Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships and Auditions


Whatever form your creativity takes — music, theatre, or visual art — you may qualify for a Seattle Pacific University scholarship, ranging from $500 to $3,000. You don't have to demonstrate financial need or be an arts major to qualify. Just follow the steps below. Want to learn more? Visit our frequently asked questions page.

Auditioning On Campus

Schedule a Music or Theatre Audition

Our 2019 audition dates for prospective music and theatre students will be held on campus as follows:

  • Friday, February 1
  • Friday, February 22
  • Saturday, February 23

Music Auditions

Applicants must provide a music résumé at their audition.

Vocalists. You will sing two works. At least one should be an aria or art song from the classical repertoire; the other may be a contrasting work of the same (folksong arrangement, musical theatre, etc., are also acceptable). Accompanists are provided on the scheduled audition dates, but we are unable to provide an accompanist for individual appointments. Please bring your résumé to the audition.

Pianists and instrumentalists. You will play two pieces from contrasting periods, not more than five minutes each. An excerpt or movement from a longer composition would be acceptable. You may also be asked to do some sight reading. Please bring your résumé to the audition.

Theatre Auditions

Acting.  Present two memorized and contrasting readings of your choice, totaling approximately five minutes. You will be asked to present a one-minute pantomime. It should be complete in itself and tell a story. Bring a printed theatre résumé and a photo (senior picture, head shot, etc.).

Technical theatre. Bring a portfolio of three to five pieces that best represent any design or technical work you have completed in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, or props. When interviewed, be ready to support your portfolio.

Auditioning Electronically

Visual Art Portfolio Review

Visual communications, illustration, and studio arts. All Visual Art portfolios are submitted electronically for scholarship evaluation. Students will complete the electronic audition form and include a link to a file-sharing folder (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc) with a portfolio of 8 to 10 pieces. Faculty members are interested in works that span some time and show artistic development. If possible, please highlight work done in more than one medium.

Music and Theatre Electronic Auditions

If you are unable to audition on one of the dates listed above, you may submit your music and/or theatre audition electronically. Please do not edit recordings or include effects (such as reverb).

Electronic submissions must be received by March 1, 2019, to receive priority evaluation. To audition, submit our electronic audition form. You may submit audition materials in two ways:

  • Link to a video recording of your performance, via video sharing service such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • Link to a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive
    • For file sharing services, please ensure that you have set your permissions so that anyone with a link can access your files.

You may use either or both methods to audition. For details on audition requirements, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Current Student Auditions

Current Students

Students currently enrolled at SPU audition by appointment only. Please submit a current student scholarship audition request form to schedule your audition.