Music Department Scholarships

$2000.00 awards are available based on talent and technical merit.

Incoming students may audition for instrumental or vocal scholarships prior to their admission to Marist College. All students must audition in person, please do not send audio or visual recordings in lieu of a live audition. Please note, an offer of the scholarship award does not constitute an offer of admission to the college. 

Please contact the Music Office if travel distance is a prohibiting factor in scheduling an audition.  



Audition Dates for the Class of 2019:

Audition Dates and Times for Vocal Applicants*:  
Friday, February 13, 2015:  12:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, February 17, 2015:  12:30-3:00pm
Friday, February 20, 2015:  11:00am-1:30pm and 3:30-5:00pm

Audition Dates and Times for Instrumental Applicants*:
Friday, January 30, 2015:  12:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesday, February 10, 2015:  2:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, February 13, 2015:  12:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday, February 26, 2014:  12:00pm-4:00pm

*Vocal auditions will last approximately 15 minutes, instrumental auditions will last approximately 30 minutes.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to check in and warm up.


Music Merit Scholars

Music Merit Scholars must meet the following conditions to maintain scholarship renewal eligibility:

  • Student must maintain full-time enrollment
  • Student must declare music as their minor field of study
  • Student must maintain a 2.85 cumulative grade point average
  • Student must participate in ensembles prescribed by the Director of Bands(Instrumental Scholar) or Director of Choral Activities (Vocal Scholar)

Audition Requirements

To audition please have the following materials prepared:

Vocal Audition:

  • One (1) classical-style selection; performed in a foreign language
  • One (1) selection of contrasting quality and genre (may be in English)
  • Prepare for melodic line sight-reading
  • Vocalization
  • Recording of accompaniment on CD (no cassette tape or DVD, please)
  • Repertoire List
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Completed Audition Application Form (To view the Audition Application Form, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.)

Instrumental Audition:

  • Two (2) Level 4+ solo pieces, no accompaniment necessary (Level 4 based on the NYSSMA Solo Manual, for other state grading systems please consult your private instructor or band director)
  • Be able to sight read from current Marist Band concert repertoire
  • Two (2) major scales of your choice
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Completed Audition Application Form (To view the Audition Application Form, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.)

For further information, please contact the Marist College Music Department at (845) 575-3242 or MusicDept@marist.edu.

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