Instrumental/Band Audition and Scholarship Information

2017-2018 Audition Days:

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 (Early Audition Day)
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018

Applying for a Band Scholarship

  1. Band scholarships are available to any student wishing to participate in band, regardless of major.
  2. Complete the online Audition and Scholarship Application .
  3. If you are unable to attend one of the audition dates listed above, please contact Dr. Steven Knight, Director of Bands, to discuss an alternative audition date.

Audition Requirements

Music Majors (Instrumental Music Education/Music Performance/Bachelor of Arts-Music)

  1. For the instrumental audition, you will be asked to perform:
    • Scales – You will be asked to play some of your major scales from memory. Particularly, we are interested in scales that will demonstrate your range.
    • A slow, lyrical piece – This may be an excerpt from the Arkansas or Texas All-Region Audition Music, but does not necessarily have to be. Please select music that demonstrates your best tone quality and musicianship.
    • A fast, technical piece – This may be an excerpt from the Arkansas or Texas All-Region Audition Music, but does not necessarily have to be. Please select music that best demonstrates your technique.
    • Percussionists should prepare pieces to be played on at least two of the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, and keyboards. However, students are encouraged to perform works on all three instruments if possible.
    • A short sight-reading excerpt.
  2. All prospective music majors will be given a brief diagnostic exam in music theory and sight-singing to aid in appropriate placement in these courses. This exam is meant to assess each student's existing knowledge, and no additional preparation is expected or necessary.
  3. Instrumentalists will participate in a short interview with the Director of Bands and a member of the Instrumental Faculty to discuss the student’s background and career goals.

Non-Music Majors

  1. For the instrumental audition, you will be asked to perform:
    • Scales – You will be asked to play some of your major scales from memory. Particularly, we are interested in scales that will demonstrate your range.
    • A slow, lyrical piece – This may be an excerpt from the Arkansas or Texas All-Region Audition Music, but does not necessarily have to be. Please select music that demonstrates your best tone quality and musicianship.
    • A fast, technical piece – This may be an excerpt from the Arkansas or Texas All-Region Audition Music, but does not necessarily have to be. Please select music that best demonstrates your technique.
    • Percussionists should prepare pieces to be played on at least two of the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, and keyboards. However, students are encouraged to perform works on all three instruments if possible.
    • A short sight-reading excerpt.

Guidelines for Applying for an Academic Scholarship 

  1. If you are considering attending Henderson State University in the fall of 2018, you should complete an Application for Undergraduate Admission before February 1, 2018 in order to be eligible for Academic Scholarships. (December 1, 2017 is the Priority Deadline)
  2. Academic Scholarships range from $2,000 to $ 11,000 per year and are awarded to students based on GPA and ACT scores.
  3. There is not a separate application for Academic Scholarships. Students who complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission by February 1, 2018 are automatically considered for these scholarships. 
  4. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and it is to your advantage to submit your Application for Undergraduate Admission as soon as possible while scholarships are still available. Those who apply after the deadline may still be eligible for Academic Scholarships, provided that funds are still available.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Steven Knight
870-230-5054