Picture yourself on the Concert Hall stage, teaching in the music classroom or even in a musical production! Whatever it is, you can find it here.

The first step is to visit during one of our annual audition days. This is a great opportunity to tour our facility, meet faculty and students — and to be considered for one of our talent-based music scholarships. Auditions are open to all prospective Hope students, on any instrument or voice, regardless of intended major. Music scholarship recipients are required to take lessons and participate in music department ensembles.

Jack H. Miller Concert Hall

Music Scholarship Auditions

  • Friday, November 18, 2016
  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017

While you're visiting for auditions, why not take a look at our campus?

Contact Admissions to set up an individual visit

Audition Guidelines

  • Each audition will be approximately 10 minutes long
  • Audition pieces should be prepared in their entirety
  • Select literature that you have studied thoroughly and that you and your teacher believe represent your best work
  • An accompanist will be provided if necessary
    • An accompanist is not required but is strongly recommended for those planning to major or minor in music 



We recommend that you prepare two or three contrasting selections that 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.


Dr. Andrew Le


We recommend that you play one slow and one quick piece:

  • One of the pieces must be by J.S. Bach
  • The other must have been composed after 1850

Memorization is encouraged, though not required. Furthermore, 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.


Dr. Huw Lewis


We recommend that you prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument.

For violin, viola, cello and string bass, we recommend that you choose from the following:

  • One movement (preferably first) from the standard concerto repertoire
  • One movement from a solo Bach sonata/partita/suite

For string bass, we recomment that you choose:

  • One movement (preferably first) from the standard concerto repertoire
  • One piece of contrasting style also of the standard repertoire is strongly encouraged

Dr. Christopher Fashun

Winds and Percussion

For brass and wind instruments, we recommend that you prepare:

  • Major/minor scales
  • Two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument

For percussion, prepare an audition that demonstrates as much as possible the following characteristics:

  • 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)

Dr. Gabe Southard


We recommend that you prepare two songs of contrasting styles from the standard vocal repertoire. It is preferred that one of the selections to be in English and the other in a foreign language. 

  • Repertoire that is appropriate for solo and ensemble contests or NATS auditions is considered standard vocal repertoire
  • Popular songs, contemporary Christian literature and original compositions are not considered appropriate
  • 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.

Please note that recorded accompaniments are not permitted, and students should not accompany themselves.


Professor Linda Dykstra


For each instrument, please prepare the following:

  • Scales
  • Sight-reading
  • Two standard tunes
  • Improvisation

Winds: Scales, range/doubling, sight reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation

Piano/Guitar: Comping (different styles), sight-reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation

Bass: Walking (different styles), sight-reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation

Drums: Grooves (different styles), sight-reading, time/solo/time


Dr. Brian Coyle


Please submit two or three sample compositions (score and recording/midi file if possible) to, along with a resume or brief statement describing your previous experience and training in composition.


Professor Steve Talaga


If you are unable to attend one of our live audition days, please send us a recording! The requirements are the same; however, please note the following:

  • Print and complete 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, 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.
  • 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.

Please send all CDs and DVDs, clearly labeled, to:

Kathy Waterstone
Music Department Office, Hope College
221 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49422-9000

.mp3 files and YouTube links can be emailed to