MUSIC ENSEMBLE SCHOLARSHIPS


The Music Ensemble Scholarships are awarded to full-time Trinity students who demonstrate outstanding musical ability. Music scholarships are automatically renewed for up to ten semesters if the student fulfills the conditions specified in the award letter. An audition and participation are required.

Note that all students interested in participating in Music Department ensembles, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for a Music Ensemble Scholarship.

AUDITIONS

Audition dates for prospective students often follow Thursday/Friday Preview Day campus visit events sponsored by the Admissions Office. This allows students to experience campus life and audition on the same weekend

2020-21 AUDITION DATES

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Suggested Repertoire for Auditions:

PIANISTS
Prepare two contrasting pieces from the standard solo repertoire. They should differ in style, tempo, and/or historical period. For example:

  • Any Two or Three-Part Invention by J.S. Bach or Baroque equivalent
  • Any first movement of a sonata from the Classical period (e.g., by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart) OR a short work from the nineteenth century (e.g., by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, or Brahms) or twentieth century (e.g., by Bartok or Kabalevsky)

In addition, major and minor scales and sight-reading of standard song and/or choral repertoire may be requested.

VOCALISTS
For those who are currently or have recently studied voice with a private teacher:

  • Two contrasting songs chosen from these categories: Art song (English or foreign language), Musical Theater, or Aria

For those who have never studied or not recently studied voice privately:

  • Hymn or National Anthem
  • Musical theater piece or contemporary Christian song
  • Challenging vocal passages from piece(s) sung in high school choir (optional)

In addition, sight-reading of choral repertoire and vocalization exercises may be requested.

STRING, WOODWIND, AND BRASS PLAYERS (INCLUDING GUITARISTS)

  • Two contrasting (i.e., style, tempo) pieces or individual movements from the standard classical etude/solo literature
  • Excerpts from ensemble literature (optional)
  • Major and minor scales
  • Sight-reading of an ensemble excerpt may be requested

ORGANISTS

  • Two contrasting works from the standard classical organ literature
  • Congregational accompaniment of one hymn
  • Major and minor scales
  • Sight-reading of standard song and/or choral repertoire may be requested

PERCUSSIONISTS

  • Snare drum: an etude or solo demonstrating your present level of technical ability, rudiments, and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels
  • At least one of the following:
    • Mallets: a two and/or four mallet solo demonstrating present level of technical ability and musicianship. Major and minor scales and arpeggios (with inversion)–two octaves up and down with right and/or left hand lead
    • Timpani: a two-drum (or more) timpani solo; demonstrate rolls at various dynamic levels and ability to tune to given pitches
    • Drum Set: demonstration of various styles (e.g., swing, funk, samba, bossa nova, mamba, waltz, rock) at a variety of tempos
  • Excerpts from ensemble literature (optional)
  • Sight-reading of ensemble literature may be requested

RECORDED AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

For situations in which a live audition is not possible due to distance of residence from Trinity, a video recording of the repertoire above will be accepted. Please complete the audition request form and share a high quality, unedited video recording file of your audition with the Music Department Coordinator.

TIPS FOR A GREAT AUDITION

  1. Complete the audition request form
  2. Audition in person
  3. Dress professionally
  4. Play less music better
  5. Submit three (3) copies of each audition piece to the jury
  6. Prepare a resume listing your ensemble experience, solo and ensemble repertoire, private teachers, and awards and/or honors
  7. Memorization is encouraged, especially for pianists, vocalists, and guitarists
  8. Pianists, guitarists, and organists are highly encouraged to prepare material on voice or a secondary ensemble instrument

PLEASE CONTACT US!

For more information, please contact the Music Department Coordinator at [email protected] or 847-317-7035.