Music Scholarships

St. Cecilia Scholarship

Loras College is offering music scholarship auditions just for you! Students accepted to Loras College are able to audition for vocal and instrumental scholarships. Scholarships range from $500—$3,000. Scholarship recipients must participate in vocal or instrumental ensembles annually to maintain their award. Auditions will be submitted electronically. Student auditions will be reviewed beginning December 1 with subsequent audition reviews occurring after March 1. Students participating in Liturgical Music Ministry are eligible for a scholarship to cover their applied lesson fee.

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Unique Features
  • Open to all majors
  • Provides instant membership in a creative, contributing community on campus
Audition Criteria
  • Students should prepare two music selections, contrasting in genre
  • Instrumentalists and vocalists will be expected to play or sing scale
  • Informal conversation with music faculty
  • Instrumental Requirements
    1. Play two contrasting solo pieces or excerpts of solo pieces. These should be chosen from the solo repertoire for your instrument and should not be ensemble pieces. Each piece or excerpt should be approximately 2 to 5 minutes in length. Accompaniment is recommended but not required.
    2. Play the following SCALES
      • MAJOR scales on F (2 octaves), C (one octave), G (2 ctaves), and D-flat (one octave)
      • HARMONIC MINOR scales (one octave only) on d, a, e, and b-flat
      • A full-range CHROMATIC SCALE is recommended but not required.
  • Vocal Requirements
    1. Sing two solo pieces (or excerpts of solo pieces) in contrasting styles (e.g., an art song and a musical theater solo). These should be chosen from the solo repertoire for voice type and should not be choral pieces. Each piece or excerpt should be approximately 2 to 5 minutes in length. Accompaniment is recommended but not required.
    2. Sing the following SCALES
      • MAJOR scale in one octave. Singing on solfege or scale degrees (i.e. Do, Re, Mi, etc. or 1, 2, 3, etc.) is recommended but not required.
      • HARMONIC MINOR scale in either La- or Do-based minor
Scholarship participants must:
  • Participate in one of Loras’ credited musical ensembles
  • Demonstrate adequate musical progress
  • Maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA

Fr. Wilkie Liturgical Music Scholarship

The Father Wilkie Applied Music Scholarship pays applied lesson fees for all instrumentalists and vocalists who participate in Liturgical Music Ministry regardless of their intended major.

Scholarship recipients must:
  • Participate in two campus liturgies/celebrations each semester
  • Participate in applied lessons with faculty
  • Demonstrate adequate musical progress
  • Maintain character values in accordance with the Catholic Identity of Loras College
  • Maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA 
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I use an accompanist in my recorded audition?
Yes! In fact, we recommend that you send an accompanied video. However, accompaniment is not required.

What if my application is submitted but my video audition isn’t?
Your application for a St. Cecilia Music Scholarship is not complete until we receive your video. Unfortunately, we cannot award your scholarship until the video is submitted. If your video is not received by the deadline, your application will be moved to the following round.

Will there be a personal interview?
We will be conducting interviews in the days following each submission deadline. Watch out for an email from us with scheduling information!

Can I submit an instrumental and a vocal audition?
Yes! However, you can only receive scholarship in one area. So, it may be a good idea to submit both and see which earns a larger award.

Can I submit a single video with my solo pieces/excerpts and scales, or should I submit multiple videos?
You can do either. Just be sure to name your file following the instructions!

Additional Questions?
Contact Your Admission Representative or feel free to email the Loras College Admission office at admission@loras.edu or call 563.588.7236.

Application Process

Students admitted to the college may apply for this program scholarship.

The scholarship application can be found on the Student Status page.

  • Students must complete the FAFSA and have the results sent to Loras College (Code 001873).
  • Within the scholarship application, you will be prompted to sign up for an audition. 

Questions? Let’s get in touch.

Contact Your Admission Representative
or feel free to call or email the Loras College Admission office at
admission@loras.edu
563.588.7236