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Comprehensive Examinations

Instructions and Updates

Woodwinds

Instrumental Majors play all.  Choral Majors select one.  Please contact Professor Rhodes to arrange performance appointments.

Woodwind Comp Instructions available here.  Assessment rubrics for woodwind comps available here.

Brass

Instrumental Majors play all.  Choral Majors select one.  Please contact Dr. Schuman to arrange performance appointments for high brass.  Please contact Professor Riordan to arrange performance appointments for trombone, and Professor Gaunt to arrangeme performance time for Euphonium and Tuba.

Percussion

Instrumental Majors play all.  Choral Majors select one.  Please contact Professor Lepper to arrange performance times.  Assessment rubrics for percussion comps available here.

Strings

Instrumental Majors play all.  Choral Majors select one orchestral string and are also required to play guitar.  Please contact Dr. Goldberg to arrange guitar performance times.  Please contact Professor Eccles to arrange orchestral string performance times.

Piano

Please contact Dr. Tsai to arrange performance times.

  • Instrumental Track Requirements
    • Perform The Star-Spangled Banner (choice of Version A or B)
    • Perform Pomp and Circumstance
      • Choice A - as written
      • Choice B - play melody in right hand and blocked chords in left hand
    • Harmonization of Melodies - choose one
  • Choral Track Requirements
    • Perform The Star-Spangled Banner (choice of Version A or B)
    • Perform Pomp and Circumstance
      • Choice A - as written
      • Choice B - play melody in right hand and blocked chords in left hand
    • Harmonization of Melodies (perform all three)
    • Score Reading (perform all three)
    • Accompaniments (perform all three)
    • Prepare all Major Scales (not included in packet)

Voice

Please contact Dr. Sinclair to arrange performance appointments.

  • Instrumental Track Requirements
    • Perform a hymn or song of choice (not included in packet) that demonstrates ability to sing in tune and on pitch.
    • Perform up to seven melodic sight reading exercises (from packet) with correct pitches, rhythms and solfege syllables in both the treble and bass clefs.
  • Choral Track Requirements
    • Prepare a vocal solo (not included in packet) that demonstrates ability to sing in tune and on pitch.
    • Perform all melodic sight reading exercises (from packet) with correct pitches, rhythms and solfege syllables in both the treble and bass clefs.
    • Prepare to sigh read any or all of the parts in a choral selection.
    • Prepare to sing all lines and discuss the challenging factors in each of:
      • Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
      • To the Glory of the Father

Conducting

The conducting component of the Comprehensive Examination is fulfilled upon successful preparation and participation in the annual Spring Student Conductor Concert.  See Dr. Sinclair for approval.

Upon completion of comprehensive examinations, please keep a copy of your completed Check-Form and turn the original in to the appropriate dean.

 
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