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Performing Arts Scholarships

Full-time students from all majors, not just Performing Arts, are invited to audition for Performance Scholarships in dance, music, and theater. Auditions are held during Accepted Students Days. Review audition sections for each performance area for details. If you are unable to attend scheduled audition dates, please contact ensemble directors to see if additional audition times are available. Individual accommodations are at the discretion of the directors.

The final date for scholarship auditions for incoming freshman for the 2017-2018 academic year is April 23, 2017. Students can still audition to participate in an ensemble after the scholarship deadline date; however scholarship funds will not be awarded until the next academic year cycle.

General Information

  • Freshmen and seniors need to be enrolled in the associated ensemble for the fall, winter, and spring terms. Sophomores and juniors must enroll for all terms specified in their ensemble scholarship contract.
  • Scholarships are not automatically renewed. Students must re-apply, and in many cases, re-audition each year.
  • Students must be enrolled full time at Drexel (at least 12 credits per term).
  • Directors choose scholarship recipients based on ability, ensemble needs, and overall commitment to the ensemble.
  • Students must be able to attend all rehearsals and participate in all concerts and shows.
  • Students may receive a scholarship for more than one ensemble.
  • Scholarship amounts vary from ensemble to ensemble.

Dance Auditions

General Information

Interested applicants will participate in a dance class for their audition which will include ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques. You do not need to prepare choreography for the audition.

Applicants should come prepared to dance in both a soft ballet shoe and barefoot. Please wear dance wear without baggy overclothing. There is no specific dress code for the color or style of dancewear.

Dates and Location

Group auditions will be held in the Ellen Forman Dance Studio, adjacent to the Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut St. on the following dates:

April 8, 9, 22, 23 from 2:30-4:00 pm.

You only need to attend one of these dates.

Accepted Students attending the January 7 or February 18 Accepted Student Days can return to campus and audition in person on one of the April dates above, or can audition by video, following the instructions below.

Video Audition Alternative

If you cannot attend an on campus audition, please email a vimeo or youtube link with the following to Dr. Miriam Giguere at danceensemble@drexel.edu

- Two 2-minute videos of you dancing solo. If possible, the two solos should be in different genres of dance. - Videos must be received by 4:00 pm on April 23, 2017 to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

Schedule Your Audition

You must contact Dr. Miriam Giguere, Dance Ensemble Director, at danceensemble@drexel.edu to reserve a space for the audition, submit a video audition, or for additional information. For questions you can also call 215-895-4914.

Music Auditions

Choral 

A limited number of performance scholarships are available for the choral ensembles. Auditions for these scholarships, which range from $1,250 for first-year recipients to as much as $2,500 for experienced members of the Chorus, take place in March and April for the following year. We prefer to hear these auditions during the April "Accepted Students Days," which are April 8 and 9 (2017), and April 22 and 23. If this is not possible, individual audition times can usually be arranged on campus, with April 23 (2017) as the cut-off date to audition for a performance scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. You do not need to be a music major to be eligible for a performance scholarship and the majority of recipients are non-majors.

 Audition Requirements:

  • One piece, any style with keyboard accompaniment. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key; a pianist will be provided. Accompaniment tapes may not be used. The piece must be a solo piece (not a choral work). Pick something that shows off the strength of your voice (i.e. if you feel you have great high notes, pick a piece with high notes; if you have a lyric voice, pick a ballad--play to your strength and don't try to guess what the director will like). Do, however, be aware that scholarships go to singers who demonstrate the promise of being able to lead sections in the Chorus; we are looking for strong voices with range, and excellent intonation.
  • Be prepared to pitch match
  • Be prepared to sight read

 Requirements for Scholarship Recipients:

  • You must be a full time Drexel student (at least 12 credits each term)
  • You must enroll in, and participate in the University Chorus each term (two rehearsals each week)
  • You must be available to participate in either the Chamber Singers or Naturally Sharp [Vocal Jazz Ensemble] according to the director's needs

Auditions will take place in Dr. Powell's office, MacAlister 1037; this is in the Mandell Theater lobby. Practice rooms are available for warming up on the second floor of MacAlister Hall. MacAlister Hall is on the SE corner of Chestnut Street and 33rd, behind the Chestnut Square building.

