More than $450,000 in music scholarships are awarded annually.
Several dozen scholarships are awarded each year, for voice, band and orchestral instruments, piano, organ, and classical guitar - and these scholarships are available to all students regardless of major.
The final day of music scholarship auditions has passed. Regarding possible eligibility for a music scholarship, please contact:
2016-2017 Music Scholarship Audition Days
Click here to choose one of the dates below, request a different date, or submit a recorded audition. You do not need to first submit an application for admission to Wittenberg. You will need to audition by March 1 before your first year at Wittenberg. If you are considering a major in music, this audition will also serve as your entrance audition.
Two contrasting songs, including one in a foreign language if possible. A piano accompanist will be provided.
1. Two compositions or movements in contrasting styles, one of which demonstrates technical proficiency. (For percussion, solos in two of these areas: snare drum, timpani, mallets.) About ten minutes total duration.
2. Major scales, memorized, up to four sharps/flats. Strings (including guitar and harp): two or three octaves. Woodwinds: one or two octaves, as appropriate for your instrument (clarinet/sax: in the key of your instrument). Plus a chromatic scale in one octave. Brass: one or two octaves, in the key of your instrument. Percussion: two octaves. Piano: three octaves, hands together.
After You Submit Your Audition Request Form
1. Ask two teachers to fill out and submit a recommendation form.
2. If you are a singer, an accompanist will be provided for your audition. (An accompanist is not required for instrumental auditions.) If you are a singer, send sheet music (at least one week before your audition):
Or fax (937-327-7347)
Or U.S. mail:
200 West Ward St.
Springfield, OH 45501-0720
Audition Location, Parking, and Accommodations
Auditions are held in Krieg Hall (the music building): 632 Woodlawn Ave., Springfield, Ohio (view on Google Maps).
If you arrive by air: The Dayton Airport is a little over 30 min. from Wittenberg. The Columbus Airport is a little over 60 min. To get from either airport to Wittenberg, renting a car is the simplest option. Arriving without your parents? The Wittenberg Office of Admission (877-206-0332 or firstname.lastname@example.org) can provide transportation for you.
Your music scholarship (which is a Wittenberg "Special Interest Award") is renewable annually, as long as you are in good academic standing and you fulfill the requirements of the scholarship (see below). All students, regardless of major, are eligible; music majors are eligible for the largest music scholarships. Financial need is not a determining factor for music scholarships. On the other hand, you may want to learn about need-based financial aid.
To maintain a talent-based scholarship in music, a student must fulfill these conditions:
- Every semester on campus, successfully participate in a large music ensemble, as assigned by directors of the large ensembles listed below.
Voice - Wittenberg Choir or Wittenberg Singers
Woodwind, brass, percussion - Wittenberg Symphonic Band
Strings - Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra
Other instruments - An assigned ensemble appropriate for the student
- Every semester on campus, successfully participate in applied music lessons, with a grade of at least B- on a cumulative basis. You will be billed for these applied music lessons; however, your music scholarship award is sufficient to cover this expense.
So that all members of the department may hear all auditions, scholarship auditions are recorded.
Wittenberg Music Department Huebner Scholarships
In 2015, Lois Hagelberger Huebner died at the age of 107 and left Wittenberg $2.6 million, to be used for music scholarships. In fact, she attended Wittenberg for only two years! She wrote this to then Wittenberg President Tulloss: "In response to your letter as to why I have not continued my studies at Wittenberg, I wish to say that it is not because I do not like the school. I was a music student, and I think there is no better school with better music instructors than Wittenberg's School of Music. If I ever should go to school again, it will be at Wittenberg's music school." Huebner Scholarships range up to full tuition. Students who audition for a music scholarship (live or video recordings only) and are considering a music major will be automatically considered for a Huebner scholarship.