The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College provides opportunities for the study and performance of music for all students, regardless of their major or field of interest. Marietta College students study and perform with an easily accessible music faculty who are actively involved in their field as scholars, performers and clinicians. Whether you intend to major in music education, vocal performance, pursue liberal arts study in music, or simply wish for music to be an important part of your collegiate years, the department has opportunities for you.

Prospective Music Majors

Before applying to the Music Department at Marietta College, prospective music majors must submit a complete application to Marietta College. Upon acceptance to Marietta College, prospective majors should then complete a Music Department Application and Teacher Reference Letter.

All prospective music majors are required to audition for admission to the music degree programs offered by Marietta College. This audition also serves as your application for a music scholarship. You may contact the music department by email or telephone (740.376.4600) to set up an audition. Please review the audition requirements for prospective music majors. These are the audition dates for students planning to enter in the Fall of 2015:

  • November 6, 2016
  • January 25, 2017--Music Visit & Audition Day
  • February 11, 2017
  • February 25, 2017
  • March 4, 2017

Or by appointment

Prospective Music Minors and Non-Majors

We invite you to apply for the Marietta College Music scholarships. Marietta College offers renewable scholarships for talented students regardless of their intended major.

Auditions are held annually. If you are unable to audition on one of these days, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange another audition date for you. You may contact the music department by email or telephone (740-376-4696) to set up an audition. Please review the audition requirements for the area you are interested in. The audition dates for the upcoming year are:

  • November 6, 2016
  • January 25, 2017--Music Visit & Audition Day
  • February 11, 2017
  • February 25, 2017
  • March 4, 2017

Or by appointment

 

Entrance Requirements

If you have any specific questions about the program, contact the department.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

  • Audition on principal instrument
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)
  • Interview with music faculty
  • Recommended minimum ACT of 23 or SAT of 1060

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

  • Vocal audition
  • Interview with vocal performance faculty
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Audition on principal instrument
  • Interview with music faculty
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)

 

Audition Requirements

ENSEMBLE SCHOLARSHIPS

Ensemble Scholarship Audition Requirements

Designed for students with active high school ensemble participation but little solo performance experience. This audition does not require a prepared solo, but asks students to perform their part from one or more of the pieces they are currently working with their high school ensemble. Additional sight-reading, scales or vocalization, and a music teacher reference are also required. This audition does not meet the requirements for entrance into our music majors.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Brass Audition Requirements

Major scales from memory (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E. In addition to these major scales, prepare the chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument.
Two solos or etudes of differing styles. One selection should be lyrical in nature with the second selection demonstrating the level of technical ability. Total length should not exceed 15 minutes.
A resume of your experience in music.
A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)

Classical Guitar Audition Requirements

An audition consisting of 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles
A resume of your experience in music.
A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)

Percussion Audition Requirements

Students auditioning on percussion must audition on two of the three instruments listed: snare drum, timpani, marimba.
Snare auditions should include demonstration of the knowledge of the 26 original rudiments in open-close-open presentation and a solo showing technical development.
Timpani auditions should include demonstration of proper tuning technique and a solo showing technical development on the instrument.
Marimba auditions should include the following major scales (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E. The audition on this instrument will include a solo showing musicality and technical development.
A resume of your experience in music.
A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)

Piano Audition Requirements

Major and harmonic minor scales (C, G, D, A, E, B, B flat, and F)
Two pieces (at least one of which should be memorized) in contrasting styles
A sight reading excerpt will be provided
A resume of your experience in music.
A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)

Voice Audition Requirements

A resume of your experience in music
An audition consisting of 2-3 art songs or arias in contrasting styles
Our staff accompanist will be available for your audition. Please bring your music with you, well marked if there are any alterations.
If you prefer to use recorded accompaniment, a cassette/CD player will be provided.
A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)
Note that all auditions must be memorized.

Woodwind Audition Requirements

Major scales from memory (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E. In addition to these major scales, prepare the chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument.
Two solos or etudes of differing styles. One selection should be lyrical in nature with the second selection demonstrating the level of technical ability. Total length should not exceed 15 minutes.
A resume of your experience in music.
A letter of reference from a music teacher or director (click link on sidebar to download form)