 

Concert Band 

Performing Arts Scholarships & Audition Procedures:
Performing Arts Scholarships are available to any wind/brass percussion student who performs a successful audition.  These auditions will occur on each of the Accepted Student Day events, as set forth by the university.  Students are to contact the Director of Bands (Dr. Wesley J. Broadnax) via email to schedule a time for an audition, which are usually 15-minute slots.  Scholarship awards range from $500-$2000, and are divided equally between Fall/Winter/Spring terms.  A student must be registered for Concert Band (MUSC 105, Section 001) for each academic term in order to receive any disbursements.  NO disbursement of funds are awarded during terms that students are on co-op.

ALL winds/brass/percussion players receive their scholarships through a successful audition for the Drexel Concert Band.  Those students who participate in the University Orchestra will receive an additional $150.00 per academic term they are registered in the ensemble.  However, participation in the University is solely by "needs" of the ensemble at that time, as requested by the orchestra director--Rosalind Erwin.  

Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive, and the expectations for students who are awarded such scholarships are high!  These students are required to attend ALL rehearsals and performances of the Concert Band. In addition, all Concert Band scholarship students are to be available for chamber music opportunities within the Concert Band, OR for other ensembles within the Department of Performing Arts (i.e., University Orchestra, University Chorus, Theater Pit Orchestra). 

All auditions are "live" in-person auditions, except in cases of students who are NOT able to make the in-person audition due to travel.  In these cases, video submissions are accepted.  (Please be aware that video submissions are NOT the best representation of an audition, and there is a risk of one's playing to not be accurately assessed).  Each audition is to be recorded with high-quality digital equipment, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo ONLY, and submitted to the Director of Bands via email.  ALL video auditions MUST be submitted via email by Friday, April 14, 2017.

Audition Procedure
Perform a 4-5 minute solo or etude of "your" choice that best demonstrates your performance ability.  NO scales, sightreading, or piano accompaniment necessary.  The solo or etude is to be of "classical" nature (no popsy tunes).  Be sure to consult with your high school band conductor, private lesson teacher, or myself if you have questions regarding the "type" of audition piece suitable for a Performing Arts Scholarship.  A "copy" of your audition music for the Director of Bands is highly recommended, but not required.  These solos/etudes can be something that was recently performed at a Solo & Ensemble Festival, or that the performer is currently preparing. 

Percussionists
Percussion students are to perform a 2-3 minute solo or etude of "their" choice on each of the following three instruments:  timpani, snare drum, and ONE mallet instrument choice (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone).  NO scales, sighreading, or piano accompaniment necessary.  We have all instruments available at Drexel University.  


Special Note:  ALL students who wish to be considered for Pep Band (MUSC 116, Section 001) can do so by indicating this on the Concert Band audition form.  NO additional audition is necessary, as the Concert Band audition will suffice for both auditions.  Also, Pep Band scholarships are awarded through the Department of Athletics, NOT the Department of Performing Arts, and those scholarships are $1000.00 for both Fall & Winter Terms, and the funds are credited to each member's Drexel account at the end of Winter Term.

 

Percussion Ensemble

Performing Arts Scholarships & Audition Procedures:
Performing Arts Scholarships are available to any percussion student who performs a successful audition. These auditions will occur on each of the Accepted Student Day events, as set forth by the University. Students are to contact the Director of the Percussion Ensemble - Mark Beecher - via email (
meb26@drexel.edu) to schedule a time for an audition, which are usually 15-minute slots. Scholarship awards range from $500-$1000, and are divided equally between Fall / Winter / Spring terms. A student must be registered for Percussion Ensemble (MUSC 113, Section 001) for each academic term in order to receive any disbursements. NO disbursement of funds are awarded during terms that students are on Co-op.

Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive, and the expectations for students who are awarded such scholarships are high! These students are required to attend ALL rehearsals and performances of the Percussion Ensemble. In addition, all Percussion Ensemble scholarship students are to be available for other ensembles within the Department of Performing Arts (i.e., Concert Band, Pep Band, University Orchestra, University Chorus, Theater Pit Orchestra). 

