You must be available to participate in either the Chamber Singers or Naturally Sharp [Vocal Jazz Ensemble] according to the director's needs
Auditions will take place in Dr. Powell's office, MacAlister 1037; this is in the Mandell Theater lobby. Practice rooms are available for warming up on the second floor of MacAlister Hall. MacAlister Hall is on the SE corner of Chestnut Street and 33rd, behind the Chestnut Square building.
For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Steven Powell, Director of Choral Activities at email@example.com.
Performing Arts Scholarships are available to any wind/brass percussion student who performs a successful audition. These auditions will occur on each of the Accepted Student Day events, on April 8, 9, 22 & 23, 2017. Students who can only attend January 7, or February 18 Accepted Students Days may submit a video audition (see below). Students are to contact the Director of Bands (Dr. Wesley J. Broadnax, firstname.lastname@example.org) via email to schedule a time for an audition, which are usually 15-minute slots. Scholarship awards range from $500-$2000, and are divided equally between Fall/Winter/Spring terms.
ALL winds/brass/percussion players receive their scholarships through a successful audition for the Drexel Concert Band. Those students who participate in the University Orchestra will receive an additional $150.00 per academic term they are registered in the ensemble. However, participation in the University is solely by "needs" of the ensemble at that time, as requested by the orchestra director--Rosalind Erwin.
Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive, and the expectations for students who are awarded such scholarships are high! These students are required to attend ALL rehearsals and performances of the Concert Band. In addition, all Concert Band scholarship students are to be available for chamber music opportunities within the Concert Band, OR for other ensembles within the Department of Performing Arts (i.e., University Orchestra, University Chorus, Theater Pit Orchestra).
All auditions are "live" in-person auditions, except in cases of students who are not able to make the in-person audition due to travel. In these cases, video submissions are accepted. (Please be aware that video submissions are not the best representation of an audition, and there is a risk of one's playing to not be accurately assessed). Each audition is to be recorded with high-quality digital equipment, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo only, and submitted to the Director of Bands via email. All video auditions must be submitted via email email@example.com by Friday, April 14, 2017.
Perform a 4-5 minute solo or etude of your choice that best demonstrates your performance ability. No scales, sight reading, or piano accompaniment necessary. The solo or etude is to be of "classical" nature (no popsy tunes). Be sure to consult with your high school band conductor, private lesson teacher, or myself if you have questions regarding the type of audition piece suitable for a Performing Arts Scholarship. A copy of your audition music for the Director of Bands is highly recommended, but not required. These solos/etudes can be something that was recently performed at a Solo & Ensemble Festival, or that the performer is currently preparing.
Percussion students are to perform a 2-3 minute solo or etude of their choice on each of the following three instruments: timpani, snare drum, and one mallet instrument choice (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone). No scales, sight reading, or piano accompaniment necessary. We have all instruments available at Drexel University.
Special Note: ALL students who wish to be considered for Pep Band (MUSC 116, Section 001) can do so by indicating this on the Concert Band audition form (available at the audition). No additional audition is necessary, as the Concert Band audition will suffice for both auditions. Also, Pep Band scholarships are awarded through the Department of Athletics, not the Department of Performing Arts, and those scholarships are $1000.00 for both Fall & Winter Terms, and the funds are credited to each member's Drexel account at the end of Winter Term.
Requirements for Scholarship Participation:
A student must be registered for Concert Band (MUSC 105, Section 001) for each academic term in order to receive any disbursements.
For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Wesley Broadnax, Concert Band director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performing Arts Scholarships are available to any percussion student who performs a successful audition. These auditions will occur on each of the Accepted Student Days events, January 7, February 18, April 8, 9, 22 , and 23. Students are to contact the Director of the Percussion Ensemble - Mark Beecher - via email (email@example.com) to schedule a time for an audition, which are usually 15-minute slots. Scholarship awards range from $500-$1000.
Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive, and the expectations for students who are awarded such scholarships are high! These students are required to attend all rehearsals and performances of the Percussion Ensemble. In addition, all Percussion Ensemble scholarship students are to be available for other ensembles within the Department of Performing Arts (i.e., Concert Band, Pep Band, University Orchestra, University Chorus, Theater Pit Orchestra).
All auditions are "live" in-person auditions, except in cases of students who are not able to make the in-person audition due to travel. In these cases, a live Skype session is permitted and accepted for auditions, as well as video submissions. (Please be aware that video submissions are not the best representation of an audition, and there is a risk of one's playing to not be accurately assessed). Each audition is to be recorded with high-quality digital equipment, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo only, and submitted to the Director of the Percussion Ensemble via email firstname.lastname@example.org. All video auditions must be submitted via email by Friday, April 14, 2017.
For Mallet Auditions (Marimba/Vibes/Xylophone, Timpani), students are asked to choose a repertoire which they think best displays their present abilities. Students should be prepared to offer two or three pieces or movements in contrasting musical styles and tempi. As appropriate, the student may be asked to demonstrate aural awareness, scales and arpeggios, and sight-reading. It is recommended that the pieces are played from memory and a copy of your audition music presented to the Director of the Percussion Ensemble, but not required.
