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Music at Union University


Audition dates for entrance in the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Friday, February 20, 2015 (Scholars of Excellence participants only)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015

An audition is required for admission into a music major or music minor program. The audition is also used to evaluate the student’s eligibility for music scholarship. Criteria for admission include (1) demonstrated potential in a performance area, (2) basic musicianship, including written theory and sight-reading skills, (3) proven academic success, and (4) a clear sense of purpose as reflected in an interview during the audition.

Auditions should be scheduled for one of the published audition dates. If, however, it is not possible to arrange the audition during those times, another date may be requested. Live auditions typically receive stronger ratings, though DVD recordings may be allowed in extreme cases. Functional keyboard examinations will be given at a later date to non-keyboard majors for placement into the correct keyboard level.

Music scholarships are awarded by audition and arranged by the Department of Music. Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of talent and departmental needs. Music major scholarships may be added to other forms of financial aid.

Recorded auditions are accepted only in cases where geographic distance prevents a student from auditioning on campus. Here is a list of suggested types of music for auditions (Instrumental, Keyboard, and Vocal).

Scholarship Types

  1. Music Major
    A student receiving this award must be a full-time music major, maintain a 2.0 grade point average, earn a grade of B or higher in each term of applied lessons, and register for appropriate ensembles as assigned. Awards are renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters) pending the recipient’s continued eligibility.

  2. Instrumental Ensemble Participation
    Instrumental Ensemble awards are open to all students regardless of major and are based on a student’s audition as well as the particular needs of the ensemble. In addition to the successful audition, these awards require registration in the assigned ensemble.

  3. Work Study Grants
    Work study grants are available to eligible students within the Department of Music. Talented pianists will be considered for study grants to serve as accompanists regardless of academic major.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Dr. Christopher Mathews, Chair
Union University Department of Music
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
(731) 661-5345
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