All auditions are "live" in-person auditions, except in cases of students who are NOT able to make the in-person audition due to travel. In these cases, a live Skype session is permitted and accepted for auditions, as well as video submissions. (Please be aware that video submissions are NOT the best representation of an audition, and there is a risk of one's playing to not be accurately assessed). Each audition is to be recorded with high-quality digital equipment, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo ONLY, and submitted to the Director of the Percussion Ensemble via email.  ALL video auditions MUST be submitted via email by Friday, April 14, 2017.

Audition Procedure
For Mallet Auditions (Marimba/Vibes/Xylophone, Timpani), students are asked to choose a repertoire which they think best displays their present abilities. Students should be prepared to offer two or three pieces or movements in contrasting musical styles and tempi. As appropriate, the student may be asked to demonstrate aural awareness, scales and arpeggios, and sight-reading. It is recommended that the pieces are played from memory and a "copy" of your audition music presented to the Director of the Percussion Ensemble, but not required.

For all other Percussion Instruments (Snare Drum, Drum Set, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, etc.), students must prepare a solo piece or two, of their choice. On the Snare Drum: Playing through a few Drum Rudiments (going from Open [slow] to Closed [fast] to Open) - The Long Roll, Single Stroke Roll, Single Paradiddle, Flam, Flam Accent, Flamacue, Ruff (Drag) & Single Ratamacue, as well as some on-the-spot demonstrations of a few Hybrid Rudiments. For the Drum Set, students must perform the following Groove examples: Bossa Nova, Afro-Cuban (6/8 & Son Montuno / Salsa), Reggae (Shuffle & Straight 8ths), Blues Shuffle, Jazz/Swing, Odd Meter (5/4, 7/8, etc.). For Hand Percussion: Congas - Tumbao Moderno, Guaguanco, Bolero, Merengue, Afro Cuban 6/8, etc.; Bongos - Basic Martillo; Djembe - Lamba, Doundounba, Sedeba, Lindjiang; Darbuka - Maqsum, Baladi, Saidi, Nawari, etc.

Musser & Adams 4.3 Octave Marimbas, Adams & Musser Xylophones, Ross Vibes, Ludwig Professional Timpani, Snare Drums, Drum Kits, LP Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Darbuka, etc., will be provided for the students and there will also be music handed out for sight reading.

Sample Audition List:
Marimba 2 Mallet:
Major Scales and arpeggios, 2 octaves
Violin Sonata in A Minor - J.S. Bach
Marimba 4 Mallet:
Yellow After the Rain - Mitchell Peters
Xylophone:
Porgy and Bess (Catfish Row) - George Gershwin
Polka from "The Golden Age" - Dmitri Shostakovich
Marimba:
Sonata in B Minor Mvt. III - J.S. Bach
Time for Marimba - Minoru Miki
Snare Drum:
Etude #1 - Jacques Delecluse
Scheherazade - Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov
Timpani:
Saete - Elliot Carter
Symphony 9 - Ludwig Van Beethoven

 

University Orchestra 

Auditions for University Orchestra will be available at all Accepted Students Days.  Times on Saturdays range from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, and 10:30PM to 12:45PM on Sundays in April.  All auditions must be scheduled in advance directly with the director, Ms. Rosalind Erwin. Auditions are scheduled in 10-15 minute increments.  For scholarship consideration as well as for admittance into the orchestra, all auditions must be done in person. Only in extreme cases of proximity will a video audition be accepted.

String scholarships range from $750 per academic year (three terms) to $1875 per academic year (three terms).

Winds, brass and percussion already accepted as scholarship students in the Concert Band receive an additional $150 each term they participate in University Orchestra.

Scholarship students are expected to, at a minimum, maintain their level of playing at the standard in which they entered the ensemble, as well as have no more than the standard allowed absences each term. Excessive absences and lowering of playing ability may result in cancellation of the scholarship.

Audition Requirements

For strings:

1) Part of a standard solo for your instrument (concerto, sonata, melodic etude, etc) – student’s choice

2) 3 major scales including keys up to 4 flats and 4 sharps as many octaves as you know (for scholarship consideration, at least two scales must be three octaves. Exception: double bass)

3) basic sight reading, which is provided at the time of the audition.

 Auditions for woodwinds and brass:

Same as above, with the exception of scales. Two octaves, but in the case of flute and clarinet, at least one three octave scale.

Percussion:

State your experience with timpani auxiliary percussion and mallet percussion.

 

Jazz Orchestra 

Auditions are required for membership in the Drexel University Jazz Orchestra.

