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 music artistic achievement awards 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 artistic achievement award; awards are offered regardless of major.

Music Artistic Achievement Awards and limited endowed scholarships are offered in renewable amounts ranging up to $7,500 per year and are in addition to academic merit awards. The Music Artistic Achievement Awards are available to students in a single specific area (for example – strings, voice, brass, etc) and are renewable up to another three years.  Music Artistic Achievement Award 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 artistic achievement award for the 2021-22 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.

Applications for 2021-22 will open October 1, 2020.

Early Auditions for the 2021-22 academic year will take place January 23, 2021 on the PLU campus. Applications are due January 15, 2021.

Regular Auditions for the 2021-22 academic year will take place February 26, 27 and 28, 2021 on the PLU campus. Applications are due February 19, 2021.



Early Auditions for Music & Theater are on January 23, 2021. Applications are due January 15, 2021.

February 19, 2021 – Application deadline for live and/or recorded auditions. The Music Scholarship Audition Application must be received by this date.

Recorded auditions are due Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

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.