Music Scholarship Auditions

Music Scholarships are designed as four-year awards with amounts up to $3000 per year.  In order to ensure the continuation of the scholarship, students must participate in an NCU ensemble pertaining to their audition instrument and take a lesson on that instrument each semester they attend NCU.  Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination of the scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded based on the performance during the audition. 

To be eligible to audition and receive a music scholarship, you must:

  1. Be a First-time Freshman (senior in high school) or Transfer Student entering the fall of next year.
  2. Fill out and submit the Music Audition Request Form. This form must be submitted before an audition time will be scheduled. Choose one instrument to audition on.  Scholarships are not given on more than one instrument.
  3. Supply (before the audition) two Letters of Recommendation. The recommendation forms should highlight your musical background. They can come from a private teacher, worship pastor, or band/choir director.
  4. Audition in person. Please carefully read the Guidelines for Auditions below. Many of your questions will be answered in this document. You will be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email at See the Audition Schedule below for possible dates and times.
  5. You can expect a letter from the College of Fine Arts within two weeks of your audition letting you know if you have been awarded a music scholarship.

Guidelines for Auditions

All incoming NCU students who are music majors or minors, and/or interested in a music scholarship, are required to perform an audition on their primary performing instrument. Audition appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis and are approximately 1 hour and include the student performance, and interview with faculty and taking the  Theory Placement Exam.  Students must take the exam to be considered for a scholarship. This exam determines entrance into Theory I and will be taken immediately following audition.

Audition requirements in the various performing instruments:

Voice Requirements

Voice students should prepare two memorized pieces in contrasting styles (baroque, classical, jazz, gospel, contemporary, etc...).  Students may use a CD accompaniment or accompany themselves on piano or guitar.  We do not have an accompanist available.  Voice students will also be expected to sight-read a piece of music. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience and other related questions.

Piano/Keyboard Requirements

A minimum of two pieces of contrasting styles should be prepared. One should be memorized. The student will be expected to sight-read, perform major and/or minor scales and chords. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience and other related questions.

Guitar/Bass Guitar Requirements

The student should have a prepared solo that demonstrates your best ability and play a sacred solo. One of these should be memorized. The student should also demonstrate the ability to sight-read and play major and minor guitar chords in rhythm guitar/chord chart form and play scales. Be prepared to tell us about yourself and your professional goals. Also, please bring your own instrument.

Percussion Requirements

Demonstration of various styles (i.e. rock, waltz, swing, funk, samba, bossa nova) on a drum set, trading "fours" in 3 4 and 4 4. On the snare drum, an etude demonstrating your present level of technical ability, rudiment and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels will be required.  Marimba and vibraphone are available if you wish to have these as part of your audition.

String/Woodwind/Brass Instruments Requirements

Two pieces of contrasting styles (contrasting in style, tempo and/or historical period) should be prepared. Audition material may be taken from the State Solo & Ensemble repertoire and/or an arrangement recently performed at church. Students will be required to sight-read and to play at least 3 major and/or minor scales (two octaves). Also, please bring your own instrument.

Preview Days Schedule 2014-2015

Fall 2014

  • November 13 - Fine Arts Preview/Audition Day

Spring 2015

  • February 20 - 21 - Fine Arts Preview/Audition Weekend- LAST CHANCE TO AUDITION