The Jazztet and the Saxtet are select groups whose members are drawn from the ranks of the Jazz Orchestra.

 

Membership requirements are:

Technical command of your instrument sufficient to perform jazz at a high level

Good sight reading ability

An awareness of the musical tradition and performance practices established by the masters of this music – Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, etc.

 

The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus.

 

Membership and Scholarship Auditions:

Jazz Orchestra scholarships are awarded depending upon ability and needs of the group. Awards range from $725.00 to $2,500.00.

Membership and scholarship auditions will take place in Room 2032 (the rehearsal room) of MacAlister Hall, 33rd and Chestnut Streets, on the following days and times:

  • Saturday, April 8: 12:00 - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, April 9: 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Saturday, April 22: 12:00 - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, April 23: 1:00 - 3:00pm

 

All instrumentalists, with the exception of pianists, acoustic bassists, and drummers, must bring their own instruments to the audition. Amplifiers will be provided for bassists and guitarists, however, all bassists and guitarists must bring their own cables. Drummers must bring their own sticks and brushes.

  • Selections for sight reading selections and selections for improvisation will be provided by the director.
  • A sign-up sheet will be posted in the hallway outside of Room 2032 -auditions will take place on a first come-first served basis.
  • Each audition will last a maximum of ten (10) minutes and will consist of:

 

Horn players:

1. Sight reading

2. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

3. The playing of major and minor scales and arpeggios

 

 

Pianists:

1. Comping in various styles from chord symbols – be-bop, Afro-Latin, etc.

2. Sight reading

3. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

 

Guitarists:

1. Playing rhythm guitar

2. Comping in various styles from chord symbols – be-bop, Afro-Latin, etc.

3. Sight reading

4. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

 

Bassists: (while string bass is preferred, electric bassists who can create walking bass lines, and reasonably approximate a string bass quality of sound are welcome to audition}.

1. Creation of bass lines in various styles from chord symbols – be-bop, Afro-Latin, shuffle, etc.

2. Sight reading

3. Improvising, if you have the ability to do so. The ability to improvise is not a requirement, but it is a definite plus

 

Drummers:

1. Time keeping in various styles – be-bop (4/4 “straight-ahead” swing), Afro-Latin, shuffle, etc

2. Brush technique

3. Sight reading

 

If you have questions, please contact me at: starksgl@drexel.edu

 

If you are in the area on Friday, April 14th, you are invited to attend Jazz Extravaganza XVIII during which the Drexel University Jazz Orchestra will share the stage with the world renowned Howard University Jazz Ensemble. The concert will take place at 7:00PM in Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut Streets on the Drexel University campus. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Theatre Auditions

Theatre faculty award a limited number of performance, administrative, and technical scholarships to highly motivated and dedicated students to work in the theater program. Scholarships are awarded to students on their ability and level of commitment to the theater program’s productions and are based on an evaluation of students' work and an interview with theater faculty. The theater program at Drexel is run as a professional theater company; scholarship students are the members of the ensemble and play a leadership role for each of the three main stages or intimate studio productions.

Performance Scholarship students must be enrolled in THTR 141-001 and Performance Ensemble and Production Scholarship students must be enrolled in THTR 132 or THTR 130 during the terms they are in classes for 1 credit. The only exceptions to this condition are during the term(s) you are on co-op, or if you are at the 20 credit maximum. If either of these conditions applies to you, you must be enrolled for 0 credits.

Schedule Your Audition

Performance Scholarships

To schedule an audition or for more information about theatre scholarship opportunities and the theatre program at Drexel University, please contact Nick Anselmo, Theater Program Director, at nma28@drexel.edu or 215. 895.1920.

Technical Scholarships

Applicants for Theatre Production Scholarships may interview via phone or Skype for early decision.  Applicants should email a theatre production resume as well as some visual representation of your work.  Examples include: pictures of scenery or props you have built, scenic construction drawings, costume renderings, pictures of lighting design work, a prompt book for productions you have stage managed, or anything that you feel is applicable to showcasing your craft.

January 7 and Febuary 12: interviews by Skype or phone from 12pm-2pm.

April 8, 9, 22, and 23, interviews in person from 1pm-5pm.

Please email Paul Jerue prj36@drexel.edu to schedule an interview.