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Entrance Audition and Music Scholarship Information for 2015-2016

All applicants to the Department of Music at Winthrop University must complete an entrance audition prior to enrolling in the department. These auditions will be held on the dates listed below. Students who audition on or prior to the final audition date (March 28, 2015) will automatically be eligible for music scholarship consideration. Winthrop University has a dynamic policy that offers a broad range of music scholarship opportunities for qualified in-state and out-of-state freshmen and transfer students who demonstrate a high level of achievement in music performance and plan to major in music. All scholarships are awarded through competitive auditions and are available in the following applied areas: piano, organ, voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, percussion, and composition.

Application Procedures 

  • Complete the online Entrance Audition and Music Scholarship Information form at least three weeks prior to your chosen audition date. Note that March 28 is the final date to be considered for music scholarship consideration for the 2015-2016 academic year. Your audition date and time will be confirmed by return e-mail. [If you are unable to attend any of the published dates, contact the Music Office to see if a special date can be arranged.] Also, in lieu of an on-campus audition, you may submit a high quality CD or DVD of your audition. This recording should be accompanied by a statement from your music teacher verifying its authenticity. 
  • You may include a letter of recommendation from a band or choral director or from a private music teacher who is familiar with your performance skills and musical ability. 
  • Submit a Winthrop University Application Form available from the Office of Admissions at 800/763-0230 or online. You may audition prior to acceptance into the university, but a music scholarship may not be officially offered until you have been accepted to Winthrop University.

Audition Requirements

In general each auditionee should prepare at least two selections of contrasting style. Vocalists should include at least one selection in a foreign language. Instrumentalists should prepare a published solo or etude similar to those required for participation in a Solo and Ensemble Festival or Region Band Auditions. Auditions may contain sight-reading, scales, and sight singing (vocal students). All auditionees are encouraged to perform with an accompanist (if applicable). If you require a university accompanist, please indicate that on the audition form.  For more specific audition information, consult the list below. 

Undergraduate Auditions

Bassoon

Bassoon applicants should prepare two contrasting selections to demonstrate technical and lyrical abilities.  One or both of these could be from etudes in the Weissenborn Studies for Bassoon or Melodious and Progressive Studies for Bassoon, Volume 1 or 2, or Milde Concert Studies.  Solo repertoire might include Telemann Sonata in F minor, Mozart A minor sonata, Cioffari Sonatina for Bassoon or any other solo piece which reflects your highest musical achievement.  Scales and sight reading also required.

Composition 

Portfolio Requirements:

1. Two recent works submitted either in score form or as a recording, preferably both. These works should represent your best compositional efforts to date. Recordings should be submitted as digital media only - CDs or MP3, no tapes please.

2. A brief essay outlining your compositional interests, goals, likes, dislikes, and aspirations.

Clarinet 

Clarinet applicants should prepare at least two selections that demonstrate contrasting styles, one fast and technical and the other slow and lyrical. These can include etudes as well as solo pieces. Two single movement works, two individual movements from multiple movement works or two contrasting sections of a single work are acceptable.
Some appropriate audition pieces include standard etudes by C. Rose, the Melodious Studies or Artistic Studies by David Hite, standard repertoire by Mozart, Saint-Saens, Stamitz, Weber, Tartini, Cavallini, Schumann, or pieces chosen from collection books such as the Sixteen Grand Concert Pieces (pub. Southern) or Masterworks for Clarinet and Piano (pub. Schirmer). Accompaniment is not required.

Euphonium

All students interested in auditioning on euphonium should prepare two short pieces of the applicant's choice, featuring differing styles (one fast and one slow) and showcasing the best of their abilities. The selections can either be from two different pieces, two movements from the same piece, or an All-State solo plus one other piece or etude in a different style. Auditions may also contain major scales and sightreading.

Flute

Prepare two selections from the following: a movement from a sonata or concerto, and/or a standard solo from the repertory that show a contrast in style and tempo (one fast and one slow). Two movements from a single work are acceptable. Major scales and sightreading will be required.

Guitar

Jazz guitarists should prepare the following:
1. Scales:  All major and harmonic minor scales in at least 2 positions – with eighth-note rhythm and the metronome setting of 120.
                  Repertoire (demonstrate both lyricism and technical proficiency):  one chord-melody tune (your choice: swing, ballad, blues, Latin, etc.), one single-note melody (example: Billie’s Bounce, Anthropology, etc.)
2. Chords:
                  B-flat blues, ii-V-I (major key) played through the cycle of 4ths, ii-V-i (minor key) played through the cycle of 4ths.
3. Improvisation (your choice) [demonstrate both lyricism and technical proficiency)
                  In your single-note melody tune or chord-melody, over B-flat blues (Jamey Aebersold, track #8, Volume One – “How to Improvise.”  This can be ordered from most music stores or ordered online at www.jazzbooks.com (Jamey Aebersold website).
                  Sight-reading (chord symbols and notation) - 2 contrasting styles.  One will be swing and the other will be chosen from ballad, Latin, or rock.

Classical guitarists should prepare the following:
1. Major and relative minor scales (as edited by Segovia)
                  A prepared piece (memorized) from the following: studies or works by Sor, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Aguado, Brouwer, and Sagreras, pavans by Milan, dances by Sanz, DeViseé, Bach, etc., preludes by Ponce, Villa-Lobos, sightreading.

