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Music Scholarships

General Information
The following categories of music scholarships are available for graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate aptitude in performance and scholarship. It is imperative that all students interested in music scholarships apply to the scholarship committee by the scheduled deadlines. Contact Dr. Diane Baxter (503-838-8542) for scholarship guidelines and application, or select the following files to download that reflect your current status and eligibility:

Note: Forms for 2014-15 scholarship applications will be posted in September, 2014.

Scholarships for Entering Music Majors
New student scholarship auditions (baccalaureate and graduate) will be held on Sunday February 9, 2014 at Smith Recital Hall on the Western Oregon University campus. All application materials must be received by February 3, 2014. Music scholarships for entering music majors are awarded on the basis of a completed application, a successful audition or interview, accumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher from a high school or college, and two letters of recommendation. Arrangements can be made to hear recordings and/or view video tapes of applicants who are unable to audition on campus (Graduate students please refer to the audition requirements for the MM degree). Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission to the university prior to the audition since scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have not applied for admission. In addition to music department scholarships, the following named scholarships are available for new music majors entering Western Oregon University:

  • Oregon Service Scholarships (Graduate students only)
    Awards of $1,250-$1,500 (per term) are presented to graduate students in conjunction with an assigned service to the department.

  • DeVolder Scholarships
    Awards up to $3,000 each are presented to music majors.

  • Laurel Scholarships
    Awards of $1,000 each are presented to five incoming music majors. The Laurel scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as students meet the following criteria: 1) remain a music major and 2) maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher during their college career. All instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers are eligible to apply.

  • Music Festival Scholarships
    Multiple, one-time awards of $1,000 each are presented to new students who have participated in one of the high school music festivals hosted by WOU - Choral Festival, Jazz Festival, or Band Festival. Students who have participated in these music festivals must have their high school ensemble's director nominate them to the director of each respective festival host. Students eligible for the music festival scholarships do not need to be music majors but must have earned a 3.0 GPA (or higher) at the time of application and must perform in at least one music ensemble for the year in which the scholarship is granted.

  • Instrumental Ensemble Performance Scholarships
    Awards of up to $1,200 per year are granted to new students who intend on performing in the WOU symphony orchestra and/or the WOU wind ensemble. Recipients of this award are required to perform in the WOU Pep Band. All instrumentalists are eligible to apply, including non-majors. For information concerning these scholarships please contact Dr. Ike Nail, Director of Instrumental studies.

  • Music Department Scholarships
    Awarded to outstanding returning music majors based on scholarship, performance, and contributions to the department.

Scholarships for Returning Music Majors
On May 13, 2014 (11 am) competitive auditions will be held to award scholarships to returning music majors. The application form can be downloaded from the above link. In addition to the following scholarships that are available for returning music majors, music department scholarships are awarded to instrumental, vocal, and composition students. The WOU Music Department is fortunate to have scholarships that are named in honor of the individuals who generously support music students with the following awards:

  • Marv & Rindy Ross Scholarship
    A single $3,000 award given to an outstanding returning music major based on scholarship, performance, and contributions to the department.

  • DeVolder Scholarships
    Awards up to $3,000 each are presented to music majors based on scholarship, performance, and contributions to the department.

  • Ron & Marilyn Wynn Musical Theatre Scholarship
    Awarded to a student whose major or minor is in the division of creative arts and who demonstrates aptitude in acting, singing, and dancing. This audition is scheduled separately from the music scholarship audition dates. Please contact the music office for more information.

  • Edgar H. Smith Scholarship
    Awarded to an outstanding music major.

  • Myra Brand Scholarship
    Awarded to an outstanding music major whose area of concentration is vocal performance.

  • Richard Sorenson Wind Ensemble Scholarship
    Awarded to an outstanding instrumental music major who performs in the wind ensemble.

  • Wolfgang Composer's Scholarship
    Awarded to 1-2 music majors whose area of concentration is composition.


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