Our Music Merit Scholarship Program is open to young instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 2–12. 

Applications close on May 24, 2024. Audition results will be shared on a rolling basis but not more than three weeks after auditions. 


Applicants should prepare about 5-10 minutes of solo music. NYSSMA pieces are acceptable, although specific pieces are not required. Students may be asked to play scales and/or perform sight reading. Students should not play band or orchestra pieces from school.  

Students must have at least one year of experience playing their instrument and must be able to read sheet music. Students must also submit a teacher recommendation letter. Letters can be emailed directly to enrollment@usdan.org. Teachers can use our recommendation letter tips for help writing their letters. 

Students are not required to enroll in camp before their audition but are encouraged as classes may fill up before final decisions are released.  


Students should complete the brief application below and complete an audition. Students can choose to audition live on campus or virtually via Microsoft Teams. Auditions can be scheduled once the application is submitted using the link on the confirmation page. Alternatively, applicants can submit a pre-recorded audition with their application. Please note, preference will be given to students who choose to do a live audition, either on campus or virtually. 

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