Auditions and Scholarships

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The Department of Music awards multiple scholarships ranging from $1,000-$7,500, renewable for four years of study, based on music performance and academic achievement. Students who are accepted to the University of St. Thomas and intend to major in music, music performance, music education and music business apply. The application and supporting materials must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2019. Select applicants will be invited to audition for scholarships at a Mar. 2, 2019 Scholarship Invitational.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

St. Thomas Contact: Department of Music, (651) 962-5898; (800) 328-6819, ext. 2-5898; music@stthomas.edu.


1. Complete the Undergraduate Music Audition Application Form online.

2. Record and submit your audition video. Please state your full name and degree you are applying for at the beginning of your video. 

The audition should include up to 10 minutes of music showcasing at least two compositions or movements of contrasting style in one continuous video. (See audition guidelines to the right). Pieces must be performed with an accompanist if written for piano accompaniment. Your performance should not be edited; the audition should be one continue video, with no stopping of the recording. (Note: You should submit a separate video for each instrument, if auditioning on a secondary instrument).

Upload your video to YouTube or your preferred video-sharing platform. Email the link to view your audition video to music@stthomas.edu. 

3. Ask your music teacher(s) and/or director(s) to complete the online Recommendation Form. Two are required. You may wish to email your recommenders the link to access the online recommendation form: http://www.stthomas.edu/musicrecommendation

The Music Department will review audition applications on a rolling basis; you will be notified of music major acceptance status approximately two weeks after submitting a complete audition file (application, video, recommendations, music theory assessment, musicianship assessment).


Audition & Scholarships for Current St. Thomas Students

Current student applicants who are considering a major in music, liturgical music, music performance, music business, or music education must apply to the Department of Music. Please contact Sarah Litchy, sarah.litchy@stthomas.edu, to schedule a time to review application procedures and obtain audition paperwork.

The application process includes a music application, two music recommendations, an interview, brief music theory and musicianship skills assessments, and a performance level audition. Students are not eligible to receive music scholarships until they complete the rolling audition process and are approved to study music as a major.

1. Performance Audition - your audition should contain up to 10 minutes of music showcasing at least two compositions or movements of contrasting style. (See audition guidelines to the right). You must perform with an accompanist if your pieces were written for piano accompaniment. Rolling auditions usually take place at the time of your jury or during in-house auditions. You may also schedule your audition by appointment with area head and studio instructor.

2. Interview - Contact Dr. Angela Broeker, aebroeker@stthomas.edu, (vocalists) or Dr. Douglas Orzolek, dcorzolek@stthomas.edu, (instrumentalists) to schedule an appointment for your music major interview.

3. Music Major Application - Complete the Undergraduate Music Audition Application Form online.

4. Recommendations - Ask your studio instructor, ensemble director, and/or music professor to complete the online recommendation form. Two are required.

5. Music Theory Assessment - If not enrolled in the music theory sequence, complete the online music theory assessment to the best of your ability. The assessment covers elements such as key signatures, scales, time signatures, intervals and triads, and some listening identification. The assessment should be done individually and last approximately 20 minutes. This assessment will be waived, via checklist signature, for students currently enrolled in the music theory sequence.

6. Musicianship Skills Assessment - If not enrolled in the music theory sequence, record yourself completing the Online Musicianship Skills Assessment in one continuous video. This assessment will cover elements such as echoing patterns and sight-reading. This assessment will be waived, via checklist signature, for students currently enrolled in the music theory sequence.

Intended Recipient

This award is based solely on potential of individual’s ability to instigate and sustain artistic creativity through music performance, or composition, or production.  The award is neither need-based nor GPA-based.  The award can go to a music major or non-music major.

Criteria for Evaluation/Selection

The intended recipient must demonstrate dedication to the musical craft, originality in musical thought, and vision for future development and honing of craft. 

Nomination Body

Candidates will be nominated by any member of the Music faculty and will be deliberated by the entire full time faculty of the Music Department.  The faculty member nominating the candidate will give a detailed description of how the nominee meets the criteria established above.

Expectations from the Recipient

It is expected that the recipient will do some sort of regular public service with his/her craft either through performance or production for any situation where a marginalized group is represented.

Intended Recipient

  • The scholarship recipient must be a St. Thomas student with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • The student must demonstrate financial need
  • The student must be pursuing a major or minor in music
  • Preference will be given to students participating in a UST music ensemble 

Nomination Body

Candidates will be nominated by any member of the Music faculty and will be deliberated by the entire full time faculty of the Music Department.  The faculty member nominating the candidate will give a detailed description of how the nominee meets the criteria established above.

Mary O. Petra Legacy Statement

"If there was ever someone who made me feel like the only way to live life was to follow your dream and passion, it was Mary." These words were written by one of the many people that Mary Olivia Petra mentored during her lifetime.

Mary was an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist, and supporter of the arts. She had a love for the University of St. Thomas that went back to the early 1970s when her husband, Terry, was a graduate student and they lived in a little apartment on Laurel Avenue. She believed in the mission of UST and everything it stood for. As a little girl, I remember my mom taking us to play in the lower quad while my dad was busy on campus. It was here she began to nurture my dreams and teach me that all things were possible through faith in God and hard work. My mom was so proud when I became a Tommie because she knew the quality of the education and strong values I would gain during my college years. She knew this was the place where I could pursue my interests in music and business and create a life by design that would allow me to live out God's calling and make a difference.

Mary supported me in my career as an artist in addition to supporting countless others in theirs. She was always there to believe in us, letting us know that anything was possible. When she was reaching the end of her life she decided to leave behind a legacy gift to the University of St. Aromas. She wanted to develop a scholarship that would help students pursue their dreams. She loved this school and all it stands for. In her final days, as the scholarship was taking shape, she said, "I am so excited to leave behind a gift to the students, so they will know that someone always believes in them!" She had tears in her eyes and a big smile thinking of the students that would benefit from her gift. That sums up my mom. She was someone who believed in people. She believed that when people follow their dreams, anything is possible. When people live their calling, they make a difference; they make a positive impact in the world.

- Aimée Petra, daughter Mary Olivia Petra


Ensemble Scholarship Opportunities for All Students

All St. Thomas 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 St. Thomas Choirs. For St. Thomas 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 $1,600 per year for both music majors and non-majors.

 


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 $5,200).  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.

Students earn one free credit ($1,306) per ensemble each semester.