Music Department

Music Scholarship Information

Here are some fast facts about Music Scholarships at Hendrix:

  • Eligibility: All incoming students, regardless of major.
  • Scholarship amount: $1,000-$2,000 per year, plus a waiver of private lesson fees.
  • 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. Select the "Music Scholarship" option.
    • Schedule your audition through the Office of Admissions. Live auditions on campus can be scheduled during the following times: Mondays and Fridays between 1:10-2:00.  Please bring to your audition the name of a teacher who is willing to serve as a reference and his or her email address or phone number. The deadline to audition is March 12, 2021.
    • Live auditions are preferred, but recorded auditions are accepted on approval in cases where students live at some distance or are unable to visit campus before March 15, 2021. If you are auditioning via a recording, please complete this Applicant Information Form and send it with your recording.  Recorded auditions must be received (not postmarked!) by March 8, 2021 to be considered.
  • Scholarship 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
  • 2 two- or three-octave scales: one major, one melodic minor
  • Sight reading


All vocal ranges/voice parts welcome
Major Ensemble:

  • 2 contrasting songs
    • Students should select 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
  • Please bring at 2 copies of each song, plus one for yourself if needed
  • Memorization of your songs is encouraged but not required

Woodwinds and Brass

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

  • 2 contrasting prepared excerpts/pieces: one slow, lyric, and expressive; one fast and technical
  • 2 one- or two-octave major scales
  • 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
  • 2 one- or two-octave major scales
  • 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.