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Upcoming Music & Drama Auditions

Spring 2020 Music Auditions

  • Nov. 6, 2019, 2-6 p.m., Black Box (B12.135): Spring 2020 Music Auditions (sign up)
  • Jan. 18, 2020, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Black Box (B12.135): Drama Auditions for Stop Kiss
  • Jan. 16, 2020, 2-6 p.m., B12.130: Spring 2020 Music Auditions
  • Jan. 23, 2020, 1-5 p.m., B12.130: Spring 2020 Music & Scholarship Auditions
  • April 1, 2020, 2-6 p.m., Black Box: Fall 2020 Music Auditions
  • April 25, 2020, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Black Box (B12.135): Drama Auditions for Schoolhouse Rock Live!

MUSIC AUDITIONS INFORMATION

AUDITIONS FOR:

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Music Scholar: Must be a declared music major at LSC-UP and will be enrolled in the music theory/ear training & sight singing sequence at LSC-UP during the time of the scholarship.
  • Vocal Scholar: Must be enrolled in majors’ private voice lessons (MUAP 1282 or 2282) and/or one of the MUEN vocal ensembles at LSC-UP during the time of the scholarship.
  • Instrumental Scholar: Must be enrolled in majors’ private instrumental lessons (MUAP x2xx) or one of the MUEN instrumental ensembles at LSC-UP during the time of the scholarship.

ENSEMBLES

  • String Ensemble (MUEN 1131): This course involves the study and performances of music compositions for small string groups. It is recommended for music majors whose principle performing medium is the violin, viola, or cello. Directed by Christoph Wagner.
  • Chamber Ensemble (MUEN 1136): Chamber Ensemble is a mixed instrumentation group of wind, string, percussion, and brass players performing chamber (small group) repertoire from any style period. Directed by Pierre-Alain Chevalier.
  • Percussion Ensemble (MUEN 1134): This course involves the study and performance of music compositions for small percussion groups. Directed by Lamar Burkhalter.
  • Concert Choir (MUEN 1141): Concert Choir is a large vocal ensemble performing large-scale sacred and secular works. In addition to local concerts, the group participates in campus activities. Directed by Mark Vogel.
  • Pop Singers (MUEN 1154): The Pop Singers specialize in performing contemporary popular music, including music of radio, TV, motion picture, and Broadway. Some choreography and staging may be involved. Directed by Taelon Stonecipher.
  • Jazz Combo (MUEN 2135): A study of the techniques involved in the improvisation of a solo in the jazz idiom through rehearsal and performance in a small ensemble. Open to all students with instrumental music experience. Directed by Woody Witt.

Private & Group Lessons

  • Private Lessons (MUAP) in Voice, Instruments, or Composition
  • Class Voice (MUSI 1183): Beginning voice instruction for the student who has little or no experience.
  • Class Piano II-IV Placement (MUSI 1182/2181/2182): Audition to be placed into a higher level of Clsas Piano.
  • No audition is required for Class Piano I, Class Guitar, or Percussion Class.

Music Industry Class

  • Professional Development for Musicians (MUSC 1191): This course will assist students in developing the critical skills required to be successful musicians in the professional world. Students will learn how to write professional résumés, CVs, cover letters, and bios; effective audition, rehearsal, and performance technique; and the basics of music law and music business. 

WHAT TO PREPARE

Scholarships

  • Please prepare two contrasting pieces to sing or play on your instrument. An accompanist will be provided, so be sure to bring sheet music, unless it's an unaccompanied piece (vocalists MUST use an accompanist fo their audition pieces). Please fill out the scholarship form at http://www.lonestar.edu/31831 prior to your audition as well.

Concert Choir

  • Prepare a classical/folk song and a contrasting musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided, so be sure to bring sheet music! Students will also be asked to sight read, as part of their auditions.

Pop Singers

  • SINGERS: Prepare two contrasting short songs (or excerpts of songs) in contrasting popular styles (pop, rock, musical theatre, R&B, etc.).  An accompanist will be provided, so be sure to bring sheet music!
  • INSTRUMENTALISTS: Prepare two contrasting solos of pop, rock, musical theatre, or R&B songs on your instruments.  You may also be asked to sight-read.

