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.

Schedule an Audition

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

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

Registration for auditions will be open in mid- to late-October.

Students also will have the opportunity to audition electronically. Further information will be available in October.

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.

Visual Art Auditions

Portfolio review. Visual Art portfolios are submitted electronically for scholarship evaluation. Students will complete the online audition form (available soon) 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.

Electronic Auditions

If you are unable to audition on one of the dates listed above, you may submit your 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. Instructions for auditioning electronically will be available in October.

Current Students

Students currently enrolled at SPU audition by appointment only. Auditions for 2018 are closed. Dates for 2019 will be posted once they are announced.