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We offer opportunities for students to connect with Illinois College community members and audition in front of music faculty.


All students, regardless of major or minor, are eligible for a music scholarship. Due to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19, all music scholarship auditions are being conducted virtually throughout the academic year. Students must be admitted to the College before auditioning for a Music Scholarship.

Virtual Audition Information

The Music Department at Illinois College is allowing students to audition virtually for a scholarship, and is making it easier than ever to do so:

  1. Make sure you have applied and been admitted to Illinois College.
  2. Send a short video recording (2-5 min) of you performing on your instrument or voice, unedited, in one continuous take. You can email a file directly to us at or submit a YouTube link to the same address.
  3. Student who wish to have multiple skills considered (secondary instruments, or instrument and voice) should submit separate recordings for each, submitted together at the same time.
  4. Once your video has been viewed by our faculty, we will contact you to schedule a brief, live interview via Zoom.
  5. Select students may be invited to complete an advanced audition, and compete for one of our upper-tier scholarship awards.

Video submissions must be received before Monday, February 1 and interviews completed before Friday, February 22. 

Early Award Auditions

Want to have your scholarship award in hand before the end of 2020? Early Award Auditions are available. Video submissions for early auditions must be received by Monday, November 23 and interviews completed before Friday, December 11.

Questions or Concerns?

We understand that circumstances are difficult right now, and you may not have access to everything you need to complete the perfect audition. We encourage you to submit your recording anyway, and look forward to reviewing whatever you are able to send with an understanding of the unique challenges you may be facing.

Finally, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are happy to hear from you and help you work through any logistical or technical challenges you may be facing. 

Dr. Christian Secrist
Music Recruitment Coordinator
Illinois College