Scholarships and Auditions

Opera Scholarships

Thank you for considering being a part of APU Opera and the School of Music! A limited number of partial scholarships are awarded to students showing promise as a singer/performer in the field of opera. It is our hope that these partial scholarships express our enthusiasm for having you study with us.

APU Opera scholarship recipients are required to participate as cast in opera productions and to conduct themselves as exemplary and professional young artists in all opera rehearsals, workshops, and performances.

Scholarship Auditions

To apply for an opera scholarship, prospective students must complete the Opera Audition and Scholarship Application (PDF) by Saturday, March 1, 2015. Any submissions received after March 1 will be considered as funds permit. Students must audition in person or via mail by submitting a resume, photo, and DVD. Materials will not be returned to applicants. In-person auditions are held on campus at each of the APU Preview events, or appointments may be scheduled by emailing Harold Clousing, the director of vocal studies, at You may also contact the School of Music by calling (626) 815-3848. Students should specify that they wish to have an opera scholarship audition and interview.

Attend a special “Visit APU Opera” event on Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February 21, where you can audition for scholarships and participate in special events and informational workshops on the university, the School of Music, and the opera program. You are invited to attend an orchestra dress rehearsal of APU Opera’s production of Handel's Ariodante at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Perform three songs in contrasting styles and moods. Songs must be memorized. You may choose from the following:

  • One or two classical art songs or arias, preferably in Italian, German, or French
  • One classical art song, hymn, or aria in English
  • One musical theater or light opera selection

If sending a DVD, it should contain a short introduction of you speaking directly into the camera and then performing.

For more information about opera scholarships in general, please contact Melanie Galloway, DMA, artistic director of opera, at

Other Scholarships

High school seniors and transfer undergraduate students may receive additional APU Opera scholarships by successfully competing in the Classical Singer National Competition. APU will host one of the preliminary rounds on campus on Saturday, February 28, 2015.