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Performing Arts Scholarships

Dance Auditions

Dance scholarship auditions will be done this year through video submissions. Please email a Vimeo or YouTube link with the following to Olive Prince at okp23@drexel.edu. Submissions are due by 5pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Two 2-minute videos of you dancing solo. The two solos should be in different genres of dance. If possible, one of these solos should be in ballet, modern, contemporary or jazz. The other can be in those genres or improvisation, hip-hop, or a fusion of techniques. These dances can be choreographed by you or a teacher.

Please send your Drexel ID number to us with the video submission.

Requirements for Scholarship Participation

Students must be registered for DANC 131-001 (dance majors) or DANC 131-002 (non-dance majors) and perform in both Winter and Spring Dance Ensemble or FreshDance concerts in the year in which they receive scholarships to be eligible to receive the scholarship disbursements.

Please contact Olive Prince, Dance Ensemble Director, at okp23@drexel.edu to submit a video audition, or for additional information.

To learn more about our companies, please attend our Admitted Students Day Events.

Music Auditions

Choral

A limited number of performance scholarships are available for the choral ensembles. Auditions for these scholarships, which range from $1,250 for first-year recipients to as much as $3,000 for experienced members of the Chorus, take place in March and April for the following year. You do not need to be a music major to be eligible for a performance scholarship and most recipients are non-majors.

Auditions will take place on campus:
April 10th
April 24th

In Creese 108 from 1pm-6pm

April 24th is the cut-off date to audition for a performance scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.

Please contact Dr. Daniel Spratlan, Director of Choral Activities, at dms542@drexel.edu to schedule an audition, or with any questions about the choirs. Auditionees should fill out and return the following form:

University Chorus-Audition Form

Audition Requirements:

One piece, either an art song or aria, with keyboard accompaniment (accompanist will be provided by Drexel). Pick something that shows off the strength of your voice; play to your strength and don't try to guess what the director will like. In addition to their solo pieces, auditionees will vocalize with the director to display their range and will be asked to sigh-read from a choral score. Intonation, ability to blend, and strong sight-reading skills are all priorities to receive a scholarship. 

Video auditions will also be accepted for students who cannot attend a live audition. Please record your solo piece, plus 1-2 minutes of scales/warm-ups that demonstrate your low and high range. Videos should be sent to dms542@drexel.edu

Requirements for Scholarship Recipients:

1. You must enroll in, and participate in MUSC 101: University Chorus each term (rehearsals are T/Th 5:30-6:50 pm)
2. You must be available to participate in the Chamber Singers at the director’s request (rehearsals are W 5:30-7:20)

Please contact Dr. Daniel Spratlan, Director of Choral Activities at dms542@drexel.edu with any questions or to submit a video.

Concert Band

Wind, Brass, and Percussion performance scholarships range from $900 per academic year (three terms) to $1950 per academic year (three terms).

Audition Procedures:

Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive, and the expectations for students who are awarded scholarships are high. These students are required to attend all rehearsals (Monday and Wednesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.) 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).

Audition Requirements:

  1. Three major scales and one chromatic scale, range of the instrument, in the format of your choice.
  2. Basic sight reading (provided)
  3. Selection from standard solo repertoire of your choice. You may use state/district music educator's conference audition material as a guide or starting point to choose a selection.

Percussionists:

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). Scales, rudiments (from the standard 26), and sight reading will be asked.

To Submit Your Audition

To schedule an audition, please complete the audition form below no later than two weeks before your requested audition date.

Concert Band Audition Form

The auditions dates and times are as follows:

  • April 9, 2022 | 3pm-6pm
  • April 10, 2022 | 10am-2:30pm

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, contact the Director, Patrick Bailey at PBailey@drexel.edu.

Percussion Ensemble

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).

Auditions:

Performing Arts Scholarships are available to any percussion student who performs a successful audition. Students are to contact the Director of the Percussion Ensemble - Mark Beecher - via email (meb26@drexel.edu) to schedule a time for an audition, which are usually 15-minute slots. Scholarship awards range from $500-$1000.

If you are interested in submitting a YouTube or Vimeo video, please contact Percussion Ensemble Director, Mark Beecher, via email meb26@drexel.edu.

Audition Dates for the Percussion Ensemble will take place on the following Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

  • April 10, 2022
  • April 24, 2022

Audition Requirements:

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.

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.

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.).

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.

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
  • Xylophone:
    • Porgy and Bess (Catfish Row) - George Gershwin
    • Polka from "The Golden Age" - Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Marimba:
    • Sonata in B Minor Mvt. III - J.S. Bach
    • Time for Marimba - Minoru Miki
  • Snare Drum:
    • Etude #1 - Jacques Delecluse
    • Scheherazade - Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Timpani:
    • 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 meb26@drexel.edu.

