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Scholarship Auditions


Stark Music Scholarship Auditions


Music Theory Placement & Scholarship Audition Day

Saturday, March 14, 2015  •  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Kent State Stark Fine Arts Building


Scholarship Application Deadline
: Wednesday, March 11, 2015


All new music students at Kent State Stark must complete a music theory placement evaluation and a performance audition before course registration can take place. Students can also apply for music scholarships by participating in a scholarship audition.

To be eligible for a music scholarship, a student must show exceptional potential as a musician and as a scholar. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration.

1. Submit the Online Music Scholarship Application

    This will also make your reservation for the Theory Placement & Audition Day
    on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
  • Complete the online music scholarship application and submit all scholarship materials by Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

    Online Music Scholarship Application

  • Submit Official Transcripts
    New students from high school must submit official high school transcripts. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from all previous colleges attended. Current Kent State Stark and transfer students who have completed fewer than two full semesters of college should also submit official high school transcripts. Current Kent State Stark students do not need to submit Kent State transcripts.

  • Recommendation Forms
    You are required to submit two (2) Recommendation Forms. New students from high school should submit recommendations from teachers, counselors or your school principal. Transfers and current college students should submit recommendations from professors.

    Your references will complete the forms and return them to the address listed on the form. Be sure you advise them of the scholarship deadline.
  • All application materials should be sent by the above deadline to:
    Dr. Sebastian Birch
    Music Department
    Kent State University at Stark
    6000 Frank Avenue NW
    North Canton, Ohio 44720

2. Prepare for your Performance & Scholarship Audition

Audition pieces vary according to the candidate's specific major performance medium. The following summaries are offered as guidelines to prepare for an audition. If you would like to substitute any literature, contact the individual listed for appropriate audition materials.

Voice: B.A. Music, Performance, Music Education, Music Technology Majors
  1. One song with English text. Must be memorized.
  2. One song in a foreign language selected from any of the following composers. Must be memorized.
    Italian: Scarlatti, Caldara, Donaudy, Giordani, Bononcini, Monteverdi, Carlissimi, Gluck, Handel, Marcello, Pergolesi, Lotti
    German: Brahms, Schubert, Schumann
    French: Debussy, Faure
    If you don't have a foreign language song, you can perform a second song in English.
  3. Candidates are requested to provide their own accompanist. If this is not possible, a CD of the accompaniment is acceptable.
  4. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency and pitch-matching.
  5. Suitable voice audition repertory is listed on the Ohio Music Educator's Association "Solo and Small Ensemble" repertory list, available from your high school choral director.
  6. Contact Laurel Seeds at lseeds@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Piano: Performance Majors
  1. A Prelude or Fugue or Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia) by Bach.
  2. A Sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven, Op. 49)
  3. A composition characteristic of the Romantic or Contemporary Period.
  4. A composition of the candidate's choice (optional).
  5. All of the above must be memorized.
  6. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency and familiarity with technical skills (scales, etc.)
  7. Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.


Piano: Music Education Majors

  1. A Two-Part or Three-Part Invention, or a Prelude and Fugue by Bach.
  2. A Sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
  3. A Romantic or Contemporary composition.
  4. At least one of the above must be memorized.
  5. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency and familiarity with technical skills (scales, etc.)
  6. Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.


Piano: B.A. Arts or Music Technology Majors; Music Minors

  1. Two pieces in contrasting styles from Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary style periods.
  2. At least one of the above must be memorized.
  3. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency and familiarity with technical skills (scales, etc.)
  4. Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Woodwind Instruments: B.A. Music, Performance, Music Education or Music Technology Majors; Music Minors
  1. Major scales - memorized.
  2. Solo. Memorization not required. Suggested repertoire is contained in the OMEA contest list. Compositions of equivalent difficulty may be substituted.
  3. Accompaniment not required.
  4. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency.
  5. Contact Laurel Seeds at lseeds@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.


Brass Instruments: B.A. Music, Performance, Music Education or Music Technology Majors; Music Minors

  1. Major scales - memorized.
  2. Solo. Memorization not required. Suggested repertoire is contained in the OMEA contest list. Compositions of equivalent difficulty may be substituted.
  3. Accompaniment not required.
  4. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency.
  5. Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Percussion Instruments: B.A. Music, Performance, Music Education or Music Technology Majors; Music Minors

  1. A solo or etude on all of the following:
    a. Snare drum
    b. Percussion keyboard (mallets)
    c. Timpani (Proficiency in tuning)
  2. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency on at least two of the above instruments.
  3. Contact Brian Bennett at bbennet1@kent.edu for question regarding appropriate repertoire.


Double Bass
: B.A. Music, Performance or Music Education; Music Minors

  1. All major scales, one octave minimum. Memorized. 
  2. Marcello Sonata in E Minor (two contrasting movements) or work of comparable difficulty. Memorization and accompaniment not required. 
  3. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency. 
  4. Contact Dan Nauss at dnauss@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

All Other Instruments:
B.A. Music, Performance or Music Education; Music Minors
  1. Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Music Technology Majors can also audition in:

Electric Guitar
  1. Two prepared pieces in contrasting styles. You can choose from the following styles: rock, jazz, blues, pop, metal or country. One piece can be played with accompanying tracks, with the exception of the part you are performing. A demonstration of both chord/accompanimental work and soloing/single string technique is encouraged.
  2. Major and minor pentatonic/blues scales in any key using two different fingerings.
  3. Students will be given a "chord inventory" to determine what voicings he or she may know.
  4. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency.
  5. Contact Erin Vaughn at evaughn1@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.


Electric Bass

  1. Technical Skills: All major and minor scales and arpeggios, one octave minimum, memorized.
  2. Perform and discuss at least two different bass lines of any musical genre or era. (example: main bass riff from “Another One Bites the Dust“ by Queen) Written transcription required.
  3. Perform any solo piece composed for the electric bass. (example: “Portrait of Tracy” by Jaco Pastorius)
  4. Sight reading - provided at the audition.
  5. Contact Matt DeRubertis at mderuber@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.


Drum Set

  1. Demonstration of timekeeping and fills in 3 contrasting styles from the following:
    a. Rock/Funk
    b. Jazz/Swing
    c. Latin/World (Bossa Nova, Samba, Mambo, etc.)
  2. Contact Brian Bennett at bbennet1@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.


Classical Guitar

  1. Major and melodic minor scales up to four sharps and flats.
  2. A composition from the Renaissance or Baroque era.
  3. A composition from the Classical era.
  4. A composition from the Romantic or Modern era.
  5. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency.
  6. Contact George Bachmann at gbachman@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

 

Composition Majors
The Composition major is normally elected at the end of a sophomore year with the approval of the Composition faculty. At that time, candidates will be asked to submit recent examples of their work in composition and to take a skills test. Composition majors will fulfill general requirements in music during their first two years of study. Students must audition in a major performance medium and are required to study piano. Candidates should consult suggested audition repertoire in their major performance medium. Composition majors begin their study in the Bachelor of Arts degree program. Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding the Composition major.