Q: When are music major/minor acceptance auditions?
A: Auditions for acceptance as music major or minor (and potential music scholarships) are held on the KSU campus during the spring semester on scheduled dates and at any time of year (by appointment). Primary audition dates are in February each year. If using one of these primary dates, you may schedule your audition through Administrative Assistant Teri Breymeyer - firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-3800. Schedule an audition on any other dates directly with Kurt Gartner - email@example.com or 785-532-3808. Scholarship funds are available through the Music Program as well as University Bands, and this audition is evaluated for scholarships from both sources.
Q: What do I need to play for a major/minor acceptance audition?
A: At a minimum, you must demonstrate proficiency in three of the following five categories:
- snare drum (rudimental or concert)
- keyboard (marimba, vibraphone, etc.)
- multi-percussion (concert percussion, electronic percussion etc.)
- hand drums/world percussion
- drum set.
It is to your advantage to audition on instruments of three or more categories. You will perform a prepared solo or etude and sight reading on each instrument. (Styles demonstrations are also useful on drum set.)
2015 Concert Ensembles Audition Excerpts
Audition Date: Monday, August 24. Sign up outside McCain 226. Audition required of all percussion majors. Contact Dr. Gartner for a PDF of the excerpts.
Larson: Andante for Marimba
Measures 15 to 26
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
Rehearsal 9 to 12
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
First 11 measures
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Beginning to 4 measures before C
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
2 measures before letter O through 12 measures after O
Sight-reading may be called on any instrument.