Scholarship Information


Each year, Purdue Bands & Orchestras awards over $350,000 in scholarship support. With a department of 1000+ students, we want to be sure no student is denied the opportunity to continue playing and performing at the collegiate level.

Incoming freshman instrumentalists have the opportunity to audition for the Leath Scholarship on February 9th, 2019.

Upperclassmen (sophomores-seniors) apply for scholarships via an online application form each semester.  Selection is determined by the faculty. This opportunity is open to every student who is enrolled in one of our classes at the time applications are due.

Leath Scholarship

Incoming freshman instrumentalists will have the opportunity to audition for the Leath Scholarship on Saturday, February 9th, 2019.  Purdue Bands & Orchestras will host a day featuring a scholarship audition and optional informational meeting and/or campus tour. Virtual Auditions will be offered for out-of-state students and those unable to attend the on-campus audition. All video audition submissions will be due by Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 8 pm. For more information regarding video submissions, see below.

This scholarship opportunity is open to instrumentalists only. Auditions for pianists are strictly limited to jazz piano. 

Members of the faculty will review all auditions and select recipients.  All scholarship offers will be made after May 1st.  Approximately 25-30 students will receive a one-time scholarship gift (maximum of $1,500 for in-state recipients and $2,500 for out-of-state recipients.)

Saturday, February 9th Schedule:

Wind and Percussion Auditions: Time TBD, (Elliott Hall of Music)

String Auditions:  Time TBD, (Elliott Hall of Music)

Jazz Auditions:  Time TBD, (Slayter Center for the Performing Arts)

Learn More about Purdue Bands & Orchestras:  9 am to 5 pm (Elliott Hall, Room 137)

  • Parents and prospective students are encouraged to meet personally with our Recruitment & Communications Specialist, Caitlin Benner, for more information about Purdue Bands & Orchestras’ opportunities.
  • To schedule a meeting with Caitlin, please email caitlin@purdue.edu once you have received your audition time.

Campus Tours:

  • There will be several opportunities to go on a casual tour led by current Purdue Bands & Orchestras students throughout the day.
  • Tours will leave from inside the entryway of Elliott Hall of Music.

Audition Material Information:

Jazz Auditions:  Students wishing to audition as a jazz instrumentalist will need to prepare one of our jazz audition etudes. Click here to access the appropriate etudes. The password is “audition.” Scroll down until you find the appropriate etude under “Jazz Bands Audition Excerpts.” Feel free to choose either etude to prepare. Please also prepare one of the two provided scales. Improvisation is optional.

Concert Band & Orchestra Auditions:  Students wishing to audition as a classical instrumentalist should prepare an advanced, professional level solo piece from your state’s required Solo & Ensemble list, without accompaniment. Please direct questions regarding what would be considered suitable advanced repertoire to your private teacher or band and orchestra director. Concert Band instrumentalists should also prepare two, two octave major scales. Violin players should choose two from A, C, or E-flat major; Viola/Cello players should choose two from D, F, or A major; Bass players should choose two from E, F, or G major. Three octaves, ascending and descending.

Can I audition for Jazz and Concert/Orchestra?  If you would like to audition as a jazz and classical instrumentalist, you may prepare for both auditions. You will be required to sign-up for two separate auditions for February 9th, 2019.

Virtual Auditions:  All video audition submissions will be due by Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 8 pm. You may send a video submission as an attachment or send a link via YouTube or Dropbox.

Please include the following in your Video Audition, before you begin to play:

  • Name
  • Instrument
  • Hometown/State
  • High School
  • Have you been accepted to Purdue?
  • Have you accepted your admit to Purdue?
  • Name and composer of the piece you are playing

Thank you to our donors!

Al & Gladys Wright Hall of Fame Award
Black & Gold Legacy Scholarship
Carolyn Gephart Oboe Scholarship
Chameleon Jazz Band Scholarship
Charles Hass Memorial Scholarship
Concert Band Scholarship
David Foertsch Memorial Brass Award
David M. Martin Band Scholarship
Dingledine Twirling Line Scholarship
Emery Steiner Memorial Scholarship
Hagle Scholars
Herb & Janice Wilson Band Student in Engineering Scholarship
Jesse O. Ballard Band Scholarship
Joe & Kathleen Berger Jazz Band Scholarship
John W. Ryan Scholarship
June & Jerry Lauer Golden Girl Scholarship
Karen Steinhoff Price Memorial Scholarship
Kohl Chief of Staff Scholarship
Lillian & R.B. Stewart Award of Musical Excellence
Lisa Todd Girl-in-Black Scholarship
Lynn Michelle LeMay Memorial Flute Award
Martin-Dodd Jazz Band Scholarship
Maxine Lefever “All-American” Percussionist Award
Mike Allen Drum Major Scholarship
Molly Barber Memorial Band Scholarship
Paul “Spotts” Emrick Award
Paul Towner Outstanding Trombonist Award
Pauline & Suzanne Wiscaver-Alston Scholarship
Purdue Orchestra Scholarship
R. Owen Severance Scholarship
Richard & Connie Grade Award of Honor
Rick Wunder Memorial Scholarship
Robert & Trudy Hull Band Scholarship
Robert H. Booth Memorial Scholarship
Tom Miller “All-American” Marching Band Scholarship
Wilson Student Leader Band Scholarship

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