Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Entrance & Scholarship Auditions

  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ St. Cloud State University (Application Deadline: Feb 2)
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ Normandale Community College (Application Deadline :Feb 16)
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ Central Lakes Community College (Application Deadline :Feb 23)
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Application Deadline :Feb 23)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ St. Cloud State University (Application Deadline: Feb 23)

Entrance & Scholarship Audition Application

Students intending to major in music who complete an
Entrance / Scholarship Audition will be considered for awards that range from $1500 to $4000.

Brass, Woodwind and Strings

  • The Department of Music prepares students for careers in music and offers diverse musical experiences to all, enriching the musical fabric of our university and community, regionally and globally.Prepare two works or movements from standard solo or etude literature that contrast in tempo, style, and/or articulation. For all auditions, an accompanist is encouraged, but not required.
  • All students will perform major scales, ascending and descending. Specific scale requirements for each instrument are available by instrument type: Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice or Woodwind.
  • Students will also be asked to sight-play at an appropriate level, demonstrating correct articulation, rhythm, intonation, tone and musicianship.

Guitar

  • Prepare two pieces of literature that contrast in tempo and style. One piece must be memorized.
  • Prepare all major and minor scales (Segovia fingering preferred).
  • Students will also be asked to sight-play at an appropriate level, demonstrating steady tempo, accurate rhythm, and musicianship.

Voice

  • Students auditioning for admission will perform one selection from memory, to be prepared from standard classical vocal repertoire. Students auditioning for scholarships are asked to sing a second piece of contrasting style.
  • An accompanist and a brief rehearsal with the accompanist will be provided prior to your audition time.
  • Appropiate audition repertoire may be chosen from the following:
    • Songs Through the Centuries, Carl Fischer
    • 24 Italian Songs and Arias, G. Schirmer
    • 26 Italian Songs and Arias, Alfred
    • 28 Italian Songs and Arias, G. Schirmer
    • The First Book of Soprano/Mezzo/Tenor/Baritone Solos, G. Schirmer
  • Students may be asked to demonstrate range, agility, intonation and tone quality through a series of vocalises.
  • Students will interview with the voice faculty to determine the student's musical background and music reading ability.
  • All students must demonstrate the ability to read music to be eligible for acceptance into a private studio.

Piano

  • Prepare two pieces of literature that contrast in tempo and style. One piece must be memorized.
  • Prepare all major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, hands together, 2 octaves, with correct fingerings.
  • Students will also be asked to sight-play at an appropriate level, demonstrating steady tempo, accurate rhythm, pedaling and musicianship

Percussion

Demonstrate accomplishment on at least two of the areas listed below. Students may refer to the list of suggested solos and etudes at the bottom if suggestions are needed. music@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-3223

** MN MMEA All-State Audition Etudes also make excellent audition material.

Snare Drum

  • Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and tone.
  • Concert or rudimental style
  • Should include some combination of flams, ruffs/drags, accents, a variety of dynamics, and a variety of roll lengths.
  • Student should be prepared to demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-playing a snare drum etude during the audition.

Mallet Instrument

  • Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and tone.
  • Selection may utilize two or four mallets.
  • Student should be prepared to demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-playing a two-mallet etude during the audition.

Timpani

  • Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including intonation, tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and tone.
  • Should include a variety of rolls and dynamics and include at least one pitch change.
  • Student should be prepared to demonstrate ability to match pitches from a piano and place pitches on most suitable of the four drums.

Drum Set

  • Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, balance, and tone production through performance of drum set styles including a medium tempo swing, rock, funk, and any Latin styles including bossa nova, samba, mambo, and songo.
  • The student should be prepared to demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-reading a drum set chart during the audition.

Possible suggestions for etudes and solos

The following list is only suggested as a point of reference.

Mallet Keyboard

  • Mitchell Peters - Zen Wanderer, Yellow After the Rain, Sea Refractions, Waves for marimba, Teardrops for marimba, Undercurrents for marimba
  • Any two-mallet etude from Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Marimba, Xylo, and Bells
  • Alice Gomez - Rain Dance, Scenes from Mexico, Mbira Song, Marimba Flamenca, Etude in D Minor, Gitano
  • Debussy - Le Petit Negre (arr. Pimentel)
  • James L. Moore - Bach for Marimba
  • Albinez - Leyenda (arr. Maxey)
  • George Frock - Chorale and variations, Mexican Variations, Concertino
  • Richard Gipson – Prayer
  • Hatch - Furioso and Valse in d Minor
  • Musser - Op. 6 nos. 8, 9, 10
  • Ney Rosauro - Three Preludes
  • Bart Quartier – any from 20 Children's Songs for Marimba
  • Nebojsa Zivkovic - Funny Mallet for Marimba books 1 and 2
  • George Hamilton Green - Rainbow Ripples, Fluffy Ruffles, Log Cabin Blues

Snare Drum

  • Mitch Markovich - The Winner, Countdown, Tornado, Stamina
  • Any Etude from Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Snare Drum
  • James L. Moore – Latisha, Six Solos for Snare Drum
  • Warren Benson - any movement from Three Dances for Snare Drum
  • Michael Colgrass - any one of the Six Unaccompanied Solos for Snare Drum
  • Anthony Cirone - any etude from Portraits in Rhythm
  • Jacques Delecluse - any etude from Test Claire
  • Tom Gauger - Snare Drum Suite no. 1, LaRosa, Snare Drum Solo for the Young Musician
  • John Pratt - Flamacue Quickstep, Here’s to the Ratamacue
  • Pratt/Schinstine - any etude from The Solo Snare Drummer, vol. 1
  • Charles Wilcoxon - any and all etudes/solos
  • George Frock - Six Concert Solos

Timpani

  • John Beck – Alpine Slide, Sonata for Timpani, Three Episodes, Fragments, Modulations, Snake River, Grand Teton, Cross-Over March
  • Saul Goodman – Ballad for the Dance, Introduction and Allegro
  • Mitchell Peters – Primal Mood, Scherzo for Three Timpani, The Storm, Air and Dance, Tribal Serenade, Rondino
  • George Frock – Seven Solo Dances
  • John Bergamo – Four Movements

All students must successfully complete an audition to be accepted into any private studio or undergraduate degree program.

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