Instrumental Music Scholarship

Music scholarships are available for students who have contributed significantly to their high school or community music program and intend to actively participate in one or more of the following Dordt music areas: vocal, instrumental or keyboard. Applicants need not be music majors; however, they must submit an application form. Instrumental audition requirements are as follows:

Brass, Woodwind, & String

  • A scale covering the range of the instrument
  • Two short pieces that demonstrate both the instrumentalist’s technical and lyrical abilities


  • Two solos and/or etudes representing at least two out of the three areas: mallet, snare, timpani


  • One major plus one minor scale of the applicant’s choice
  • A published solo in any style for guitar, not an original composition
  • One tune from the Hal Leonard Jazz Play-Along series, demonstrating both solo and comping skills

The audition can be accomplished in one of three ways: attending the annual on-campus Music Audition Day, scheduled on the first Friday in December, to audition in person (contact the Admissions Office for details); scheduling an appointment with the Admissions Office to audition in person on a Dordt Campus Visit Day; or submitting a recorded audition video. The selected option must be completed by December 1 for priority consideration. Music scholarships are renewable for an additional three consecutive years provided the recipient maintains a cumulative 2.00 GPA and successfully contributes to the music program as determined by the music department directors.