Orchestra being led by a music professor at Cornell College's historic King Chapel.

You may be eligible for our stackable (up to $5,000) Cornell College Music Scholarship. 

Cornell College Music Scholarship eligibility requirements

Music participation is required (being a music major is not) but if you are applying for this award, we assume you love music!

Steps for eligibility Deadline
Complete your admissions application and be admitted to Cornell College.
Complete your fine arts scholarship application. March 1
Complete your audition. March 1

Audition information

You have three audition options. Attend our Fine Arts Audition Day. Schedule an on-campus audition. Send us a link on your fine arts application to a YouTube or website video of your performance. 

Fine Arts Scholarship Audition Day

Audition Days are held a couple of times a year, but if you cannot make one of those dates, you can audition during an individual visit. Our next scheduled date is February 15, 2019. 

Prepare your best, leave the nerves at home. We look forward to watching you perform.

Scheduling an on-campus audition

Make sure to schedule an audition at least two weeks in advance. We'll do our best to coordinate with the professors who will manage your audition. Contact admissions for any scheduling help or questions. 

Video auditions

Send us a link on your fine arts application to a YouTube or website video (before midnight on February 28).

Music audition guidelines

  1. Perform two works of contrasting style and refer to the guidelines for your specific instrument.
  2. Keep all audition materials to approximately 7 minutes of total length. 
  3. Be prepared to perform scales.
  4. Sight-reading may be requested so be prepared.
  5. Two weeks prior to your on-campus audition, send to the admission office the piano accompaniment for your selection(s) and sheet music for both selections that you will be performing.

Audition tips

Not sure what to expect or how to prepare for your audition? We've put together some music audition tips and some ideas specific to your principal instrument.

Cornell College Music Scholarship renewal

You can renew your award annually as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and fulfill the expectations as outlined. 


Participate in at least one major ensemble on your principal instrument. 
If you are awarded $3,000 or more, you must enroll in music lessons on your principal instrument. You'll be awarded music lessons at a value of $350 per semester in addition to your scholarship.
Enroll in MUS 701 Music Performance Seminar. 

Get started

What do you do next? If you haven't completed your Cornell application yet, start that as soon as possible. If you have completed your application, great! We just need to know that you are interested in pursuing this opportunity. Don't forget to schedule your audition and good luck!