Scholarships inspire students to make music

The Aurora University Chorale regularly performs in Crimi Auditorium.

There’s a lot to be singing about at Aurora University this year. The music department is inviting prospective students to showcase their vocal and instrumental talents for two generous scholarship programs. The scholarships can be applied to the 2014-2015 academic year.

“I view these scholarships as invitations,” said Lisa Fredenburgh, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. “We have so much in place at AU in terms of our music program—wonderful students, reputable faculty and impressive facilities. I want to welcome students from the region and across the nation to study and experience music with us.”

Students can apply for the two scholarships:

The Musical Achievement Scholarship is audition-based, and is available to dedicated students of music regardless of major. Students are acknowledged for their previous work and encouraged for their future efforts.  The scholarships range from $400 to approximately $3,000 and are awarded throughout the year to deserving freshmen and transfer students. Musical Achievement scholars are expected to participate in ensembles and take private lessons in their instrument or voice.

The Musical Excellence Scholarship is new this year and will be awarded based on auditions taking place on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Crimi Auditorium. This is an opportunity to receive  a $5,000 per year scholarship. One vocalist and one pianist will win the competition. The scholarship recognizes excellence and although it is not limited to music majors, students majoring in music are encouraged to compete.  The scholarship is renewable for four years and also carries with it the requirement for participation and study in the music department.

Fredenburgh hopes students will take advantage of the scholarship opportunities. “If you are trying to decide whether to audition, you should do it as long as you are prepared and have the required literature learned,” she said. “The worst thing you can be told is ‘not this year.’ Your other academic scholarships still remain. Of course, if you try out and win, it will be big help toward tuition.”

The music scholarships complement a growing and vibrant music program at Aurora University. Fredenburgh credits students with the success of the program for their dedication to artistry and maturity as people and performers.

“Aurora is an exciting place to study music,” she added.  “It is important to me that students know they are studying with a set of faculty and peers who have a very strong ethic.  We take musical study seriously, and welcome more students who share this dedication to the arts.”