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Department of Music Scholarships

Explore available Department of Music Scholarships

Music Department Scholarships are competitive and awarded by audition to talented students who are interested in private music study, participating in a music ensemble, or accompanying. Any student, regardless of academic major, may audition for a music scholarship. Recipients are selected on the basis of musical talent, academic progress, leadership, and participation in music activities.

Music Talent Scholarships

Music Talent Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate an advanced level of instrumental or vocal performance. This scholarship includes required enrollment and participation in a major music ensemble each semester and is renewable annually, pending completion of requirements, a re-audition, and approval of the music scholarship committee.

Prospective students interested in auditioning should attend a Music Talent Scholarship Audition Day, listed below. Audition days give prospective students the opportunity to meet faculty and current students, sit in on classes and rehearsals, as well as perform their audition material.

Music Talent Scholarship Audition Days

Please bring the following forms to your audition:

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

VOCAL REQUIREMENTS

Performance: Sing 2 contrasting classical songs from memory which best suit your talents. An accompanist will be provided at no charge; please bring proper sheet music. Proper attire is expected (i.e. - concert attire: shirt and tie, dress slacks, simple/classic dress, dress shoes, etc.)

Sight Singing: One or two very simple eight measure melodies will be given to you at the audition for unaccompanied sight singing. You will be given the first pitch. You can sing the melodies on "lah," "loo," or any sight singing system you choose.

Pitch Retention: Repeat four and five note melodic patterns which will be played for you on the piano. Sing on "lah."

Contact person: Dr. Robert Ward

PIANO REQUIREMENTS

Repertoire: at least two composition from different stylistic periods

Technical Studies: be prepared to play your routine of scales, arpeggios, and cadences

Memorization: if prepared, perform at least one of your compositions from memory

Sight Reading: you will be asked to do some simple sight reading

Contact person: Dr. Martin Cuellar

BRASS REQUIREMENTS

Repertoire: two contrasting movements from a work of student’s choice

Technical Studies: at least two major scales and full range chromatic, minor scales encouraged

Sight Reading: you will be asked to do some simple sight reading

Contact person: Dr. Gary Ziek

WOODWIND REQUIREMENTS

Repertoire: two contrasting movements from a work of student’s choice

Technical Studies: at least two major scales and full range chromatic, minor scales encouraged

Sight Reading: you will be asked to do some simple sight reading

Contact person: Dr. Dawn McConkie

STRING REQUIREMENTS

Repertoire: two contrasting solo pieces or two contrasting movements from a sonata or concerto (with or without accompaniment)

Technical Studies: at least one major scale (2-3 octaves) of student's choice

Memorization: scale must be memorized; repertoire memorized at student's option

Sight Reading: you will be asked to read two excerpts from standard repertoire (solo and/or orchestral)

Contact person: Dr. Ramiro Miranda

PERCUSSION REQUIREMENTS

Repertoire:

A snare drum piece, either concert or rudimental study

A short keyboard percussion piece, either two or four mallet (xylophone, marimba, or vibes). This can be of any style, including contemporary, transcription, or jazz

If desired, the student may also prepare one or both of the following to demonstrate further ability: piece for timpani and/or demonstration of drum set styles

Sight Reading: you will be asked to do some simple sight reading

Contact person: Dr. Tracy Freeze

ATHLETIC BAND STIPENDS

Athletic Band Stipends are awarded to students who enroll and participate in the ESU Marching Hornets during the fall semester and in Hornet Revue pep band during the spring semester. The Athletic Band Stipend is automatically awarded for enrollment and successful participation in either or both groups. The auditioned and selected student leaders of the Marching Band are also awarded an additional stipend for the marching season. With the exception of the Hornet Revue Travel Band, the Athletic Band Stipends do not require a scholarship audition. All students are encouraged to audition for additional music scholarships.