Music Scholarship Auditions

Qualified students may audition for scholarships on all wind, brass, percussion, woodwind, string and keyboard instruments, and voice. Additional assistance in the form of Participation Awards are available for the Marching Band and Pep Bands.

Members of the "Pride of the Plains" Marching Band receive Participation Awards for their enrollment. Currently, the amount for wind players is $400. Drum-Line and Color Guard receive a $500 award. Those students who participate in Basketball Pep Bands receive an additional award of $225.00 for each band in which they participate. 

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Scholarship Auditions brochure

Audition Guidelines 

Audition Guidelines are listed below.  They have been designed to assist you with your preparation for your scholarship audition. Students always seem to have questions about "what is appropriate for an audition?" We hope that this outline will answer these questions for you and help you to better prepare for your audition.

If you have any questions that have not been answered in this material, please do not hesitate to call the Pittsburg State University Music Office at 620-235-4466.

2018-2019 Audition Dates

Weekly when school is in session: Fridays throughout the semester
     Vocal at 1:00 p.m. and Instrumental at 2:00 p.m.
Please use the Comment box on the application, or call the Music Department at 620-235-4466, to request this option.

Friday, February 15, 2019 Audition Day
     Auditions for all areas
If you need to schedule an appointment at a time other than these, please call the Music Department at 620-235-4466.

Schedule for Feb. 15, 2019

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
    Check-in and Refreshments
    McCray Hall Lobby
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
    Welcome and Introductions by the Department Chairperson
9:30 - 10 a.m.
    Meet Student Advisory Council
10 a.m.
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds and Brass


  • Perform two works from two different periods.
  • For pianists, at least one of these pieces must be played from memory.
  • Be prepared to play at least one major scale.
  • You may be asked to sight-read music.

All percussion players should be prepared to play in at least two of the following areas. In addition, possible sight-reading may be requested if desired by the audition committee.

  • Snare Drum-single stroke roll, double stroke roll, multiple bounce roll, 5-stroke roll, flams, drags and paradiddles; a solo or etude
  • Mallets-(xylophone, marimba or vibraphone; 2, 3 or 4 mallets): chromatic scale, a few major scales in up to 3 sharps or 3 flats (keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D and A); a solo or etude
  • Timpani-(2, 3, or 4 drums): basic tuning (fourths, fifths and octaves), a solo or etude

We do not listen to auditions on drum set. These auditions occur when auditioning for the jazz ensembles and/or pep bands.


  • Perform any major or minor scale up to three sharps and three flats.
  • Perform examples of two contrasting styles drawn from etudes or solos - an accompanist is not necessary for your audition.
  • You may be asked to sight-read as desired by the audition committee.
  • Memorization is not required for the audition.


  • Perform two songs/arias in contrasting styles and tempi.
  • One of the two songs/arias should be performed in a second language (required of performance majors only).
  • Memorization is required.
  • You may be asked to sight-read and perform simple vocalises.
  • An accompanist will be provided if you do not wish to provide your
    own. Please provide copies of your repertoire for the accompanist.

Woodwinds and Brass

All woodwind and brass players should be prepared to play:

  • Perform a few major scales up through 3 sharps and 3 flats.
  • Perform a full range chromatic scale ascending and descending.
  • Perform a couple of short excerpts from a solo or etude (an accompanist is not necessary for your audition).
  • You may be asked to sight-read as desired by the audition committee.

** It is suggested that you ask your band director or private teacher for help in deciding what solos or etudes would be appropriate for this process.