Missouri State University

Audition Information

Any student interested in becoming a member of the Pride Band at Missouri State may download an application for band membership, or fill out the band application online.

 


AUDITIONS FOR ALL BAND STUDENTS NOT MAJORING (or minoring) IN MUSIC:

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.

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

ATTENTION Color Guard members!

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

ATTENTION Drumline / Frontline members!

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

 

       

      

 


AUDITIONS FOR POTENTIAL MUSIC MAJORS (or minors): (auditions on MSU campus unless noted)

2014 AUDITION DATES:  Saturday, February 1, 2014; Saturday, February 15, 2014 (St. Louis & Kansas City sites); Friday-Saturday, February 28-March 1, 2014.  

Please register online at www.missouristate.edu/music for a Music Major/Minor Audition.  For more information, contact Kathy Daniels in the Music Office (kathydaniels@missouristate.edu).

The audition serves two purposes: 1)acceptance into the department as a major, and 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

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