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Auditions and Scholarships

UST Music rewards your talents and achievements.  Each year we award over $150,000 in scholarships to new and returning music majors.  Ensemble scholarships are available to all students regardless of major.

Auditions for Prospective UST Music Majors

UST Music Audition Days
Spring 2015
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brady Educational Center
Application Deadline: Feb. 1

The University of St. Thomas Department of Music holds entrance and scholarship auditions for prospective students each spring. Auditions are held in the Brady Educational Center on the University's St. Paul campus. Prospective University of St. Thomas students who are considering majors in music, liturgical music, music performance, music business, or music education (vocal or instrumental) should attend an Undergraduate Music Audition Day.

Audition days at St. Thomas consist of the following: a performance audition, an interview, an evaluation of piano and vocal skills, and a brief music theory and ear training assessment.  

How do I apply to attend a UST Music Audition Day?

1.    Apply to the University of St. Thomas.  You must be accepted by UST prior to auditioning for music major status 

o    Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website or contact (651) 962-6150 or (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-6150 for details

2.    Complete an online Music Audition Application prior to Feb. 1

3.    Submit two music-related letters of recommendation prior to Feb. 10

4.    Send music for you accompanist (if using a UST accompanist) prior to Feb. 10

Please send letters of recommendation and accompanist music to:

Email: music.admissions@stthomas.edu
Mail: Music Admissions, 2115 Summit Ave., BEC 09 St. Paul, MN 55105

 

What should I prepare for my audition and assessments?

Audition

Your audition should consist of ten minutes of your finest performing (to include transition time). The committee is interested in hearing at least two compositions or movements in contrasting styles and time periods.  Your pieces must be played with an accompanist if they were written for piano accompaniment.  Pianists must perform from memory if they wish to be considered for scholarship.

Vocal Skills Assessment

In the vocal skills assessment, students will be asked to echo notes played at the piano, sing a familiar song of their choice, and sight read a rhythm and a melody. No preparation is needed and the assessment will last less than 10 minutes.

 Piano Skills Assessment

In the piano skills assessment, students will be asked to play triads and seventh chords, major scale (hands alone), harmonic minor scale (hands alone), harmonization, and sight reading.  This is just to give us a sense of students' incoming piano background.  No piano background is needed and the assessment will last less than 10 minutes.

 Interview

Students will spend ten minutes speaking individually with a music faculty or staff member.  This is a ten minute informal "visit" with some interview questions. 

Music Theory Assessment

The music theory assessment gives us a sense of students' incoming theory background.  There is no preparation necessary!  The assessment will cover elements such as key signatures, scales, time signatures, intervals and triads, and some listening identification. This assessment will be done individually on a UST computer and last approximately 20 minutes.

Music Theory Placement Exam - OPTIONAL

An afternoon music theory placement exam will be available for students who are interested in testing out of music theory I or a higher level.

 

Should my parent attend?

Parents are invited to attend Audition Day, but all assessments are closed to the public.  Attending parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend information sessions and panel discussions throughout the day.  Refreshments will be served.

How can I find out more information about UST Music Audition Days?

Questions regarding music admissions can be directed to Kara Bradshaw at (651) 962-5874, (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5874 or kjbradshaw@stthomas.edu.

Auditions for Current UST Students 

How do current students audition for music major status and scholarships?

Fall Scholarship and Performance Level Auditions 
October 2014
Time TBA 
Brady Educational Center

Reserved for current students who have not previously auditioned for music major status.  Students auditioning for scholarship must complete a music major application, an interview, and a brief assessment of piano, vocal, and theory skills prior to their fall scholarship and performance level audition.  Please see Rolling Audition Procedures for detailed information about these assessments.  Auditioning students should track their assessment completion using the Rolling Audition Checklist.  

In-House Scholarship Auditions 
May 19, 2014 
9 a.m. 
Brady Educational Center

Current music majors have the opportunity to audition for first-time scholarships or upgrades to current scholarship packages.  In addition to GPA, criteria for selection includes presentation, musicianship, technical ability, tone, artistry and professional development.  In-House applications are due May 9. The audition should consist of ten minutes of your finest performing (to include transition time).  The committee is interested in hearing at least two compositions or movements in contrasting styles or from contrasting time periods.  Pieces must be played with an accompanist if they were written for piano accompaniment.

Rolling Performance Level Auditions

Current students may audition for music major status at any time during the academic year.  Please follow the guidelines outlined in the ‌Rolling Audition Procedures and contact Kara Bradshaw (music.admissions@stthomas.edu) to review the audition process. 

In addition to the performance level audition, an interview, an evaluation of piano and vocal skills, and a brief music theory and ear training assessment must be completed before a student will be considered for music major status.  Auditioning students should track their assessment completion using the Rolling Audition Checklist.  

Ensemble Scholarship Opportunities for All Students

How do ensembles provide free credit and scholarship opportunities?

Freshman Music Option ($1,400 tution savings)
All UST freshmen participating in a large ensemble (Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, or Guitar Ensemble) are eligible for the freshman music option discount. This provides non-music major freshmen the opportunity to take 30-minute elective level lessons free of charge. The discount may be applied both fall and spring semesters. The freshman music option applies to vocal lessons for students participating in the UST Choirs. For UST Band, String Orchestra, or Guitar Ensemble members, the discount applies to lessons on the instrument played in the ensemble. Freshmen music majors receive a 50% reduction on their first year of applied level lessons. The freshman music option equates to a savings of over $1,400 per year for both music majors and non-majors.

Fine Arts Award ($4,400 tuition savings)
The "Fine-Arts Award" includes the fulfillment of the fine arts core requirement with the completion of four semesters of large ensemble participation with no tuition charge (a savings of approximately $4,400).  Four semesters of participation in the following ensembles fulfills the fine arts core requirement: Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, or Guitar Ensemble.

Ensembles Provide Free Elective Credit ($1,121 tuition savings/ensemble/semester)
Students earn free academic credit for ensemble participation (one credit/ensemble/semester).