Scholarship Auditions

General Information

Generous scholarships are awarded each year to music majors AND non-music majors who participate in music at Bethany.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus.  Contact Taylor Deutscher in the music office to schedule a personal audition.  She is available by email at or via phone at  785-227-3380 x8237.

Audition Requirements


Potential music majors should sing two songs that contrast in character (e.g. one slow and one fast). One in a foreign language is preferred, but not required, and memorization is recommended.  Those NOT planning to major in music may sing one selection of your choosing.

You may bring your own accompanist, or Bethany can provide one. An accompanist will be on hand at each of the auditions days, but we ask that you provide copies of the music in advance.  Communicate with Taylor Deutscher in the music office to take care of this.


Prepare two compositions, movements, or etudes in contrasting styles, including one that demonstrates technical proficiency.
Both pieces should be played within 10 minutes.

The Music Department offers competitive scholarships for both music majors and non-majors who are involved in the music program. Students apply for scholarships by auditioning, and the award is based on their performance.

Prepare for your audition following these requirements. Visit for this list and to sign up for an audition.


Auditions with two or more of the following instruments are preferred.
Snare: solo and one or two etudes
Timpani & Mallets: solo and one or two etudes, or excerpts from band/orchestra literature
Set: examples of patterns (sixteen bars) in various styles (swing, salsa, rock, funk) and examples of fills within above patterns (one, two, three, and four count fills)


Prepare two contrasting selections from standard solo or etude repertoire demonstrating varied styles and techniques. Orchestral and chamber literature excerpts are also acceptable.
Play major scales, up to four sharps and four flats in two or three octaves.
Be prepared to sight read.

Potential Music Majors should prepare two selections. One selection must be from the
classical repertoire but the second piece may be musical theatre or a folk song. Pieces prepared for district or state solo contest would work well.


Prepare two selections.

One selection must be a memorized solo from the standard repertoire (e.g. piano selections that have stood the test of time from composers such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Bartok, Debussy, or Prokofiev.) Method teaching pieces or pop arrangements are not acceptable.

The other is a solo selection that contrasts with the standard repertoire to show your versatility. Memorization is optional, but encouraged. Most any selection is appropriate (e.g. hymn transcription, pop or jazz arrangement.)

Be prepared to sight-read and play scales.


Prepare two selections from the standard organ repertoire.
Selections should vary in character from one that demonstrates technical facility to one slow and melodic (e.g. Eight Little Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach, prelude and fugue by Dietrich Buxtehude, trio by Josef Rheinberger.)

Be prepared to sight-read a hymn using manuals and pedal.