Music Scholarship Auditions

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements at Rhodes College, students wishing to major in music at Rhodes also should be able to demonstrate sufficient technical and musical skill to undertake college-level music instruction.

An assessment hearing and a music theory placement test will be administered to all incoming students considering music as a major at Rhodes, so that music faculty can determine the applicant’s chances of success as a music major. The results of the assessment hearing and the theory placement test help faculty assess the student’s potential for success as a music major at Rhodes and do not affect acceptance to the College.

In addition to the normal application to the college, students must schedule and complete the music assessment hearing on one of the dates offered by the Department of Music, or by appointment in event the student cannot make any of the established hearing dates. Applicants may also complete the theory placement test on that date or do this online prior to the assessment hearing.

The music theory placement test assesses the applicant’s level of musical knowledge and may allow advanced students to place out of lower-level music theory classes.  No credit will be given for placing out of a class, but the student will be allowed to proceed to the next level in the theory sequence.

For guidance on how to prepare a successful music hearing with Music Department faculty, please see the Department website or contact the Department of Music office at (901) 843-3775, or write Brittany Cooper, Musical Arts Coordinator at

Music Scholarship Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016

Music scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in music performance.  Scholarships range anywhere from $500 to $13,000 per year.  Incoming students interested in these scholarships are required to audition in person.  The audition process requires the following:

  • Complete application form: Music Scholarship Application (PDF available as a link by mid-September)
  • Two letters of recommendation, performing resume, a brief essay and a theory assessment (see details in the Music Scholarship Application, PDF link on line above)
  • Audition: Vocal Applicants, Piano ApplicantsOrchestral ApplicantsJazz Applicants

Enrolled Student Music Awards

The following awards are available to students currently enrolled at Rhodes College:

The Diehl Scholarship in Voice was established in memory of Mrs. Christiana Nolte Diehl and Mrs. Katherine Ireys Diehl by members of the Diehl family and friends. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student majoring in voice whose previous record indicates that graduation with academic honors will be attained. The award is to be announced at the end of the student′s junior year.

The Cornelia Loper Lipscomb Music Scholarship was established by Edward L. Lipscomb of Memphis, father of Nell Lipscomb Martin and alumnae Martha Lipscomb Whitla ′57 and Lynda Lipscomb Patton ′60, in memory of his wife and their mother. Preference is given to a female music student from a Southern state.

The Jane Soderstrom Award is presented annually to the outstanding senior music major.

The Louise Mercer Award is presented annually to the student, regardless of class or major, who has done the most for music at Rhodes.

The Ruth Sherman Hyde Award is presented annually to a rising senior for summer study or activity in music.

The Ruth Moore Cobb Award in Instrumental Music is awarded by the music faculty to the most outstanding student instrumentalist.

The Louis Nicolas Award in Vocal Music is presented anually to the outstanding student singer in the department of music.

The Cauthen Orchestra Soloist Competition Award is presented to the student, regardless of class or major, who wins the competition.