Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships and Auditions

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The Arts at SPU — music, theatre, and visual arts — welcomes you to participate with us! You may qualify for an additional Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship to participate with us in our programs of up to $1,500 each year on top of any other awards you receive. 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.

COVID-19 policy: Before coming to campus, please review SPU's COVID-19 Health and Safety Expectations. Visitors will be required to abide by these protocols. Please note that family and friends will not be permitted in the audition space.

Zoom Sessions

We are hosting virtual Q&A sessions in Art, Theatre, and Music at the following times:

  • Theatre: 4–5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Visual Art: 5–6 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022
  • Music: 3:30–5 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2022

Schedule a Music or Theatre Audition

On-campus auditions will be available on the following dates:

  • Music: Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • Theatre: Saturday, February 12, 2022

MUSIC AUDITIONS

We welcome all musicians to SPU Music regardless of genre, background, and experience.

Applicants will provide a music background narrative or résumé at their audition.

Vocalists. Please prepare two songs that are arranged for voice with piano accompaniment. These can be of any genre, but we recommend a diversity of genres be it art song, opera, theatre, musical theatre, or other contemporary styles. A pianist will be provided for you.  Please also bring your music narrative/résumé to the audition.

Pianists and instrumentalists. For the audition, students will prepare two pieces that best represent the student's musical skills and personality. Due to our limited time together, you will only play about five minutes of each work. An excerpt or movement from a longer composition would be acceptable. You are expected to bring your own instrument and will be performing unaccompanied unless you would prefer to bring a play-a-long set up. Please also bring your music narrative/résumé to the audition.

THEATRE AUDITIONS

Acting. Present two contrasting monologues of your choice, totaling approximately three minutes. 16 bars of an a capella musical theatre song are welcome but not required. Bring a printed theatre résumé and a photo (senior picture, head shot, etc.).

Theatre Production and Design. Please bring a portfolio of three to five pieces (photos, drawings, etc.) that best represent any design or technical work you have completed in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, or props and be prepared to discuss your work. Stage Managers should bring a prompt book and/or documents that illustrate your organization and work in rehearsals and production.

Auditioning Electronically

VISUAL ART PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Visual communications, illustration, and studio arts. All Visual Art portfolios must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on February 14, 2022 for scholarship evaluation. Students will complete the electronic audition form and include a link to an online portfolio that is publicly accessible, containing 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. Portfolio submissions featuring long form films are not eligible to be considered for these scholarships. If you have questions about this requirement please contact the Chair of the Art Department.

MUSIC ELECTRONIC AUDITIONS

Electronic submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 14, 2022. To audition, submit our electronic audition form

Provide a link to an online performance that is publicly accessible (a site that does not require a password or permissions). Performances must be from the last 12 months. Your performance may use a video sharing service such as YouTube or Vimeo ("unlisted" or "private" settings are acceptable as long as the link in the portfolio site works for anyone who has the link).

Please tape in a well-lit location, and ensure that your whole body is in the frame. Please do not edit recordings or include effects (such as reverb). For details on audition requirements, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

THEATRE ELECTRONIC AUDITIONS

Electronic submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 14, 2022. To audition, submit our electronic audition form

Theatre Performance. Provide a link to your audition performance pieces that is publicly accessible (a site that does not require a password or permissions). Your performance may use a video sharing service such as YouTube or Vimeo ("unlisted" or "private" settings are acceptable as long as it works for anyone who has the link).

Theatre Production and Design. Provide a link to an online portfolio that is publicly accessible (a site that does not require a password or permissions). You can create a simple portfolio using free services like WIX and Weebly. Designers should include 3-5 pieces that best represent any design or technical work you have completed (photos and support drawings or documents). Stage Managers should include at least one prompt book and/or any documents that illustrate your organization and work in rehearsals and production.

Please tape in a well-lit location, and ensure that your whole body is in the frame. Please do not edit recordings or include effects (such as reverb). For details on audition requirements, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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The Arts at SPU

View our online brochure, which includes a complete listing of the Theatre, Music, and Art events at SPU for the 2021–22 academic year.