/baritone, flute, horn, oboe, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba
Major Ensemble: Wind Ensemble

  • 2 contrasting prepared excerpts/pieces: one slow, lyric, and expressive; one fast and technical
  • Sight reading


Instruments: standard concert band percussion instruments, including snare drum, mallets, and timpani
Major Ensemble: Wind Ensemble

  • 3 prepared excerpts/pieces: snare, mallets, and timpani
  • Sight reading


Major Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra, Choir, or Wind Ensemble, to be determined by Hendrix piano professors in conjunction with the ensemble directors

  • 2 contrasting prepared pieces
    • The pieces do NOT need to be performed from memory.