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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 $1,000 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

  1. Audition dates at Seattle Pacific University:
    • Friday, October 24, 2014
    • Saturday, February 7, 2015
    • Friday, February 20, 2015
    • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  2. Fine Arts Scholarship Application Form:

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.

If you are unable to audition on one of the dates listed above, you have two options:

  1. Audition by Mail. If you cannot conveniently schedule an on-campus audition, you may audition by mail. For an art portfolio review, please send good quality photographs, slides, or CDs. For a theatre audition, provide a DVD. For a music audition, please send a high-quality recording on a CD. Please do not edit your recording, or include effects (such as reverb). We will not be able to return photographs or CDs.

    • Mail-in auditions must be received by March 1, 2015, to receive priority evaluation.
    • Mail auditions to:

      Kim Gilnett
      Fine Arts Department
      3307 3rd Ave W, Ste 310
      Seattle, WA 98119
  2. Audition by Special Appointment. You may schedule an individual audition as available by calling the Division of Fine Arts at 206-281-2205.
    • Auditions by appointment cannot be scheduled on weekends.
    • Special Appointment Auditions must be completed by February 21, 2015.

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.
  • We will notify you by email concerning time and location approximately four weeks prior to your audition.
  • 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.

If you are unable to audition on one of the dates listed above, you have two options:

  1. Audition by Mail. If you cannot conveniently schedule an on-campus audition, you may audition by mail. For an art portfolio review, please send good quality photographs, slides, or CDs. For a theatre audition, provide a DVD. For a music audition, please send a high-quality recording on a CD. Please do not edit your recording, or include effects (such as reverb). We will not be able to return photographs or tapes.
    • Mail-in auditions must be received by March 1, 2015, to receive priority evaluation.
    • Mail auditions to:

      Kim Gilnett
      Fine Arts Department
      3307 3rd Ave W, Ste 310
      Seattle, WA 98119
  2. Audition by Special Appointment. You may schedule an individual audition as available by calling the Division of Fine Arts at 206-281-2205.
    • Auditions by appointment cannot be scheduled on weekends.
    • Special Appointment Auditions must be completed by February 21, 2015.

Additional Information

  • We will notify you by email concerning time and location approximately four weeks prior to your audition.
  • 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:

  • Download and fill out the SPU Scholarship Application (PDF).
  • CD containing jpegs or PDF with 8–10 images of current artwork (within the last two years).
  • Bring to the scholarship interview the above plus actual portfolio with original artwork.

If you are unable to audition on one of the dates listed above, you have two options:

  1. Audition by Mail. If you cannot conveniently schedule an on-campus audition, you may audition by mail. For an art portfolio review, please send good quality photographs, slides, or CDs. For a theatre audition, provide a DVD. For a music audition, please send a high quality recording on a CD. Please do not edit your recording, or include effects (such as reverb). We will not be able to return photographs or tapes.
    • Mail-in auditions must be received by March 1, 2015, to receive priority evaluation.
    • Mail auditions to:

      Kim Gilnett
      Fine Arts Department
      3307 3rd Ave W, Ste 310
      Seattle, WA 98119
  2. Audition by Special Appointment. You may schedule an individual audition as available by calling the Division of Fine Arts at 206-281-2205.
    • Auditions by appointment cannot be scheduled on weekends.
    • Special Appointment Auditions must be completed by February 21, 2015.

Additional Information

  • We will notify you by email concerning time and location approximately four weeks prior to your audition.
  • 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.

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