HFCC offers $2,000 music scholarships

DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community is offering $2,000 scholarships to music majors.

Auditions for $2,000 Henry Ford Community College scholarships will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on HFCC’s main campus, 5101 Evergreen Road.

The audition and interview will last 15 minutes, and candidates must perform a solo from standard repertoire for voice or instrument. The musical selection should include the accompaniment if one is written. the auditioning musician should bring an accompanist or arrange for one from HFCC in advance.

To schedule an audition, and for more information, e-mail Rick Goward rgoward@hfcc.edu.

To qualify for the scholarship, first-time HFCC music students must have graduated with a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Current HFCC music majors must have an overall 3.0 grade point average in music major courses as well as successful course transcripts with no present or past evidence of academic probation. Students receiving full tuition grants from federal or state programs or HFCC’s Honors program are not eligible.

Scholarship recipients will receive $500 for four consecutive fall and winter semesters.

HFCC offers an associate’s degree program in music, offering a range of required courses that include music theory, sight singing and ear training, music notation with computer software, music history, music literature and class piano training. In addition, students are offered courses that can increase their knowledge and enjoyment of music, including music appreciation, history of rock ’n’ roll, voice techniques, jazz improvisation and music fundamentals.

HFCC also offers vocal and instrumental performance opportunities with nine performing ensembles: the Henry Ford Big Band, Blue Fusion, Concert Choir, Metropolitan Symphony Band, Midnight Blue, Renaissance Voices, Studio 110 Jazz Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Vanguard Voices. Members of HFCC’s performance groups have the opportunity to perform locally, nationally and internationally.

New to the program will be a state-of-the-art music recording studio that will increase the music program’s ability to offer additional courses in audio engineering and audio mixing and mastering. The studio will provide more opportunities for professional recording and production services.

For more information about HFCC’s music program, go to www.hfcc.edu.