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Admissions and Scholarships

Apply for a scholarship in music

Apply for admission to Bridgewater College through the office of admissions.

Music scholarships are open to all full-time Bridgewater College students, regardless of their academic major. Scholarship selection is based on technical and musical proficiency in your medium, the needs of the department and the potential for continued success.

Music scholarship recipients are required to enroll in at least one of the following musical ensembles on their main instrument (concert choir, chorale, symphonic band, jazz ensemble or chamber strings). Year-to-year retention of scholarships is dependent on the student’s academic record and evaluation by the music faculty.

Applicants must be admitted to Bridgewater College prior to scheduling a live audition.

Music Scholarship Auditions – Online Video Submissions

All online Music Scholarship Online video submissions or questions should be emailed to Dr. Christine Carrillo at

When you begin your video, please state your name, the title/composers for your pieces, and the major scales that you will be performing (not for vocalist). In your email when you submit the videos, please include the following:

  • Name
  • Instrument/Voice Part
  • High School Attending
  • Do you intend on majoring or minoring in music? (This does not affect your qualifications for a music scholarship, we just need that information moving forward)

Students that are interested in majoring or minoring in music may choose to also take a piano proficiency placement exam. We recommend doing this if you have piano background and would like to try to test out of some levels of the keyboard requirements. Please indicate this interest when you submit your video audition.

If you are proficient on multiple instruments, or in voice and an instrument, you are welcome to prepare an audition for each. Please indicate this in your email.

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Piano/Organ Scholarships: 
You will be asked to play two contrasting solos or etudes representing two historical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, etc.) not to exceed a total of 10 minutes. You will also perform two major scales (of your choosing) over two octaves, hands together.

Questions? Contact Dr. Larry Taylor

Woodwind/Brass/Guitar/Strings Scholarships: 
You will be asked to play two contrasting solos or etudes, one lyrical and one technical, not to exceed a total of 10 minutes. You will also play two major scales of your choosing that best demonstrate your range and technique) on your instrument.

Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Carrillo

Percussion Scholarships:
You will be asked to prepare a solo or etude on both snare drum and mallet instrument.   You will also play two major scales of your choosing on mallets, and 2 snare drum rudiments (exact rudiments will be given to you when you contact us).

Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Carrillo

Vocal/Choral Scholarships: 
You will be asked to perform one memorized song (arias, lieder, chansons, other classical genres, folk songs, hymns and musical theater pieces are all acceptable options).  It would be best if you can perform with an accompanist, but it would be acceptable for you to sing a cappella or with a recording in the background.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ryan Keebaugh

In addition to the activities listed above, all students auditioning for music scholarships will be asked to complete a musical skills pre-test in which you will identify notes on a staff by letter name in both treble and bass clef, time signatures, rhythmic values and key signatures for major keys.