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 2018-19 academic year, both an application to PLU, as well as the music artistic achievement application form.

 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.

Early Auditions for the 2018-19 academic year will take place January 13, 2018 on the PLU campus.

Auditions for the 2018-19 academic year will take place February 23, 24 and 25, 2018 on the PLU campus.



Early Auditions for Music & Theater only are due January 5, 2018, with auditions January 13, 2018.

February 16, 2018 – Application deadline for live and/or recorded auditions. The Music Scholarship Audition Application must be received by this date.

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.