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Auditions

Music Auditions are open to all freshman applicants – intended music majors and non-majors, alike. Recommended music scholarship recipients and amounts are determined both by the quality of the audition and the core needs of the music program.

COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the health concerns associated with COVID-19, Furman will not host 2020-2021 in-person music auditions. All auditions must be submitted as recorded auditions for Music Scholarship consideration.

While it was our sincerest hope to connect with you at an in-person audition day this year, we are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to review your recorded audition and see you on campus again soon!

Recorded Auditions

In order to submit your recorded audition for consideration, you must submit an audition registration form, as well as your recorded audition media. Registration steps, audition criteria, and additional information are outlined below. Students submitting a recorded audition as intended music majors will be required to complete a theory placement test when they move onto campus for their freshman year.

  • January 24th, 2021 – Deadline to Submit Your Recorded Audition Registration Form *deadline extended to February 10th
  • February 10th, 2021 – Deadline to Submit Your Recorded Audition Media Files
  • February 10th, 2021 – Deadline for Recommender(s) to Submit Your Music Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional)

Registration Steps

Review the Audition Criteria

See what is expected for your specific interest and discuss those criteria with your teacher. Review the audition criteria.

Submit your Admissions Application

You must gain access to your Online Status Page in order to submit their recorded audition registration form. After submitting your admissions application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access your Online Status Page, where you will be able to submit your music recorded audition registration form and your music recorded audition media.

Submit your Music Recorded Audition Registration

Log into your Online Status Page, to which you gained access after submitting your Admissions Application. There you will find the recorded audition registration form.

Submit your Music Recorded Audition Media

Music Recorded Audition Media must be submitted via your Online Status Page. After submitting the Music Recorded Audition Registration, a section titled “Music Portfolio” will appear towards the bottom of your Online Status Page. In that section, select “Edit” and then “Upload Media.”

Request Letters of Recommendation

Though not required for admission to the university, Furman Music suggests that students submit at least one letter of recommendation from a current or recent music instructor. Recommendation(s) may be submitted online, by email, or by mail.

Online:

Via the Common Application or Coalition Application

Email:

admissions@furman.edu

Mail:

Furman University Music Department
Attn: Music Auditions
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC 29613

Suggestions:

  1. Ask early and share your college goals with your recommenders.
  2. Communicate the deadline to submit their letter of recommendation.
  3. Supply your recommender with the contact information listed above. They may wish to submit their recommendation to the Furman Music Department directly.
  4. Don’t forget to thank them!

Audition Outcomes

By 3/15/2021

Audition outcomes will be communicated to students in early March.

As a result of your audition, you may be selected to receive either a Furman Music Scholarship or a Presidential Music Scholarship. If this is the case, your audition outcome will include a revised Financial Aid Package outlining your recently awarded music scholarship.

Furman Music Scholars

Eligibility

Any high school senior applying for admission to Furman is eligible to submit their recorded audition for consideration. Furman Music Scholars may major in any discipline.

Awards

Furman Music Scholars are given priority consideration for music class registration, applied music instruction and ensemble participation. Furman Music Scholars are also awarded a $5,000 or $10,000 Furman Music Scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years, and awarded in addition to Bell Tower Scholarships (merit-based scholarship) and Financial Aid (need-based aid). These awards are determined by both quality of audition and the core needs of the music program.

Presidential Music Scholars

Furman University is proud to offer the Presidential Music Scholarship, Furman’s most prestigious talent-based award. Thanks to the generosity of Gordon Herring ’65 and Sarah Herring ’66, the Presidential Music Scholarship is funded by the Herring Music Fellowship Fund, established to support exceptionally high-achieving and talented student scholar-musicians at Furman, building on generations of excellence in musical and academic instruction.

Eligibility

Any high school senior applying for admission to Furman is eligible to submit their recorded audition for consideration. Presidential Music Scholars may major in any discipline.

Awards

Ten exceptionally high-achieving and talented student scholar-musicians are selected as Presidential Music Scholars annually. Each are given priority consideration for music class registration, applied music instruction and ensemble participation; and are awarded a $25,000 Presidential Music Scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years.

Presidential Music Scholarships are awarded in addition to Bell Tower Scholarships (merit-based scholarship) and Financial Aid (need-based aid). These awards are determined by both quality of audition and the core needs of the music program.