Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are available for participation in band, orchestral instruments, voice, and piano. Prospective music majors, prospective music minors, non-majors/minors are eligible for scholarships by participating in performing ensembles and private applied lessons.

Scholarships awarded to selected music majors and non majors are renewed based on accomplishment in the music program as determined by the music faculty.

The application for admission serves as the application for music scholarships. Auditions take place during the annual Music Scholarship Audition Days on the Hanover College campus, planned and coordinated each year by the Music Department.

All music scholarship awards range from $500 to $3,500 and are renewable each year and the discretion of the music faculty based on accomplishment and end-of-year evaluation.

Audition Requirements
Candidates must bring with them to the audition a recommendation letter from their music instructor. Auditions are held at the Lynn Center for Fine Arts at Hanover College. Candidates should be prepared to present and or demonstrate three contrasting works and sight reading.

Instrumentalists: Memory Optional
Vocalists and pianists: Memory Encouraged

Candidates for music scholarships who choose to perform with accompaniment must provide their own accompanist or use a pre-recorded CD or tape. (For CD or tape, only keyboard is acceptable for a pre-recorded accompaniment.). Audition material must be from standard concert repertory and demonstrate the performer's musical and technical abilities. "Pop" and/or "Rock" styles are not acceptable audition material.

Requirements for maintaining music scholarships

Choral students are expected to participate in Concert Choir and another vocal ensemble as assigned by the director of choral programs. See more information about choirs and practice schedules.

Instrumental students: String players are required to participate in Orchestra. Wind and percussion students are required to participate in Concert Band. Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm instrument players are strongly recommended (but not required) to participate in Jazz Band. Approximate time commitment (without considering individual practice): 3 hours per week

Piano students are required to take applied lessons each term as well as perform an individual solo recital each year. Accompanying is an option, but does not substitute for lessons or the solo recital.  Lessons are typically 30-60 minutes each week, and individual practice times vary by the needs of each student.

Music scholarship recipients are welcome to participate in any Department of Music ensemble(s).  To maintain a music scholarship student will fulfill the requirements in the ensemble area that they originally audition with and in which the scholarship is awarded.

To arrange an audition time call the Admission Office at (800) 213-2178 or (812) 866-7021 or by email at

See upcoming dates for Art, Music, and Theatre Scholarship Auditions.

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