All students interested in entering one of the programs offered by the School of Music must submit a vocal or instrumental audition to the School of Music. School of Music students must declare a primary/major instrument of study.
Auditions are designed to demonstrate that you possess exceptional talent, the potential to develop high levels of musicianship, artistic sensibilities, and a strong sense of commitment to calling. The audition can be held either on campus at the School of Music (at designated times of the year or by appointment) or off-campus by video submission.
This placement audition enables faculty to evaluate the skill, tendencies, and overall strengths of the student. It does not by itself secure entrance into a music degree program. That decision is made at the end of the sophomore year; see the section entitled “Sophomore Review” in the Student Handbook. As a result of this audition, the student will be placed in a studio for music instruction appropriate to his or her skills and aspirations.
In-Person Audition Dates
Audition dates for the Center for Music Education and Performance are scheduled in conjunction with the College For A Weekend (CFAW) dates. Fall CFAW is open to only high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students between the ages of 15-24.
To schedule an audition time, contact the appropriate individual below:
- Vocal – Dr. Samantha Miller, Coordinator of Vocal Studies; email@example.com
- Keyboard – Dr. Tad Hardin, Coordinator of Piano and Keyboard Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guitar – Dr. Michael Brennan, Coordinator of Guitar Studies; email@example.com
- Strings – Dr. Luca Trombetta, Coordinator of Strings Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woodwind – Dr. Cassandra Hibbard, Coordinator of Woodwind Studies; email@example.com
- Brass – Dr. Andrew Phillips, Coordinator of Brass Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Percussion – Mr. Jay Ware, Coordinator of Percussion and Drum Set Studies; email@example.com
For those students who are not able to complete a live audition for placement into your private lessons, you will need to submit a video audition by attaching a link to the Scholarship Application.
The following link is for the School of Music Audition and Scholarship Application. When the page opens, click “Add Registrant.” This form will lead you through the process of filling out the application and submitting an audition video. If you are auditioning in-person, you do not need to attach a video to this form, unless the Coordinator of your area has instructed you differently.
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Guidelines for Audition Repertoire
For music performance or music education degrees, the following are the repertoire guidelines for auditions:
- Prepare three contrasting pieces, preferably art songs or arias.
- If auditioning on campus, please provide sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. Any repeats should be eliminated for the sake of time; the audition should last no more than 8 minutes.
Guitar, Brass, Strings, Woodwinds
- Prepare two contrasting pieces of your choice.
- Be prepared to play major scales up to 5 sharps and 5 flats and do a brief sight-reading excerpt (in-person auditions only).
- Prepare three pieces of contrasting styles. Memorization preferred.
- Bach Inventions
- Mozart Sonatas
- Clementi Sonatinas
- Schubert Works