Music Scholarships

Prospective Students

Students are encouraged to fill out the linked application found on this page and submit recorded auditions as described below as soon as possible. You may also request an on-campus personal audition using the online application. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as long as funds are available between March 1 and the start of school in the fall. Qualified students who apply after funds are exhausted will be placed on a waiting list for support.

The Westmont Music Department is pleased to award scholarships to a number of incoming students who demonstrate particularly outstanding aptitude and interest in music. These scholarships are renewable and may increase slightly in amount from year to year, particularly for music majors and minors, as students exhibit continuing scholarship and growth in music. Although major or minor status is not required for scholarship eligibility, the music department does strive to support in particular those students who intend to complete a music degree.

Music scholarships are substantial awards. The total amount you receive will be applied directly to your school bill and be split between the fall and spring semesters. If you receive a scholarship you will be required to be a part of one of our music ensembles as assigned by the music faculty and to take private lessons in your primary area.

Scholarship applications are accepted on a continuing basis. Completed applications received prior to March 1 receive priority consideration and assure notification of award status prior to May 1.

Applications completed after March 1 will be considered in the order received with awards based on any remaining funding. Students do not need to wait until they are accepted at Westmont College to apply for the music scholarships, they may audition at any point in their Westmont admission process . It is preferred that you audition in person (preferably on a music scholarship weekend; arrangements may be made through the Music Department secretary). However, a recording which demonstrates your performance ability is acceptable.

How do I apply for a music scholarship?

Sign up by filling out the application form online (or submit an appropriate recording) and arrange for a letter of recommendation from your music instructor to be sent to the following address before March 1: Westmont College - Music Scholarships
955 La Paz Road Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1099

You can then schedule an audition by attending any of our three Westmont Music Weekends.

What is a Music Weekend?

Music Weekends are designed to give you a closer look at the Westmont Music Department over a two day visit. Music weekends always start on a Friday. Students attend music classes and rehearsals as well as an orchestral concert, musical, or ensemble performance. Participants become familiar with the musical opportunities available to them and also have the opportunity to meet many of the full-time faculty members. On Saturday students sign up to audition for a music scholarship.

What are the current Music Weekend Dates for the 2014-15 school year?

Friday-Saturday, November 14-15, 2014 -OPEN ENROLLMENT

Friday-Saturday, February 20-21, 2015 -OPEN ENROLLMENT

Friday-Saturday, February 27 -28, 2015 -OPEN ENROLLMENT

Regular auditions take place on Saturday morning.

All regular audition dates are OPEN at this time.

Request a personal audition date on the scholarship application form.


How to submit your audition electronically:

For those for whom travel to campus for a Music Audition Weekend is not possible due to distance and expense, applicants may submit a recorded audition on mp3 files, a CD or DVD or online via YouTube. Following the audition requirements below, submit 2 to 4 selections. Please carefully follow the instructions below:

1) CD or DVD - In your mailing please include, your full name, your vocal part or instrument played, the titles and composers of the pieces featured in your audition, your mailing address, phone number, and email address. Mail your CD or DVD to the following address:

Westmont College - Music Scholarships

955 La Paz Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1099


2) MP3 Files - Upload mp3 files as a part of your online scholarship application form. Please be certain your music files are mp3 files not "mov" or "avi" files. If you send multiple songs, have them featured on separate, titled files or tracks.


3) Posting to YouTube - If you have an online audition video you wish to use, please post it to a YouTube account in 10-minute segments. If you do not have a YouTube account you may created one here. Once uploaded, include the link to your video URL in your online scholarship application form. The title of the YouTube video should read - "Westmont Music Audition - (your name)" In the notes, please include your full name, your vocal part or instrument played, and the titles and composers of the pieces featured in your audition.


