Music Major: Audition Requirements

Audition requirements by instrumentation are:


Bass - Electric and/or Upright, Studio Musicianship

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Perform two popular songs with prominent bass parts. Selections may include up to one (1) original piece.
  • Improvise on ii-V-I, I-IV-V, and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.
  • Candidates auditioning live will be asked to sight read short passages

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit. If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their written documents as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Bassoon

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Bass Trombone

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One etude or one solo

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Etude
    • Bordogni Melodius Etudes
    • Blazhevich Studies
  • Solo
    Please choose a solo from below or one of similar difficulty. Examples:
      • Lebedev Concerto
      • Ewazen Concerto
      • Galliard Sonata No. 1

Audition Guidance:

We encourage you to play repertoire that you are most comfortable with and that you have prepared with a teacher. Play whatever displays your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Cello

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Clarinet

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Classical Saxophone

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work
  • As a complement to an off-site audition, the instructor of saxophone may request to schedule a phone, Skype or Google-Hangout meeting

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Composition

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Minimum of three scores - Digital Files or mailed hard copies are welcomed
    • Digital - Please upload your scores to the Academy admissions community in PDF format only. If instrumentation exceeds six parts, please set print area to 11x17.
    • Hard Copy - For scores with more than six instruments, please print on 11x17 tabloid paper.  All smaller instrumental groups and choral works may be on 8.5x11 paper. Mail to*:
      Office of Admission and Financial Aid
      Academy Music Composition Portfolio
      9900 Diamond Park Road
      Interlochen, MI 49643
      *Materials will not be returned. Please do not submit original documents.
  • Instrument Audition - All Composition students are required to participate in an ensemble (band, choir or orchestra). To appropriately assess the level of performance on your instrument, please upload the required audition materials for your primary instrument. See required instrument audition materials.
  • Recordings of your work - A recording of your work is required. Both MIDI renditions and live recordings are acceptable.

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Double Bass

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Drumset: Popular, Studio Musicianship

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas:
    • Jazz - Proficiency of this idiom at various temps, demonstrating independence
    • Rock/Funk - Proficiency of this idiom incorporating fills/breaks
    • Soloing - Trading fours, filling and improvising over an ostinato

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Euphonium

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One etude or one solo

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Etude
    • Bordogni Melodius Etudes
    • Blazhevich Studies
  • Solo
    Please choose a solo from below or one of similar difficulty. Examples:
      • Curnow Rhapsody
      • Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique
      • Jacob - Fantasia

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Flute

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, and two contrasting movements or works

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Guitar: Acoustic or Electric, Studio Musicianship

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Perform two popular songs with prominent guitar parts. Selections may include up to one (1) original piece.
  • Improvise on ii-V-I, I-IV-V, and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.
  • Candidates auditioning live will be asked to sight read short passages 

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Guitar: Classical or Other Styles

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Two solo works of contrasting style

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Harp

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Two solos of contrasting style, preferably memorized

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Horn

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Jazz

Audition Requirements:
On your chosen instrument, please submit audition requirements detailed below.

Bass: Upright or Electric

  • Artistic Resume
  • Improvise on ii-V-I, I-IV-V, and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions
  • A blues tune with improvisation 
  • A standard jazz tune with improvisation 
  • A jazz etude or transcription as a prepared piece
  • A standard classical etude or other prepared classical piece
  • Major and Harmonic minor scales
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.
  • Candidates auditioning live will be asked to sight read short passages

Drumset

  • Artistic Resume
  • Demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas:
  • Jazz - Proficiency of this idiom at various temps, demonstrating independence
  • Rock/Funk - Proficiency of this idiom incorporating fills/breaks
  • Soloing - Trading fours, filling and improvising over an ostinato

Guitar: Electric or Acoustic

  • Artistic Resume
  • A blues tune with improvisation 
  • A standard jazz tune with improvisation 
  • A jazz etude or transcription as a prepared piece
  • A standard classical etude or other prepared classical piece
  • Major and Harmonic minor scales
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.

Keyboard
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Saxophone

  • Artistic Resume
  • A blues tune with improvisation 
  • A standard jazz tune with improvisation 
  • A jazz etude or transcription as a prepared piece
  • A standard classical etude or other prepared classical piece
  • Major and Harmonic minor scales
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.

Trombone: Tenor or Bass

  • Artistic Resume
  • A blues tune with improvisation
  • A standard jazz tune with improvisation 
  • A jazz etude or transcription as a prepared piece
  • A standard classical etude or other prepared classical piece
  • Major and Harmonic minor scales
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.

Trumpet

  • Artistic Resume
  • A blues tune with improvisation 
  • A standard jazz tune with improvisation 
  • A jazz etude or transcription as a prepared piece
  • A standard classical etude or other prepared classical piece
  • Major and Harmonic minor scales
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities, including letter notation, tabs, figured bass, lead sheets, chord charts, etc.

