2018-2019 Music Scholarship Audition Days

Friday, November 9, 2018
Monday, January 21, 2019*

*Should we have to cancel due to inclement weather, Monday, January 28, 2019 will serve as our snow date.

Auditions are required for incoming and transfer students (both music and non-music majors) who wish to be considered for either the Clements Band Scholarship, Victor Jindra Scholarship, or an Ensemble Participation scholarship.

Your scholarship audition may also serve as your audition for placement within our College Choirs and/or the Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble.

Prestige auditions are held the first day of the fall semester – email director Dr. Jake Bartlett for more information.

 

Audition Requirements & Guidelines

Audition Day: What To Expect

Auditions are scheduled in two blocks: morning, and afternoon. You will be scheduled into the block of your preference, and should be on site at the beginning of that block for orientation. We will have representatives from the Peru State Admissions and Financial Aid offices give an introduction, and they will be available to meet with parents while students are auditioning. After the brief welcome and orientation, students will be assigned their audition time slot, and be given an opportunity to warm up before auditions begin. At the end of the audition period, students and family will be taken on a guided tour of the campus. If you have already had a campus visit, the tour is not required.

Audition Result Communication

We do our best to turn around scholarship offer announcements within two weeks of your audition. If, after two weeks, you have not received notice from us regarding your audition results, you are welcome to email Professor Matt Hill, who will follow up to ensure that paperwork is being processed.

Prospective Music Major Auditions

Each applicant should prepare the following for their instrument:

Vocal:

  1. Two contest-level solo selections of contrasting styles (art song, age-appropriate aria)
  2. One of your selections should be in a foreign language
  3. The English selection may be musical theatre, if you wish
  4. Solo selections should be memorized
  5. Faculty will not hear a pop music selection as an audition piece
  6. An accompanist will be provided, but if you have your own (a family member perhaps), you are welcome to bring them.
    1. Whether you use our accompanist or your own, we need copies of your audition selections sent to us at the time of registration. Please email PDF scans of the music to Liz Stinman with the subject “Audition music.”

Instrumental:

  1. One contest-level solo selection
  2. One etude
  3. Two scales of your choosing
  4. Solo selections do not need to be memorized
  5. An accompanist will be provided. Each applicant will be responsible for providing their own accompaniment, or they may perform unaccompanied.

Ensemble Auditions (non-music majors)

College Choir:

  1. Vocalises to establish tone and range
  2. Solo (My Country ’tis of Thee or Amazing Grace)
  3. Personal interview with the director, Professor Matt Hill

Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble:

  1. Two scales of your choosing
  2. Personal interview with the director, Dr. Ken Meints

Audition Application

The Online Application is available here.

*Clements Band & Victor Jindra Scholarship applicants: a link is provided within the application to upload your letter of recommendation and letter of interest.

After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming your audition date and time. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Brenda Trail by email or phone at 402-872-2237.

Clements Band Scholarship | Award amount: $2,000

Eligibility Criteria
Any high school graduate who meets Peru State College admission requirements and has a high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is eligible to apply. The eligible applicant must have participated in music during high school.

Required Materials
The application must be accompanied by (1) a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s music teacher or private instructor, and (2) a letter from the applicant expressing reasons for interest in this scholarship.

Audition Requirements & Guidelines
Each applicant should prepare the following:

  1. One contest-level solo selection
  2. One etude
  3. Two scales of your choosing
  4. Solo selections do not need to be memorized
  5. An accompanist will be provided. Each applicant will be responsible for providing their own accompaniment, or they may perform unaccompanied.

Awarding
This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded over a two year period ($500 for each of four semesters). A second place award of $500 will be given on a one-time basis. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester the award is given. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA will result in the award being withdrawn. Failure to participate in the band program where needed will result in the award being withdrawn. This scholarship shall be awarded without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, or handicap.

Victor Jindra Scholarship | Award amount: $175

Eligibility Criteria
Any high school graduate who meets Peru State College admission requirements, and who intends to major in music may apply. The eligible applicant must have participated in music during high school, and preference will be given to those majoring in a string instrument.

Required Materials
The application must be accompanied by (1) a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s music teacher or private instructor, and (2) a letter from the applicant expressing reasons for interest in this scholarship.

Audition Requirements & Guidelines
Each applicant should prepare the following:

  1. One contest-level solo selection
  2. One etude
  3. Two scales of your choosing
  4. Solo selections do not need to be memorized
  5. An accompanist will be provided. Each applicant will be responsible for providing their own accompaniment, or they may perform unaccompanied.

Awarding
This one-time $175 scholarship will be awarded in the student’s first semester of study. This scholarship shall be awarded without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, or handicap.

Ensemble Participation Scholarship | Award amount: Varies

Music scholarships may be awarded for ensemble participation, and are available to all students – regardless of major – who are in good academic standing with the college.