Berry College Fine Arts Department - Audition and Scholarship Information


Music Scholarships

A leading destination for the fine and performing arts, the music program at Berry is built on a challenging and well-rounded academic curriculum; significant opportunities for student involvement including ensemble participation and paid work positions; and a faculty that consists of world-class performers, leading clinicians, and expert instructors. You may attend a lecture on world music, cheer on your best friend at their junior recital, and perform alongside one of the nation's top professional musicians... all in the same week! Whether you choose to major or minor in music, or simply wish to be part of an artistic community that encourages you to be your best in all aspects of your college experience, you can find your place at Berry.

Admission into the music program is delegated through an audition process. If you wish to participate in the music program as a major, minor, or ensemble performer, you should plan to schedule an audition. 

The following requirements are expected at auditions:

  • Strings - Two contrasting etudes, or two movements from solo literature. All-State audition material is acceptable.
  • Winds - Two contrasting etudes, or two movements from solo literature. All-State audition material is acceptable.
  • Percussion - Demonstration of All-State level material on two different percussion instruments – one musical selection on each.
  • Vocal - Two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire. Memorization and one foreign language piece is recommended, but not required.
  • Piano - Two contrasting movements/pieces from the classical repertoire. Memorization is recommended, but not required.
  • Viking Drumline - Rudiments: Double-stroke Roll, Single-stroke Roll, Flam Accent, Single Paradiddle; and a prepared solo or etude on snare drum.

The music program hosts two large audition days in February, or you may schedule an audition on a weekday as part of a visit experience that may include observing music classes or rehearsals, eating lunch with a current music student, and meeting with faculty. Complete the music audition application to schedule your audition. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Tessa Howard, Admissions Counselor, at thoward@berry.edu or 708.368.6909. 

Auditions are required for students to be considered for eligibility of scholarships and other department-sponsored financial aid. Academic standards and ensemble participation must be upheld in order to maintain departmental grants and scholarships. Music scholarships may be renewed and are reviewed annually by music faculty.

Theatre Scholarships

Scholarships in Theatre Arts are available for students who intend to major or minor in Theatre at Berry. Scholarships are available to students with experience and demonstrated talent in acting, stage management, playwriting and design/technical activity. Actors need to prepare two memorized, contemporary, contrasting monologues from a published play, approximately 60 seconds each in length (contrasting=serious/comedic). Faculty members in the Theatre program are looking for actors who are actively and imaginatively engaged in the pursuit of an intention/objective rather than merely demonstrating an emotion or personality. The most successful audition piece is one that actively reveals the experience of a person other than the actor him/herself. It is recommended that you select material that you respond to personally. Read the entire play before the audition. Work on the audition piece with advance preparation.

Some basic questions to consider when preparing your audition piece:

  • Who am I?
  • Where am I (what is the time, place)?
  • Who am I talking to
  • Why am I saying this now, or what makes it important to say this now?
  • What am I hoping to achieve by saying this? Or, how do I hope things will change because I say this?

Designers/technicians should be prepared to share a portfolio with design renderings, technical drawings (ground plans/light plots/costume renderings, etc.) as well as production photos. Stage managers should be prepared to share prompt scripts and playwrights should bring several writing samples.

All students are advised to bring a head shot, current resume, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, directors, etc. who can speak to your qualifications and dedication to theatre. During your time on campus we will interview you and provide a tour of our facilities. We would love to offer you the opportunity to sit in on a theatre class and/or a ticket to a production if applicable.

The theatre audition application will be available every fall, evaluated and awarded in the spring for the following year. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Tessa Howard, Admissions Counselor, at thoward@berry.edu or 708.368.6909.

We also recruit at the Georgia Thespian Conference, the Georgia Theatre Conference, the Tennessee Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference and by special arrangement for those unable to participate in any of the above opportunities.

Current Berry students may also apply for a scholarship, but must also audition or interview as incoming students do. Please contact Tessa Howard in Admissions to coordinate.

Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.