Top of page
Skip to main content
Main content

Merit Scholarships for Prospective Students

The Department of Music, in partnership with the Office of Admissions & the Emory Scholars Program, offers a number of merit scholarships. These include both the Woodruff Music Scholarships and the Music Liberal Arts Scholarships (open to incoming freshmen only) - both tenable for all four years of study. Music Liberal Arts Scholarships offer half-tuition awards (currently worth approximately $100,000) while Woodruff Scholarships can be full tuition or full tuition, room, and board (a current total value of over $270,000). These scholarship opportunities are available for candidates who demonstrate exceptional and advanced talent in music performance in addition to exemplary academics.

Music merit award recipients are usually Music Majors (of double majors) but it is not a requirement to major in music as a recipient of the scholarship. It is actually quite typical of the vast majority of Emory undergraduates (upwards of 90%) to be double majors in a broad range of subjects while pursuing paths including pre-med, pre-law, business, the humanities, the pure sciences, social sciences, and the Arts. The ensemble rosters for the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble are excellent examples of the diversity found in our community of music students.

In order to be considered, candidates must apply for the Emory Scholars Program via the Common App by the deadline of November 15, and have completed an audition by December 4. Auditions may be scheduled by contacting Dr. Paul Bhasin.

Finalists for Music Scholarships will be invited to participate in on-campus programs to be held in late March/early April as a final step in the selection process. Students are also strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to meet faculty and current students, take a consultation lesson, and experience the Music facilities on campus.

All applicants for merit scholarships will be considered simultaneously for the Music Woodruff and Music Liberal Arts Scholarships.

Audition requirements for each area can be found on our Auditions page.

Specific questions related to these requirements should be directed to the area coordinator below.

Orchestral Studies (strings and harp) and Wind Studies (all winds and percussion)
Paul Bhasin
Director of Orchestral Studies
Elena Cholakova
Director of Piano Studies

Bethany Mamola
Director of Vocal Studies

Gary Motley
Director of Jazz Studies