For all other Percussion Instruments (Snare Drum, Drum Set, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, etc.), students must prepare a solo piece or two, of their choice. On the Snare Drum: Playing through a few Drum Rudiments (going from Open [slow] to Closed [fast] to Open) - The Long Roll, Single Stroke Roll, Single Paradiddle, Flam, Flam Accent, Flamacue, Ruff (Drag) & Single Ratamacue, as well as some on-the-spot demonstrations of a few Hybrid Rudiments. For the Drum Set, students must perform the following Groove examples: Bossa Nova, Afro-Cuban (6/8 & Son Montuno / Salsa), Reggae (Shuffle & Straight 8ths), Blues Shuffle, Jazz/Swing, Odd Meter (5/4, 7/8, etc.). For Hand Percussion: Congas - Tumbao Moderno, Guaguanco, Bolero, Merengue, Afro Cuban 6/8, etc.; Bongos - Basic Martillo; Djembe - Lamba, Doundounba, Sedeba, Lindjiang; Darbuka - Maqsum, Baladi, Saidi, Nawari, etc.
Musser & Adams 4.3 Octave Marimbas, Adams & Musser Xylophones, Ross Vibes, Ludwig Professional Timpani, Snare Drums, Drum Kits, LP Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Darbuka, etc., will be provided for the students and there will also be music handed out for sight reading.
Sample Audition List (Note: Student may choose from the list, but are encouraged to choose their own repertoire):
Marimba 2 Mallet:
Major Scales and arpeggios, 2 octaves
Violin Sonata in A Minor - J.S. Bach
Marimba 4 Mallet:
Yellow After the Rain - Mitchell Peters
Porgy and Bess (Catfish Row) - George Gershwin
Polka from "The Golden Age" - Dmitri Shostakovich
Sonata in B Minor Mvt. III - J.S. Bach
Time for Marimba - Minoru Miki
Etude #1 - Jacques Delecluse
Scheherazade - Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov
Saeta - Elliot Carter
Symphony 9 - Ludwig Van Beethoven
Requirements for Scholarship Participation:
A student must be registered for Percussion Ensemble (MUSC 113, Section 001) for each academic term in order to receive any disbursements.
For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Mark Beecher, Percussion Ensemble director at email@example.com.
Auditions for University Orchestra will be available at all Accepted Students Days – January 7, February 18, April 8, 9, 22, and 23. Times on Saturdays range from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, and 10:30AM to 12:45PM on Sundays in April. All auditions must be scheduled in advance directly with the director, Ms. Rosalind Erwin. Auditions are scheduled in 10-15 minute increments. For scholarship consideration as well as for admittance into the orchestra, all auditions must be done in person. Only in extreme cases of proximity will a video audition be accepted.
String scholarships range from $750 per academic year (three terms) to $1875 per academic year (three terms).
Winds, brass and percussion already accepted as scholarship students in the Concert Band receive an additional $150 each term they participate in University Orchestra.
1) Part of a standard solo for your instrument (concerto, sonata, melodic etude, etc.) – student’s choice
2) 3 major scales including keys up to 4 flats and 4 sharps as many octaves as you know (for scholarship consideration, at least two scales must be three octaves. Exception: double bass)
3) Basic sight reading, which is provided at the time of the audition.
Auditions for woodwinds and brass:
Same as above, with the exception of scales. Two octaves, but in the case of flute and clarinet, at least one three octave scale.
State your experience with timpani auxiliary percussion and mallet percussion.
Requirements for Scholarship Participation:
Scholarship students are expected to, at a minimum, maintain their level of playing at the standard in which they entered the ensemble, as well as have no more than the standard allowed absences each term. Excessive absences and lowering of playing ability may result in cancellation of the scholarship.
Students must register for MUSC 109: University Orchestra
For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Rosalind Erwin, University Orchestra director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions are required for membership in the Drexel University Jazz Orchestra.
The Jazztet and the Saxtet are select groups whose members are drawn from the ranks of the Jazz Orchestra.
Membership requirements are:
Technical command of your instrument sufficient to perform jazz at a high level
Good sight reading ability
An awareness of the musical tradition and performance practices established by the masters of this music – Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, etc.
The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus.
Membership and Scholarship Auditions:
Jazz Orchestra scholarships are awarded depending upon ability and needs of the group. Awards range from $725.00 to $2,500.00.
Membership and scholarship auditions will take place in Room 2032 (the rehearsal room) of MacAlister Hall, 33rd and Chestnut Streets, on the following days and times:
- Saturday, April 8: 12:00 - 2:00pm
- Sunday, April 9: 1:00 - 3:00pm
- Saturday, April 22: 12:00 - 2:00pm
- Sunday, April 23: 1:00 - 3:00pm
All instrumentalists, with the exception of pianists, acoustic bassists, and drummers, must bring their own instruments to the audition. Amplifiers will be provided for bassists and guitarists, however, all bassists and guitarists must bring their own cables. Drummers must bring their own sticks and brushes.