The music department awards a scholarship of $40,000/year to an outstanding performing arts student with ability, commitment, and leadership.
How to Apply
Students interested in auditioning must:
- For top consideration, students should apply to the college Early Action by November 1 or Early Decision 1 by December 1 and complete the required supplemental application by January 3. Limited finalist spots are available for Regular Decision and Early Decision 2 students who apply to the college by January 1 and submit the supplemental application by January 3.
- Complete the online application by January 3, 2024. To apply students will login with the username and password sent to them upon application submission to Ursinus. Please check the email address associated with your application.
- Auditions will be held on campus in February.
On the Day of Auditions, Applicants are Required to:
- Present 6-8 minutes of prepared material, consisting of two contrasting styles. Those auditioning may be asked to play scales, but sight-reading will not be required. Instrumentalists will perform unaccompanied. For vocalists, please bring piano accompaniments as an accompanist will be available.
- Be prepared for a 5-8 minute interview. A panel of music faculty will engage you with questions about your interest in music, your interest in Ursinus, and your other areas of interest.
Terms of the Scholarship
In addition to the monetary award, the annual winner of the Music Scholarship will receive:
- Up to two (2) semesters of private lessons
- Leadership standing in the Ursinus Performing Arts community
All scholarship award recipients will be required to participate in at least one Music Department ensemble each semester. Preference will be given to students intending to major in music.
What are the Criteria for Selection?
The two most important criteria are a demonstrated record of achievement in the performing arts and the strength of the Ursinus audition. Candidates must comfortably achieve admission to Ursinus with a minimum “B” average in a rigorous college prep academic program. Standardized test scores are not required for most Ursinus applicants. Please note that the Performing Arts Scholarship in Music replaces any Ursinus College Scholarship previously offered by Ursinus College