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 $4,000. You don't have to demonstrate financial need or be an arts major to qualify. Just follow the steps below.

Schedule an Audition

Complete and submit the Fine Arts Scholarship Application Form (available soon). Here are the audition dates:

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018

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.

Additional Information

  • Although all prospective and current students may audition, a music scholarship can be awarded only to students who have been admitted to Seattle Pacific University.
  • You may arrive up to 30 minutes ahead of your audition. Practice rooms will be available for you if you wish to warm up.
  • Auditions will take approximately 10–15 minutes.

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.

Additional Information

  • You may arrive up to 30 minutes ahead of your audition. Practice rooms will be available for you if you wish to warm up.
  • Auditions will take approximately 10–15 minutes.

Visual Art Auditions

Art Portfolio Review. Bring representative works from your portfolio. If possible, bring works done in more than one medium. Faculty members are interested in works that span some time and show artistic development.

Art Merit Scholarships: Review SPU's Art Department website to explore different majors offered. 

Please send in the following:

  • Complete and submit the online version of the form (coming soon).
  • Include a link to your portfolio via a file-sharing folder (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc)
  • Bring to the scholarship interview the above plus actual portfolio with original artwork.

Additional Information

  • You may arrive up to 30 minutes ahead of your audition. Practice rooms will be available for you if you wish to warm up.
  • Auditions will take approximately 10–15 minutes.

Help with preparing JPEGs or a PDF portfolio (Word)

Electronic Auditions

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

Electronic submissions must be received by February 26, 2018, to receive priority evaluation. To submit your materials, please complete the online audition form (available soon) and include a link to a file-sharing folder (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc) or relevant YouTube links.

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