Music Admission

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It's Audition Season!


All interested students should refer to the following steps for successful entry into the McKendree University Department of Music and/or to apply for Visual Performing Arts music scholarship opportunities.

NOTE: All intended music majors or minors must audition for program entry regardless of scholarship status.

If you have any questions, please contact 
Dr. Nancy Ypma at nypma@mckendree.edu
or (618) 537-6922
.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

 

  • McKendree University Visual and Performing Arts Division: $3,000 awarded annually for participation in an academic music ensemble such as Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Show Choir, Vocal Jazz, or Dance Ensemble.

  • State Music Educators Association Achievement Award: ILMEA and MMEA instrumentalists and vocalists of at least the District level are eligible to receive the maximum award of $5,000. This award is applicable towards students from all states providing they have achieved this status their senior year of high school.

All music awards are eligible to stack on top of academic awards, but none of the music awards will stack together. Maximum awards when paired with academic awards can be as high as $18,000!


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How to Set Up Your Music Program and/or Music Scholarship Audition


1. Apply to McKendree University.

2. Submit an online Audition Form.

3. Read the Audition Requirements and specific instruction communicated to you via e-mail.

4. Prepare for your performance! Your final step will be auditioning for the McKendree Music Faculty either in person or as a video submission.

At this time, we are accepting music audition registrations for:


Monday, January 21, 2019 - MLK Day

Monday, February 25, 2019 - Evening Auditions

Monday, February 18, 2019 - Presidents' Day

Monday, March 4, 2019 - Casimir Pulaski Day

 

If you are not available for any of the dates above, see below for Private or Video Audition options


Private Auditions

(both on campus as well as by appointment at local high schools)

Choral/Vocal programs, please contact Dr. John McDonald (jtmcdonald@mckendree.edu

Keyboard or String programs, please contact Dr. Nancy S. Ypma (nypma@mckendree.edu)

Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Jazz or Band programs, please contact Dr. Jennifer Moder (jamoder@mckendree.edu)

 


Video Auditions


To submit a Video Audition, we recommend uploading your video to YouTube as an unlisted video. Unlisted means that only people who know the link to your video can view it. An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces, like your channel, search results, or the homepage. 


How do I create an unlisted video?


1.
Record the video via phone, tablet or video camera

2. Sign into or create your YouTube account

3. Click on the Upload button at the top of the page.

4. You'll see the option to make the video Public, Unlisted, or Private.

5. Select Unlisted.

6. Select the video you would like to upload from your computer.

7. While the video is processing, edit the Basic Info and click Done when you are finished


How do I share an unlisted video?


To share an unlisted video, just copy the URL and email the link to the appropriate professor:

 

Choral/Vocal programs - Dr. John McDonald (jtmcdonald@mckendree.edu

Keyboard or String programs - Dr. Nancy S. Ypma (nypma@mckendree.edu)

Brass, Woodwind, Percussion programs -Dr. Jennifer Moder (jamoder@mckendree.edu)