Oboe

Auditionees should prepare two movements from a concerto or sonata, which will best demonstrate your lyrical and technical abilities.  Major scales and sightreading will be required.

Percussion

Students interested in auditioning for the percussion program at Winthrop are encouraged to perform selections in three areas: snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion.
Below are the audition requirements with suggested styles of works for all undergraduate and transfer students as well as requirements for graduate auditions.
The lists below contain suggested repertoire, but the student is not limited to this material.
Other solos or etudes that show a similar level of technical and musical achievement may also be used for auditions. All-State solos in the three areas are fine for undergraduates.

 - Snare Drum (Percussion)

    • One concert-style solo or etude.

    Selections such as those from the following books are appropriate:

    • Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
    • Modern School for Snare Drum by Morris Goldenberg
    • Contemporary Studies for the Snare Drum by Fred Albright
    • A rudimental-style solo (Pratt, Wilcoxin, Markovich, etc.) may also be played in addition to the concert etude. Rudiments and sight reading will also be required.

 - Keyboard Percussion (Marimba or Xylophone)

    • A two or four-mallet solo or etude.

    Selections from the following list are appropriate:

    • Images by Bart Quartier
    • Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player by Garwood Whaley
    • Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters
    • Scales and sight reading will also be required

 - Timpani (Percussion)

    • One solo or etude.

    Selections from the following list are appropriate:

    • Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman
    • Etüden für Timpani by Richard Hochrainer
    • Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist by Garwood Whaley.

Piano

Students auditioning to be considered for a performance degree should prepare a balanced program of three memorized works from contrasting style periods.  The program may involve either complete works or individual movements from larger works.  Students auditioning for the BM in performance or BME should be prepared to play all major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, four octaves, quarter note = 92, 16th note rhythm.  Students enrolling in the BA should be prepared to play all major scales, hands together, four octaves, quarter note = 92, 16th note rhythm.
Students auditioning for entrance to other music degree programs or a auditioning for a minor in music should prepare two works from contrasting style periods.  Students majoring in areas other than music, but wishing to pursue elective study in piano, should prepare one piece which best represents their skills.  In the case of non-performance degrees, memorization is encouraged but not required.  There is no examination of technical rudiments, but all applicants will be asked to sightread at the audition.

Saxophone

Saxophonists should prepare two contrasting selections that demonstrate 1) the ability to play lyrically and 2) technical proficiencies. Chosen from standard classical saxophone literature, the selections can be either from two different compositions or can be two movements from the same composition. Native All-state scales and/or sightreading may be requested.

Strings

Strings candidates should be prepared to play two works in contrasting styles that best represent the student's highest technical and musical achievement. Recommended is a movement of solo Bach selection, as well as a concerto movement or short solo piece. At least one work from memory is recommended, but not mandatory. Accompaniments are encouraged but not required.

Trombone

Prepare two contrasting movements, one fast and one slow, from a solo (e.g. Barat, Andante and Allegro; Galliard, Sonatas [any one of six]; Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique) or two contrasting etudes, one fast and one slow, (e.g. one slow etude from Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes and one fast etude from Arban, Complete Method for Trombone).  Other solos or etudes may be substituted for the ones listed above.  Know all major scales and be prepared for sight-reading.  Sight-reading: Late intermediate to early advanced.  Meter: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 or 6/8. Key: Up to 4 flats or 3 sharps.  Tonality: Major or minor.  Range: 2 octaves or less.  No higher than F4.  That is the F above the staff.  Rhythm: Sixteenth notes in addition to all larger note values.  Dynamics: p thru f plus fp.  Crescendos and diminuendos. Clef: Bass clef only.

Horn

All students interested in auditioning on horn should prepare two short pieces of the applicant's choice, featuring differing styles (one fast and one slow) and showcasing the best of their abilities. The selections can either be from two different pieces, two movements from the same piece, or an All-State solo plus one other piece or etude in a different style. Auditions may also contain major scales and sight reading. 

Trumpet

Prepare two selections from the following: a movement from a sonata or concerto, and/or a standard solo from the repertory that show a contrast in style and tempo (one fast and one slow). Two movements from a single work are acceptable. Major scales and sightreading will be required.

Tuba

All students interested in auditioning on tuba should prepare two short pieces of the applicant's choice, featuring differing styles (one fast and one slow) and showcasing the best of their abilities. The selections can either be from two different pieces, two movements from the same piece, or an All-State solo plus one other piece or etude in a different style. Auditions may also contain major scales and sightreading.

Voice

Auditionees in the vocal division should prepare selections of contrasting style (see the degree list below for the amount and type of repertory required at the audition):

  • Music Education and BA degrees-2 selections, including one selection in a foreign language.
  • BM performance degree-3 selections, including at least one selection in a foreign language.
  • Suitable repertory for the audition includes opera and oratorio arias, English and foreign language art songs, African-American spirituals, American folksong, and legitimate and contemporary Musical Theatre selections.
  • Auditions may contain sight-reading, scales, and sightsinging. All auditionees seeking degrees in the vocal division must perform their audition with an accompanist. If you require a university accompanist, please indicate that on the audition form. We will provide one free of charge.

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