Music Scholarship Audition Guidelines
You must apply to the University, and apply for Financial Aid to be considered for a music scholarship, although you do not have wait for any financial aid or any other information to be submitted to the University before AUDITIONING for a music award.
All materials for the Music Scholarship application are due by the February 21, 2017 deadline. The required materials are:
The Music Scholarship application
Two letters of recommendation from non-family members
- An on-campus audition. Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis through the area director or designated faculty as follows:
Voice Audition - please contact Dr. Timothy Westerhaus
Strings and Guitar Auditions - please contact Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah
Piano Auditions - please contact Dr. Colleen Hunter
Wind, Brass and Percussion Auditions - please contact the Admissions Office to set up your audition and visit to the University
- If you are unable to visit the campus for an audition, please contact Cheryl Carney, 509-313-6733, to make special arrangements to audition by sending a recording that can be a CD or DVD as well as an email attachment, YouTube link or Vimeo site link.
All materials, including letters of recommendation should be sent to:
Gonzaga Music Department
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258
or via email to: email@example.com
Preparation for the Audition
Every audition should demonstrate your various abilities. You and your music teachers are the best judges of what is appropriate for you and what will best display your talent. Please read the instructions carefully for each area. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instrumental (Wind, Brass, Percussion & Strings)
Auditions should include two solos or etudes of contrasting nature (e.g., slow and lyrical, faster and more technical). A single extended solo may be sufficient, if contrasting sections are performed. Works should be performed with accompaniment if possible.
Percussionists are encouraged to perform on at least two of the three following instruments: timpani, marimba, and snare. String players are encouraged to memorize.
If you have questions or to set up an audition time please contact:
Dr. Robert Spitall (winds and percussion) 509-313-6736 or email@example.com
Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah (strings) 509-313-6733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz (Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Drum Set, and Vocal)
Rhythm Section – Please demonstrate your ability to play within a rhythm section of a small jazz combo and/or large jazz ensemble. Tune selections should be of contrasting styles and tempos. Improvisation is always welcome and encouraged.Winds/Brass/Strings - Please play three scales of your choice to demonstrate range and tone production. Choice three tunes of contrasting styles and tempos to demonstrate your ability. These tunes can be within a small jazz combo including improvisation or they can be individual parts from your school's jazz ensemble.Vocal - Please sing three songs: two jazz standards and one other song of your choice of any music genre (classical, jazz, pop, country, classic rock, etc.). Accompaniment by a rhythm section or jazz choir is encouraged but not mandatory. As always, improvisation is welcome and encouraged.
If you have questions or to set up an audition time please contact Mr. Fague, Director of Jazz Studies, at (509) 313-6735 or email@example.com.
Auditions should include TWO pieces of CONTRASTING styles from different musical periods. At least one should be memorized.
Please include a list of technique and repertoire that you have studied in high school. If you are a transfer student include your college repertoire as well.
2017 Scholarship Audition Dates to be announced
Contact Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Director of Vocal Program & GU Choirs, to schedule your individual time for scholarship audition: 509-313-6737 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions should include TWO selections. Depending on your level of study, appropriate choices include art songs, folk songs, hymns, or arias from opera, operetta, or oratorio. English is appropriate for one or both selections