Music at Wittenberg — a “strong” and “notable” program (2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges).
The Wittenberg Music Department offers scholarships in voice, band and orchestral instruments, piano, organ, and classical guitar—and these scholarships are available to all students regardless of major.
For music scholarship audition questions, please contact:
Dr. Daniel Kazez
Professor of Music & Music Audition Coordinator
tel: 937-327-7354 (or 800-677-7558, ext. 7354)
2020–2021 Music Scholarship Audition Days
Click here to choose one of the dates below, request a different date, or submit a recorded audition. 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.
- Friday, January 29, 2021
- Saturday, February 6, 2021
- Monday, February 15, 2021
- Saturday, February 20, 2021
- Friday, February 26, 2021
If you wish, you may audition on one of our audition days via live video (using Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.), rather than auditioning on campus. Send us email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know, and we understand that you might want to change from on campus to live video (or vice versa) close to the audition date.
Two contrasting songs, 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), and 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
What next after submitting your audition request form?
Ask two teachers to fill out and submit a recommendation form.
If you are a singer, send sheet music for your songs at least one week before your audition. An accompanist will be provided for your audition. (An accompanist is not required for instrumental auditions.) Send your sheet music via…
Auditions take place in Krieg Hall (the music building): 632 Woodlawn Ave., Springfield, Ohio.
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 email@example.com) can provide transportation for you. Here is information on hotels in the Springfield area.
Your music scholarship, which is a Wittenberg Fine Arts Scholarship, is renewable annually, as long as you are in good academic standing and fulfill the requirements of the scholarship (see below). All students, regardless of major, are eligible. Financial need is not a determining factor for music scholarships. Learn about need-based financial aid.
To maintain a Fine Arts Scholarship in music, a student must fulfill these conditions:
- Every semester on campus, participate successfully in a large music ensemble, as assigned by the directors of the large ensembles listed below.
- Wittenberg Choir or Wittenberg Singers—for voice
- Wittenberg Symphonic Band—for woodwind, brass, percussion
- Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra—for strings
- An assigned ensemble appropriate for the student—for piano, guitar, and other instruments
- Every semester on campus, take applied music lessons and earn at least a B- on a cumulative basis. Although you will be billed for these lessons, the music scholarship award is sufficient to cover the cost.
- Some music scholarships require that you declare and remain a music major (or music minor) and make progress toward the major (or minor). See your scholarship letter.
A note about Lois Hagelberger Huebner (1908–2015)
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, Mrs. Huebner attended Wittenberg for only two years! In the 1920s, she wrote this to Wittenberg President Rees Edgar 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.