Arts Scholars Day

About

The Millsaps College Arts Scholars program is designed for applying high school seniors and transfer students who will either be majoring in the arts at Millsaps or be non-majors participating in the arts during their time at the college. These scholarships are available in the disciplines of Art History, Creative Writing, Music, Studio Art, and Theatre, and are awarded based on portfolio reviews, auditions, and/or interviews, which take place annually on campus during Arts Scholars Day.

In 2017, $500 to $9,000 per year were awarded to qualifying Arts Scholars in addition to the merit-based scholarships students had already received upon their acceptance to the college. Students may audition in multiple disciplines (Art and Music, Music and Creative Writing, etc.). In music, students may also audition in multiple areas or concentrations (vocal and instrumental, instrumental and composition, etc.).

To be considered for these scholarships, interested students must apply to the college by December 15, 2017.

Additionally, students must:

  • Complete their Arts Scholars application.
  • Submit any supplemental material, which is listed below.
  • Have an instructor or teacher who is familiar with your work submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf directly to Arts Scholars program coordinator.

All materials listed above should be submitted to Admissions no later than Friday, January 12, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.

Confirmation of completion of your application will be sent via email, as well as details regarding audition or interview times, practice/warm-up information, and directions to Millsaps College.

If you are interested in the Arts Scholars program but cannot audition/interview in person on January 26, please contact the Arts Scholars program coordinator, admissions@millsaps.edu or 601.974.1050. An alternative audition and/or portfolio review date must be requested by January 12th for students with significant conflicts and for long-distance applicants.

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Art

Art Students

Art: Art History

To complete your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, you must submit the following three writing samples, to be received by January 12:

  1. One humanities paper written during high school.
  2. One paragraph on why you are interested in art history.
  3. One one-to-two-page essay discussing an artwork of your choosing.

For the essay in which you describe and critique an artwork of your choosing, please do not do any online or book research. We are interested in your ability to analyze the formal elements of the image as well as what you consider is its larger meaning. Send a copy of the artwork or a link to an online image along with your essays. Our interview during Arts Scholars Day will consist of a conversation with you about these materials.

Art: Studio Art

The portfolio you will present on Arts Scholars Day should consist of 8 to 15 original works in any medium, showing a range of your abilities and a sense of your development as an artist. We are especially interested in seeing evidence of your ability to draw from observation. We are happy to look at sketchbooks, and you are not required to mat your artwork. As part of your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, please submit a one-page essay about a chosen work of art that you will include in your portfolio, using the following guidelines:

  1. Briefly describe the work (including subject, medium, dimensions, and context of its making: e.g., was it a class assignment or your own idea, and if representational, was it done from life or from a photograph?).
  2. Discuss what most pleases you about this work (in terms of the style, use of medium, and/or content).
  3. Address the challenges you faced in making this work.
  4. Include a quality image of this work with your one-page essay.

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Creative Writing

Please submit a writing sample with your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, to be received by the Arts Scholars Day coordinator by January 12. Your sample may reflect your work in any single genre of writing. For poetry, submit 5 poems. For prose fiction or creative nonfiction, submit between 4,000 and 5,000 words. For drama, submit a play or part of a play of not more than 15 pages.

In addition, include a cover letter of one to two pages with your sample. In this letter, provide the following:

  1. Any introduction or context you think we will need to appreciate your sample.
  2. A short description of your background in Creative Writing, including any classes or workshops you have taken, any relevant extracurricular or summer activities, and any publications or relevant leadership experience.
  3. A brief discussion of the one work in your sample that you consider to be your best and why you think so.
  4. A concise statement of what you hope to accomplish during your time at Millsaps. What specific goals do you have for your work? Are there any areas in which you especially hope to grow as a writer?

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Music

Music Students

Requirements for Music Auditions

In addition to submission of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, music applicants should review and prepare for the requirements below. For details about the scholarships available specifically for entering students who can make significant contributions to the musical arts at Millsaps College, visit the Music Scholarships page.

Music: Vocal Performance

Vocalists should prepare three songs of contrasting styles from memory. Art songs are recommended. If possible, present at least one song in a language other than English. An accompanist will be provided. Please submit sheet music by January 12, 2018.

Music: Instrumental Performance

  • Pianists/Organists: You should present a 10-minute program consisting of solo works from at least two contrasting style periods (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary) from memory (pianists only). One selection should be either Baroque or Contemporary.
  • Wind and Guitar Instrumentalists: You should prepare two pieces: one etude and one other contrasting solo concert piece of your choice. The etude and contrasting piece should be from different style periods (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Total time of program should not exceed 10 minutes. If the pieces to be presented include an accompaniment, then we require that you perform the selection with an accompanist. Contact the Arts Scholars Day coordinator in the Admissions office by email at admissions@millsaps.edu or phone at 601.974.1050. All requests must be made by January 12, 2018.
  • String Instrumentalists: You should prepare two pieces: one movement from a standard concerto plus an etude of your choice, which represent your latest technical capability. The two contrasting pieces should be from different style periods (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Total time of program should not exceed 10 minutes. If the pieces to be presented include an accompaniment, then we require that you perform the selection with an accompanist. An accompanist will be available upon request. Contact the Arts Scholars Day coordinator in the Admissions office by email at admissions@millsaps.edu or phone at  601.974.1050. All requests must be made by January 12, 2018.

Music: Composition

Composers should submit up to three original scores. The pieces may be in any style or of any length. If available, please also submit or send links to recordings of the pieces (audio, video, or even MIDI).

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Theatre

Theatre Students

Performance Focus Requirements

In addition to completion of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, students interested in performance must prepare and present one two-minute monologue from memory, classical or contemporary, which will be followed by an interview. In addition, performance students must submit one half-page artist statement defining their goals and purpose as a theater artist to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator, admissions@millsaps.edu or 601.974.1050.

Production/Tech Focus Requirements

In addition to completion of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, students interested in production/tech must submit 10 photos demonstrating past technical work to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator (or call 601.974.1050), and be prepared to discuss their work during their interview.

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