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Scholarship Auditions

The Music Dept. holds open auditions for scholarships on commencement weekend each May. Auditions, both vocal and instrumental, take place in the choir rehearsal room in the O'Brien Building, room O-128. They are available to all students and only require participation in the music related classes. A major in music is encouraged, but certainly not necessary. If you would like to audition, you do not need an appointment. Just show up to the first come, first served time slots prepared with the requested materials. Scholarships are available for participation in Concert Choir, Celebration, Jazz Band, Bluegrass Band, and/or Stage Band.


Scholarships are available for singers in Celebration, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and Bluegrass Band, and for instrumentalists in Jazz Band, Bluegrass Band, or Stage Band.

An audition is not necessary for participation in Concert Choir, Bluegrass Band, or Stage Band. Registration for the ensemble as a class is the only requirement for participation. All ensembles meet on the Roane Co. campus only. The availability and amount of scholarships is different each year, but Concert Choir, Bluegrass Band, and Stage Band scholarships require participation in the ensemble, leadership (musical and personal) and the occasional additional responsibility related to the ensemble (fundraising, advertising, etc.).

An audition is necessary for participation in Celebration and Jazz Band. Registration for the classes should only occur after notification of acceptance in the ensemble. Celebration also requires participation in Concert Choir, Voice (private instruction) and Solo Class (a performance lab) and can include basic choreography. Jazz Band also requires participation in Applied Instruction for the applicable instrument and Solo Class. All students who are accepted into the ensemble are awarded a significant scholarship. The responsibilities of the scholarship/ensemble are many, including leadership (vocal/instrumental, musical and personal), numerous on and off campus performances, and commitment to a rigorous rehearsal schedule. Those seeking the most all encompassing musical experience Roane State has to offer should audition for these ensembles..

Audition Requirements

Auditions for any of the ensembles will include the following parts:

  1. Complete and submit online audition form
    Auditions will remain a first-come, first-served format.However, to expedite the process and ensure that we can accommodate all auditionees, complete and submit the application below before the April 30, 2018 deadline!
    Online Audition Form
  2. Prepared solo selection
    Your prepared solo selection is flexible. We want to hear something you feel comfortable with and you feel is an accurate representation of your musical abilities. It is to hear your instrument/voice, but also to see how you perform for an audience. You may sing/play a capella, bring sheet music for the pianist to accompany you, or use CD accompaniment. It can be a representation from any style of music, including jazz, classical, Broadway, folk, etc.
  3. Exercises
    This portion assesses vocal range and instrumental flexibility. It gives the faculty an idea of how the auditionee may fit into the context of an ensemble.
  4. Sight reading
    This is only to asess the auditionee's music reading ability at the time of the audition. It is not a make or break part of the audition, but the faculty is more inclined to choose someone with the ability to read music if there are numerous auditionees of the same musical/vocal abilities. The exercise uses an unfamiliar hymn tune that is of low to moderate difficulty. Auditionees are asked to sing/play any of the applicable vocal lines (range) with the rest of the lines covered by the pianist.
  5. Interview
    Because the scholarships (specifically Celebration) require leadership qualities, schedule availability, dependable transportation, etc., the faculty will spend some time with the auditionee outlining the specifics of scholarship responsibilities and getting a feel for the personality of the auditionee. How you interact with the faculty will tell about issues of respect, responsibility and character.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Room O-128. Each audition is on a first-come, first-served basis and will last approximately 15 minutes.

Additional information

Each audition will last approximately 15 minutes and is on a first come, first served basis. Faculty will call auditionees in one at a time. The only people in the room for the audition are the auditionee, guest accompanist as necessary, and RSCC faculty members.

This audition is a first impression for most auditionees, so your attire, preparedness and attitude will make a difference to the faculty.

Directions to the Roane Co. campus are available online.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Brenda Luggie
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4236
Choral Director

Geol Greenlee
Click above for email address
(865) 882-4580
Music Coordinator

Denise J. Cloyd
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4709
Humanities Division Office


Denise J. Cloyd • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4709 • Click name for email address

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