Audition Information

UNDERGRADUATE AUDITIONS

Students interested in pursuing undergraduate horn studies at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music must audition for acceptance into the music program. Auditions can be arranged by contacting Dr. Heidi Lucas to schedule an audition in person on campus. Although live auditions are preferred, audio or videotaped auditions are acceptable if travel distance is prohibitive.

Undergraduate auditions typically consist of two contrasting solos/etudes from the standard répertoire and a short selection of sight-reading. An accompanist is not needed for auditions.

Students interested in auditioning for scholarships should contact Dr. Mohamad Schuman, Associate Director of Bands, at 601.266.4990. Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact the USM Office of Admissions at 601.266.5000 for information on additional, non-music scholarships.

Students interested in scholarship consideration should audition prior to February 1.

GRADUATE AUDITIONS

Graduate-level students interested in pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music Degrees at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships, which waive all out-of-state and in-state tuition fees and pay a monthly stipend divided over a nine-month period. Assistantships are granted on a two-year basis and may be renewed for a third year by petition.

The horn studio graduate assistant typically teaches private lessons and assists with the USM Horn Choir and occasionally the USM Brass Ensemble.

Graduate horn players may also opt for assistantships in other areas, such as jazz, theory, music history, etc. Specific information about graduate assistantships (stipend amounts, academic requirements, etc.) should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Music, Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo.

Graduate horn auditions can be arranged by contacting Dr. Lucas to schedule an audition in person on campus. Although live auditions are preferred, audio or videotaped auditions are acceptable if travel distance is prohibitive. Graduate auditions typically consist of three or four contrasting solos from the standard horn repertoire and should show the applicant’s ability to perform the more advanced répertoire. An accompanist is not needed for auditions.

Students interested in scholarship consideration should audition prior to February 1.