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.
Demonstration of a proficiency level equivalent to a Bach two part invention; a movement from a classical sonata; a composition of appropriate level from the works of 19th or 20th century composers.
Ability to sing two songs or arias of contrasting styles showing good vocal and musical ability. 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.
In addition, all students will be asked to take a music theory test, sight-read on their major instrument, and complete a piano and vocal skills evaluation.
How Do I Schedule my Music Audition?
Once a student has applied and been accepted by the University, an audition should be scheduled online or through the Admissions Office.
2015 - 2016 Audition Days:
- November 14, 2015
- January 23, 2016
- February 20, 2016
- March 19, 2016
- April 16, 2016
Applicants wishing to compete for merit-based scholarships should complete the process prior to February 25.