Percussion Ensemble & Private Percussion Lessons

  • Snare/Tenor/Bass Drum Auditions: (For snare drum, traditional grip is preferred, but matched grip is acceptable.) Please plan to play a standard “8 or 16 on a hand” exercise, an accent/tap exercise and an open or double stroke roll exercise, all at varied tempos.   In addition, please plan to play a small portion of a published or self-composed solo.  Creativity of presentation and visuals and sound quality will all be considered.   In addition, there will also be a sight reading excerpt at the audition.
  • Cymbals Auditions: Please plan to show a basic understanding of modern marching percussion cymbal sounds through the creation of a short solo to include numerous sounds and numerous visuals.  “Show band” style visuals and visual appeal are preferred.   In addition, there will also be a bass drum sight reading excerpt at the audition.
  • Mallets (Marimba, etc.): Prepare 1-2 pieces that show your current skill level.

Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combo

  • RHYTHM SECTION (piano, bass, drums, percussion, guitar): Demonstrate ability to comp (read/play chord chart), improvise, and read music
    • WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare two tunes that are considered jazz standards.  These tunes should demonstrate different styles (e.g., one swing tune and one bossa nova).  You may use a backing track.  
    • WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR AUDITION: During the audition you will play your two selections and we will discuss your experience playing jazz or playing in any other ensemble.  There may be a short sight-reading component during your audition.  Please bring a copy of your music and have your backing tracks (if using them) ready on your smartphone.
  • HORN PLAYER: Demonstrate ability to improvise and read music.
    • WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare two tunes that are considered jazz standards.  These tunes should demonstrate different styles (e.g., one swing tune and one bossa nova).  You may use a backing track.  
    • WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR AUDITION: During the audition you will play your two selections and we will discuss your experience playing jazz or playing in any other ensemble.  There may be a short sight-reading component during your audition.  Please bring a copy of your music and have your backing tracks (if using them) ready on your smartphone.?
  • VOCALIST: Demonstrate singing abilities and reading skills.   Basic keyboard skills are a bonus.
    • WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare two tunes that are considered jazz standards.  These tunes should demonstrate different styles (e.g., one swing tune and one bossa nova).  You may use a backing track.  
    • WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR AUDITION: During the audition you will sing your two selections and we will discuss your experience singing jazz or singing in any other ensemble.  Please bring a copy of your music and have your backing tracks (if using them) ready on your smartphone. 

String Ensemble or Chamber Ensemble

  • Prepare one or two contrasting pieces that demonstrate your level of playing.  You may also be asked to sight read at your audition.

Professional Development for Musicians

  • Instrumentalists/Singers: Prepare 1-2 contrasting excerpts. In addition to your audition, be prepared to discuss your career plans in music.  If you need an accompanist, one will be provided for you; be sure to bring sheet music for the accompanist.
  • Composers/Songwriters: Submit 2-3 contrasting compositions, fully notated and/or recorded (MIDI realizations are acceptable).  Email them as pdf files to Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu. Schedule an interview with Aaron Alon by emailing him at Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu.
  • Audio Engineers, Producers, etc.: Non-performers should schedule an interview with Aaron Alon by emailing him at Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu.  If you have any samples of your work to share, you can also email them to Professor Alon.

Class Voice/Private Voice Studio Placement

  • Prepare any song you'd like.  Bring sheet music for private voice studio placement.  Class voice students can sing a cappella or with an accompanist (bring sheet music if you'd like to use the accompanist).  You may be asked to sing some notes played on a piano.

Class Piano/Private Piano Studio Placement

  • Prepare one or two contrasting pieces of your choice that demonstrate your proficiency and level of playing. Also, prepare one or two scales of your choice.
  • In the audition, you'll be asked to play various chords (such as C major or D minor) and to read a simple, short musical excerpt using both treble and bass clef.
  • For Class Piano placement, instead of scheduling a normal audition, please schedule an appointment by emailing Director of Music Aaron Alon at Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu with the subject "Class Piano Placement Exam."

Private Lessons in Other Instruments

  • Prepare one or two contrasting pieces that demonstrate your level of playing.

MUSIC AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT

To schedule an audition, please email Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu or click this button to schedule an audition:

Spring 2020 Music Auditions


Questions?

For further information about auditions, please contact Professors Aaron Alon (music) or William Grayson (theatre).

Aaron Alon
Department Chair
Director of Music
281.290.5009
Office: B12.110

William Grayson
Director of Theatre
281.290.2956
Office: B12.108

Jonathan Anderson 
Dean
281.401.5313 
Office: B13.818B

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