Department of Music
Auditions & Scholarships
The Department of Music gives annual scholarship awards to music majors based on performance ability and professional promise. Departmental scholarship award contracts are for four years and require continuance of the major, academic progress, and ensemble participation.
Scholarships range from $4,000 to a maximum of $16,000 divided equally over four years (eight semesters).
If you would like to audition for a music scholarship, contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-279-4343. We'll answer your questions and tell you what you need to know.
A significant portion of our scholarship fund was established by Jacquelin Emogene Enochs in memory of her mother, Lois Durbin Enochs.
Additional scholarship funds are available for participation in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Belles and Beaux, and Good News Singers. These awards are available to non-majors as well as majors. Contact the ensemble directors to find out about these scholarships.
All prospective students should take the time to learn about Harding's general scholarship information. Contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to obtain vital information about federal, state, and university scholarships, grants and loans.
Music scholarships may be combined with other forms of financial aid in an amount not to exceed the cost of full tuition.
Our primary audition date is:
Friday, February 4, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may audition?
Freshman and transfer students who are entering Harding for the first time in the fall semester and who have applied for admission to the university are eligible.
Where will auditions be held?
Auditions will take place in the music wing of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Music and Communication on the south side of the university campus. Please report to the Music Office upon arrival (M101, first office on the left as you enter the Reynolds building) to check in with our administrative assistant.
The address is 501 Burks Blvd., Searcy, AR 72149
What should I wear?
We expect students to be dressed well for their audition. Dress as you would if you were performing in a concert. Jeans are not appropriate but a dress shirt and slacks or a skirt/dress project just the right image of professionalism.
What kind of compositions should I perform?
Choose your primary performance area:
- KEYBOARD (piano) - the first movement of a sonata or sonatina AND one classical piece from the 19th or 20th century
- INSTRUMENTAL (winds, strings, percussion) - two works of contrasting nature, or two contrasting movements from a solo concerto or sonata, with a minimum difficulty level of that of a standard solo from the state level solo list in your home state.
- VOCAL - one classical song in English AND one art song in Italian, German or French. Memorization is recommended.
If you have questions or concerns as to the appropriateness of your audition material, ask your area coordinator well before your audition. Our administrative assistant can provide you with contact information. Inappropriate audition material may result in a lower evaluation by the music faculty. We want you to do your best.
Do you perform in more than one area? See below!
If I can perform in more than one area, what should I do?
Audition for any area in which you expect to participate in college. We appreciate musicians who are versatile and multi-talented. If you wish to audition in more than one area, prepare for each area compositions which best demonstrate your skill. Consult with your primary area coordinator to confirm your audition choices.
What about an accompanist?
You may bring your own accompanist, or Harding will provide one at your request and at no charge to you. Please let us know on your audition form if you are bringing an accompanist. If you wish to use a Harding accompanist, copies of your music must reach the music department three weeks in advance of your audition. Please note: Even though you have sent copies in advance, you must bring the original music to your audition.
When will I know the results?
The first round of scholarship contracts will be mailed out the week after the main audition date, February 4, 2022.