/ Music Department


Picture yourself on the Concert Hall stage, teaching in the music classroom or even in a musical production! Whatever it is, you can find it here.

The first step is to visit during one of our annual audition days. This is a great opportunity to tour our facility, meet faculty and students — and to be considered for the Distinguished Artist Award or one of our other talent-based music scholarships. Auditions are open to all prospective Hope students, on any instrument or voice, regardless of intended major. Music scholarship recipients are required to take lessons and participate in music department ensembles. A variety of music scholarships range up to $28,000 per year, per student.

Jack H. Miller Concert Hall

Music Scholarship Auditions

Audition Guidelines

  • Each audition will be approximately 10 minutes long
  • Audition pieces should be prepared in their entirety
  • Select literature that you have studied thoroughly and that you and your teacher believe represent your best work
  • Voice students: An accompanist will be provided if needed
  • Instrumentalists: You can either audition unaccompanied, or you can bring your own accompanist

Submit your DAA application 


We recommend that you prepare two or three contrasting selections that demonstrate a range of styles and abilities.

You may also be asked to sight read a short selection. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, so memorization is highly recommended, though not required.


Lora Kolean


We recommend that you play one slow and one quick piece:

  • One of the pieces must be by J.S. Bach
  • The other must have been composed after 1850

Memorization is encouraged, though not required. Furthermore, you will be expected to read at sight a short passage of organ music (i.e., using pedals) written on three staves.

You will be given ample opportunity to become acquainted with the organ you will be playing prior to the audition.


Dr. Huw Lewis


We recommend that you prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument.

For violin, viola, cello and string bass, we recommend that you choose from the following:

  • One movement (preferably first) from the standard concerto repertoire
  • One movement from a solo Bach sonata/partita/suite


Mihai Craioveanu

Winds and Percussion

For brass and wind instruments, we recommend that you prepare:

  • Major/minor scales
  • Two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument

For percussion, prepare an audition that demonstrates as much as possible the following characteristics:

  • The basic snare rudiments; a piece or etude on snare
  • Scales and a piece on a keyboard instrument
  • Work on an auxiliary instrument (timpani, for example)


Dr. Gabe Southard


We recommend that you prepare two songs of contrasting styles from the standard vocal repertoire. It is preferred that one of the selections to be in English and the other in a foreign language. 

  • Repertoire that is appropriate for solo and ensemble contests or NATS auditions is considered standard vocal repertoire
  • Popular songs, contemporary Christian literature and original compositions are not considered appropriate
  • Choose repertoire that you sing well and shows your voice to its best advantage
  • Selections should demonstrate the full range of the voice, expressive potential, and good diction
  • Memorization is expected

In addition to hearing the prepared solos, the voice faculty will have each student sing a short excerpt at sight and perform pitch patterns.

Please note that recorded accompaniments are not permitted, and students should not accompany themselves.


Dr. JungWoo Kim


For each instrument, please prepare the following:

  • Scales
  • Sight-reading
  • Two standard tunes
  • Improvisation

Winds: Scales, range/doubling, sight reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation

Piano/Guitar: Comping (different styles), sight-reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation

Bass: Walking (different styles), sight-reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation

Drums: Grooves (different styles), sight-reading, time/solo/time


Dr. Gabe Southard


Please submit two or three sample compositions (score and recording/midi file if possible) to waterstone@hope.edu, along with a resume or brief statement describing your previous experience and training in composition.


Professor Steve Talaga


If you are unable to attend one of our live audition days, please send us a recording by February 12, 2019! The requirements are the same; however, please note the following:

  • Print and complete the printable pre-recorded audition form.
  • Make an audition recording of the highest possible audio quality, following the repertoire guidelines (see below) for your instrument.
  • We accept CDs, DVDs and .mp3 files. If you wish to submit a video audition electronically, please make a private posting to YouTube and email the link.
  • If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, please include all audition information on one audition form, but record each instrument on a separate CD, DVD or .mp3 file.

Please send all CDs and DVDs, clearly labeled, to:

Kathy Waterstone, Office Manager
Hope College Department of Music
Jack Miller Center for the Musical Arts
221 Columbia Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

.mp3 files and YouTube links can be emailed to waterstone@hope.edu