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HLGU Band

HLGU Band involves the study, preparation, and performance of representative band literature. Emphasis is on the techniques of good ensemble playing, including tone quality intonation, balance, and phrasing. Small ensembles (brass, woodwinds) are chosen from this group.
Prerequisites: Audition.
Offered fall and spring semesters and may be repeated for credit.

Auditions

There are three ways to arrange an audition:
  • 1. The preferred time to audition for the HLGU Band is during one of the scheduled Campus Visit Days which are held several times throughout the school year and summer. Contact the Admissions office at 800.HLG.1119 (or click HERE) to register for one of the Visit Days and for appointments to audition.
  • 2. If you are unable to visit the campus on a scheduled Visit Day, please make arrangements to visit the campus at some other time through the Office of Admissions. When making these arrangements, simply request an audition appointment for that day with Nancy Sweets, Band Director.
  • 3. If you are unable to audition in person, due to living too far from HLGU, simply make a video following the “How to prepare for the audition” section below.

Email video link to: nsweets@hlg.edu

Send DVD to:
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Attn: Nancy Sweets, Music Department
2800 Palmyra Road
Hannibal, MO 63401

How to prepare for the audition

Auditions for all instrumental ensembles include the following criteria:
  • 1. Performance of a prepared solo or etude at your most advanced level with or without accompaniment.
  • 2. Performance of 2 or 3 major scales selected at random from the standard Concert Band keys. These include the concert pitch B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, F, C, and G major scales.
  • 3. Demonstration of your range using the chromatic scale from your lowest note to your highest.
  • 4. Sight reading. You will be asked to sight read from the current/recent repertoire of the band.
  • 5. If a percussionist, you will be asked to give a demonstration of your rudimental techniques.
  • 6. If auditioning by video, include a letter of recommendation from either your band director or private instructor concerning your sight-reading ability.

Scholarship Information

Music Majors:
Upon auditioning, you will be considered for a $3,500 Music Major Scholarship which is guaranteed each year for 4 years and can be combined with other academic scholarships.
This scholarship requires participation in a minimum of 2 ensembles and the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Non-music Majors:
A limited number of scholarships of up to $1000 are available for non-music major students who are seeking college credit.

HLGU Concert Choir & Chamber Choir

Concert Choir is a select vocal ensemble of up to 60 men and women. Performances consist of standard repertoire of the Renaissance to modern styles including at least one masterwork a year. HLGU’s Concert Choir performs a minimum of 3 concerts per semester and may participate in extended tours every other year. Prerequisites: Audition.
Offered fall and spring semesters and may be repeated for credit.

Chamber Choir is a team of men and women who present sacred a cappella music as a worship ministry. Along with music of various styles, the group also shares testimonies, scripture, and life experiences associated with their music. HLGU’s Chamber Choir performs as a mixed choir, men’s ensemble, and/or ladies’ ensemble, thus being versatile for all types of occasions.

Members must be available an average of two weekends per month.

Prerequisites: Audition.
Offered fall and spring semesters and may be repeated for credit.

Auditions

Auditions are open to all current and/or prospective students.

There are three ways to arrange an audition:
  • 1. The preferred time to audition for either of HLGU’s Concert Choir or Chamber Choir is during one of the scheduled Campus Visit Days which are held several times throughout the school year and summer.
    Contact the Admissions office at 800.HLG.1119 (or clic HERE) to register for one of the Visit Days and for audition appointments.
  • 2. If you are unable to visit the campus on a scheduled Visit Day, please make arrangements to visit the campus at some other time through the Office of Admissions. When making these arrangements, simply request an audition appointment for that day with Mrs. Jane Griffen, HLGU Concert Choir and Chamber Choir Director.
  • 3. If you are unable to audition in person, due to living too far from HLGU, simply make a video following the “How to prepare for the audition” section below.
Email video link to: jgriffen@hlg.edu

Send DVD to:
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Attn: Jane Griffen, Music Department
2800 Palmyra Road
Hannibal, MO 63401

How to prepare for the audition

Auditions for Concert Choir & Chamber Choir include:
  • 1. Vocalization to determine range and tone color.
  • 2. Pitch retention.
  • 3. Reading/following S, A, T, or B
  • 4. Presentation of an art song (contest piece) is preferred; however, any type of song will be accepted.
Because we cannot guarantee that an accompanist will be available at your audition time, please have your own accompanist/teacher make a CD recording of the accompaniment to your song.

Scholarship Information

Music Majors: Upon auditioning, you will be considered for a $3,500 Music Major Scholarship which is guaranteed each year for 4 years and can be combined with other academic scholarships.

This scholarship requires participation in a minimum of 2 ensembles and the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Non-music Majors: Concert Choir: A limited number of $1000 scholarships are available per year.
Chamber Choir: A limited number of $2500 scholarships are available per year.

HLGU String Ensemble

HLGU String Ensemble involves the study, preparation, and performance of representative string ensemble music. The ensemble allows for adult and young students from the community and HLGU students to play together. Emphasis is on the techniques of good ensemble playing including tone, intonation, balance, and phrasing.
One hour of college credit is offered through HLGU.
A very limited number of scholarships are available.

Prerequisites: Consent of the conductor.

Offered fall and spring semesters and may be repeated for credit.
Class meets Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon.

For consent please contact:
L. Jane Griffen
HLGU Sting Ensemble Conductor
Roland Fine Arts Center
Music Wing, Office 8
jgriffen@hlg.edu
573.629.3165

Scholarship Information

Music Majors:
Upon auditioning, students will be considered for a $3,500 Music Major Scholarship which is guaranteed each year for 4 years and can be combined with other academic scholarships.

This scholarship requires participation in a minimum of 2 ensembles and the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Non-music Majors: A limited scholarships of up to $1000 are available for non-music major students who are seeking college credit.

Contact Information

Academics Office
573-629-3092