Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Entrance / Scholarship Auditions

  • Saturday, December 7th, 2013 @ St. Cloud State University (Application Deadline: Dec 2nd)

  • Saturday, February 1st, 2014 @ St. Cloud State University (Application Deadline: Jan 27th)

  • Friday, December 13, 2013@ Anoka Ramsey Community College (Application Deadline: Dec 2nd)

  • Friday, February 7, 2014@ Central Lakes Community College (Application Deadline: Jan 27th)

  • Saturday, February 8, 2014@ Normandale Community College (Application Deadline: Jan 27th)

Entrance / Scholarship Audition Application (pdf 149k)

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 Studio Entrance & Scholarship Auditions

Students applying for private lessons in percussion are required to audition for permissionto enroll in the course and should be able to demonstrate the following skills on at least one of the three areas: concert snare drum, a mallet keyboard instrument (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone), or drumset. Although etudes of the student's choice are certainly welcome, the student may refer to the list of suggested Sight Reading and Soloetudes at the bottom if suggestions are needed. music@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-3223

Snare Drum (required)

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and tone through performance of a prepared etude or solo. The prepared piece may be in either a concert or rudimental style but should include some combination of flams, ruffs/drags, accents, a variety of dynamics, and a variety of roll lengths.

Demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-reading a snare drum etude during the audition.

Mallet Instrument (required)

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and tone through performance of a prepared etude or solo. The prepared piece should contain a variety of roll lengths and a variety of dynamics. Selection may utilize two or four mallets.

Demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-reading a two-mallet keyboard etude during the audition.

Timpani (optional)

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and tone through performance of a prepared etude or solo. The prepared piece should contain a variety of roll lengths and a variety of dynamics and include at least one pitch change.

Demonstrate ability to match pitches from a piano and place pitches on most suitable of the four drums.

Drum Set (optional)

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, balance, and tone production through performance of several different drum set styles including a medium tempo swing, rock, funk, and any Latin styles including bossa nova, samba, mambo, and songo.

Demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-reading a drum set chart during the audition.

Guidelines for Sight Reading Etudes and Solos Appropriate forEntrance to Applied Study in Percussion

Mallet keyboard prepared etudes and solos should meet the following guidelines:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  •  utilize various length rolls
  •  include various dynamics
  •  utilize either 2 or 4-mallets

Mallet keyboard sight reading excerpt will be similar to those found in MorrisGoldenberg’s Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Bells, pgs. 8-39; or Garwood Whaley’s Fundamental Studies for Mallets, pgs. 23-38.

Snare drum prepared etudes and solos should meet the following guidelines:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  •  utilize various length rolls, flams, and ruffs/drags
  •  include various dynamics

Snare drum sight reading excerpt will be similar to those found in Morris Goldenberg’sModern School for Snare Drum, pgs. 44-49; or Garwood Whaley’s Fundamental Studies for the Snare Drum, #42-56.

Suggested Repertoire for Prepared Etudes or Solos

(Student choices for audition material is entirely appropriate and the following is onlysuggested as a point of reference)

Mallet Keyboard

Mitchell Peters Zen Wanderer Yellow After the Rain Sea Refractions Waves for marimba Teardrops for marimbaDog BeachPastiche Undercurrents for marimba

  • Any Etude from Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Marimba, Xylo, and Bells
  • Alice Gomez Rain Dance Scenes from Mexico Mbira SongMarimba Flamenca Etude in D Minor Gitano
  • Debussy (Pimentel)Le Petit Negre
  • J.S. Bach (Moore)
  • Bach for Marimba Albinez (Maxey)
  • Leyenda
  • Frock Chorale and variations Mexican Variations Concertino
  • GipsonPrayerHatch Furioso and Valse in d Minor
  • Musser Op. 6, no. 8Op. 6, no. 10Op. 6, no. 9
  • Rosauro Three Preludes Three Moods
  • QuartierAny one of the 20 Children's Songs for MarimbaZivkovic Any Etude from Funny Mallet for Marimba books 1 and 2
  • Green Rainbow RipplesFluffy RufflesLog Cabin Blues

Snare Drum

  • Markovich The Winner Countdown Tornado Stamina
  • Any Etude from Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Snare Drum
  • Moore Latisha Six Solos for Snare Drum
  • Benson Any movement from Three Dances for Snare DrumColgrassAny one of the Six Unaccompanied Solos for Snare Drum Cirone Any Etude from Portraits in RhythmDelecluse Any Etude from Test Claire GaugerSnare Drum Suite no. 1 LaRosa Snare Drum Solo for the Young Musician
  • Pratt Flamacue QuickstepHere’s to the Ratamacue Pratt/Schinstine
  • Any Etude from The Solo Snare Drummer, vol. 1Wilcoxon
  • Any and all Etudes/Solos Frock
  • Six Concert Solos

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

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