Department of Music and Theatre

Scholarships and Grants

Only Music majors can apply for the Music Scholarships and Music Grants. Non-Music majors should apply for Performing Arts Grants.


  • Be admitted to Xavier University and complete the Music Department Audition Application.
  • Intend to major in music or music education.
  • Display musicianship and proficiency in their primary voice or instrument.


The music scholarship and grants are renewable each year for four years provided the recipient:

  • Remain enrolled as a music major full-time and actively pursue the degree
  • Participate in a large ensemble as assigned by music faculty
  • Earn a B or better in private lessons and ensembles
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in music courses
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA overall

Awards are contingent upon admission to Xavier.

Audition Preparation

Students should prepare two music selections of contrasting styles and time periods. Students may want to consult with their private instructor or music director.

  • Voice Students: One selection should be in a language other than English. Students should be prepared to sight-read.
  • Instrumental Students: Students should be prepared to play two-octave major and minor scales as well as a full-range chromatic scale.
  • Percussion Students: Click here for guidelines

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who are unable to attend audition dates due to travel distance have the option to send in recordings of audition materials. We recommend uploading recordings to YouTube or Dropbox, and email the share links to Recorded auditions should be submitted no later than February 20, 2022 in order to be considered for the first-round of awards.

Additional Information


Parking is fairly available throughout campus. Feel free to park either on University Drive (next to the Edgecliff building), in the Alumni Center lot or in the Cintas lot.

Arrival and Check-In

Enter Edgecliff Hall (which is the first building bordering Dana Ave and University Drive) and check-in. You will then be directed to the appropriate audition room. Should you choose to arrive early to warm up, a practice studio will be made available to you.

Scholarship Types

Louise Dieterle Nippert Music Education Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to outstanding music education applicants based on musical proficiency and achievement.

Mother McAuley Music Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to outstanding music applicants based on musical proficiency and achievement.

Music Grants

The department offers music grants in varying amounts up to $5,000 to students who intend to major in music.