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Auditions & Scholarships

Interested in auditioning? Please fill out the Audition Information Form and see below for important information about auditions.

Music majors are required to audition for acceptance to the program. Interested students who do not intend to major in music but would like to be considered for music scholarships are invited to audition as part of this process.

The Audition Process

Music scholarships are open to all admitted students, regardless of major. Auditions occur in the Chapel (Welcome Center, Building A) at Concordia University Texas.

Scholarships are available for students:

  • Planning to participate in musical ensembles (e.g., band, choir) and able to show excellence on their instrument.
  • Studying to serve the church in music ministry.
  • Pursuing extensive instruction in specific instruments (especially organ and piano).

First consideration for music scholarships goes to students who audition on established audition dates. To schedule an audition, please fill out the our Audition Information Form.

Students do not need to be music majors to receive music scholarships and may audition on these dates even if they do not plan on majoring in music.

Scheduling a private audition apart from the dates above or auditioning by video may be possible.

Students should have already applied to Concordia University Texas before their audition. If you've not already, you can apply today.

Audition Requirements

  • Non-Music Majors

    Students who are not planning on a Music major but would still like to be considered for Music scholarships should perform two pieces from the classical repertoire.

    Non-majors are highly encouraged to audition on an instrument that fits them for a Concordia ensemble (e.g., University Choir, Concordia Symphonic Winds, Jazz), as their scholarship will require ensemble participation.

  • Music Major, Music Education Specialization

    Prospective students will prepare two pieces in contrasting styles from the classical repertoire on their primary instrument.

  • Music Major, Music Ministry Specialization

    Prospective students will prepare one piece from the classical literature which demonstrates technical facility at their primary instrument. The student will also prepare a sacred piece of music (hymn improvisation, contemporary worship song, etc.).

    In addition, Music Ministry prospective students will be interviewed about their personal faith, their previous ministry experience, and their familiarity with theology and worship.

  • Music Major, Performance Specialization

    Prospective students will prepare two pieces in contrasting styles from the classical repertoire.

  • Music Major, Theory/Composition Specialization

    Prospective students will present at least two original compositions for any instrumentation. The musical score is required; a recording (or live performance) of the piece is helpful.

    In addition, students seeking the Theory/Composition specialization should prepare one short piece or exercise that demonstrates reasonable facility at an instrument.

Sight Reading

All auditionees will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt on their primary instrument to demonstrate fluency with musical notation.

Auditions Not In Person

Students auditioning for the Music program after our last audition date will need to audition by sending recorded video and via teleconference (e.g., FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.).

  • Auditionees should prepare videos of their two Prepared Pieces from the section above, and upload them to a public video-sharing website (i.e. YouTube).
  • They should then e-mail those links to with a short letter that explains their musical experience and their goals in collegiate study.
  • We will contact you to arrange a time to teleconference. If this presents an issue to you due to lack of access to a computer/internet, please let us know in your email to us.