APPLY NOW! Pathways Audition Information

Pathways is a scholarship program created specifically for music students in the Rochester City School District. All music students in grades 4-11, who are enrolled in a city school, are eligible to apply. 

Our students receive a wide array of performance and education opportunities at a world-class music school right here in Rochester, NY. Pathways scholarships cover private lessons, ensembles and classes at the Eastman Community Music School, located at 10 Gibbs Street.

DID YOU KNOW? Pathways graduates are eligible for a full scholarship to the Eastman School of Music upon graduation from the Pathways Program and acceptance to Eastman.

Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale based on tax information.  For example:

  • Families making under $40,000 per year receive a full scholarship.
  • Families of 3 pay nothing if their income is less than $43K or under
  • Families of 4 pay nothing if their income is $53K or under

All students in the Rochester City School district, in grades 4-11, who attend an RCSD school are eligible to apply/

Students must apply and audition to be accepted into the Pathways Program. Below are the steps for the application process:

**The student must be in grades 4-11 and currently enrolled in an RCSD school.** 

  1. RCSD Teacher submits online RCSD Teacher Recommendation
  2. Student fills out online application (includes family tax/income information)
  3. Student performs a recorded or live audition via Zoom or in-person at end of April
  4. Audition results emailed in mid-May
  5. Accepted students begin lessons and classes the following Fall semester

WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE AUDITIONS?

Auditions happen on April 30 and May 1 of 2022. 

Students may choose any of the following audition formats.:

  1. Live Audition at Eastman Community Music School
  2. Zoom Audition
  3. Pre-Recorded Audition to be uploaded on our website

 Students will be prompted to choose an audition format after filling out the online application.

 

WHAT DOES THE STUDENT PLAY FOR THE AUDITION?

VOCAL AUDITION:

  1. Perform vocal warmups
  2. NYSSMA solo (level 1 or higher) or choose one of the songs below:

America (My Country, ‘tis of Thee)

Simple Gifts

De Colores

Follow the Drinking Gourd

INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION :

  1. 2-3 scales of the student’s choice OR basic rudiments for percussionists/drummers
  2. NYSSMA solo (level 1 or higher) OR choose a Method Book selection from the list provided

 

— APPROVED PATHWAYS METHOD BOOK AUDITION REPERTOIRE —


String Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Essential Elements Book 1 

Banana Boat Song – Page 30  #117

Surprise Symphony Theme – Page 42  #182

Simple Gifts (Part A) – Page 45  #192

Minuet No. 1 (Solo) – Page 46  #193

 

Band Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Winds

Surprise Symphony – Page 37  #166

Scarborough Fair (Solo) – Page 39  #173

Molly Malone (Part A) – Page 30  #175

O Canada – Page 42  #181

 

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Percussion

Ode to Joy (snare)  –  Page 27  #107

Alouette (snare) – Page 32  #134

Just For Drums (Snare Solo) – Page 39  #173

Grant Us Peace (snare) –  Page 42  #182

 

Vocal Selections for Pathways auditions:

America (My Country, ‘tis of Thee)

Simple Gifts

De Colores

Follow the Drinking Gourd

All auditioning students must play either:

  1. A NYSSMA SOLO (any level)
    OR
  2. A method book piece from the list below:

String Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Essential Elements Book 1 

Banana Boat Song – Page 30  #117

Surprise Symphony Theme – Page 42  #182

Simple Gifts (Part A) – Page 45  #192

Minuet No. 1 (Solo) – Page 46  #193

 

 

Band Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Winds

Surprise Symphony – Page 37  #166

Scarborough Fair (Solo) – Page 39  #173

Molly Malone (Part A) – Page 30  #175

O Canada – Page 42  #181

 

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Percussion

Ode to Joy (snare)  –  Page 27  #107

Alouette (snare) – Page 32  #134

Just For Drums (Snare Solo) – Page 39  #173

Grant Us Peace (snare) –  Page 42  #182

 

Vocal Selections for Pathways auditions:

America (My Country, ‘tis of Thee)

Simple Gifts

De Colores

Follow the Drinking Gourd

PRINTABLE FLYERS FOR RCSD TEACHERS & STUDENTS

APPLICATION FORMS

Application Period is now CLOSED. We will hold auditions again in Spring of 2023! 

This form must be filled out by each new student applying to the Pathways Program. This form asks for student information and will link you to a form where you can sign up for your audition. (Current students should NOT fill out this form!)

Application Deadline: April 16th, 2022

Audition Dates 2022: April 30 & May 1, 2022

This form must be filled out by each student’s RCSD Music Teacher

GOT QUESTIONS? 

Email us! We would love to answer any questions and help you through the application process!

eastmanpathways@esm.rochester.edu