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
• 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 Bach work for Lute, Violin, or Cell
• Prospective freshmen are expected to have a proficient knowledge of scales as fingered by Segovia, a strong background in classical guitar, and several years’ worth of training in classical guitar with correct technique. Prospective transfer students must have a strong knowledge of all Segovia scales, a satisfactory proficiency in etudes and basic repertoire, high-quality tone and technique, and a clear career path.
Master of Music
• A movement of an unaccompanied Bach work for Lute, Violin, or Cello
• A movement of a work written after the Baroque Period, preferably Romantic or Contemporary
Doctorate of Musical Arts
• Two movements of an unaccompanied Bach work for Lute, Violin, or Cello
• A movement of a work or a single-movement work from the Classical or Romantic Period
• A movement of a work or a single-movement Contemporary work
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.