The Phoenix Band Scholars is a selective merit-based program for academically and musically strong students who have a passion and demonstrated interest in instrumental music. Fifteen Phoenix Band Scholars are selected each year and awarded a $5,000 scholarship annually.

Program Highlights

As a Phoenix Band Scholar, you will immediately join a group of skilled musicians who are dedicated to continuing their studies in music by performing in various instrumental ensembles. This program is designed to foster a lifelong passion for music.

During the four-year program, you will:

  • Perform with the Phoenix Winds Ensemble each semester.
  • Perform with the Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band each fall semester.
  • Participate in leadership opportunities that interest you.

YEAR ONE

In the first year, students deepen their understanding and performance through engaging opportunities with a variety of musical ensembles.

  • Take MUS 1010B: Wind Ensemble (fall and spring semesters).
  • Take MUS 1020A: Marching Band (fall semester).
  • Explore a variety of music in each ensemble.
  • Perform one to two concerts each semester with the wind ensemble.
  • Perform at all home football games.

YEAR TWO

The second year of the program is devoted to student leadership experiences in the band. Students have an opportunity to earn service Experiential Learning Requirements (ELR) through the band program.

  • Take MUS 1010B: Wind Ensemble (fall and spring semesters).
  • Take MUS 1020A: Marching Band (fall semester).
  • Participate in leadership experiences within the band program.
  • Explore a variety of music in each ensemble.
  • Perform one to two concerts each semester with the wind ensemble.
  • Perform at all home football games.

YEAR THREE AND FOUR

The third and fourth year of the program is designed to allow students to participate in band while focusing on their degree program.

Ready to Apply?

The Scholars application is due January 17. Students may apply for up to two Fellows and two Scholars programs. An unedited video recording demonstrating musical ability is required. Students with substantial and broad leadership experiences in their high school and/or communities are competitive candidates for Elon’s Scholars programs. Fifteen Phoenix Band Scholars are selected in each first-year class.

Video Submission

Submit/Upload an unedited video recording in which they introduce themselves and perform:

  • Any five chromatically adjacent major scales (e.g., C, D-flat, D, E-flat, and E) in any rhythm and range you choose. Greater range and speed will improve your score if performed well. Arpeggios are not necessary.
  • A Chromatic scale through the full practical range of your instrument.
  • A solo/etude (approximately 3-5 minutes in length) that has contrasting sections (lyrical and technical) to demonstrate their musical ability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you recommend any audition etudes?

We don’t have any specific recommendations, but All-State Band etudes are good examples. Also consider etudes from any method book you use. Your technical etude should show us how you perform technically demanding music. The lyrical etude should exhibit your tone and musicality in slower passages. However, you should also strive for outstanding tone and musicality in your technical etude and accuracy in your lyrical etude. The bottom line is to select etudes that show us what you can do rather than what you can’t do.

What are you listening for in the audition?

We are trying to determine how likely you are to be a strong contributor to the Elon Band program. We are interested in finding exceptional musicians who exhibit thorough preparation by performing:

  • with confidence and a clear characteristic tone throughout the range of their instrument
  • with accuracy of pitch (intonation), rhythm, and tempo
  • with a wide dynamic range informed by printed instructions and personal musical judgment
  • with an educated and conscientious approach to musical style
  • with attention to detail of every aspect of musical performance
  • on an instrument that has been well maintained and is in good working order
  • with accuracy, musicality, and a steady tempo