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Music Scholarships


Office of Admission

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999




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Music Auditions

If you present your audition on campus, you should prepare a work suitable for performance, as noted below. You will also be asked to sight-read an appropriate musical piece and discuss your background and aspirations with a music professor.

If you submit your audition electronically, you should include the required performance piece, as noted below. You must also include a sight-reading piece that is supervised by a current instructor (this should be one piece of music chosen by an instructor and not shown to you until the recorded audition; vocal students should be given the first note). With your submission, you should include a copy of the sight-reading sheet music and a statement describing your musical training, background, and experience. Videos containing segments of recent performances will not be considered.

Your performance piece should be prepared as follows:


Prepare either a standard solo piece, concerto movement, or an appropriate technical etude. Memorization is not required.

String players can request accompaniment from the auditioning faculty member. Jazz instrumentalists with improvisation experience will be asked to solo over a 12-bar blues with piano accompaniment provided by the auditioning faculty member. All other brass and woodwind players are welcome to bring their own accompanists, but the music department does not supply accompanists for these auditions.


Prepare a solo work from the classical repertoire (i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th/21st Century). Memorization is preferred, but not required.


Perform, preferably from memory, a selection from the standard classical repertoire that showcases your voice to its best advantage. Show tunes, rock, and pop selections are not advised. You do not need to bring an accompanist with you to the audition.

Submission Deadlines
Auditions are due by the same deadline as your application for admission (see for specific deadlines).

File Sizes and Types
We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. We support the following file formats:

  • Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
  • Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma

Candidates are notified of their scholarship awards at the time of admission.

General Scholarship Guidelines
Writing and visual and performing arts scholarships are renewable annually as long as recipients remain in good academic standing. Scholarships must be applied toward the cost of tuition and the combination of Knox scholarships and grants and federal and state grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Scholarship recipients often qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study programs, and loans.

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