Learn more about the Music program at Siena Heights.
The mission of the Music Department at Siena Heights University is to help students to reach their potential by educating them to create, perform, and understand music.
1. The Department is dedicated to the idea that music is an integral part of a liberal arts education.
2. The Department’s approach to music education is based on the idea that music is an important part of all students’ lives, creating more balanced, tolerant and ethical human beings.
3. The Department focuses on the integration of performance, creation, listening and the understanding of music.
4. The Department involves, serves, educates and enriches the residents and the entire community through performances, education and collaboration with schools and community organizations.
5. The Department presents creative, innovative and exciting performances, while providing educational opportunities of the highest quality.
- SHU has outstanding and experienced faculty
- SHU offers exceptional programs in instrumental and vocal music
- SHU offers private lessons on every instrument by highly trained and experienced professionals
- Scholarships are available for performing in the choir or band
- Larger scholarships are available for incoming music majors
· Acapelicans, directed by Michael Yuen
· Concert Band, directed by Wes King
· Jazz Band
· Marching Band, directed by Wes King
· Men’s Chorus, directed by Beth Tibbs
· Mixed Chorus, directed by Beth Tibbs
· Orchestra, directed by Linda Deatrick
· Wind Ensemble
· Women’s Chorus, directed by Beth Tibbs
Here are some of the directions you can go with Music at Siena Heights:
- The Acapelicans
- Audio recording and production
- Create a movie
- Jazz Ensemble
- Guitar classes
- Men’s and Women’s Chorus
- Music History
- Music Theory
- Music Lessons
- Music Business
- Piano Lessons
- Voice classes
- SHU Youth Symphony
Meet the faculty of the Music Department
Associate Professor of Music, Program Directoretibbs@sienaheights.edu517-264-7896 Instructor of Music, Director of Bandsjking4@sienaheights.edu517-264-7898
Learn about the career opportunities you can have in Music.
Here are just a sampling of careers in the music field:
- Audio engineering
- Church musician
- Film scoring
- Music arranging
- Music composition
- Music industry
- Music software development
- Music therapist
- Recording editing
- Symphony orchestra
- Video game sound
Learn more about Music clubs on campus.
SHU Youth Symphony
Directed by Linda Deatrick, the SHU Youth Symphony is in its 21st year. The orchestra has expanded to include many students from ages 11-22 from Hillsdale, Washtenaw and Lucas (Ohio) counties, in addition to Lenawee County. It performs several times throughout the year.
Starting in the spring of 2007, the Siena Heights Acapelicans are dedicated to quality a cappella and the performance of a cappella. They are directed by Michael Yuen.
Started in the fall 2011 by new music program director Beth Tibbs, the choir is open to SHU students, faculty and staff, as well as the community. The group plans to perform at the Vatican in the winter of 2012.
Earn a scholarship to Siena Heights University!
Arts Scholarship Days
High school juniors, seniors or transfer students who would like to major in music or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra, or jazz band can schedule a music audition and campus visit during our Arts Scholarships Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students! Students will have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients, have an individual meeting with their admissions representative and audition with SHU music, art and theater faculty.
Visitors are also encouraged to enhance their visit to SHU with a campus tour and complementary lunch in SHU's new McLaughlin University Center.
Arts Scholarship Days will be conducted on the following remaining dates:
- Friday, February 14, 2014 (seniors and transfer students only)
- Friday, March 14, 2014 (juniors and transfer students only)
- Friday, April 11, 2014 (juniors and transfer students only)
Please contact the Admissions Office if these dates don’t work with your schedule. Alternative dates and times can be discussed for your audition. (Note: First-time freshmen entering in Fall 2014 need to complete their audition by March 1, 2014.).
Art Portfolio Reviews begin @ 11 a.m.
Theater Auditions begin @ 11 a.m.
Music, Choir and Band Auditions begin @ 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-264-7180 for more information.
What to Bring/How to Prepare
Prospective Music Major Audition
Your audition should demonstrate a high level of preparation. Please bring a résumé (a list of your musical experience) to your audition, as well as your most recent transcript and ACT scores. Also please prepare the following:
Vocal (choirs) Audition
- Solo performance of two contrasting pieces (preferably from different time periods). Vocalists should perform one piece in a foreign language, if possible.
- Students will also be tested on their proficiency in scales, as well as sight-reading abilities.A music theory placement exam will also be conducted.
Vocalists, your audition/interview will include the following:
Instrumental (bands) Audition
- Perform a solo of your choice
- Check of sight-reading ability
- Check of musical memory
- Check of range and tone quality
Instrumentalists, your audition/interview will include the following:
- Perform two excerpts demonstrating technical and lyrical abilities
- Perform two major scales of the student’s choice, as well as the instrument’s full range chromatic scale
- Brief sight-reading example
Your audition/interview should include the following:
Here are some additional things to prepare:
- A high level of preparation demonstrating the ability and confidence to present when speaking about works of theater.
- We love seeing additional exposure to theater outside of school, including further lessons and productions.
- Please bring a résumé, including a list of works in which you have participated.
- Head shots are optional.
- We recommend that you bring copies of your transcripts and test scores for review.
Musical Theater Audition
- Two contrasting monologues: 60 seconds in length each.
- Sing 32 bars of music of your choice (SHU will provide accompaniment. Please bring any necessary sheet music.)
- One monologue: 60 seconds in length.
During a portfolio review, art faculty will be looking for:
- A completed art questionnaire form.
- As many different art media as possible, such as:
- Drawings demonstrating your ability to draw from observation (still-lifes, figures or landscapes)
- Three-dimensional art: sculpture, ceramics, metalsmithing
- A high level of craftsmanship, care, and attention to detail in artwork
- The ability to write and speak well and show a grasp of art language when speaking about works of art
- Observational drawing skills: draw still lifes, figures, and/or landscapes from life
- Exposure to art outside of school, including additional lessons, visits to art galleries and museums, having art displayed in exhibitions, receiving awards, etc.
- High GPA and ACT scores