University Symphony Orchestra

Auditions for Drexel University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO) acceptance and for performance scholarship consideration must be done in person during either Winter Preview dates in January and February or Admitted Student dates in April. Digitally recorded auditions will be accepted only in the case of distance hardship and should be sent to Conductor and Music Director, Rosalind Erwin (rme49@drexel.edu).

In-person auditions must be scheduled in advance with Conductor and Music Director Rosalind Erwin (rme49@drexel.edu)

The available dates and times for auditions are as follows:

  • April 9, 2022 | 2:30pm-5pm
  • April 10, 2022 | 10am-11:30am
  • April 23, 2022 | 10am-4pm
  • April 24, 2022 | 10am-1pm

General guidelines/information:

  1. All Strings: your DUSO acceptance audition is also used for DUSO performance scholarship consideration.
  2. If submitting a video audition:
    • Violinists and Violists: please do not face the camera head on. Please position the camera so that your bow arm is visible.
    • Videotaping with one's cell phone is perfectly acceptable.
    • On the video, first announce who you are, state what scales you will play, and state what piece you will perform.
    • All video files must be submitted directly to rme49@drexel.edu and are due no later than Sunday, April 24, 2022.
  3. Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion already accepted as scholarship students in the Concert Band will receive an additional $150 each term they participate in DUSO.

String performance scholarships range from $1,000 per academic year (three terms) to $2,100 per academic year (three terms).

Please fill out the audition form below and submit it to Rosalind Erwin when you audition in person or to rme49@drexel.edu when you submit your audition video.

University Symphony Orchestra Audition Form

Audition Requirements

Strings

  1. Part of a standard repertoire solo for your instrument (concerto, sonata, melodic etude, etc.) – student’s choice. No accompaniment required.
  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) - student's choice.
  3. Basic sightreading (provided at in-person audition; if submitting a recorded audition, ignore this requirement)

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).

Percussion

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 or reduction in the scholarship amount. All recipients re-audition each spring to retain their scholarship.

Students must register for MUSC 109 (University Symphony Orchestra)

For more information, please contact Rosalind Erwin, Drexel University Symphony Orchestra Director at rme49@drexel.edu.

Jazz Orchestra

The Jazz Orchestra is looking for trumpeters, trombonists, saxophonists, pianists, bassists, guitarists, drummers, vocalists, and other musicians. The 16–20 piece Drexel Jazz Orchestra allows students to study and perform music in the Big Band jazz tradition. The Jazztet is a small group ranging from five to eight musicians, providing Jazz Orchestra members the opportunity to do an in-depth study of improvisation. Entry into the Jazztet is by director invitation only.

There is no audition for musicians interested in playing with the Jazz Orchestra. However, please note that the ensemble mostly keeps the same personnel for the entire academic year, so a limited number of slots typically become available. Auditions are required for musicians interested in scholarships, and students are subject to re-evaluation during the first term of participation in Jazz Orchestra.

For more information, email Brent White, Jazz Orchestra director, at bw352@drexel.edu.

Scholarship Auditions

You will be asked to prepare one piece for your audition, preferably a Jazz standard, but it can be of any style, demonstrating your instrumental proficiency and overall musicianship. It should be approximately 2-4 minutes in length. For instrument-specific requirements, please see below.

Jazz Orchestra scholarships are awarded depending upon the ability and needs of the group. Awards range from $725 to $3,500.

In-person scholarship auditions will take place on the following days and times:

Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 2:30–4:00 pm
Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 2:30–4:00 pm


Students who can only attend the Winter Preview on January 15, 16, February 19, 20 or Admitted Students Days on April 9, 10 should contact Brent White, the Jazz Orchestra Director, via email bw352@drexel.edu to schedule an in-person or virtual audition.

Audition Requirements:

All instrumentalists, except for pianists, acoustic bassists, and drummers, must bring their instruments to the audition. Amplifiers will be provided for bassists and guitarists; however, all bassists and guitarists must bring their cables, and drummers must bring their sticks and brushes. The director will provide selections for sight-reading and selections for improvisation.

