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St. Ambrose has many financial aid opportunities for students with a special talent in music. In addition to need-based financial packages, the Music Department has scholarship funds available for both music majors and qualified non-majors. 

Typically, the Music Department awards more than $170,000 in grants each year to students who audition for its faculty. Awards are fully renewable every year until graduation.

Scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to ALL SAU students, regardless of major.


Scholarship Auditions

Contact Terri Buesing-Flynn at 563-333-6001 or by email to schedule an audition.

Auditioners must:

1. Fill out and return an Audition Application one week prior to their scheduled audition date.
2. Provide one copy of their piece(s) to the committee at the time of the audition. It will be returned at the conclusion of the performance.
3. Bring their own accompanist; otherwise, the department will provide one. If you will be using a Music department accompanist, you must provide a copy of your music one week in advance.
4. Limit their repertoire to 15 minutes. Longer pieces may be performed, but the committee may wish to hear only certain sections in such cases.

Download the Audition Application (pdf)

Requirements For Performance Areas

1. Two memorized selections from the following categories:
a. an art song from the Italian, German, French, English, or American standard repertoire in the original language
b. a second art song or folk song arrangement or a selection from Broadway repertoire
2. Vocalization led by a member of the voice faculty

1. Two compositions (one memorized) from contrasting style periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern)
2. Major scales hands together, two octaves up and down
3. Sight-reading

1. Two compositions in contrasting styles
2. Sight-reading of a hymn

Woodwinds and Brasses
1. A solo or etude which displays the performer's ability in legato and staccato playing various tempi, and their range
2. Sight-reading
3. Scales: major scales, up and down through the range of the instrument

1. A solo or etude on two of the following: snare drum, timpani, and a mallet instrument. Instruments will provided; however, performers should bring their own sticks and/or mallets
2. Sight-reading

1. A solo or etude from the classical repertoire (Sor, Carcassi, Villa-Lobos, etc.)
2. Sight-reading

1. A solo, etude, or concerto movement
2. Sight-reading
3. Major scales, two octaves ascending and descending


Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

Music scholarship students are required to study during their first four semesters with a St. Ambrose faculty member on their instrument/voice and are required to be enrolled in the major ensemble of their discipline (Symphonic Band, Orchestra or University Chorale) for the duration of their scholarship award period.

For More Information
Bill Campbell, PhD, Dept. Chair