Auditions are normally held on “Audition Days” held throughout the year (unless otherwise specified by Dr. Ciraldo). Please contact Nicholas Ciraldo directly to schedule an interview and audition. Recommended audition material is below. A short sight-reading examination will be included for prospective undergraduate students. The B.M. recommendations are for both prospective freshman and transfer students.
Bachelor of Music (BA, BM String Performance, and BME any emphasis)
One etude by Carcassi, Sor, Coste, or Villa-Lobos; a movement of a work or a single-movement work not from the Classical Period, a movement of an unaccompanied work for lute, violin, cello, or flute by J.S. Bach (Sarabandes not preferred). Scales played according to the "Diatonic Major and Minor Scales," as fingered by Andres Segovia. A brief sight-reading test will follow. Background in classical guitar preferred.
Master of Music
Any movement of an unaccompanied work for lute, violin, cello, or flute by J.S. Bach (except a sarabande) and a movement of a work or a single-movement work written after the Baroque Period.
Doctorate of Musical Arts
Any movement of an unaccompanied work for lute, violin, cello, or flute by J.S. Bach (except a sarabande), a movement of a work or a single-movement work from the Classical or Romantic Period and a movement of a work or a single-movement work that is Contemporary in style.
Scholarships – Undergraduates
Merit- and need-based scholarships are available to guitar students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Scholarships from other departments within the School of Music may also be available to prospective guitar students. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to improve the chances of receiving a scholarship.
Scholarships – Graduates
Graduate students may be eligible for an assistantship, which provides: tuition throughout the entire year including limited registration in summer, health insurance, and a teaching stipend during the fall and spring semesters. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to improve the chances of scholarship or assistantship availability. You will need to have taken the GRE, submitted your application, sent in official transcripts, and sent in your letters of recommendation before February 1st to be considered for an assistantship.
To apply to Southern Miss, contact Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.
APPLICATION / AUDITION INFORMATION - JAZZ GUITAR STUDIO
Interested students should contact the Director of Jazz Studies, Mr. Larry Panella, at (601) 266-4047.