The Music Department awards a number of scholarships annually to first-year students. All scholarships are available regardless of whether a student majors in music.
Based upon the submitted Special Application Scholarship materials, approximately 10-15 students are invited to the campus to audition during Scholars Celebration and Decision Davidson Weekend in April.
The Donald B. Plott and J. Estes Millner Scholarships provide several scholarships of up to $10,000 on the basis of the results of that audition. Plott and Millner Scholars also have the option of enrolling in applied music lessons, either half-hour (non-credit) or one-hour lessons (credit or non-credit), the cost of which will be covered by the Music Department.
The awards are renewable for the recipients' remaining three years at Davidson, provided they:
Students wishing to apply must submit the following by the deadline date of their chosen application plan: Early Decision I - November 15; Early Decision II or Regular Decision - January 2.
Three contrasting songs or arias: One Italian art song or aria from the 17th or 18th centuries, one song in English from any period (excluding musical theater), and one work of the singer's choice.
All selections must be performed in their entirety, although long instrumental accompaniments may be shortened. Unless written for unaccompanied voice, the selections should be accompanied. The selections should demonstrate the singer's musical sensitivity and technical proficiency.
Three movements or works: One from the Baroque era, one from a Classical sonata, and one from the Romantic era.
Two selections from the standard repertoire of one's instrument: One should be of moderate or fast tempo, demonstrating technical proficiency and one should be slower, demonstrating musical sensitivity.
Unless written as a concert piece for unaccompanied instrument, such as a Bach suite or a percussion solo, the selections should be accompanied.
On-campus auditions are strictly limited to ten minutes. The music may be the same pieces submitted on the audition recording with adjustments as necessary to achieve the time limits. If different, choose a piece or movement that will showcase your talent and abilities.
Pianists and vocalists are strongly encouraged to perform from memory.
You must bring an original copy of the music or a copy legally downloaded in the public domain to the audition performance.
For more information on music scholarships, contact Christine Tabor or call 704-894-2357.