Audition Information

 

For students interested in majoring or minoring in music:

2017 audition dates (auditions held on campus*)!

February 3-4

February 17-18

March 3

* Video auditions are also accepted

Signup for a music major/minor audition. The Music Department Office will coordinate the audition schedule for these dates.

The audition serves two purposes:

  1. Acceptance into the department as a major/minor
  2. An audition for a University Marching Band Grant.

These grants are completely separate from any other Music Department Scholarships that may be available to majors.

Brass audition requirements

Students wishing to audition for acceptance as a music major in the brass area should prepare literature or etudes (for example, a state solo contest piece or all-state audition music) of two contrasting styles that demonstrate technique and expression.

In addition, students will be asked to play major scales through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible), a chromatic scale and sight-reading.

For more information contact the professor in your performance area.

Woodwind audition requirements

Students wishing to audition for acceptance as a music major in the woodwind area should prepare literature or etudes (for example, a state solo contest piece or all-state audition music) of two contrasting styles that demonstrate technique and expression.

In addition, students will be asked to play major scales through four sharps and four flats, a chromatic scale and sight-reading.

For more information contact the professor in your performance area.

Percussion audition requirements

We suggest that you choose material from the following list that best demonstrates your abilities. We also encourage potential percussion majors to prepare material in all areas in which they feel comfortable, but we realize that many students will enter college with deficiencies in one or more areas.

Snare audition requirements

Solos/etudes select from

  • Missouri All-state Audition List
  • Missouri Percussion Solo List
  • Concert
  • Fred Albright - Contemporary Studies for the Snare Drum
  • Anthony Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm
  • Jacques Delécluse, Keiskleiriana 1 or 2; 12 Studies for Snare Drum
  • Colgrass - Six Unaccompanied Solos
  • Rudimental
  • Freytag - Rudimental Cookbook (choose one)
  • Freytag - Just Desserts (choose one)

Other:

  • Ziggadabuzz (choose one)
  • Basic rudiments and orchestra-style rolls at various dynamic levels
  • Sight-reading in concert and/or rudimental style

Timpani audition requirements

Solos/etudes select from:

  • Missouri All-state Audition List
  • Missouri Percussion Solo List
  • Vic Firth: Solo Timpanist
  • Saul Goodman - Modern Method for Timpani
  • Raynor Carroll - Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani
  • Fred Hinger - Technique for the Virtuoso Tympanist

Other:

  • Demonstrate ability to tune four drums, preferably from a single pitch
  • Rolls at various dynamic levels
  • Sight-reading

Keyboard audition requirements

Solos/etudes select from:

  • Two-mallet etudes
  • Missouri All-state Audition List
  • Missouri Percussion Solo List
  • Goldenberg - Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone
  • Andrew Reamer- Reamer’s Elixirs (pick two)
  • Four-mallet etudes
  • Bart Quartier - Image (pick two)
  • Peters - Yellow After the Rain
  • Gomez - Mbira Song, Etude in D Minor, Marimba Flamenca

Other:

  • All major scales, minimum of two octaves, plus all major arpeggios, minimum of two octaves

Set audition requirements

  • Demonstration of basic styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba
  • Time keeping and soloing in each style
  • Sight-reading

For students who will be non-music majors:

This audition is for band membership and for consideration of a University Marching Band Grant.

To set a time for your audition, contact Amy Perkins, Band Events Coordinator. We will schedule your audition at a time convenient for you!

Suggested Audition material:

  • A prepared piece (solo or etude) which demonstrates your abilities on the instrument (this can be all-district or all-state materials)
  • Major scales through 3 sharps and 3 flats, AND a chromatic scale the full range of your instrument

Color Guard members

Any student interested in the Pride Color Guard should contact Color Guard Instructor, John Sullivan.

Drumline / Frontline members

Any student interested in the Pride Drumline or Frontline should contact Band Coordinator, Maxine Sullivan.