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Auditions and Scholarships

INTRUMENTAL/COLOR GUARD AUDITONS and SCHOLARSHIPS

Auditions for instrumentalists and color guard are held during the Spring semester for the following Fall.  Auditions may be scheduled by appointment or on a mass audition date.  Vocal scholarships are awarded by semester, and take place any time during the academic year.

At Blinn College we are fortunate to be able to offer scholarships to students that wish to participate in music regardless of major.  They are valued up to $1500 (this top amount typically is able to cover full-tuition) per semester.  They are awarded based on musical ability and the recommendation of a high school ensemble director.  Auditioning for the music program will also serve as your scholarship audition. 

Please submit your recommendation form along with your Music Audition Data Form prior to your audition.  See below for instrument/voice requirements.  All instrumental forms should be submitted via email to Harry D. Blake , vocal forms should be submitted to Dr. Joel Plaag.


Jill Stewart- Assistant Div Chair/Professor
Harry D. Blake – Director of Bands 979-830-4652
Dr. Sarah Burke – Director of Percussion Studies 979-830-4015
Dr. Craig Garrett – Jazz Studies 979-830-4261
Dr. Joel Plaag – Director of Vocal Studies 979-830-4249
John Dujka – Piano Studies 979-830-4249


Audition Dates for Fall 2014:

December 14, (Saturday) January 11 (Saturday), February 22 (Saturday), 
March 29 (Saturday), or by appointment.

 

Audition Data Form Instrumental

Audition Data Form - Vocal

Please prepare the following for your audition: 

Winds:

Wind players should prepare one or two solos or etudes (UIL solos, All-Region music, etc.), which demonstrate technical facility as well as lyrical, expressive playing. Sight-reading and/or major scales may be requested. An accompanist is not necessary. Music may be used.

Percussion:

Auditions for percussion are by arrangement only.  Please contact Dr. Sarah Burke to schedule an audition.  Please prepare the following:

Snare Drum-

One concert etude (All-region music, Cirone, Peters, Goldenberg,etc.)
If you feel rudimental playing is a strong point you may additionally prepare a rudimental solo of your choice.

Marimba -

One 2 mallet solo or etude (All-region music, UIL solo, Goldenberg, etc.)

OPTIONAL, but highly encouraged – one 4 mallet solo (UIL solo, etude - Ford, Davila, Zivkovic, etc.)

Timpani -

OPTIONAL, but highly encouraged – one timpani selection (All-Region music, UIL solo, etude – Goodman, Peters, Carroll)

Sightreading -

You will be asked to sightread on both snare drum and mallet instruments. 

Color Guard:

Auditions for color guard are by arrangement only.  Please contact Harry Blake to schedule an audition.  Individuals must prepare a routine to music of their choosing to demonstrate abilities.  Individuals should be in good physical condition. 

Piano:

Please contact John Dujka for more information.

Voice:

Vocal scholarships are awarded based on audition, the need for a particular voice part, and teacher recommendation. Scholarship auditions consist of:

1. Audition with a solo such as an aria, art song or piece from UIL Solo and Ensemble.  Please bring a copy of the music with you if you need piano accompaniment.
2. Warm-up/Vocal exercises to determine the range, tessitura, and voice part.
3. Aural skills test to determine ability to match pitch.

Before your audition date: 

Fill out the choral information form, found here.

Prepare and submit a letter of intent, discussing what you can bring to the choral program, which can be brought to the audition or mailed as an attachment to joel.plaag@blinn.edu

Obtain and have submitted a letter of recommendation from your high school/previous choral director (i.e. school/church choir/community chorus director, etc.) or have your teacher email/mail the recommendation form to joel.plaag@blinn.edu or Dr. Joel Plaag, Choral and Vocal Studies, Blinn College, 902 College Ave, Brenham, TX 77833.

Contact Dr. Plaag and set up an audition time at 979-830-4239 or email joel.plaag@blinn.edu.