Arts & Humanities

Audition Information

MNU Arts & Humanities department offers two scholarship opportunities: Music and Theatre. Music major scholarships and/or music ensemble participation scholarships are available to exceptional students who complete the Music Scholarship Application Form and perform a successful audition. Theatre major scholarships are available to exceptional students who complete the Theatre Scholarship Application Form and perform a successful audition.

The audition experience is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to:

  • Demonstrate the level of musical/theatrical skill in the prospective student’s major (and possibly secondary) performance area.
  • Visit the Arts and Humanities department and learn about the specific music programs and ensembles and theater productions.
  • Meet faculty and current students.
  • Tour the campus and performing arts facilities.

Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
  • Monday, January 20, 2020, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Monday, March 23, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Monday, April 6, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Friday, April 17, 2020, 4:00-6:00pm
  • Friday, April 24, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm

Prospective students must complete the Music Scholarship Application Form or Theatre Scholarship Application Form at least 2 weeks prior to the requested audition. For further questions contact the Department of Arts and Humanities at 913.971.3441 or e-mail finearts@mnu.edu.

Music Audition Requirements

  • Fill out Music Scholarship Application Form
  • Prepare and perform a solo piece which best demonstrate skills in the primary performance area. Vocal selections should be memorized, yet there is no requirement to sing in a foreign language. Selections must include live piano accompaniment. 
  • Demonstrate fundamental musical knowledge through a variety of diagnostic exercises, including sight-reading.
  • If an MNU accompanist is needed, you must mail or scan the music to the music department one full week prior to the audition date. 
  • Optional: Prepare one solo piece in a secondary performance area.
  • Percussionists perform on at least two instruments: snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, drumset.
     

Additional Requirements for Music Majors

  • Perform a second solo piece in a style contrasting to the first.
  • If not primarily a pianist, demonstrate proficiency, if any, at the piano.
  • If not primarily a vocalist, sing a song of your choice.

Theatre Audition Requirements

  • Fill out Theatre Scholarship Application Form
  • Prepare and perform a piece which best demonstrate skills in the acting area.
  • Demonstrate fundamental theatre knowledge through a variety of diagnostic exercises.
  • Include a 32 bar musical theatre piece and a 90 second monologue 
    OR
  • Two contrasting 90 second monologues
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