Supplemental Scholarships are scholarships that may be “added on” to an existing scholarship, giving interested students an increased financial award from the music department.  Students must audition for either a Music Merit or Participation scholarship to be eligible for a supplemental scholarship. These scholarships are designed for students with a specific interest in one of the following areas:

The Pep Band Scholarship is available to students who wish to be in the Concordia Pep Band or Drum Line. Students receiving this scholarship make a commitment to the pep band at home football and basketball games. This is a $2000 add-on scholarship for recipients of either the Music Merit or Participation scholarships.

To audition, you will need to play the school fight song at the time of their Cadenza or Concerto Scholarship Audition. Music is available to download here.

The Worship Arts Scholarship is available to students who wish to be in the Worship Arts Ensemble. This is a $2,000 add-on scholarship for recipients of either the Music Merit or Participation scholarships.

Students receiving a Worship Arts Leadership Scholarship will be required to declare a minor in Contemporary Christian Music or Worship Arts Leadership during their first week on campus. Students will be required to demonstrate progress towards the major or minor each semester for scholarship renewal.

Students receiving this scholarship commit to participating in a Worship Arts ensemble in addition to participating in the band, choir, or orchestra.

Audition requirements include:

  • Preparing a song that demonstrates your musical aptitude and aptitude as a worship song leader.
  • Preparing a required song available for download here.
  • A brief interview.

The Musical Theater Scholarship, administered in conjunction with the Theater Department, is available as an additional scholarship $2,000 for students who have already auditioned for a Music Merit or Participation scholarship in voice, and are interested in participating in musical theater.

Audition requirements include:

  • Sing one selection from a musical theater production that showcases your ability as a singer/actor/actress. Accompanist will be provided. You may not sing with your own accompanist, a cappella, or with recorded accompaniment.
  • Present a one-minute memorized monologue from a play. The monologue may be comic or dramatic. You will be provided a chair or stool as a stage prop. We recommend that you avoid dialects or period works, such as Shakespeare.
  • Bring your performance/training resume which should include all literature, dance, theatre, music and fine arts classes and workshops taken, and all roles and technical positions in shows.
  • Bring an 8x10 photo of your face. Print your name and high school on the back.
  • Be ready to share your goals and aspirations, and talk about your experience and training in a short informal interview.
  • Additional information regarding this scholarship can be found here.

How do I apply for a supplemental scholarship?

Please complete the Participation Scholarship or Music Merit Scholarship form and stipulate the supplemental scholarship you would like to apply for.

How many music scholarships can I receive?

Students may apply for either the Music Merit or the Participation scholarship. Students may select ONE Supplemental Scholarship (Pep Band/Drum Line, Worship Arts Leadership, or Musical Theater) to audition for. Scholarships are only available to incoming students at the scheduled audition dates.

2016-2017 Audition Dates

Auditions occur on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017

Students who apply to the University during Spring 2017 who wish to audition for a Music Scholarship will have a 30 day window from the date of application in which to schedule and complete an audition, if this date falls after February 25. Students who do not complete the audition within this window will not be eligible for a Music Scholarship.

What are the stipulations of the scholarships?

For all music scholarships, as basis for continuing to receive the scholarship, the student agrees to:

  • Take private lessons each semester attending Concordia, on the instrument on which they auditioned.
  • Enroll in a major ensemble (a Concordia choir, Wind Ensemble, or String Ensemble) on the instrument on which they auditioned for their scholarship (where applicable).
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA, and maintain a grade of “B-“ or higher in all required music courses.
  • Theory Requirement: Because we want to facilitate a life-long enjoyment of music performance, the CUAA Music Department expects all student musicians to achieve a basic proficiency in music reading and understanding.  Music scholarship recipients must pass a music proficiency test (presented at the audition) or successfully complete the Music Fundamentals (MUS 105) course (C or higher) by the end of their first year.

What instruments can audition for scholarships?

  • Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Classical Guitar
  • Drums or Percussion
  • Euphonium Flute
  • French Horn
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • String bass Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

I have more questions. Can I e-mail someone?

Certainly! Please contact Julie Pierce for additional information.