How To Join Us

We want to talk with you about your goals as a musician and how we can help you achieve them. Feel free to call or e-mail one of us so we can learn of your interests and answer your questions about our program. Whatever your course of study and career goals may be, there are opportunities for you in our department.

Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the Music Department awards a number of grants to singers and instrumentalists equal to the applied music fee for one year of private lessons. In addition, the Department awards other grants and prizes to first-year students and upperclassmen. Many of these are described below.

The Woman's Auxiliary Awards: to one first-year student and one junior each year, in the amount of $500.00.

Talent Awards: awarded on the basis of competitive auditions. Renewable for four years.

The Class of 1969 Prize: a cash prize to a current student, in any class, who is the winner of a competition recital held each spring semester.

The Baker Scholarship: awarded to one or more entering first-year students who show great musical promise. Renewable for a total of four years based on continued music growth.

To qualify for those awards for which they are eligible, prospective first-year students must have a completed application on file with the Office of Admissions and must audition for members of the music faculty before March 1. Notification of awards is made by April 15.

Audition Dates:
Nov. 8th, 2014
Feb. 7th, 2015
Feb. 14th, 2015

If you are unable to schedule an audition in person, you may submit a CD or DVD. Please include two contrasting pieces. For singers, one piece in a foreign language is highly recommended. Mail the recording to

Dr. Douglas Ovens
Music Department Chair
Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew St.
Allentown, PA 18104.

Auditions are held for College Choir only, and will generally take place during June Advising and the first week of classes. Auditions are generally not required to participate in any other ensemble. Enrollment occurs at the first meeting of each ensemble, which will be announced at June Advising.