Whether you want to major in music or you just want to study and perform music while pursuing another major, consider auditioning for a music scholarship award! Scholarship auditions are held in wind, string, percussion, piano, and voice.
Please read the instructions below for auditions in your performance area.
- Submit your Music Scholarship Audition Application online.
- Read the instructions for your audition:
Students planning a major or double-major in music who audition on December 2nd, 2023, will receive scholarship notification by January 31st, 2024.
Live audition dates for students who plan to attend PLNU beginning in Fall 2024:
- Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. Prospective Music Department Majors only.
- Saturday, February 3rd, 2024. Prospective non-majors.
- Saturday, February 10th, 2024. Prospective non-majors.
Recorded video auditions may be submitted until February 1st, 2024. Prospective Music Department Majors who wish to audition by video recording should submit their recordings before January 1st, 2024.
Endowed Music Scholarships
In addition to our department-specific scholarships, you should also consider pursuing an endowed music scholarship, made possible through the generosity of our donors.
You can audition for most of these scholarships during your first spring semester. Selected scholarship recipients receive their award the following fall semester. Please read below for specific information about each scholarship and the requirements to qualify.
Willo May Beresford Endowed Scholarship
Established by Dan Beresford to assist talented piano students. Awards are restricted to students majoring in music with piano as the performing area.
Gerald F. Berglund Endowed Music Scholarship
Created by family and friends of music teacher, chorus master, and church music director Gerald Berglund, this award is meant to cultivate Nazarene church musicians and soloists. GPA of 3.00 is required; recipients must be full-time music majors or students from other disciplines showing promise as soloists or choir directors. Auditions at discretion of music faculty.
Kwei Young Shu and Cotten Family Music Endowment Scholarship
Recipient(s) shall be selected by the Department Chair in collaboration with Music Department Faculty. Recipient(s) shall be an undergraduate student. Recipient(s) shall be a non-music major. Recipient(s) shall demonstrate a high level of dedication and involvement in the Music Department.
Chester C. and Alice E. Crill Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established by gifts from Dr. and Mrs. Chester C. Crill. Provides scholarships for declared majors in music.
Chester C. and Alice E. Crill Organ Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a Nazarene student preparing for church music (organ) participation in a Nazarene church.
Ethridge Vocal Scholarship
Chuck and Christina Ethridge, with hearts grateful for the blessings God has lavished on them, endowed the Ethridge vocal scholarship for junior or senior music majors with a concentration in voice, regardless of need. Determination to be made by the Department of Music.
David L. Garven Music Scholarship
Established in memory of David L. Garven, a gifted pianist. The scholarship may be awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in music with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
Edward (Bud) Hussong and Ila Stoner Hussong Memorial Scholarship
Established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hodges in memory of her mother and brother. Student must be majoring in music or vocal performance or have an expressed interest in pursuing a course of study in instrumental performance (trombone) or vocal performance. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and demonstrate financial need.
Mary Anne Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Recipient(s) demonstrate a Christ-centered life. Recipient(s) shall have demonstrated financial need. Recipient(s) must display interest in serving in any ministry. Preference given to a Harpist or studying the Harp. Recipient(s) shall be selected by the Music Faculty in collaboration with the Chair of the Music Department.
George Elbert and Lois Santo Labenske Music Endowed Scholarship
Selected following a competitive audition for student(s) majoring in Music Department (he/she may be an incoming music major). GPA of 3.0 or above
May be an incoming music major. Preference extended to students auditioning in the area of piano or composition. Selected by the Department Chair in collaboration with Music Department Faculty.
Philomene T. Liesen Endowed Scholarship
Established through an estate gift from Philomene T. Liesen, this scholarship benefits students who are declared music majors with financial need, as determined by Student Financial Services. Candidates shall be recommended by faculty of the music department and annual scholarship award(s) shall not exceed $5,000.
M.A. Merriman and Atha D. Merriman Memorial Scholarship
Established through the estate of Gladys Steorts. Recipient selection shall alternate between the Department of Music and the Department of Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages.
Roselle Lovelace Mokhtarian Memorial Scholarship
Established by Hector Mokhtarian in honor of Roselle Lovelace Mokhtarian, the mother of his children — both Pasadena College graduates. Preference shall be to a music major preparing for a vocation in music ministry with demonstrated financial need.
Music Alumni Fund
Established by music alumni and friends, this fund provides annual scholarships for outstanding music students selected by the music faculty. This scholarship may be awarded to a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
Daniel Nelson Endowed Band Conducting Scholarship
Established with heartfelt joy by Corbett Wright in honor of Dr. Daniel Nelson's years of service to PLNU. Recipient(s) must be junior or senior music major(s).
Keith and Betty Pagan Music Scholarship
Given annually to the outstanding music major with at least a 3.00 GPA, as selected by the music faculty.
George and Catherine Pomeroy Music Scholarship
Established by Catherine Pomeroy as an opportunity for students to develop their music interests as a career or for future performance. Recipients shall be juniors or seniors who are preparing for a career in music education or performance.
Marion D. and Helen M. Redding Music Endowed Scholarship
Minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferably should play the violin.
Raymond H. and Phyllis J. Smart Endowed Music Scholarship
Established by the estate of Phyllis J. Smart in memory of Raymond and Phyllis Smart. Recipient shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and shall be selected by faculty of the music department. Demonstrated financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.
Doris Titterington Piano Endowed Scholarship
Established to honor Doris Titterington, a gifted classical pianist and a dedicated Christian. Recipient shall be a piano major in good standing.
Myron L. Tweed and Pauline E. Tweed Endowed Scholarship
Established through private donations in honor of Myron L. Tweed. Student is to be selected by chair of the music department and have a declared church music concentration.
Reverend Speros Demetrios and Elizabeth Hord Athans Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established to honor Reverend Speros Demetrios and Elizabeth Hord Athans. Recipient shall be intending to pursue a career in missions, ministry, or music/music ministry. Recipient may be pursuing a degree in any PLNU academic program as long as the above criteria is met. (Scholarship awards are not limited to religion or music-related majors.) Student must be in good academic standing and shall have financial need, as determined by Student Financial Services, which will also select the student.