Auditions / Scholarships

We would like to thank you for your interest in the David L Walters Department of Music scholarship opportunities! 

Be sure to read through the information for the area you are interested in auditioning.

Scholarship Application Website

Mason Hall Exterior

All Music Scholarship Auditions Dates:

  • Friday, February 4, 2022
  • Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022

Band Scholarship

Band scholarship auditions

Jazz Scholarship

Jazz Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an aptitude and desire to participate in the Jazz Studies Program. Students receiving a Jazz Scholarship are required to participate in JSU Jazz Ensembles and JSU Jazz Combos as needed. 

  • All Jazz scholarship applicants must first apply on the JSU Scholarship Applications Website linked below.
  • Students should be prepared to play a jazz standard, a transcription, or a selection from your high school jazz band ensemble.
  • A piece to sight-read will be provided.
  • Improvisation is highly encouraged. 

Please contact Dr. Andy Nevala to schedule your sight-reading audition.

Piano Scholarship

Piano Scholarship Audition Requirements:

  • Two pieces in contrasting styles from memory preferred, but not required.
  • Will be asked to sight read.
  • Major and harmonic minor scales two octaves.

Piano scholarship auditions will be held in Mason Hall's Recital Hall.  For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Freeland.

Vocal Area Scholarship

Please contact Dr. Nathan Wight via email at nwight@jsu.edu for any questions you may have.

Audition Checklist:

  1. Complete the online Scholarship Application.
  2. Sing two contrasting selections from the classical music repertoire (no musical theater). Both selections must be sung from memory. Please choose music that shows your voice at its best, something you like to sing and feel comfortable performing. We are listening for vocal quality, expressiveness, musical competence and, above all, potential. You must sing with piano accompaniment.
  3. You will be scheduled for an interview.  During the interview, the voice faculty will get to know you better and may ask you to sing a short sight-reading/ear-training exercise. If you have a list of songs you have previously studied, feel free to share it with us. We look forward to having you join us as a future Gamecock!

Show Choir

All Vocal auditions for the Show Choir email Jean Ellison for more information.

Dance auditions are in the Recital Hall:

  • February 6th-9:00-11:00 am
  • February 13th-9:00-11:00 am

*wear dance attire*

Contact Jean Ellison: Jtellison@jsu.edu 

Scholarship Application Website