Audition Process and Portfolio Reviews
Scholarships for participation in vocal and/or instrumental ensembles are available through the audition process to all students regardless of their major. Students who are offered and accept a music scholarship are required to complete a separate audition at the beginning of the fall semester for participation and placement in all appropriate vocal and/or instrumental ensembles. The ensemble directors determine placement in the group(s).
- Range check (how high and low you can sing)
- A prepared solo of the student’s choice (similar to what would be performed as a solo at contest at the high school level)
- Tonal Memory (sing back a musical phrase played for you)
- Sight-reading (sing simple melodies at sight) An accompanist can be provided for you
- Major and chromatic scales demonstrating the full range of the instrument
- Two contrasting repertoire pieces (or excerpts) demonstrating lyrical playing and technical proficiency. Repertoire for an audition may include studies, etudes, and sonata or concerto literature. A lyrical and technical excerpt may come from the same work. Sample repertoire is that of state solo and ensemble competitions.
- Solo or etude on at least two percussion mediums: snare drum, timpani, and keyboard (marimba or xylophone)
- One piece or two contrasting pieces of repertoire demonstrating both lyrical playing (with use of pedal) and technical proficiency. Repertoire can be either solo or ensemble.
Students who wish to declare a major in theatre are required to audition for every mainstage production and attend the strike for every mainstage production to be eligible for theatre scholarship. Students who wish to declare a minor in theatre or have an interest in theatre must audition for at least one production and attend one strike per semester to be eligible for theatre scholarship.
Auditions should include, but are not limited to, the following:
- One to two memorized monologues each under two minutes in length. If the student does not have this prepared, a cold reading would be acceptable.
For technical or management auditions:
- Portfolio of experience and/or photos of work.
Students who wish to declare a major or minor in art are encouraged to present an art portfolio for scholarship eligibility. Art portfolios should include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A minimum of 6-12 pieces of work showcasing your talents, these can be from a variety of areas of art including painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, etc. Photos of artwork are accepted as part of the portfolio.