Auditions - winds, brass, percussion, and piano for students attending the Honor Band Festival

Auditions - winds, brass, percussion, and piano for students attending the Honor Band Festival

Different locations

Jan 28, 2022


Band and Choral Rehearsal HallAll potential music majors and minors are required to audition before appropriate faculty in order to determine their suitability to enter the program, participate in any ensemble, and determine eligibility for a scholarship or service award. Auditions should be scheduled through the following links, as follows:

Please also note that audition repertoire requirements are listed below. Questions regarding auditions can be sent to Dr. Jason Baker at jbaker@colled.msstate.edu or a faculty member in your applied area. Note: Guitar and piano auditions are scheduled with the faculty in those applied areas; however, music majors will also need to audition for a major ensemble (choir, band, or orchestra). Additional scholarships or service awards are available through these major ensemble auditions. It is possible to schedule your applied audition (guitar or piano) on the same day as your major ensemble audition (choir, band, or orchestra)- see the audition form for more information. Please contact the area chairs in your applied area if you have any questions:

 Woodwind and Brass

  • Five major scales of the student’s choice, two octaves where appropriate
  • A chromatic scale within the range of the instrument
  • Sight-reading
  • A short prepared piece that demonstrates your best qualities
  • An additional contrasting piece, if requested by the applied faculty area

Percussion

  • Snare drum - concert and/or rudimental solo, rudiments
  • Keyboard percussion - two or four mallet solo, major scales
  • Timpani - etude or solo
  • Drum set (optional) - demonstration of swing/rock/latin styles

Voice

  • Short aria or art song of your choice - see our suggested repertoire list.
  • Vocalization through your range
  • Exercise given by faculty for pitch retention. You will sing back a series of pitches after they are played for you on the piano
  • Sight-reading

Strings

  • Major and minor scales
  • Prepared concerto movement or solo literature
  • Sight-reading

Piano

  • Demonstrate major/minor scales and arpeggios (minimum of two octaves)
  • Two prepared pieces of contrasting styles (memorization preferred)
  • Sight-reading at an appropriate level

Guitar

  • One major scale
  • Two contrasting musical selections

 

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