A variety of competitive music scholarships are available for incoming music majors, music minors, as well as students who plan to participate in music as a non-major. These are awarded solely on the basis of merit. In certain cases, several awards are made to a single prospective student, and may amount to as much as $7500 annually.
Students must be enrolled full-time (12+ hours per semester) to remain eligible for music scholarships. For awards that are renewable, the maximum number of semesters during which a student can receive a music scholarship, if they meet all renewal criteria, is eight (8). The recipient must also be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined in the Financial Aid for Students section of the Hope College catalogue to remain eligible.
Live Audition Dates
- Saturday, November 14, 2015
- Monday, January 18, 2016 (9:00am-1:00pm)
- Saturday, January 30, 2016
- Friday, February 19, 2016 (1:00pm-5:00pm)
For more information on scholarship auditions, please contact:
Tel: (616) 395-7650
Music scholarships are competitive, therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a live on-campus audition. Pre-recorded auditions are accepted, however. To submit a pre-recorded audition:
- Complete and submit the printable pre-recorded audition form.
- Make an audition recording of the highest possible audio quality, following the repertoire guidelines (see below) for your instrument.
- We accept CDs and DVDs and .mp3 files. If you wish to submit a video audition electronically, please make a private posting to Youtube and email the link.
- If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, please include all audition information on one audition form, but record each instrument on a separate CD, DVD, or .mp3 file.
- Send all CDs and DVDs, clearly labeled, to Kathy Waterstone in the Music Department Office, Hope College, 221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49422-9000, or all .mp3 files and Youtube links to email@example.com
Deadline: All pre-recorded auditions must be received in the Hope Music Office by at least one week prior to your scheduled audition . Recordings received after this date will not be considered, so please allow enough time for delivery if sending materials through the mail.
Prepare approximately ten minutes of standard piano literature that
you have studied thoroughly, and that you and your teacher believe represent
your best work. You may prepare a longer program, but the committee will
have to cut some pieces short due to time constraints. It is recommended
that you prepare two or three contrasting selections which demonstrate
a range of styles and abilities. You may also be asked to sight-read
a short selection. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, so
memorization is highly recommended, though not required.
Prepare no more than ten minutes of standard organ literature that you
have studied thoroughly, and that you and your teacher believe represent
your best work. It is recommended that you play one slow and one quick
piece: one of the pieces must be by J.S. Bach, and the other must have
been composed after 1850. Memorization is encouraged, though not required.
You will be expected to read at sight a short passage of organ music
(i.e., using pedals) written on three staves. You will be given ample
opportunity to become acquainted with the organ you will be playing prior
to the audition.
All String Instruments should prepare two contrasting pieces
or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument. Please
prepare the selections in their entirety. We will hear approximately
10 minutes during the audition.
Strongly encouraged for violin, viola, and cello is an audition
of one movement (preferably first) from the standard concerto repertoire
and one movement from a solo Bach sonata/partita/suite.
For string bass, a movement (preferably first) from the standard
concerto repertoire and a piece of contrasting style also of the standard
repertoire is strongly encouraged.
An accompanist is not required, however one can be provided if needed.
Wind instruments should prepare major/minor scales and two
contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your
instrument. Please prepare the selections in their entirety. We will
hear approximately 10 minutes during the audition.
An accompanist is not required but is strongly recommended for those
planning to major or minor in music. An accompanist can be provided if
For percussion, prepare an audition no more than 10 minutes
in length that demonstrates as much of the following as possible
- The basic snare rudiments; a piece or etude on snare
- Scales and a piece on a keyboard instrument
- Work on an auxiliary instrument (timpani, for example)
Prepare two songs of contrasting styles from the standard vocal repertoire. Repertoire that is appropriate
for solo and ensemble contests or NATS auditions is considered standard
vocal repertoire. We discourage opera arias. Popular songs, contemporary Christian literature, and
original compositions are not considered appropriate. We prefer one of the selections to be in English and the other in a foreign language, however both songs may be in English. Scholarships for
voice are competitive, so you should choose repertoire that you sing
well and shows your voice to its best advantage. Selections should demonstrate
the full range of the voice, expressive potential, and good diction.
Memorization is expected.
In addition to hearing the prepared solos, the voice faculty will have
each student sing a short excerpt at sight and perform pitch patterns.
An accompanist is required for all voice auditions, and will be provided
if needed. Recorded accompaniments are not permitted, and students should
not accompany themselves.
Voice scholarships are very competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a live on-campus audition.
Prepare an audition approximately 10 minutes in length using the following
as a guide.
Winds: Scales, Range/Doubling, Sight-Reading, Transcription/Standard
Piano/Guitar: Comping (different styles), Sight-Reading, Transcription/Standard
Bass: Walking (different styles), Sight-Reading, Transcription/Standard
Drums: Grooves (different styles), Sight-Reading, Time/Solo/Time
If you would like to discuss your repertoire, please call or e-mail one of the following Department of Music faculty members:
Piano: Huw Lewis , (616) 395-7645, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organ: Huw Lewis, (616) 395-7645, email@example.com
Strings: Mihai Craioveanu, (616) 395-7657, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winds/Percussion: Gabe Southard, (616) 395-7646, email@example.com
Voice: Linda Dykstra, (616) 395-7511, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz: Brian Coyle, (616)395-7650, email@example.com