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Oboe:

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Organ

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Two contrasting works that best show applicant's ability and potential

Audition Guidance:

If you began your studies on another instrument, please present performance on whichever instrument best shows your accomplishment and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Percussion

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Perform at least two of the following four areas:
    • Snare Drum - Two contrasting etudes/solos
    • Keyboard Percussion - One etude or solo for two or four mallets
    • Timpani - Two contrasting etudes/solos
    • Drumset - Demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas:
        • Jazz - Proficiency of this idiom at various temps, demonstrating independence
        • Rock/Funk - Proficiency of this idiom incorporating fills/breaks
        • Soloing - Trading fours, filling and improvising over an ostinato

Suggested Repertoire:

    • Snare Drum:
      • Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm
      • Delecluse - 12 Etudes
      • Whaley - Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer
      • Whaley - Recital Solors for Snare Drum
      • Peters - Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies
      • Aleo - Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum
      • Pratt - 14 Modern Contest Solos
      • Wilcoxon - Modern Rudimental Swing Solos
    • Keyboard Percussion:
      • Goldenberg - Modern School
      • Peters -Fundamental Method for Mallets
      • Gottlieb - Masterworks for Marimba
      • Whaley - Fundamental Studies for Mallets
      • McMillian - Masterpieces for Marimba
      • Whaley - Intermediate Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player
      • Zivkovic - Funny Mallets
      • Quartier - Imagine
      • Faines - Sequnetial Studies for Four Mallet Marinba
      • Ford - Technique Through Music
    • Timpani:
      • Vic Firth - The Solo Timpanist
      • Hochrainer - Etuden for TImpani (bk 1, 2 or 3)
      • Goodman - Modern Method for Timpani
      • Beck - Sonata for Timpani
      • Beck - Concepts for Timpani
      • Peters - Fundamental Method for Timpani
      • Peters - Fundamental Solos for Timpani
      • Whaley - Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist

Audition Guidance:

It is highly encouraged to perform and demonstrate proficiency on all four areas (Snare Drum, Keyboard Percussion, Timpani and Drumset). If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Piano

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and two memorized representative solo works of contrasting style

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Piano/Keyboard, Studio Musicianship

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Perform two popular songs. Selections may include up to one (1) original piece.
  • Improvise on ii-V-I, I-IV-V, and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s music-reading abilities
  • Candidates auditioning live will be asked to sight read short passages

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Singer-Songwriter

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • A performance of three to five of a student's original songs. Students must accompany themselves solo (no backing tracks) with an instrument
  • A copy of all song lyrics
  • For students performing in multiple languages: At least two songs must be written and performed in English. Please include translated song lyrics

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Trombone

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One etude or one solo

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Etude
    • Bordogni Melodius Etudes
    • Blazhevich Studies
  • Solo
    Please choose a solo from below or one of similar difficulty. Examples:
      • Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique
      • Grondahl - Concerto
      • Barat - Andante et Allegro
      • David - Concertino

Audition Guidance:

We encourage you to play repertoire that you are most comfortable with and that you have prepared with a teacher. Play whatever displays your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Trumpet

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, and one solo work

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Tuba

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One etude or one solo

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Etude
    • Bordogni Melodius Etudes
    • Blazhevich Studies
  • Solo
    Please choose a solo from below or one of similar difficulty. Examples:
      • Haddad - Suite for Tuba
      • Barat - Introduction and Dance
      • Vaughn Williams - Concerto
      • Bach - Air and Bouree

Audition Guidance:

We encourage you to play repertoire that you are most comfortable with and that you have prepared with a teacher. Play whatever displays your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Viola

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • One major scale, one minor scale, one study or etude, one solo work, and one Bach movement

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Violin

Audition Requirements:

    • Artistic Resume
    • One major and one minor 3 octave scales:
      • Slur 4 quarter notes per bow;
      • Quarter note = 70. Proceed to slurring 8th and 16th notes
    • One Etude: Mazas, Kreutzer, Rode, Paganini or similar 
    • One movement from a solo Bach Sonata or Partita
    • One movement from a concerto or similar solo work
    • Possible sight reading (live auditions only)

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.


Voice

Audition Requirements:

  • Artistic Resume
  • Two pieces from the solo classical vocal literature. Repertoire must be performed from memory, in full and with live accompaniment.
  • As a complement to an off-site audition*, the voice faculty may request to schedule a phone, Skype or Google-Hangout meeting

Suggested Composers for Vocal Repertoire:

        • Baroque composers such as Handel, Cesti, Scarlatti, Stradella, Bononcini, etc.
        • Classical composers such as Mozart and Haydn
        • Romantic and 20th Century composers such as Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Hahn, Faure, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Rorem, Barber, etc.
        • Opera arias are accepted if the voice is able to sing these pieces in a healthy manner 

Suggested Editions:

        • Twenty-six Italian Songs & Arias published by Alfred Publishing
        • Joan Boytim/Hal Leonard series
        • Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Edition series
        • Oxford series

Audition Guidance:

If you are unable to present all of the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

How to Submit your Materials:

It is highly recommended that students audition in person at one of our Audition Tour locations or arrange a live audition during a pre-arranged campus visit.

If a live audition is not possible, applicants are required to submit a video audition and upload their artistic resume as a part of the application process.

Additional Recording Guidelines:

    • Submissions must not have been edited or enhanced for sound
    • One microphone should be used to record both the singer and keyboard
    • The camera should be placed in a fixed position in front of the singer, at a distance that shows both facial expression and physical posture/presentation

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your audition, a full tour of campus including the residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and observing academic classes in session.

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