Music Scholarship Audition Guidelines

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General Instructions

  1. You must apply to the University, and apply for Financial Aid to be considered for a music scholarship, although you do not have wait for any financial aid or any other information to be submitted to the University before AUDITIONING for a music award.

  2. All materials for the Music Scholarship application are due by the February 20, 2018 deadline. The required materials are: 

    1. The Music Scholarship application 

    2. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members 

    3.   An on-campus audition.  Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis through the area director or designated faculty as follows:

      Voice Audition - please contact Dr. Timothy Westerhaus

      Strings and Guitar Auditions - please contact Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah

      Piano Auditions - please contact Dr. Colleen Hunter

      Wind, Brass and Percussion Auditions - please contact the Admissions Office to set up your audition and visit to the University
    4.  If you are unable to visit the campus for an audition, please contact Cheryl Carney, 509-313-6733, to make special arrangements to audition by sending a recording that can be a CD or DVD as well as an email attachment, YouTube link or Vimeo site link.
  3. All materials, including letters of recommendation should be sent to:
    Gonzaga Music Department
    Attn. Scholarship
    502 E. Boone Ave.
    Spokane, WA  99258
    or via email to:

Preparation for the Audition

Every audition should demonstrate your various abilities. You and your music teachers are the best judges of what is appropriate for you and what will best display your talent.  Please read the instructions carefully for each area. If you have any questions, email us at

Instrumental (Wind, Brass, Percussion & Strings)

Auditions should include two solos or etudes of contrasting nature (e.g., slow and lyrical, faster and more technical). A single extended solo may be sufficient, if contrasting sections are performed.  Works should be performed with accompaniment if possible.

Percussionists are encouraged to perform on at least two of the three following instruments: timpani, marimba, and snare.  String players are encouraged to memorize.

If you have questions or to set up an audition time please contact:
Dr. Robert Spitall (winds and percussion) 509-313-6736 or
Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah (strings) 509-313-6733 or

Jazz (Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Drum Set, and Vocal)

Rhythm Section – Please demonstrate your ability to play within a rhythm section of a small jazz combo and/or large jazz ensemble.  Tune selections should be of contrasting styles and tempos.  Improvisation is always welcome and encouraged.Winds/Brass/Strings - Please play three scales of your choice to demonstrate range and tone production.  Choice three tunes of contrasting styles and tempos to demonstrate your ability.  These tunes can be within a small jazz combo including improvisation or they can be individual parts from your school's jazz ensemble.Vocal - Please sing three songs:  two jazz standards and one other song of your choice of any music genre (classical, jazz, pop, country, classic rock, etc.).  Accompaniment by a rhythm section or jazz choir is encouraged but not mandatory.  As always, improvisation is welcome and encouraged.

If you have questions or to set up an audition time please contact Mr. Fague, Director of Jazz Studies, at (509) 313-6735 or


Auditions should include TWO pieces of CONTRASTING styles from different musical periods. At least one should be memorized.

Please include a list of technique and repertoire that you have studied in high school. If you are a transfer student include your college repertoire as well.

  • 2018 Scholarship Audition Dates to be announced
  • Contact Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Director of Vocal Program & GU Choirs,  to schedule your individual time for scholarship audition: 509-313-6737 or

  • Auditions should include TWO selections. Depending on your level of study, appropriate choices include art songs, folk songs, hymns, or arias from opera, operetta, or oratorio. English is appropriate for one or both selections

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502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0079

Dr. Timothy Westerhaus
Chair, Music Department
Phone: (509) 313-6733
(800) 986-9585, ext. 6733