Music Scholarships

Music Auditions

Audition Dates for Potential Music Students

To apply for a music scholarship complete the Scholarship Application Form AND contact Brooks Hafey at 308-432-6247 or email at to schedule a scholarship audition.

The Department of Music at Chadron State College awards talent scholarships annually to both new and returning students. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of many individuals, offices, and organizations. Eligibility requirements for specific scholarships vary, but include such factors as grade point average (GPA), class standing (i.e. Sophomore), academic and musical achievements, performance instrument/voice type, and degree program. All talent scholarships require an individual performance audition.

Talent scholarships in music are available primarily to students who choose to major in music at CSC. In exceptional circumstances (such as demonstration of extraordinary ability or specific ensemble need), talent scholarships are also available to minors and non-majors who participate in music ensembles. Talent awards are not automatically renewable. Previous recipients must re-apply and re-audition each year.

Where circumstances absolutely prevent a live audition, applicants may substitute a recorded audition. If you are applying after initial deadlines are past, please send your form and tape or call to schedule an audition anyway. Be sure to contact us (see info below) if you plan to do so. Instructions outlining specific requirements for live and recorded auditions are listed below.

Students interested in talent scholarships should carefully follow the application checklist. Of chief importance is completion of the scholarship application form. Through submission of this standardized form, applicants will be considered for every scholarship for which they meet the donor-specified requirements.

Audition Procedure and Requirements

Live Auditions for vocalists and instrumentalists

  1. All students should be prepared to sing/play major scales demonstrating the range of their instrument or voice. In addition, instrumentalists should be prepared to play at least two octaves of the chromatic scale.
  2. Music majors and minors will perform two contrasting compositions. All singers and instrumentalists must perform one accompanied piece (a pre-recorded accompaniment is acceptable).  Percussionists are not required to include an accompanied piece.
  3. Non-music majors will perform one prepared piece.
  4. Students attending on-site auditions must provide their own accompanists, or contact the Chadron State College staff accompanist at least two weeks in advance of the audition to request that he/she play for the audition.  Please look at the Faculty/Staff link to find the current contact information for the staff accompanist.
  5. Please confirm your time and date with the Music Department Office one week prior to your audition.

Audition Procedure for Guitar and Bass scholarship applicants

  1. Play all major & minor scales through the cycle of 4ths in first position.  Bassists will be allowed to change positions for Db, D, and Eb.  One octave is adequate for each scale.
  2. Perform one piece by a recognized composer that demonstrates proper left and right hand technique.

Recorded Auditions (Video and Audio)

  1. Identify yourself at the beginning and end of your recording.
  2. Identify each scale.
  3. Announce the title and composer for each composition.
  4. Recorded auditions should be postmarked by February 15.
  5. Please send recorded auditions to:

Chadron State College
Department of Music
1000 Main St.
Chadron, NE 69337