The Performing Arts Department awards several Music, Theatre, and Dance scholarships to incoming students each year. Auditions, interviews, or portfolios are required. Auditions are also required for all students planning to major in music.

Music Scholarships and Auditions

The awarding of a music scholarship is contingent upon an audition, an interview with music faculty, and admission with subsequent enrollment at Ohio Wesleyan University. All students have the opportunity to audition for a music scholarship either as a music major or a performance minor. Music awards range up to $10,000 for music majors and up to $1,500 for performance minors, and are added to any scholarships you receive with your admission decision from OWU. The award will be renewed each year for no more than four years provided the student:

  • Maintains a major or performance minor in music.
  • Achieves a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the end of their first year and 3.00 at the end of succeeding years.

The Financial Aid Office, in consultation with the Performing Arts Department, will administer the music merit scholarship. The scholarship will be credited as a tuition waiver if you are not receiving need-based aid. In the event that you qualify for need-based financial assistance in excess of the scholarship, the Financial Aid Office will determine your total financial aid package, incorporating the music merit scholarship, grants (if applicable), loans and work/study. Fifty percent of the scholarship will be given in each of the two semesters.

It is expected that you will accept or reject the scholarship offer as soon as possible, but no later than May 1.

Auditions must be completed by March 1, 2023. We strongly encourage in-person auditions, though virtual auditions are also accepted.

2022–2023 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • Sunday, February 5, 2023
  • Friday, February 17, 2023
  • Monday, February 20, 2023 (President’s Day)
  • Sunday, February 26, 2023

After the March 1 deadline, scholarship awards are no longer available, but students interested in a music major at OWU may still audition before May 1. Students may also pursue a music major without a spring audition by electing fall courses typical of a first-semester music major and auditioning for the music faculty by the end of the semester. (The first-semester jury often serves as the audition.)

For more information, please contact Lisa Hill at lahill@owu.edu or call us at (740) 368-3700.

Audition Requirements

In-person auditions are 10 minutes in length. If your program exceeds this amount, please be advised that pieces may not be heard in their entirety. If submitting a video recording, all works should be performed in full. However, in either case, appropriate cuts should be made to the piano accompaniment part so that the soloist is not idle for more than about 20 seconds.

Applicants for the performance minor scholarship may prepare either one or two pieces from the requirements list. For instrumentalists, if only one piece is offered, it should be a non-etude work.

For more information, here is a tip sheet (PDF) for making recordings.

Theatre Scholarships

The awarding of a theatre scholarship is contingent upon an audition (perform a 1-to-2-minute monologue and/or present a portfolio of original tech/design work, playwriting, or theatre research), an interview with theatre faculty, and admission with subsequent enrollment at Ohio Wesleyan University. Auditions may be in-person or virtual; you will be contacted about scheduling after your scholarship application has been received. The scholarship will be renewed each year for no more than four years provided the student:

  • Maintains a major in theatre by enrolling in at least 2 courses in the department each year. Scholarships are not available for minors.
  • Achieves a minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Participates regularly in theatre productions

The Financial Aid Office, in consultation with the Performing Arts Department, will administer the theatre merit scholarship. The scholarship will be credited as a tuition waiver if you are not receiving need-based aid. In the event that you qualify for need-based financial assistance in excess of the scholarship, the Financial Aid Office will determine your total financial aid package, incorporating the theatre merit scholarship, grants (if applicable), loans and work/study. Fifty percent of the scholarship will be given in each of the two semesters.

It is expected that you will accept or reject the scholarship offer as soon as possible, but no later than May 1.

Dance Scholarships

The awarding of a dance scholarship is contingent upon an audition (perform a 1-to-2-minute solo), an interview with performing arts faculty, and admission with subsequent enrollment at Ohio Wesleyan University. Auditions may be in-person or virtual; you will be contacted about scheduling after your scholarship application has been received. The scholarship will be renewed each year for no more than four years provided the student:

  • Maintains a minor in dance by enrolling in at least 1 course in the department each year
  • Achieves a minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Participates in the yearly dance concert

For further questions, please contact Lisa Hill at lahill@owu.edu.

Department Contact Info

Location

Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 800-922-8953
F 740-368-3314

Department Contacts

Chair: Frank Chiou
Associate Professor of Music
740-368-3704
fnchiou@owu.edu

Academic Assistant: Lisa Hill
740-368-3700 (Sanborn)
740-368-3846 (Chappelear)
lahill@owu.edu