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School of Music

Music Scholarships & Financial Aid

Merit and Talent Awards for New Students

Financial assistance may come from several different sources. Merit scholarships and Jordan College of the Arts Awards are offered to students who demonstrate a strong record of academic excellence in high school or display promise in the performing arts. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website to learn more about financial aid options. 

For Music majors:

  • Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Awards in music are merit-based awards available for music majors only. Students will be considered for a JCA Award in music during their audition for admittance into the School of Music. Auditions must be completed prior to February 20 for JCA Award consideration. Notification of any award available to the student will be communicated in mid-March. 

For questions or additional information, contact Amy Barnes, Associate Director of Recruitment, Jordan College of the Arts at 317-940-9656 or

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Dean's Scholarships (for high school juniors)

As part of the partnership between Butler University and Music for All, the Butler University School of Music is pleased to offer current high school juniors who participate in the Music for All National Festival during their junior year to audition for a Dean's Scholarship. Scholarships will be half to full tuition! Learn More.

Ensemble Participation Scholarships (for Non-Majors)

A number of scholarships (generally up to $2000 per year) are available for non-music majors interested in participating in major choral and instrumental ensembles through the School of Music.  Eligible ensembles include:

  • Butler Symphony Orchestra
  • Butler University Wind Ensemble
  • Butler University Symphonic Band
  • Butler Chorale
  • University Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble

Awards are renewable up to seven (7) semesters as long as the student maintains good academic and musical standing at Butler.  Awards are based upon musicianship, academic record, and ensemble needs in the School of Music. An audition is required. Continued eligibility for Ensemble Participation Scholarships requires registration in the ensemble and secondary-level applied music lessons (cannot be taken P/F or for non-credit).  A "B" or higher is required for both ensemble and lessons to remain in good standing.

To be considered for an Ensemble Participation Scholarship (EPS):

Please complete the Ensemble Participation Scholarship Audition Registration Form. If you have any questions about the scholarship or audition process, please contact the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.

EPS Audition Dates for students applying for Fall 2020 entry**:

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 COMPLETE
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020

**All auditions must be completed NO LATER than Saturday, February 21 in order to be considered for an EPS. If you have significant conflicts with the above dates, or cannot attend an on-campus audition, please contact Courtney Trachsel at

Audition requirements are as follows:

  • Vocalists: solo repertoire of your choice OR "America the Beautiful" and sight reading.
  • Instrumentalists: solo repertoire of your choice, scales and sight reading.

Questions about a particular ensemble? Contact:

Butler Symphony Orchestra - Prof. Richard Clark at or 317-940-8031
University Wind Ensemble - Prof. Michael Colburn at or 317-940-6672
Butler University Symphonic Band- Dr. Brian Weidner at or 317-940-6115
University Chorale - Dr. Eric Stark at or 317-940-9981
University Choir - Dr. John Perkins at or 317-940-9636

Named Scholarships, Awards and Prizes for Returning Students