We are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for instrumental, orchestral, and choral musicians in support of our large ensembles on campus. These scholarships are for full-time entering freshmen who display strong musical talent and start at $2,500/year (the scholarships are renewable). You do not need to be a music major to receive an ensemble performance scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be obligated to perform in one of our large instrumental performing ensembles, which include the Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choral Society, and Chamber Singers. 

There are also academic scholarships available to incoming freshmen majoring in Music Composition & Technology, and Music Industry, and who are pursuing a BA in Music.

If interested, please contact Professor Allison Cockshaw-Betsold at a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu.

Auditions

EVERYONE interested in the Wind Ensemble, Choral, Orchestral, or Pep Band scholarships must first prepare an electronic video audition. If you are competitive for a scholarship, we may ask to see you in person, or to do a second round by Skype/FaceTime if you’re not available when we are. Students should prepare two excerpts in contrasting styles – one technical and one lyrical. Each excerpt should be no longer than two minutes in length. You do not need to play scales. All submissions will be viewed by Professor Allison Cockshaw-Betsold. Additionally, Wind/Brass/Percussion audition videos will be reviewed by Professor Allen Feinstein, NU’s Director of Bands, Choral submissions by Prof. Joshua Jacobson, and String submissions by Prof. Evan Bennett.

Video Guidelines
Video auditions should be posted on YouTube and a link should be emailed to Professor Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu). You may decide to make your video unlisted so that only someone with the direct link can view your video. In the email with the link please include your name and the ensemble(s) you are interested in. Please refer to the tabs for further information.

 

Students majoring in Music Industry should submit their portfolio to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline. Your portfolio should include concerts you’ve promoted, musical groups you’ve managed, web designs, music composed for films and/or advertising, music published, etc. Samples of you performing on your primary instrument/voice are not required but will be considered if included. Portfolios will be reviewed by Professor Betsold and the Music Industry faculty and award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Students majoring in Music Technology and Composition should submit their portfolio to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline. Your portfolio should contain audio samples of your compositions, scores and sketches, performance accolades, etc. Samples of you performing on your primary instrument/voice are not required but will be considered if included. Portfolios will be reviewed by Professor Betsold and the Music T&C faculty, and award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Students pursuing a BA in music should record a 5 minute video showcasing their performance ability. The video should include a portion of slow and lyrical music as well as faster more technical music. The video must show the student physically playing the instrument. Accompaniment is not required. Audio files will not be considered when reviewing applications. Videos should be sent electronically via YouTube or a similar application to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline. Award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Students interested in performing with the NU Wind Ensemble should record a 4 minute video showcasing their performance ability. The video should include 2 minutes of slow and lyrical music as well as 2 minutes of faster more technical music. The video must show the student physically playing the instrument. Accompaniment is not required. Audio files will not be considered when reviewing applications. Videos should be sent electronically via YouTube or a similar application to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline. When you submit the video you must also specify which ensemble(s) you are interested in. Award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Students interested in performing with the NU Symphony Orchestra should record a 4 minute video showcasing their performance ability. The video should include 2 minutes of slow and lyrical music as well as 2 minutes of faster more technical music. The video must show the student physically playing the instrument. Accompaniment is not required. Audio files will not be considered when reviewing applications. Videos should be sent electronically via YouTube or a similar application to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline. When you submit the video you must also specify which ensemble(s) you are interested in.  Award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Students interested in performing with the NU Choral Society should record a 4 minute video showcasing their performance ability. The video should include 2 minutes of slow and lyrical music as well as 2 minutes of faster more technical music. The video must show the student singing live. Accompaniment is not required. Audio files will not be considered when reviewing applications. Videos should be sent electronically via YouTube or a similar application to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline.  Award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Students interested in performing with the NU Pep Band should record a 4 minute video showcasing their performance ability. The video should include 2 minutes of slow and lyrical music as well as 2 minutes of faster more technical music. The video must show the student physically playing the instrument. Accompaniment is not required. Audio files will not be considered when reviewing applications. Videos should be sent electronically via YouTube or a similar application to Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu) by the March 15 deadline. When you submit the video you must also specify which ensemble(s) you are interested in.  Award notifications will be sent out April 1. Please refer to the FAQs tab if you have any questions about the application process. Any further questions can be sent to Professor Betsold.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be a music major to get a scholarship?
A. No. All full-time entering freshmen are eligible.

Q. Do I need to submit a letter of recommendation?
A. No.

Q. Are there scholarships for concert band instruments?
A. Yes. Eligible instruments include flute/piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, A/T/B saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, concert percussion. Students who perform on these instruments may audition for Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Pep Band, or any combination of the three. In the case of the Pep Band, we are also interested in Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, and Drum Set.

Q. Are there scholarships for violinists, violists, cellists, or upright bassists?
A. Yes. Students receiving a scholarship will be expected to perform as a member of the NU Symphony Orchestra. 

Q. Are there scholarships for singers?
A. Yes. Students receiving a scholarship will be expected to sing as a member of the NU Choral Society and the NU Chamber Singers (or, if appropriate, another faculty directed vocal ensemble). 

Q. Is my scholarship renewable?
A. Scholarships are renewable on a semester to semester basis. If you continue to meet the requirements put in place by your ensemble director your scholarship will remain in tact. If you fail to meet the course requirements, your director reserves the right to withdraw your scholarship.

Q. Can I receive the scholarship while on co-op?
A. If you are on co-op, but are still involved with your designated ensemble, your scholarship will continue to be applied. If you are not able to participate in your ensemble during your co-op, your scholarship will be placed on hold and will be reactivated once you are able to re-enroll. Students majoring in Music Industry, Music Comp/Tech, or enrolled in the BA program will have their scholarships placed on hold during co-op. Scholarships will be reactivated upon re-enrollment in fall/spring classes.

Q. I am a percussionist. How should I prepare my audition?
A. Percussionists auditioning for Wind Ensemble and/or Symphony Orchestra should show examples of playing concert snare drum, mallet percussion, and timpani.

Q. I am a drum set player. How should I prepare my audition?
A. Drummers should exhibit knowledge of several different groove styles including, but not limited to, rock and roll, pop, funk, and swing. Players should also demonstrate the ability to solo in a pop-rock style.

Q. Are there scholarships for guitarists?
A. Yes. In the case of the Pep Band, we are considering guitarists with a strong background in rock and roll, pop, funk, and jazz. You must be able to read music (both notation and chord changes) and have a strong concept of the guitarists’ role within the rhythm section, and with the various tones that are capable from the pickups, pedals, and amps available. Please submit a video which demonstrates your knowledge of the various musical styles mentioned above. The video should contain 4 minutes of music. Ability to improvise a solo is preferred.

Q. Are there scholarships for bass guitarists?
A. Yes. In the case of the Pep Band, we are considering bass guitarists with a strong background in rock and roll, pop, funk, and jazz. You must be able to read music (both notation and chord changes) and have a strong concept of the bass guitarists’ role within the rhythm section, and with the various tones that are capable from the pickups, pedals, and amps available. Please submit a video containing 4 minutes of music that demonstrates impeccable time, knowledge of style, great tone, and aggressive playing. We’re looking for great rhythm section playing, not solo bass etudes.

Q. Are there scholarships for pianists?
A. There are no scholarships available for pianists

Q. I play several instruments. Should I audition on all of them?
A. Yes. You should submit separate videos for the different instruments. Please indicate which ensembles you prefer to play in each time. Only one video is required from saxophonists.

Q. Who can I contact for more information?
A. If you have questions about the musical part of the audition, or questions about our program, and audition scheduling, email Professor Allison Cockshaw-Betsold (a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu).