Auditions, Scholarships and/or Visits

New students and transfer students must be admitted to the Trombone Studio in the School of Music as well as to the University.

For high school juniors and sophomores, you are encouraged to use one of your college visit days to get a feel for the campus by sitting in with ensembles and meeting the faculty in the SFA School of Music.  Dr. Scott can help you set this up.  (See a typical schedule below.  The only difference is that you would not audition yet.)

For high school seniors and transfers:  There are two ways to audition.  You may sign up for one of the designated audition weekends or you may schedule a more personalized audition and tour (which is what I recommend).  Either audition serves as a scholarship audition as well as an admittance audition to the School of Music. Scholarships are generally awarded before March 1. You may also come for just for a visit, to “check us out” and do your audition later; see “Scheduling a Visit” below.

Audition dates for Fall 2020 admission:

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 (for scholarship consideration)
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 (for scholarship consideration)
Saturday, March 28, 2020 (for acceptance only)

You may sign up for either kind of audition here: Audition Portal
Please contact Dr. Scott directly dscott@sfasu.edu if you check that you would like to set up a personal audition and/or visit. Students who choose this option should take a “senior day” from school to visit the campus, sit in with SFA ensembles, and have their audition.  This is the BEST way to get a “feel” for the university and School of Music as well as to meet other trombone students.  You should tailor your visit to your interests.  Usually, Trombone Choir meets on Mondays.  Trombone Studio class meets on Wednesdays.  Jazz Band and Orchestra meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Your audition day schedule is flexible!

SCHEDULING A VISIT–See which schedule interests you the most. Contact Dr. Scott with suggested dates that work for you. dscott@sfasu.edu

Here are typical schedules for Monday-Thursday:

Mondays

  • 10 a.m. Campus Tour–optional–you set this up: http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid/visit-campus/schedule-a-tour
  • 1 p.m. Trombone Choir with Dr. Scott and Dr. Chapa
  • 2:40 audition
  • 3:00 Sit in with Wind Ensemble with Dr. Campo (12:00 in the fall semester)
  • 4:00 Visit the marching band rehearsal with Dr. Anglley and Prof. Kaatz (fall semester only)

Tuesdays/Thursdays

  • 10 a.m. Campus Tour–optional–you set this up: http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid/visit-campus/schedule-a-tour
  • 12:30-1:45 Sit in with Jazz Band rehearsal with Dr. Scott (Opt.)
  • 2:00 Sit in with sone of Orchestra Rehearsal (Opt.)
  • 2:40 audition
  • 3:00 Sit in with Wind Ensemble with Dr. Campo (Does not meet here in the fall semester)
  • 4:00 Visit the marching band rehearsal with Dr. Anglley and Prof. Kaatz (fall semester only)

Wednesdays

  • 10 a.m. Campus Tour–optional–you set this up: http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid/visit-campus/schedule-a-tour
  • 1 p.m. Trombone Studio Class (a class for trombone majors) with Dr. Scott
  • 2:40 audition
  •  3:00 Sit in with Wind Ensemble with Dr. Campo  (12:00 in the fall semester)
  • 4:00 Visit the marching band rehearsal with Dr. Anglley and Prof. Kaatz (fall semester only)

Fridays

  • Generally, Fridays are not a good day to visit! 

Audition Music for Incoming Freshmen

Plan to play a solo with at least two contrasting sections or movements–in other words, a slow legato part and a fast technical part.  You will also have a short sight-reading etude.  There will be no scales asked.  You should put your best foot forward for your audition.  Play a solo that you feel confident about. Examples: Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant, Andante et Allegro by Barat, Cavatine by Saint Saens, Concertino by David.

Audition Music-Transfer from Community College or University

Plan to play a solo with at least two contrasting sections or movements–in other words, a slow legato part and a fast technical part.  You will also have a short sight-reading etude. A main component of your audition will consist of scales.  If you are transferring into the junior level and have completed four semesters of lessons at your college, you are expected to know all major and 3 forms of minor scales (two-octaves) to be accepted for admission.  Once admitted, you will be expected to test within the first few days of your first semester for “upper level consideration” for the SFA music faculty.  This will also consist of all major and minor scales two octaves and a solo with accompaniment (the same requirement as admission). You should discuss this audition at length with Dr. Scott.

Audition Music for Incoming Graduate Students

Contact Dr. Scott to arrange a visit and/or audition or to inquire about graduate studies at SFA.

http://www.music.sfasu.edu/admissions.php?link=auditions_gprep

If you have questions or If you would like to study trombone at SFA, contact Dr. Scott at dscott@sfasu.edu or visit www.music.sfasu.edu.

Scholarships

Band scholarships are very competitive and amounts of award vary depending on a number of factors including perceived performance ability, academics, and need of the School of Music. Academic Excellence Scholarships of $3000 per year are awarded automatically by the university if you qualify. http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships

2 thoughts on “Auditions, Scholarships and/or Visits

  1. Great info! Our soohomore will definitely be scheduling a visit in the fall so he can sit in on trombone choir, wind ensemble and marching band rehearsal! What a great lineup for a band kid!!!

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