All prospective students are eligible for music scholarships based on successful completion of an audition. All incoming students wishing to audition for the Horton School of Music are eligible to receive scholarships, but only incoming freshman music majors may be awarded the Premiere Scholarship. To register for an audition, please fill out the Music Scholarship Application. It is recommended students audition for music scholarships during their senior year of high school.
2018-2019 dates will be announced soon!
Music scholarships are available for majors and nonmajors by audition. Please use the link below to access the online Music Scholarship Application form. At Charleston Southern your studio lessons will be taught by the full-time performance faculty or other highly qualified adjunct faculty from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra or professional singing organizations.
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We encourage all prospective music students to use these resources to be as successful as possible in the Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment. If there are any questions regarding the requirements of the Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment, please contact us.
Voice: Students will audition with two selections: (1) one classical (preferably in a foreign language) and (2) either an Art Song in English or a Music Theater selection (a contemporary Christian selection or hymn may be substituted for one of the selections for Music and Worship Leadership students). Each selection should be under four minutes in length and be of contrasting styles. Contemporary songs in strophic form only need to be two to three verses long. Performing from memory is recommended for all students and required for scholarship consideration. An accompanist will be provided if requested in advance, or you may bring your own (Music and Worship Leadership students may also self-accompany on piano or acoustic guitar for one selection if they wish).
Keyboard: Students will audition with two classical selections in contrasting styles. Performing from memory is highly recommended. Performers should also be prepared to play major and minor scales (two-octaves or four-octaves).
Wind Instruments: Students will audition with a prepared solo or an etude, or technical exercises, from a standard method book. The prepared solo must exhibit both lyrical and technical ability. An All-State audition solo is also acceptable. Students will be asked to perform the major scales and complete a short sight reading.
String Instruments: Students will audition with a prepared solo or an etude, or technical exercises. The prepared solo must exhibit both lyrical and technical ability. An All-State audition solo is also acceptable. Students will be asked to perform the major scales and complete a short sight reading.
Percussion: Students will audition with a prepared solo on snare drum, keyboard percussion and timpani. Keyboard percussion will require a two-mallet prepared solo (four-mallet solo is preferred). All major scales are required on mallet instruments only. A short sight reading etude will be required on snare drum, timpani and/or keyboard percussion.
Guitar: Students will audition with two prepared solos or excerpts in several contrasting styles which best show the student’s range of technical and musical abilities. Performance from memory is encouraged. The following two octave scales are required: C-Major, G-Major, A-Minor, D-Major, A-Major, A-Minor pentatonic and E-Minor pentatonic. Students will be asked to demonstrate a working knowledge of major and minor chord forms.