Music Scholarships

Awarded to incoming first-year students during their senior year of high school (transfers are not eligible) on the basis of music performance skills demonstrated at the audition or compositional skills evidenced by written scores. Recipients are not required to major or minor in music at Wooster. Those auditioning must perform in areas in which the College offers instruction.

Members of a Wooster chorus ensemble

Follow these instructions to apply:

  1. Complete the general application for admission by November 1, 2019.
  2. Complete the Music Scholarship Form by November 1, 2019. (Form will be available in August)
  3. Select an audition weekend to attend. Audition weekends will be offered in November, January, and February.
    1. November 22-23, 2019 (available for November 1 deadline applicants only)
    2. January 24-25, 2020
    3. February 7-8, 2020

Applicants who complete all necessary application materials by the initial November 1 deadline, and who attend the November 22-23 audition weekend will receive notification by December 31, 2019.

*All other applicants will receive notification by April 1, 2020.

Music Performance

Applicants should present ten minutes of concert music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or Twentieth/Twenty-First Century) or jazz in at least two contrasting styles selected from the Class A Solo Repertoire List (or its equivalent) from your state. Selections should be chosen to demonstrate technical facility as well as expression and tone quality. Singers should perform in English and at least one foreign language and may include one song from a musical. Memorization for singers is required. In keeping with copyright laws, applicants who perform using printed music must perform from published editions, not from photocopies or facsimiles.

Music Composition

Applicants should submit two representative scores. Recordings of compositions are encouraged but not required. Applicants who are not percussionists may audition on only one instrument or in voice. Percussionists must audition on at least two contrasting instruments.

International Students

Recorded auditions will be considered ONLY for international applicants. Recordings (and all application materials) must be postmarked by your selected deadline.

All Applicants

Applicants are required to attend the Introduction to Music at Wooster Program, which will be held Friday of the audition weekend in Scheide Music Center from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Typical Friday Evening Schedule:

  • 5:30-6:30 pm Dinner at Kittredge Dining Hall
  • 6:45-7:30 pm Participation in Large Ensemble Rehearsals in Scheide Music Center
  • 7:45-8:45 pm Faculty Mini-Presentations in Scheide Music Center
  • 8:45-9:00 pm If auditioner is doing an overnight stay on campus, they will meet their student host in the Scheide lobby

Auditioning applicants who did not upload a recommendation letter to their scholarship application can email one to Melissa Puster, or mail to The College of Wooster, attn: Music Dept., 1189 Beall Ave, Wooster, OH 44691.

Expectations of Recipients

Applied Lessons

  • All scholarship holders must register for and perform satisfactorily in applied lessons on the instrument of audition each semester. Satisfactory performance entails the earning of a C-grade or higher, or a satisfactory audit ("L"). Holders of scholarships in composition will take composition lessons.
  • All non-composition scholarship holders will perform an applied lesson jury at the end of each semester, even when auditing.
  • A scholarship holder may be required to perform in a departmental recital during a semester.


  • All scholarship holders must register for and perform satisfactorily on the audition instrument in a large ensemble (Wooster Singers, Wooster Chorus, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Scot Band, or Wooster Jazz Ensemble) each semester. Satisfactory performance entails the earning of a passing grade ("S") or satisfactory audit ("L"). Holders of scholarships in composition have their choice of large ensemble. Please note that admittance to Wooster Chorus, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Scot Symphonic Band, and Wooster Jazz Ensemble is by a separate audition.
  • Based on the recommendation of the piano faculty, keyboard scholarship recipients will fulfill the requirement through Accompanying, Keyboard Ensemble, or other chamber ensemble opportunities.
  • In some semesters, Ensemble directors may assign recipients of scholarships to a particular ensemble.
  • In rare cases, recipients of scholarships may be required to participate in more than one ensemble, but only when the total rehearsal time required by both ensembles does not exceed the amount typically required by just one large ensemble.

In most cases, these expectations impose no additional burden on Music Scholarship holders because these are activities in which the holders would typically want to be involved anyway. In addition, music lesson fees are waived for private lessons on the instrument of your audition. In addition, music lesson fees for a student holding a music scholarship are reduced to $25/semester for half-hour weekly private lessons on the instrument of your audition. Music Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of 8 semesters.

Questions & Concerns

Please contact Melissa Puster, Administrative Coordinator, at 330-263-2419.