Music

Performance Award Auditions

Auditions: Instrumental | Piano | Voice | Percussion

  • If you have any questions about appropriate audition repertoire, please feel free to contact us for help.

Awards:   Performance and Music

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Or contact:
Ms. Rita Boyer 417.625.9318
Department of Music, MSSU
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin MO 64801

Instrumental

  • Prepare two pieces of contrasting style and tempo that show your musical ability.
  • Your prepared pieces could be: a solo, movements from a solo, or an etude.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • An accompanist is not required.

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Piano

  • Prepare two pieces of contrasting style and tempo that show your musical ability.
  • It would be helpful if you could play one of your selected pieces from memory.
  • You may be asked to sight-read a piece or play at least one major scale.

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Voice

  • Prepare two pieces of contrasting style and tempo that show your musical ability.
  • Memorization is recommended but not required
  • You may bring your own accompanist or one will be provided. If you do not bring your own accompanist, please bring an extra copy of your music. The Music Department cannot make copies of your music. Taped accompaniment is acceptable.

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Percussion Program

The studio audition is one of the most important steps for admission into the music program. Auditions are conducted in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

Applicants should present their highest level of ability on snare drum and mallets and at least oneof either timpani or multiple percussion. Prepare solos selected from the standard literature and be ready to sight read:

Studio Audition:

  1. Snare Drum (Perform one concert and one rudimental solo or etude)
  2. Rudimental (Peters, Pratt, Markovich or others)
  3. Concert (Benson, Colgrass, Cirone, or others)
  4. Keyboard Percussion (Two and four mallet solos or etudes by Peters, Musser, Bach, Abe or others, Major Scales and Arpeggios)
  5. Timpani (Solos or etudes by Beck, Forth, Hinger or others)
  6. Multiple Percussion (Udow, Kraft, or others)

Drum Set:

Stylistic Component: Students should be prepared to perform examples from all of the following areas:

  1. Swing (moderate and up-tempo feels)
  2. Ballad (demonstrating brush techniques)
  3. Latin (Bossa Nova and Samba)
  4. World Music (Afro-Cuban, Reggae)

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