Auditions / Scholarships

We would like to thank you for your interest in the David L Walters Department of Music scholarship opportunities! 

Be sure to read through the information for the area you are interested in auditioning.

Scholarship Application Website

Mason Hall Exterior

Band Scholarship

Band scholarship auditions are going to be held by video submission due to the pandemic. The deadline to submit your video is February 5, 2021.

Jazz Scholarship

Jazz Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an aptitude and desire to participate in the Jazz Studies Program. Students receiving a Jazz Scholarship are required to participate in JSU Jazz Ensembles and JSU Jazz Combos as needed. 

  • All Jazz scholarship applicants must first apply on the JSU Scholarship Applications Website linked below.
  • Students should be prepared to play a jazz standard, a transcription, or a selection from your high school jazz band ensemble.
  • A piece to sight-read will be provided.
  • Improvisation is highly encouraged. 

All Jazz auditions for Fall 2021 will be by video submission. Deadline is February 5, 2021.  Please contact Dr. Andy Nevala to schedule your sight-reading audition.

Piano Scholarship

Piano scholarship auditions will be held either by video submission or face-to-face in Mason Hall's Recital Hall, with appropriate social distancing.  The deadline to submit your video and the date for in-person auditions is February 20, 2021.  Video auditions will require the submission of a YouTube link to wfreeland@jsu.edu.  A zoom meeting with the piano faculty for sightreading and Q&A will be scheduled following the receipt of the video. For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Freeland.

Vocal Area Scholarship

Due to the risks and challenges posed by Covid-19, the vocal area will be using a combination of recorded video auditions and virtual interviews to make admission decisions. The deadline to submit recorded video auditions is February 12th, 2021. Please contact Dr. Nathan Wight via email at nwight@jsu.edu if the deadline has passed and you would like to be considered.

Audition Checklist:

  1. Complete the online Scholarship Application.
  2. Create and upload a video recording to YouTube and submit the link to Dr. Nathan Wight via email at nwight@jsu.edu. Please use the subject line “Vocal Scholarship Audition - Name of the Applicant.” Videos do not need to be professionally produced. A high-quality cell phone or webcam video is acceptable if there is no reverb.
  3. Attend a virtual interview where you will meet the voice faculty and perform a short sight-singing/ear-training exercise.

Recorded Video Audition Requirements:

  • Sing two contrasting selections from the classical music repertoire (no musical theater). Both selections must be sung from memory. Please choose music that shows your voice at its best, something you like to sing and feel comfortable performing. We are listening for vocal quality, expressiveness, musical competence and, above all, potential.
  • Video auditions must be uploaded to YouTube as “unlisted.” Link permissions and security should be set so that all with the link may view it. Please do not send links with restricted access. 
  • No video editing is allowed (except optional titling of applicant name and song’s title and composer).
  • You must sing with piano accompaniment. If you are not able to collaborate with a pianist in person, you must use a pre-recorded piano accompaniment track. 

Virtual Interview:

You will be scheduled for a virtual interview after we receive your recorded video audition. During the virtual interview, the voice faculty will get to know you better and may ask you to sing a short sight-reading/ear-training exercise. If you have a list of songs you have previously studied, feel free to share it with us. We look forward to having you join us as a future Gamecock!

Show Choir

All Vocal auditions for the Show Choir will be submitted via email.  Please prepare a 60 second video (pop, jazz, musical theater). This video should include your name, year, voice type,and title of song. All videos should be submitted by February 13th 12:00 am.

Email completed videos to Jean Ellison 

Dance auditions are in the Recital Hall:

  • February 6th-9:00-11:00 am
  • February 13th-9:00-11:00 am

*wear dance attire*

(Virtual auditions can be arranged)

Contact Jean Ellison: Jtellison@jsu.edu 

Scholarship Application Website