Scholarship Auditions for Advanced Music Study

There will be no Scholarship Auditions in 2019. Our next competition will take place at the beginning of 2020. Please check back with us then for more information!

First Place: $1000  Second Place: $500  Third Place: $250

The auditions are open to the public. Winners will be required to perform at a Winners Concert on February 25 at 2pm at Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University.


  • Former first place winners are not eligible.
  • Candidates may compete in voice, piano, winds, strings, or percussion
  • Candidate age limit: 27 years old
  • Both male and female candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a music degree program at a college or university in Franklin County or its adjacent counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union.

Repertoire Requirements

Applicants should choose three selections from varying time periods such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary. Performing two selections from the same time period is acceptable; however these musical selections should vary in style. Vocalists must include at least one art song.

All repertoire will be screened prior to the acceptance of the application.  If performing a sonata, only one movement is required. Candidates may choose the first selection to be performed.  The judges may stop the proceedings at any time and
ask to hear other selections or parts thereof.


Memorization  is required for vocalists and pianists and  is optional for all other instruments.

Other Requirements:

Candidate must provide one copy of each work for use by the judges. (Judges will share a single copy.  A copy for each judge is not necessary.)  Photocopies are not acceptable and are cause for automatic disqualification.  Candidate must provide his/her own accompanist and may not be accompanied by his/her teacher.


You can apply online here: Application for Scholarship For Advanced Music Study


A jury panel of outstanding professional musicians will judge the auditions. In the event that a reasonable standard of performance has not been achieved, the judges may withhold the award. The judges’ comment sheets will be sent to all candidates. All participants will be notified of the names of the winners by email within twenty-four hours of the completion of the auditions.


Direct questions to Jennifer Marcellana at (614) 485-9024 or Upon receipt and acceptance of your application, the time of your audition will be sent to you via email or postal service.