Music Talent Scholarships 

Whitman College invites you to audition for the Music Talent Scholarships. These are four-year renewable awards.

Regardless of potential major, music talent scholarships are awarded to candidates for admission to Whitman College who demonstrate outstanding musical talent. All scholarship recipients receive additional lesson scholarships on their respective instruments.  Scholarship recipients are required to perform in the appropriate Whitman ensemble (wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band I or II, or chorale). Pianists must accompany to fulfill ensemble requirements.

Auditions are offered for voice, piano and organ, and all orchestral instruments. Those auditioning 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), with at least one in a foreign language. Jazz performers may perform a standard tune plus improvisation.

There are two audition dates and material deadlines, which you may choose between depending on which deadline you apply by:

  • For students applying Early Decision I or II: Please submit your scholarship application by November 19, 2018.  Note that we will not be holding on-campus auditions at this time, so please upload video(s) of you playing when you submit your application. Application Portal
  • For students applying Regular Decision: auditions will be held on the Whitman College campus on Saturday, February 2, 2019. If you plan to audition on campus, please submit your application materials (and accompaniment sheet music, if necessary) no later than January 19, 2019, two weeks prior to your audition. You are encouraged to audition in person.  However, if you cannot appear in person, please upload video(s) of you playing when you submit your application, also due Feb 2. Application Portal

Auditions will be held at Chism Recital Hall in the Hall of Music on Whitman College Campus.

To schedule an on-campus audition, please call the music department coordinator at (509) 527-5232 or e-mail our Administrative Assistant, Betty Waggoner (