Music at Aquinas College

  • Scholarship Donor Dinner, Fall 2017: The O'Brien, Witham, McCargar Vocal Music Scholarship Recipient and on of the Donors - Lucy Dinsmore, soprano (Class of 2020), Sophomore, and Audrey J. Witham '48

    Auditions and Scholarships

Auditions and Scholarships

Getting Started

MUSIC MAJORS: As you search the Music Department web page links, you will notice that we believe that a music major degree is a multi-faceted path which draws upon many learning approaches, and which prepares students for careers in music, as well as in other directions that benefit from the skills acquired through an Aquinas College degree. 

Most current music majors at Aquinas College are receiving scholarships from the department’s endowments.  Submitting an Audition Application is the first step toward being welcomed into the Music major and being considered for a scholarship in music.

NON-MAJOR STUDENTS: At Aquinas College, we also encourage all of our students to continue to participate in each of the activities that has brought them enjoyment over the years. In the Music Department, we know that many students have participated in:

  • Choir
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre
  • Privately studied piano, voice, guitar, or another instrument(s)
  • Formed a ‘garage band’ 
  • Songwriting
  • Church ensemble

Aquinas College and the Music Department have a variety of opportunities for continued pursuit of these activities. While the majority of these scholarships are designated for Music majors, there are scholarships available for Ensemble membership. Schedule your audition early!

For more information on All Scholarships Available at Aquinas College, click here (this would bring them to the general scholarship page for the college)

The Audition

  1. You should select music literature according to your specific instrument:
    • Pianists and Organists should prepare contrasting pieces from two stylistic periods.
    • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting selections that demonstrate technical facility and lyrical phrasing.
    • Vocalists should prepare two Art Songs of contrasting style, one being in a foreign language, if possible.
    • All - Select music that will demonstrate the breadth of your ability and with which you are comfortable. Your performance time will be eight minutes in length.
  2. Your audition will take place in our beautiful 210 seat Kretschmer Recital Hall.  Following your audition, you will have time to meet and speak with the Aquinas College Music Department Faculty.  So, if you have questions, please bring them.
  3. As you plan for the day, allow time following your audition with the faculty for music theory and piano assessments.
  4. Be sure that your Aquinas College Application is in.
  5. Send, FAX, or deliver copies of the music for our Staff Accompanist to the Music Department at the address below no fewer than ten days in advance. 

    Music Department: Music Audition
    Aquinas College
    1700 Fulton St. E
    Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1801
    FAX: (616) 732-4487

Music Audition Request Form


Questions regarding completing the Music Audition Form or the Audition process? 

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Questions about Aquinas College? 

Contact our Admissions Office at (616) 632-2900 to find out more about the Admissions process, Academic Scholarships, and to schedule your Campus Visit soon!

We look forward to meeting you at your Music Department Audition on campus in the days ahead. Until then, enjoy every moment of your Senior year!