Scholarships (Music Scholarship Overview)

DSC_3882For exceptional students interested in studying and performing music, there is no better place than Pacific Lutheran University. The Department of Music offers more than 250 scholarships each year to incoming students seeking to develop their skills alongside some of the most talented student-musicians and faculty members in the Pacific Northwest. You do not need to be a music major to receive a music scholarship; awards are offered regardless of major.

Ranging up to $10,000 per year, music scholarships are available to students in a single specific area (for example – strings, voice, brass, etc).  Awards are in addition to any merit scholarships the student may receive (that is they are “stacked” on top of other merit awards) and may be renewed up to another three years.  Scholarship recipients are required to take private lessons in their area, maintain academic standards, and participate in an assigned ensemble.

Auditions are required and awards are competitive. To be considered for a music scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year, both an application to PLU, as well as the scholarship contact form  AND a Music Scholarship Audition Application (sent via email after the contact form is submitted).

 You DO NOT have to be admitted to PLU to audition for a music scholarship, but you DO need to begin the application process.  To start your application process to PLU, click here.

Auditions for the 2017-18 academic year will take place February 24, 25 and 26, 2017 on the PLU campus.



February 17, 2017 – Application deadline for live and/or recorded auditions. The Music Scholarship Audition Application must be received by this date.

February 22, 2017 – Deadline for receipt of recorded auditions (if applicable).

Applications received after the deadline will be considered second round applications. Awards in second round consideration may or may not be available.


Audition Repertoire

Prepare 5 minutes of music demonstrating both musicality and technique.  We want to hear you at your best and most confident.  Suggested pieces are found here: PLU Suggested Audition Repertoire

Further details about the auditions are found on our Audition Q&A Page.

NOTE:  The scholarship audition can serve as the entrance audition if you wish to declare a music major.