Picture yourself on the Concert Hall stage, teaching in the music classroom or even in a musical production! Whatever it is, you can find it here.
Under normal circumstances, the first step would be to attend one of our audition days. This year, however, auditions will be done using pre-recorded performances. Auditions are open to all prospective Hope students, on any instrument or voice, regardless of intended major. Music scholarship recipients are required to take lessons and participate in music department ensembles. A variety of music scholarships range up to $28,000 per year, per student.
Music Scholarship Auditions
- This year, all prerecorded auditions will be submitted with your Distinguished Artist Award application.
- Each audition will be approximately 10 minutes long
- Audition pieces should be prepared in their entirety
- Select literature that you have studied thoroughly and that you and your teacher believe represent your best work
We recommend that you prepare two or three contrasting selections that demonstrate a range of styles and abilities.
You may also be asked to sight read a short selection. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, so memorization is highly recommended, though not required.
We recommend that you play one slow and one quick piece:
- One of the pieces must be by J.S. Bach
- The other must have been composed after 1850
Memorization is encouraged, though not required. Furthermore, you will be expected to read at sight a short passage of organ music (i.e., using pedals) written on three staves.
You will be given ample opportunity to become acquainted with the organ you will be playing prior to the audition.
We recommend that you prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument.
For violin, viola, cello and string bass, we recommend that you choose from the following:
- One movement (preferably first) from the standard concerto repertoire
- One movement from a solo Bach sonata/partita/suite
- Winds and Percussion
For brass and wind instruments, we recommend that you prepare:
- Major/minor scales
- Two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument
For percussion, prepare an audition that demonstrates as much as possible the following characteristics:
- The basic snare rudiments; a piece or etude on snare
- Scales and a piece on a keyboard instrument
- Work on an auxiliary instrument (timpani, for example)
We recommend that you prepare two songs of contrasting styles from the standard vocal repertoire. It is preferred that one of the selections to be in English and the other in a foreign language.
- Repertoire that is appropriate for solo and ensemble contests or NATS auditions is considered standard vocal repertoire
- Popular songs, contemporary Christian literature and original compositions are not considered appropriate
- Choose repertoire that you sing well and shows your voice to its best advantage
- Selections should demonstrate the full range of the voice, expressive potential, and good diction
- Memorization is expected
In addition to hearing the prepared solos, the voice faculty will have each student sing a short excerpt at sight and perform pitch patterns.
Please note that recorded accompaniments are not permitted, and students should not accompany themselves.
For each instrument, please prepare the following:
- Two standard tunes
Winds: Scales, range/doubling, sight reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation
Piano/Guitar: Comping (different styles), sight-reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation
Bass: Walking (different styles), sight-reading, transcription/standard tunes, improvisation
Drums: Grooves (different styles), sight-reading, time/solo/time
Please submit two or three sample compositions (score and recording/midi file if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a resume or brief statement describing your previous experience and training in composition.
As we are not having any in-person auditions this year, please send us a recording by February 22,2021! The requirements are the same, however.