Fine Arts Scholarships


  • All students who participate in Fine Arts receive a generous scholarship.
  • Multiple fine arts scholarships are available, depending on a student’s skills and interests.
  • While the majority of scholarships are awarded at Showcase Days throughout the school year, they may be awarded up until the new academic year begins.

Schedule an Audition or Art Portfolio Review

Attend one of six “Friends University Fine Arts Showcase Days” where you can audition for scholarships, attend classes, observe rehearsals and talk with current students and faculty.

October 18, 2019  |  November 11, 2019  |  December 6, 2019
January 24, 2020  |  February 17, 2020   |  March 27, 2020


Be sure to RSVP by filling out the Scholarship Application form.

If you cannot attend any of these showcase dates, or live too far away to come to campus, please select “to be arranged” on the form below. A professor will contact you about sending your materials electronically or scheduling an individual visit.

Audition/Scholarship Application Form

Requirements for Auditions in Dance, Drama, Music and Portfolio Reviews in the Visual Arts

Please prepare the listed requirements:

Art & Communications

  • Students must provide a portfolio or samples of their work for studio, graphics, media and journalism. The portfolio may be in the form of a book, CD, DVD and/or website.


  • Female dancers will need both ballet slippers and pointe shoes for the audition class. All dancers are asked to have either a classical ballet variation or a prepared solo to present.

Dance Minor

  • Students auditioning for a dance minor will need to prepare a 2-minute dance solo in ballet, tap or jazz to present.


  • Debate present 3-5 minute affirmative or negative position argument section on a current topic, similar to that of competition. For forensics may use a performance selection they competed with before or similar cutting from 2-4 minutes.


  • Students auditioning in this area should plan to present a memorized, 1- to 2-minute comic or dramatic monologue or a piece from a recent forensics competition. Students may also perform a “cold” reading as selected by the faculty members who are present.



  • A prepared solo for your voice type.

You may bring your own accompanist or one will be provided for you. Be sure to bring a copy of your music. All vocalists will audition in both vocal and choral areas.
During the choral audition, singers will be asked to vocalize to demonstrate vocal range and quality. In addition, you will also be asked to demonstrate tonal memory and sight reading skills.

Keyboard (Piano/Organ):

  • A memorized piece from the standard classical keyboard literature.
  • A representative technical work, such as a scale (3 octaves), exercise, or etude.

Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion:

  • A passage from a solo, etude, or KMEA audition music.
  • A piece from your band music.
  • If you play in jazz band, bring KMEA audition music or a piece from your jazz folder.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Double Bass:

  • One major and one minor scale of your choice (for people who intend to major in music: 3 octaves for violin/viola/cello, 2 octaves for bass)
  • A solo work of your choice
  • An etude or an orchestral excerpt, e.g. from a youth symphony audition or KMEA/District orchestra audition (optional)

Jazz Bass: 

  • Walking Bb and F blues changes
  • Solo over Bb or F blues changes
  • One standard jazz piece of your choice from the following list:
    • All Blues, All the Things You Are, Days of Wine and Roses, Green Dolphin Street, How High the Moon, Just Friends, Satin Doll, So What, Take the A Train, There Will Never Be Another You

Please plan to play the head and walk changes (music will be provided by the bass teacher upon request).


  • Reading music in open position
  • Open position chords
  • Barre chords
  • Jazz chords
  • Scales/modes
  • A piece in any style/genre that demonstrates technical ability