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Ensemble Scholarships

Graceland offers generous scholarships to our talented musicians whether they’re music majors or not. At Graceland University, we value all musicians and their contributions to rich cultural life on campus; that’s why you don’t have to major in music to join any of our ensembles.

Students may receive scholarships from contributors to the music department in band, orchestra, choir and keyboard studies ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Over 85 percent of Graceland students receive some form of financial aid. Oftentimes, the music scholarship is an integral part of the student’s financial aid package. The amount of these awards is determined by several factors including student ability, financial need and specific needs within each ensemble.

For more information, please download and review the scholarship brochure and performance scholarship application.

An audition is required. Arrange for your campus visit or contact Graceland Admissions at 866.GRACELAND to submit a recorded audition.

To complete eligibility requirements, submit your application for admission online, and complete your financial aid package by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Auditions

Graceland University offers performance scholarships to talented and promising young musicians whose academic qualifications and demonstrated musical abilities indicate that they could make a significant contribution to the music program of the University.

An audition is required to obtain a performance scholarship. On-campus auditions are preferred, but a high quality audio or video recording will be accepted if you live too far from campus and are unable to come to campus for your audition. If your audition video is too large to email, we encourage you to post it to YouTube, mark it as private and then send us an invitation.

A letter of recommendation from your school music instructor or your private teacher must also be submitted. Please include their names and contact information.

  • Music Performance Scholarship Application

    Music Performance Scholarship Application

    Graceland University offers performance scholarships to talented and promising young musicians whose academic qualifications and demonstrated musical abilities indicate that they could make a significant contribution to the music program of the University. The amount of these awards is determined by several factors including student ability, financial need and specific needs within each ensemble.
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    MUSIC BACKGROUND

    CHORAL-VOCAL

    INSTRUMENTAL

    If you play piano or organ, are you interested in accompanying as a work-study position?

    ELIGIBILITY

    To be eligible each semester, all students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA. Additionally, Music majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in music courses. Wind & Percussion students: You must enroll in Symphonic Band as your primary ensemble and accept additional assignments in either Jazz Band or Orchestra as assigned. String students: You must enroll in Orchestra and perform in Chamber Ensemble (string quartet, piano trio, etc.) each semester as assigned. Piano students: You must enroll in piano lessons/studio class and provide up to 25 hours of prepared accompanying for the Music Department each semester. Organ students: You must enroll in organ lessons. Organ students must play the equivalent of half of a noon organ recital OR play for a worship service each semester which will entail playing prelude, hymns, postlude, accompaniment or soloists, and other service music as needed. Organists will present themselves for campus worship of the Community of Christ congregation Sunday mornings in the Cheville Chapel. Vocal students: You must enroll and perform in one or two choral ensembles as assigned and accept additional choir assignments as needed. Drumline: You must enroll and perform in the Drumline as your primary ensemble and accept additional assignments as needed.
    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS(Required)
    1. An audition is required. On-campus auditions are preferred, but a high quality audio or video recording will be accepted if you live too far from campus to make a personal audition practical. Audition recordings should be received by the Graceland Admissions Office by May 1, prior to the academic year you wish to attend. Applicants submitting materials early have a better opportunity for scholarship funds.

    2. Send letter of recommendation from your school music instructor or your private teacher. Please list their names and addresses.

    Address
    Private Teacher's Name
    Address

    3. Submit Application for Admission online at www.graceland.edu/apply.

    4. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: INSTRUMENTALISTS

    Your auditioning may include at least two solo works, one of which must be an etude or study written expressly for your instrument. When choosing your pieces make sure they demonstrate your technical and musical abilities in both (1) slow, sustained melodic lines that indicate quality of tone, phrasing and intonation, and (2) brisk tempi that indicate your technical fluency and articulation. The total length of your audition materials should be approximately 10 minutes.

    AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: VOCALISTS

    Your audition must include at least two solo works of contrasting nature demonstrating good diction, flexibility, accurate pitch, pleasing tone quality, knowledge of breath control and a concept of phrasing. The total length of your audition materials should be approximately 10 minutes. Repertoire from musical theatre is acceptable. Acapella audition recordings are not acceptable.

    AUDITION ARRANGEMENTS

    To schedule an audition, contact the Graceland Admissions Office at 866.472.2352. Remember to have this application completed and your letter of recommendation by the time of your audition. We would prefer to receive these at least one week prior to your audition.

    ACCOMPANIST

    If you are unable to bring your own accompanist, you must send a copy of your accompaniment music to the Graceland Admissions Office TWO WEEKS prior to your audition date. Taped accompaniments are not acceptable.

    AUDITION SELECTIONS

    List the pieces you will include in your audition.

    PLEASE RETURN TO:

    Admissions Office, Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, Iowa 50140 If you have questions, please contact 866.472.2352 (866.GRACELAND), 641.784.5196, admissions@graceland.edu or 641.784.5480 (fax).