Campbell and Higley Music Scholarships

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Whitman College invites you to audition for the Campbell and Higley Music Scholarships. Both are four-year renewable awards.

Regardless of potential major, the Campbell Music Scholarships are awarded to candidates for admission to Whitman College who demonstrate outstanding musical talent. Winners shall receive a minimum of $500, a maximum of $2,000 per year, in addition to the monetary support offered by the College in the form of other scholarships, loans, and employment. All scholarship recipients receive additional lesson scholarships on their respective instruments.

The Higley Music Scholarship is our most prestigious award. It provides up to $7,000 per year plus a lesson scholarship to a select few incoming students of exceptional ability who intend to become music majors.

All scholarship recipients are required to perform in the appropriate Whitman ensemble (band, orchestra, and choir). Pianists must accompany to fulfill ensemble requirements.

Auditions are offered for voice, piano and organ, and all orchestral instruments. Auditioners should perform selections from the classical repertoire with the exception of jazz performers. For example, string and wind players should perform a movement from a concerto (preferably from memory) and a contrasting selection from other advanced repertoire. Pianists should perform works at least on the level of a Bach 3-part Invention or a movement of a Beethoven sonata. Vocalists should perform two art songs (one may be an aria), at least one in a foreign language. Jazz performers may perform a standard tune plus improvisation.

The 2014/2015 auditions will be held on the Whitman College campus. Please see dates and times listed below. You are urged to audition in person, however, if you cannot appear in person, an audition by high quality CD or DVD recording is acceptable.*

If you have questions, please call the music department coordinator, Betty Waggoner, at (509) 527-5232 or e-mail

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Application deadline is two weeks prior to your requested audition date.

Auditions and Procedures

  1. Video Auditions: By YouTube link* -- Audition Material must be received by March 1, 2015
  2. February 21, 2015, Saturday — Walla Walla, Whitman College Campus, Music Building, Chism Recital Hall
  3. March 7, 2015, Saturday — Walla Walla, Whitman College Campus, Music Building, Chism Recital Hall

*State your name, instrument, and pieces performed on in the information section of the YouTube page. Make sure the privacy settings are such that we can view the video. The quality of the recording equipment has a dramatic effect on the quality of the sound recorded. Make sure that the recording accurately reflects your sound. For recording to be considered they must be submitted electronically to our Administrative Assistant, Betty Waggoner.