Music Scholarships

If you have questions regarding the scholarship process, please email auditions@cui.edu.

Interested students should fill out the music scholarship interest form.

Picture a community of close friends and mentors just the right size to field a first-rate college orchestra, band, several choirs and handbell ensembles, jazz program, worship bands, bluegrass band, and a commercial music program - all working in a newly-constructed, premium facility for rehearsals, practicing, and recording. This community is a rich assortment of music majors and many students from majors across the university who are also committed to musical excellence. This community - modeling the best size, facilities, friendship, and Christian ministry - is Concordia!

Students from any major are equally eligible for music scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of talent and the most-needed ensemble players. They add an additional valuable layer to your financial aid package, which may include academic merit, honors scholarships, need-based aid, church worker grants, and other institutional aid.

Concordia is currently in a cycle of offering generous music scholarships, in celebration of the opening of the Borland-Manske Center! This is a historically great time to audition for a music scholarship regardless of level of ability. We are committed to securing the best musicians and most outstanding musical community members. If you identify with either of these descriptors, we will attempt to make a compelling competitive offer to have you as a student.

Visit Opportunities for Student-Musicians

Music Visit:
The music faculty are eager to meet you, even if college is more than a year away. If you are visiting campus on a day you are not auditioning, please connect with auditions@cui.edu in advance and a brief meeting with a faculty member and/or student will be arranged. We enjoy introducing you to our community and premium facilities for music learning, and learning more about you and answering your questions. This is friendly and easy - please reach out to us! We are happy to accommodate prospective students age freshman in high school through community college.

Who should audition?

  • Students planning on majoring in any department at Concordia are eligible for even the highest scholarship amounts.

  • We welcome auditions from any student within one year of their potential enrollment.

  • Students do not need to be accepted to Concordia before being granted auditions (but must be accepted to receive a scholarship offer).

  • Students applying for Christ College Church Vocations Scholarships should also audition for music scholarships.  In some cases, their tuition discount may be maximized beyond what Christ College guarantees.

  • Students applying for Honors and Presidential Honors Scholarships should audition for music scholarships, which may provide additional financial aid to top academic students.

First Step: Music Scholarship Interest Form

Considering auditioning for a music scholarship? Complete the music scholarship interest form. This is your opportunity to share with music faculty your background as a musician. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and must be completed before we will schedule an audition.

Usually within one week of completing the interest form, Concordia staff will be in touch with you to discuss your audition area and date options.

Primary Audition Dates and Available Times

Auditions are available in all areas on these days, unless indicated. If you indicated one of these dates on your music scholarship interest form, we will be in touch about specific times assigned. Or, send an email to auditions@cui.edu to express interest in one of these dates.

Attend a concert


We are happy to provide our prospective students and parents complimentary tickets to concerts. Please email auditions@cui.edu and ask for tickets at least 24 hours in advance of the concert. Please note that complimentary tickets for Christmas concerts are limited on a first come first served basis.

IRVINE AUDITIONS (Borland-Manske Center, Concordia Irvine)

Friday, November 15 3-5p - Concurrent option: November Preview Days.  Students who complete auditions and the rest of their university application by the end of November will receive early notification (by January) of their financial aid package, including the amount of their music scholarship!

Friday, January 31, 2:00-5:00p
Friday, February 7, 4:00-5:30p
Saturday, February 8 11:00a-1:00p

Friday, March 20, 3:00-6:00p - Spring Preview Day.  Enjoy special programming this afternoon to learn more about the music department at Concordia.  This event is open to prospective students of all ages, and auditions are available for those interested in Fall 2020 enrollment.

PHOENIX AUDITIONS (Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, AZ)

Thursday, February 20, 4:00-5:00p

LAS VEGAS AUDITIONS (Faith Lutheran HS, Summerlin) 

Saturday, February 29 t.b.d.  Las Vegas Auditions

If none of these dates work, we can make special arrangements, including video auditions.  Special arrangements are intended for those who live a distance away from Concordia.

Preparing Your Audition

Each audition area has specific guidelines that are available.

See Guidelines

What areas accept auditions?

We will assess your musical profile from your music scholarship interest form and assign auditions with 1-3 of the following:

Dr. Michael Busch - auditions for voice
Prof. Nancy Jessup - auditions for handbells
Dr. Jeff Held - auditions for band/orchestra instruments
Dr. Tom Mueller - auditions for jazz, Americana folk instruments, piano, organ, and composition
Prof. Steve Young - auditions for commercial music and worship bands

Your music scholarship will require specific commitments to one or more music areas.  Usually, private lessons are also required (at the very low cost of app. $100 per semester).

Music Scholarship Offers

The Music Department will not issue any music scholarship until you have been accepted to the university. Please complete your university application materials in a timely fashion. Music scholarship offers will be sent via email using your Eagles email address. Once you have decided to attend Concordia and made the deposit through the Office of Admissions, please respond to your music scholarship offer via email.

The following factors will be considered by faculty when determining award amount: most needed musical skill sets, level of proficiency, leadership potential, service, amount of need-based awards, amount of other institutional aid.  Please note that if other institutional aid changes after a music/theatre award is extended, the award amount may have to be reconsidered as we have to meet tuition discount targets. 

Music/Theatre scholarships renew at the same dollar amount annually, as long as students remain in good standing in their performance groups.
Note:  Concordia University irvine is a Collegiate Partner of Lutheran Summer Music Academy.  Any alumnus of that outstanding training ground for high school students will receive an annual, renewable bonus of $1,000 added to any music scholarship amount awarded (this will, over time, pay for the LSM Academy as well as some extra Concordia tuition).

Ensemble Enrollment and Placement

All students with music scholarships will be internally registered in required ensembles, classes and/or private lessons before the first term of enrollment. This is done so that you cannot be registered for conflicting classes. Please note that all students are fully in control of their class registrations and have until Census Date (app. 2 weeks into the semester) to change enrollments. In the first week of attendance, some areas will require placement auditions to determine your exact choir, worship band, jazz ensemble, etc. Please visit the Music Lobby for details when you arrive on campus for new student orientation.

A special message for those who are not advanced musicians

Are you committed to improving as a musician and being a valuable member of a musical community? If yes to both, please do not be intimidated by music auditions. If you have never played or sung alone before any type of audience, please mention it as you schedule your audition. We welcome you and probably will offer you a music scholarship. Some of the most important musicians in our ensembles today were not advanced musicians when they started at Concordia. The growth you will experience in a college ensemble and private lessons is stunningly rapid! If you like being in performing ensembles, we want to hear from you!

Visit Opportunities for Student-Musicians?

Music Visit:  

The music faculty are eager to meet you, even if college is more than a year away.  If you are visiting campus on a day you are not auditioning, please connect with auditions@cui.edu in advance and a brief meeting with a faculty member and/or student will be arranged.  We enjoy introducing you to our community and premium facilities for music learning, and learning more about you and answering your questions.  This is friendly and easy - please reach out to us! We are happy to accommodate prospective students age freshman in high school through community college.

Attend a concert:

We are happy to provide our prospective students and parents complimentary tickets to concerts.  Please email auditions@cui.edu and ask for tickets at least 24 hours in advance of the concert.  Please note that complimentary tickets for Christmas concerts are limited on a first come first served basis.

 

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