Music Department

Scholarship Auditions

All Truman students are eligible for Music Scholarships, regardless of major! For students interested in one of our music majors, the scholarship audition doubles as your required audition for the major.

Auditions for 2022-23 may be scheduled in person, or with a virtual live performance or a pre-recorded video.

Audition Dates

You can schedule an audition for any of the following dates OR request a weekday audition as part of a Truman visit:

December 14, 2022

February 20, 2023

March 25, 2023

Scholarship auditions are held on a rolling deadline; some priority will be given toward earlier auditions.

Auditions for music ensembles are conducted separately, usually during the first week of classes in the fall (see below):

The following ensembles require an audition for participation:

  • Basketball Pep Bands
  • Brass Choir
  • Cantoria
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Lab Band
  • President’s String Quartet
  • Steel Pan Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Truman Opera Theatre
  • Voci Chamber Choir
  • Wind Symphony

Explore Music Ensembles

Percussion instrument auditions include snare drum, xylophone or marimba, or multiple percussion sets. In addition, other percussion instruments may be used during the same auditions including drum set, quads or quints. The candidate should demonstrate good stick action and hand to hand activity, good rhythmic accuracy, and musical intent.

For the audition you will:

  • Perform a solo, movements from a sonata or concerto, or etudes, demonstrating lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency.
  • Play major scales through the range of the instrument.
  • Sight-read a short musical passage demonstrating reading skill and accuracy in rhythm, pitch, dynamics and articulation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Bump (mbump@truman.edu) or Dr. Curran Prendergast (cprend@truman.edu) or call the Music Department at (660) 785-4417.

Students who audition as piano majors will:

  • Perform one or two solo pieces (preferably, by memory)
  • Sight-read accompanying excerpts

All pianists at Truman (music majors and non-music majors) can audition to be added to the freelance accompanying list. At this audition, students will:

  • Perform one solo piece (memorization is optional)
  • Sight-read accompanying excerpts

Each February, Truman State University hosts its annual Piano Festival. Application deadline is January 15. Two scholarships are awarded on that day: one provides full tuition, room, and board; and the other provides $1000 per year. Each of these scholarships is renewable for eight semesters for students meeting the established criteria.

For more information, contact Dr. David McKamie (dmckamie@truman.edu)

String instrument auditions include violin, viola, cello and bass.

For the audition you will:

  • Perform two contrasting selections (a solo, movements from a sonata or concerto, or etudes), demonstrating lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency.
  • Play three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios.

Orchestra scholarships are offered each year to qualified string players based on the audition, regardless of major or minor status. No sight reading or accompanist is required.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Kubin (bkubin@truman.edu) or call the Music Department at (660) 785-4417.

Singers with significant choral/vocal experience are encouraged to audition for a Choral Music Service Scholarship and/or Vocal Major Service Scholarship. You do not need to be a music major to receive a Choral Scholarship.  For students interested in majoring in voice or vocal music education, this audition also serves as the audition for the music major.

In the audition, you will:

  • Sing two contrasting songs by memory. English and a foreign language is preferred; contrast in tempo/style is helpful
  • Sight-read your part from a choir score (tenors in bass clef)
  • Sing tonal memory patterns
  • Sing vocalizes as instructed

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Jennings (mdj@truman.edu).

Wind and Brass instrument auditions include flute, oboe, clarinet, low clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, and tuba. The candidate should demonstrate good embouchure, good tone, and accuracy. No accompanist is necessary.

For the audition you will:

  • Perform a solo, movements from a sonata or concerto, or etudes, demonstrating lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency.
  • Play major scales and the chromatic scale through the range of the instrument.
  • Sight-read a short musical passage demonstrating reading skill and accuracy in rhythm, pitch, dynamics and articulation.

For more information, contact Dr. Curran Prendergast (cprend@truman.edu) or call the Music Department at (660) 785-4417.