Music Talent Scholarship

Whittier College is pleased to offer special scholarships to entering first-years who demonstrate promise in music. 

Please visit the Department of Music page to learn more about the department's offerings.

Application Requirements

  • Music audition: See directions below
  • Music Essay: In 600 words or less, express the importance of music in your life presently and the place you believe it will hold in your future. Please write and save this essay in a format like Word, then be ready to copy and paste its contents into the application form when prompted. 
  • Music Instructor Recommendation: Ask a music teacher, band/orchestra/choir director, or private music instructor to agree to submit this recommendation. Make sure you have their current email address. You will input your instructor’s name and email into the application form. After you submit, we will contact your instructor directly with instructions for how to complete and submit your recommendation online.
  • After you have collected the above requirements, click the link at the bottom of this page to complete your application


All students who are considering applying for a Talent Scholarship must first be admitted to Whittier College. Therefore, it is recommended that students apply early to ensure that all documents are completed and submitted by the posted deadlines. 

Incoming First Years

The application is closed for Fall 2019. Deadlines for Fall 2020 are to be determined, however, you can expect the application deadline and live auditions to take place in late February or early March 2020.

Incoming Transfer Students – Fall 2019

Transfer Talent Applications for Fall 2019 are bring reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact for more information.

All Incoming Students – Spring 2020

Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

Instructor recommendation deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019


It is preferred that incoming first-year students entering Whittier in the fall semester audition in person. The live audition date for the Fall 2020 term is to be determined, however, it will likely take place in late February or early March 2020. You may be accompanied by one live musician. Taped accompaniments are strongly discouraged. The Music Department cannot provide an accompanist or accommodate live auditions on alternate dates. Students who are unable to attend the live audition must submit a YouTube audition.

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces; it is strongly preferred that one of these pieces be from the standard classical repertoire in your instrument or voice. Please consult with your music instructor to identify appropriate audition material from the standard repertoire for your instrument or voice. 

YouTube Auditions

Students unable to schedule a live audition must submit a video recording on YouTube. There are no live auditions for transfer students and spring semester applicants. Instead, please submit a YouTube audition. To submit your video audition, you will copy its link into your application form. Therefore, you must be prepared to submit this by the application date instead of the live audition date.

  • Make sure that your YouTube video is NOT set to Private
  • You may set the video to Unlisted to prevent unauthorized viewers
  • Title your video “Whittier Music Audition: [First and Last Name]”
  • Include the titles and composers of the works performed in your video description
  • You may submit one YouTube video with both audition pieces, or two separate YouTube videos, each with a single audition piece

Videos of live public performances will not be accepted. Treat this exactly as you would a live audition, performing solo or with one accompanist in a private room as though you were performing in front of the audition committee. 

Participation Requirements

Talent scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous study at Whittier College provided that the recipient meets the following requirements: 

  • Enrolls in Music 70, Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship during their first year (or transfers in comparable coursework)
  • Participates in a leadership capacity each semester in at least one Music Department-approved musical ensemble (requires course enrollment; course numbers vary per ensemble)
  • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5


The Talent Scholarship is currently closed to incoming first years for Fall 2019. Transfer applications are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please email us to request access to the application form. Best of luck! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ. You may contact David Laine at if you require further assistance.