Current Students

Current students may apply once a year for reconsideration of your scholarship award or for consideration for a new award if you did not receive one as an entering student. Awards are considered based on your demonstrated skills and commitment in lessons and ensembles. No additional audition is required, but it is in your best interest to schedule a music colloquium performance shortly after filing your application for consideration. Applications made in the fall semester may be deferred to the spring semester for consideration as additional funds are typically not available at that time. Use the online form and indicate "current student" in the appropriate box. No letters of recommendation are required for students who are or have been enrolled in Westmont ensembles or lessons. If you have not participated in the Westmont music program, please have a letter of recommendation from a prior or current music instructor sent to us by the appropriate deadline. Application submission dates are the same as those for prospective students:

March 1 - for consideration for the following fall
December 1 - for consideration for Spring semester awards (see below)

Consideration For Spring Semester Awards
Music scholarships are typically awarded only in the spring semester for the following academic year. However, applications from new students entering in the spring semester, or current students requesting either an augmentation of their scholarship or consideration for a new award, may be made in the fall term and will be considered if funds are available. The priority consideration date for fall applications is December 1. Applications received by December 1 will receive consideration prior to the start of the spring term. If no funds are available these applications will be rolled over for consideration in our regular awarding cycle in March. Applications received after December 1 will be considered in our regular awarding cycle in March. Students may only submit one application per academic year (see instructions for current students above).


Audition Requirements

All auditions, whether recorded or live, will require the following items:

VOCAL

  • Two songs of contrasting style. The inclusion of classical art song repertoire, and/or opera and oratorio arias, and a representation of a foreign language is required. All recorded performances should be recorded acoustically, without the aid of amplification, microphone or sound system other than for recording purposes.
  • A list of current repertoire. (A listing of all solo music that you have studied in the past year or feel capable of performing on short notice).

WIND INSTRUMENT

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles; a movement from a classical sonata or concerto is required; orchestral excerpts are also appropriate.
  • A list of current repertoire. (A listing of all solo music that you have studied in the past year or feel capable of performing on short notice).

PIANO

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles; a movement from a classical sonata or concerto is required.
  • A list of current repertoire. (A listing of all solo music that you have studied in the past year or feel capable of performing on short notice).

ORGAN

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles; a composition by J. S. Bach is required.
  • A list of current repertoire. (A listing of all solo music that you have studied in the past year or feel capable of performing on short notice).

STRINGS

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles; a movement from a classical sonata or concerto is required.
  • A list of current repertoire. (A listing of all solo music that you have studied in the past year or feel capable of performing on short notice).

GUITAR

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles; if possible a piece from classical repertoire that demonstrates music-reading skills
  • A list of current repertoire. (A listing of all solo music that you have studied in the past year or feel capable of performing on short notice).

PERCUSSION

Prepare an audition that demonstrates your skills, including music reading, that may include a snare drum piece, a mallet piece using two to four mallets, and a selection for timpani involving two to four drums. A demonstration of skills in all three areas is desired, but auditions with only one or two of these areas will be considered. A drum set performance may be included if the student wishes to contribute to the Jazz Ensemble. Note: There are numerous opportunities for percussionists at Westmont to participate in worship bands, but these are not a part of the Music Department curriculum and do not fulfill the ensemble requirement for holding a music scholarship.

COMPOSITION

  • Three representative scores.
  • Any recordings of performances.

QUESTIONS? Please contact us!

Music Department - (805) 565-6040 - all general questions
- music@westmont.edu

Dr. Steve Butler - (805) 565-6130 composition/electronic music studio questions
- butler@westmont.edu

Dr. Grey Brothers - (805) 565-6279- vocal/choral questions
- brothers@westmont.edu

Dr. Han Soo Kim- (805) 565-6268- violin/strings questions
- hankim@westmont.edu

Dr. Steve Hodson - (805) 565-6192 piano/conducting questions
- hodson@westmont.edu

Dr. Michael Shasberger - (805) 565-6280 choral/orchestral/vocal/Instrumental/Music&Worship questions
- shasberger@westmont.edu