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2015 Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship Day

Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015, is an opportunity for high school seniors to compete for renewable scholarships in Fine & Performing Arts.


Theatre & Musical Theatre:

Theatre Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview with the theatre faculty. For musical theatre, the audition consists of sixteen measures each from two Broadway/Off Broadway songs and one monologue of no longer than one minute in length. Auditionees should choose material close to their age and experience—please, no Shakespeare or dialects. No tapes or CDs. An accompanist will be provided. For theatre, the audition consists of two monologues of no longer than one minute in length each. Each auditionee should provide an 8x10 headshot along with a resume and any letters of support.

All auditionees will participate in theatre games and have the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with a theatre faculty member. Students interested in technical theatre and design should bring with them a portfolio of their work.

If you are unable to attend the theatre audition on February 14, please contact Alan Litsey at (800) 523-5793, extension 4788, or (205) 226-4788 to schedule an alternative date. For more information, see our Theatre Scholarship page.


Art scholarships are awarded on the basis of a portfolio and an interview with each participant. The portfolio should contain only two-dimensional work. Three-dimensional work and large work should be presented as photographs or on CD/DVD. Portfolios should be brought to the Doris Wainwright Kennedy Art Center on the day of the competition.

The portfolio should also include:

  • Portrait or self-portrait in graphite from life, not from a photograph
  • Still life in color
  • Hand or foot
  • Perspective
  • Mixed media drawing
  • Short written artist statement
  • Sketchbooks are encouraged

Art History scholarships are awarded on the basis of a writing sample and an interview with each candidate. The writing sample should be a one- to two-page visual analysis of an artwork of the student's choosing, and should include a scanned or photocopied reproduction of the artwork analyzed. Writing samples should be brought to the Doris Wainwright Kennedy Art Center on the day of the competition.

Tours of the Azar Art Studios, digital computer lab, Durbin Gallery, and campus tours will be offered, as well as the opportunity to talk informally with current students, recent graduates, and parents of art students.

For more information, contact Judy Pandelis, office manager for the Art and Art History Department, at 1(800) 523-5793, extension 4928, (205) 226-4928, or


Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of an audition and an interview.

  • Singers are expected to sing at least two songs from memory in contrasting style.
  • Pianists are expected to play from memory two pieces of at least the difficulty of the Bach Inventions or the sonatas of Haydn or Mozart.
  • Organists are expected to play one of the easier Bach preludes and fugues or works of comparable difficulty. Organists are also expected to show competence on the piano.
  • Instrumentalists or guitarists should play two pieces or etudes in contrasting styles.
  • Composers should bring two or more original compositions and recordings (if available) with them. Composition scholarships are awarded to incoming composition majors based on the quality of the student's original work.
  • Students interested in church music or music history should audition in their principal instrument.

For more information, contact Dr. Lester Seigel at (800) 523-5793, extension 4957, (205) 226-4957, or

You must fill out and submit a Reservation Form prior to February 10, 2015, to be eligible for the competition.