Material and Audition Guidelines

General Instructions

  1. You must apply to the University to be considered for a music scholarship, although you do not have to wait for any financial aid or any other information to be submitted to the University before AUDITIONING for a music offer.
  2. Submit all materials for the Music Scholarship application by the February 15th, 2023 deadline for guaranteed offer consideration. The required materials are: 
    1. The Music Scholarship application
    2. One letter of recommendation from a non-family, music instructor
    3. Audition (see area guidelines below)
      • On-campus audition scheduled with your area director or regional audition scheduled or  submit digital recordings (CD, DVD, email attachment, YouTube link or Vimeo site link).

All materials, including letters of recommendation should be sent to:

Gonzaga Music Department
Attn. Scholarship
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA  99258
or via email to:  andersonp@gonzaga.edu

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 music@gonzaga.edu

Instrumental (Wind, 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 in the Winds and Percussion area or would like to schedule an optional ZOOM session, please contact:
Dr. Peter Hamlin, Director of Bands & Music Education at 509-313-6792 or hamlin@gonzaga.edu

If you have questions in the Strings area or would like to schedule an optional ZOOM session, please contact:
Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah, Director of String Program at 509-313-6733 or hekmatpanah@gonzaga.edu

Jazz (Woodwinds, Brass, Piano, Guitar, Bass, 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.  Play-along tracks can be used.  Improvisation is always welcome but not mandatory. 

Winds/Brass - Please play one scale of your choice to demonstrate range and tone production.  Choose two (or more) selections of contrasting styles that highlight your strengths.  These tunes can be played within a small jazz combo using a play-along track or they can be individual parts from your school's jazz ensemble.  Improvisation is always welcome but not mandatory.  

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 jazz choir or play-along track is encouraged but not mandatory.  Improvisation is always welcome but not mandatory.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an optional ZOOM session, please contact:
Mr. David Fague, Director of Jazz Studies, at (509) 313-6735 or fague@gonzaga.edu.

Keyboard/Piano

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.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a ZOOM session, please contact:
Dr. Colleen Hunter, Instructor of Applied Piano at hunterc@gonzaga.edu.

Vocal/Choral

Vocal auditions require two video-recorded pieces.  We welcome a wide variety of music, such as art songs, folk songs, hymns, arias, musical theater, and gospel. English is appropriate for one or both selections.  If you sing in a foreign language, we welcome one or more selections in another language.  In-person scholarship auditions will be offered on Monday, February 21, 2022 at the Myrtle Woldson Recital Hall on Gonzaga's campus.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an in-person audition or optional ZOOM session, please contact:
Dr. Meg Stohlmann, Director of Choirs & Vocal Studies, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, & Glee Club at stohlmann@gonzaga.edu.

Composition

Applicants should submit two examples of your original compositions, in any of the following formats: PDF scores, recordings, improvisations, or electric music samples. These will be reviewed ahead of your scheduled interview by the composition faculty, and serve as the basis for the conversation that develops during your interview.  An in-person or ZOOM interview will serve as your audition.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your ZOOM session, please contact:
Dr. Robert Spittal, Theory and Composition at spittal@gonzaga.edu.

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