A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Presidential Scholarship

$50,000 award ($12,500 per year, renewable annually)

to the outstanding First-Year Student majoring in music at Houghton College.

$20,000 award ($5,000 renewable annually)

to a second outstanding First-Year Student music-major.

Audition is by invitation only.

Download the Presidential Scholarship Application (PDF), or read further:

Competition Information for the Presidential Scholarship:

  1. Competition Weekends:  January 24-25 & February 7-8, 2014
  2. To apply: submit an audition recording (CD, DVD, or VHS) and schedule an entrance audition.  Music for the recording should consist of two selections (may be from the guidelines below, or two other selections).  Include your name, repertoire titles, and composers on your recording.  (It is especially important to put your name on the CD, DVD, or VHS.)  This audition recording does not take the place of your entrance audition.
  3. Recordings must be submitted by December 1, 2013.
  4. Applicants will be invited to compete by December 15, 2013.
  5. The winner will be notified by mail by March 15, 2014.
  6. Application and recommendation forms for the Greatbatch School of Music will be sent upon receipt of the audition recording.
  7. The competition will be video-taped. The decision of the Presidential committee is final.


  1. The scholarship will be awarded only to an entering first-year student pursuing a bachelor of music degree.
  2. All entrants must have completed application procedures to Houghton College and the Greatbatch School of Music, including entrance audition, prior to their competition date.
  3. High-quality academic work is expected, as evidenced by high school record and SAT test scores.
  4. Entrants shall exhibit evidence of outstanding talent, potential, and solid preparation.
  5. Entrants must affirm a personal Christian commitment, undertaking to live this commitment in their daily lives and through their musical calling.


  1. The scholarship may be held for a maximum of four years, and will be forfeited if the recipient changes to a curriculum other than bachelor of music.
  2. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 in college work is required to retain the scholarship.


The Presidential Scholarship process will consist of two parts:
  1. An audition/interview with faculty in specialty, which will also serve as an entrance audition
  2. A performance of 10-15 minutes of music (composition applicants will perform at least one original piece live, and may also play recordings of other pieces, as appropriate)

Repertoire Guidelines for the Competition

Composition: Written scores (and recordings, if available) of two or three original compositions must be submitted. If invited for an audition, applicants will perform at least one original piece live, and may also play recordings of other pieces, as appropriate.

Instrumental: Three solo pieces or movements demonstrating both technical ability and legato technique. One piece should be from either the Baroque or the Classical era. At least one piece should be performed from memory.

Piano: Three selections from different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern) to be performed from memory.

Organ: Two selections from different style periods (one by Bach, if possible) on the organ, and one or two selections on the piano. Music may be used for the organ pieces, but the piano compositions should be performed from memory.

Voice: Four or five selections, demonstrating both legato singing and technical ability. The selections should be made from the standard repertoire of art song and easier operatic arias, and all should be performed from memory. At least one song in Italian from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and at least one German Lied (sung in either German or English) must be performed.