Horn players

  1. Sight reading
  2. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus
  3. The playing of major and minor scales and arpeggios

Pianists

  1. Comping in a range of styles from chord symbols – be-bop, Afro-Latin, etc.
  2. Sight reading
  3. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

Guitarists

  1. Playing rhythm guitar
  2. Comping in various styles from chord symbols – be-bop, Afro-Latin, etc.
  3. Sight reading
  4. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

Bassists

While string bass is preferred, electric bassists who can create walking bass lines, and reasonably approximate a string bass quality of sound are welcome to audition

  1. Creation of bass lines in various styles from chord symbols – be-bop, Afro-Latin, shuffle, etc.
  2. Sight reading
  3. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

Drummers

  1. Time keeping in various styles – be-bop (4/4 “straight-ahead” swing), Afro-Latin, shuffle, etc.
  2. Brush technique
  3. Sight reading

Requirements for Scholarship Participation

You must enroll in, and participate in MUSC 107 (Jazz Orchestra) each term.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Brent White, Jazz Orchestra director at bw352@drexel.edu.

Fusion Band

The Drexel University Fusion Band is an advanced performance ensemble exploring a variety of musical styles and genres including Funk, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and World Music. Improvisation is an important aspect of the ensemble experience. Audition requirements include a demonstration of proficiency on one's instrument, knowledge of scales, chords and rhythms, the ability to read music, and a demonstrated ability to improvise.

Performance scholarships are available for this ensemble, up to $1200 per year.  Scholarship recipients must be able to commit to all 3 terms (fall, winter, spring) and attend all rehearsals and performances. Auditions are held on an as needed basis.

Requirements for Scholarship Participation

You must enroll in, and participate in MUSC 112 (Fusion Band) each term.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Lynn Riley, Fusion Band Ensemble director at mcr27@drexel.edu.

Rock Ensemble

General Information

Guitars, bass, drums, keys, female and male vocalists playing popular rock music from different eras and styles.

Audition Dates:
April 23, 2022 12pm-2pm

For times and more detail, please contact Greg Wright gjw28@drexel.edu

Instrument & Vocal Audition Requirements

Guitars

Have a song prepared that you can play solo, or by yourself. Chord/Melody is preferable. Electric guitar is also preferable.

Bass

Have a prepared tune. Keep and show good time. Add some prowess at the end.

Drums

  1. Show versatility with a variety of rock feels: reggae, funk, metal, blues, alt, etc.
  2. Be able to do fills and stay in time.

Keyboards

Have a song prepared that you can play solo, or by yourself. Chords, bass & melody in a twelve bar blues with improvisation and variations of feel.

Vocalists

  1. Have two songs prepared to sing, ONLY VOCALISTS can use tracks (you must supply them).
  2. One should be a fast tune, one should be a slow tune.

You must enroll in, and participate in MUSC 117 (Rock Ensemble-Mondays at 3 pm) each term.

For more information or to submit a video, contact Greg Wright, Rock Ensemble director at gjw28@drexel.edu.

Theatre Auditions

Theatre faculty award a limited number of performance, administrative, and technical scholarships to highly motivated and dedicated students to work on theatre program productions each year. Scholarships are awarded to students on their ability and level of commitment to the theatre program’s productions and are based on an evaluation of students’ work and an interview with theatre faculty. Additional scholarships may be offered during the Fall quarter for students who get involved in theatre program ensembles and demonstrate a strong commitment to the program.

The Theatre Program at Drexel is run as a professional theatre company; scholarship students are the members of the ensemble and play a leadership role for each of the three mainstage productions or intimate studio performances. We are looking for highly motivated students who love theatre and want to improve their skills through challenging experiences in theater.

Requirements for Scholarship Participation

Each quarter, Performance Scholarship students must be registered for THTR 141 Performance Ensemble and participate in an additional Theatre Ensemble that could include Mainstage Productions, Musical Theatre Cabaret, Advanced Improv, Director’s Lab, or the NewWorks Festival.

General Audition Information- 2022

In person Theatre Performance Scholarship auditions will be held on:
Saturday, April 9th | 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, April 23rd | 1pm – 5pm

Theater Performance Scholarship auditions can also be done by video submission along with a virtual interview. All submissions must be received no later than Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at 5pm for full consideration.

What to Prepare for an In-Person Audition
Students should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue of their choosing from a published play and, if they sing, 32 bars of a song from musical theatre literature. The pieces should be fully memorized. We will not have an accompanist so students should bring a device or a CD with their music on it. Students should be sure to introduce each piece. Email Theatre Program Director Nick Anselmo at nick.anselmo@drexel.edu to schedule an audition on one of the dates listed above.

How to Submit a Video Audition
If you are unable to visit campus on the available days you can submit a recorded audition. Students should film themselves performing a 1-2 minute monologue of their choosing from a published play and, if they sing, 32 bars of a song from musical theatre literature. Students should be sure to introduce each piece. The video should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the link emailed to Theatre Program Director Nick Anselmo at nick.anselmo@drexel.edu. Nick will then reach out to set up a virtual interview with the students.

For more information or submit an audition contact Nick Anselmo at nick.anselmo@drexel.edu.