Music Ensemble Scholarships Scholarships & Aid

These scholarships are awarded to full-time students enrolled at Trinity who demonstrate outstanding musical ability. Music scholarships are automatically renewed for up to ten semesters if the student fulfills the conditions specified in the award letter. An audition and participation are required.

Note that all students interested in participating in Music Department ensembles, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for a Music Ensemble Scholarship.


Audition dates for prospective students immediately follow a select Thursday/Friday Preview Day campus visit event sponsored by the Admissions Office. This allows students to experience campus life and audition on the same weekend.


Request to Audition

Suggested Repertoire for Auditions



  1. Any prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
  2. Any first movement of a sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart
  3. A short work from the nineteenth century (e.g., by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, or Brahms) or twentieth century (e.g., by Bartok or Kabalevsky)



For those who are currently or have recently studied voice with a private teacher:

Three contrasting songs or arias, including at least one in Italian, French, or German

For those who have never studied or not recently studied voice privately:

Two challenging vocal passages from pieces sung in high school choir–considered one piece; Hymn or National Anthem; and musical theater piece or contemporary Christian song



  1. Two contrasting (i.e., style, tempo) pieces from the standard classical solo literature
  2. Excerpts from ensemble literature (selections)


Two contrasting works from the standard classical organ literature



  1. Snare drum: an etude demonstrating your present level of technical ability (e.g., from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone, Contemporary Studies for Snare Drum by Fred Albright, or 12 Etudes for the Snare Drum by Jacques Delecluse), rudiments, and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels
  2. Two of the following:
    1. Mallets: a two and/or four mallet solo demonstrating present level of technical ability and musicianship. Major and minor scales and arpeggios (with inversion)–two octaves up and down with right an/or left hand lead
    2. Timpani: a two-drum (or more) timpani solo (e.g., from The Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman, The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth or Technique for the Virtuoso Timpanist by Fred Hinger.); demonstrate rolls at various dynamic levels and ability to tune to given pitches
    3. Drum Set: demonstration of various styles (e.g., swing, funk, samba, bossa nova, mamba, waltz, rock, trading “fours" in 3/4 and 4/4

Performance from memory is generally more impressive if the performer is secure; if not, the auditioners will listen to a performance from the score. Also, please submit three copies of each audition piece to the jury with your completed forms.

For more information, please contact Melody Velleuer at [email protected] or (847) 317-7035.