In addition to the University's requirements for admission, all music majors must successfully complete an audition for the music faculty to be admitted into the Music Program. Consideration for music scholarships is determined by the quality of the entrance audition.
In addition to the requirements below, all auditioning students will be asked to take a music theory test, sight-read on their major instrument, and complete a piano and vocal skills evaluation.
Prepare a piece from the Baroque Era equivalent to a Bach two part invention; a movement from a classical sonata; and a composition from the Romantic Era or the 20-21st Centuries. At least one of the pieces should be memorized.
Sufficient piano study for the performance of a Bach invention, Mozart sonata, or 19th century work. The applicant should perform two pieces on the organ and be prepared to play one piano composition.
Brass & Woodwind
Preparation of an etude and a solo piece that demonstrates basic facility through tonguing and slurring passages as well as good musicianship in use of phrasing and dynamics. The applicant should also prepare major and minor scales up to and including four sharps and four flats.
Preparation of an etude and solo piece/orchestral excerpt that demonstrates good technical facility and bowing.
An etude and/or a solo piece from the classical guitar repertoire. The applicant should also prepare scales in the major keys of C, D, and E along with their relative minors.
Knowledge of basic rudiments and tunings; preparation of solo pieces, studies or etudes for snare drum, timpani and mallet instruments if possible.
Preparation of an etude or solo piece from the standard literature.
If you are auditioning for the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in Music Education, Music Performance or Music Therapy, here are the guidelines for literature and preparation:
Candidates should prepare two pieces of contrasting styles from memory. The pieces should come from the art song or classical tradition. Musical Theatre literature is not appropriate for the B.M. audition. One piece should be in a foreign language (Latin, Italian, German, French, and Spanish are good choices). An accompanist will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own accompanist. Unaccompanied pieces are not appropriate for the audition process.
Other appropriate resources for the developing singer:
If you are auditioning for the Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) degree program, here are the guidelines for literature and preparation:
The resources above work well for the B.A. audition requirements. Further resources for the BA audition process include:
When in doubt, ask your private teacher, choral director or contact us. We will be glad to offer guidance in choosing appropriate repertoire. Contact Dr. Boyle with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org