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Audition requirements for music scholarships

Augustana College offers music scholarships to students of any major. Scholarships are renewable for four years and range from $1,000-$4,000.

Following are requirements for on-campus scholarship auditions.

(Virtual auditions also are available Jan. 21, 2023. See details in Fine Arts Scholarships.)

Vocalists

Two songs of your choice in contrasting styles, no more than 6 minutes total. Contest, competition, or other solo performance pieces are appropriate. Please choose music you sing well and that shows your voice to its best advantage.

We provide an accompanist for all vocal auditions, or you may bring your own. Vocalists get 5-10 minutes with the accompanist before they go into the audition.

Woodwinds

Applicants should be prepared to play two contrasting movements or etudes that best demonstrate their musicality, tone, time and technique. The excerpts should be no longer than 3-4 minutes each.

Brass

Prepare to play two excerpts in contrasting styles and tempi, of any combination of repertoire taken from standard solo and etude literature. The excerpts should be no longer than 3-4 minutes each.

In addition, please prepare a full range chromatic scale, a major, and minor scale of your choice.

Strings

Prepare to play one movement of a suite, sonata or concerto of your choice and one additional work in a contrasting style. An etude may be substituted for one of the above.

Candidates should prepare a three-octave major scale. Please prepare about 8 minutes of music in total. No sight reading is required. The string area prefers to hear candidates without piano accompaniment.

Harp

Be prepared to play two works from contrasting style periods. An etude may be substituted for one of the above. Please prepare about 8 minutes of music in total. Memorization is not required, and sight reading is not required.

Guitar

Students should perform two compositions representing two different periods of music history. One should be a movement from a suite or sonata and the other a piece in a contrasting style. An etude by Sor, Carcassi or Villa-Lobos may be substituted for one of the above. One piece should be originally written for the guitar and the other could be a transcription.

Candidates should prepare a three-octave major scale.

Piano

Be prepared to play two works from contrasting style periods. Selections should be taken from standard solo piano repertoire and may not include accompaniments, music for chamber ensemble, or concertos.

Students with experience playing in jazz styles may use a jazz composition or improvisation for one of their selections.

Memorization is not required, but highly encouraged for all applicants.

Percussion

Prepare at least two excerpts in contrasting styles on any of the following instruments: snare drum (rudimental or concert); timpani; and marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone (two or four mallets). Excerpts may be performed on the same instrument, but demonstrating abilities on two or more instruments is encouraged.

Total timing of all excerpts should be no longer than 10 minutes. Memorization is not required. Contact Dr. Tony Oliver after you apply with any questions. Note: Those auditioning on drum set for jazz should email Dr. Tony Oliver.

Composition

For scholarship applications, submit 1-3 recent compositions, recordings (if available), and a list of works. All composition candidates are encouraged to also submit audition materials on an applied instrument or voice.

Any candidate with an interest in the composition program is encouraged to request a one-on-one online meeting with the composition faculty.

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