Scholarship Opportunities

A substantial scholarship program is in place to aid talented students in financing their education at TROY. Musicians are invited to audition in one or more of the areas listed below, by contacting the appropriate director(s) and by coming to campus on one of the selected dates.

Major performances are scheduled on or adjacent to the audition days so that students and parents will be able to experience the quality of the performing arts at Troy University.

A visit to campus is highly recommended, if at all possible, but if distance or schedule makes this impossible, please contact us and alternative arrangements will be made for your audition.

Troy University has provided strong financial support and has created a highly favorable climate for fine arts study.

We invite you to come and be a part of our friendly and talented performing arts community. The beautiful campus and small-town atmosphere of the city of Troy will aid in making your educational experience second-to-none.

The John M. Long School of Music awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to qualified students. These scholarships are available to ALL Troy University students by audition.


  • Three chromatically adjacent two-octave major scales
  • Three octave chromatic scale on C or C#
  • Standard solo that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability
  • Sight-reading.

Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

  • Scales as indicated by all-state requirements
  • Standard solo that demonstrates lyrical and technical ability; sight-reading

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

  • Three chromatically adjacent major scales
  • Cromatic scales reflective of the performer's ability level
  • Two solo movements or études of moderate difficulty and contrasting styles
  • Sight-reading


  • All major scales (two octaves)
  • Sight-reading
  • Concert Snare Drum: Études by Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, etc.
  • Timpani: Etude or Solo by Carter, Firth, Goodman, Lepak, Whaley, etc. 
  • Mallets: Four-Mallet Solo by Abe, Bach, Burritt, Smadbeck, Stout, etc. (Two-Mallet Études or Solos are acceptable, but Four-Mallet works are encouraged) 
  • Drum set: Optional; demonstrate various styles (Swing, Latin, Funk, etc.) 
  • Rudimental Snare Drum: Optional; solos by Markovich, Pratt, Wilcoxen, etc.

All applicants are encouraged to perform in all, listed major areas (Concert Snare Drum, Timpani, Mallets); drum set is optional, and you may also exhibit proficiency in rudimental snare drumming. The provided repertoire is only a suggestion. Please contact Dr. T. Adam Blackstock if you have any questions concerning appropriate alternatives.


  • One memorized composition from any genre (art song, musical theatre, opera, oratorio, jazz, hymn, or folk song preferred)

Students will be vocalized by a vocal faculty and will be asked to sight-read a simple melody. Students should provide accompaniment music or may sing a cappella.

Choral/Vocal Scholarship Audition Request Form


  • All major and minor (harmonic) scales in two octaves, including arpeggios and cadences, (quarter note = 60)
  • Sight-reading
  • Two memorized pieces from contrasting periods that feature contrasting styles, tempi, etc. (please provide score for the adjudicator;)


  • Perform one or two pieces of your choice demonstrating your technical abilities and musicality
  • Guitar faculty may ask for the student to demonstrate knowledge of scales, chords, improvisational skills, and sight-reading


You DO NOT need to be a music major to receive a music scholarship. You DO need to audition successfully to receive a music scholarship. Troy University has many additional financial aid opportunities available for students. We encourage you to investigate as many options as possible