Information for Prospective Students

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 teacher or director
  • All auditions must be memorized.

 


 

Woodwind Instrument Audition Requirements (music majors)

  • 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 of the solos should not exceed 15 minutes.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a teacher or music director.

Woodwind Instrument Audition Requirements (non-music majors)

  • Major scales from memory (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D.
    In addition to these major scales, prepare the chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument.
  • One solo or etude displaying different styles and technical ability.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a teacher or music director.

 


 

Brass Instrument Audition Requirements (music majors)

  • 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 of the solos should not exceed 15 minutes.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a teacher or music director.

Brass Instrument Audition Requirements (non-music majors)

  • Major scales from memory (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D.
    In addition to these major scales, prepare the chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument.
  • One solo or etude displaying different styles and technical ability.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a teacher or music director.

 


 

Percussion Instrument Audition Requirements (music majors)

  • 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 teacher or music director.

Percussion Instrument Audition Requirements (non-music majors)

  • Students auditioning on percussion must audition on two of the three instruments listed: snare drum, timpani, marimba.
  • Snare auditions should include 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. 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 teacher or music director.

 


 

Classical Guitar Audition Requirements

 


 

Piano Audition Requirements

  • A resume of your experience in music
  • Two pieces (at least one of which should be memorized) in contrasting styles
  • Major and harmonic minor scales (C, G, D, A, E, B, B flat, and F)
  • A sight reading excerpt will be provided
  • A letter of reference from a teacher