Resources & Opportunities
Auditions are not strictly required for participation in all music ensembles, but we strongly encourage all prospective students to audition with music faculty before enrolling. Auditioning gives students the opportunity to show their talents and range, and it helps our faculty advise students into the appropriate courses and ensembles.
How to audition
Prospective students can audition during a personalized visit to campus by requesting an audition as part of their visit in advance. We also typically host auditions as part of our Stockdale Fellows & Scholarship Competition event. If it is not possible to complete an on-campus audition, you may also submit a digital recording of your audition through your admission counselor.
Instrumental audition requirements
- Two contrasting pieces, or two contrasting movements of one piece. The solo can be one extended movement if contrasts in style and mood are apparent. If at all possible, piano solos should be memorized, especially for those planning to major in music.
- Scales and possible sight-reading.
- Strings: Two to three octave majors chosen from C, G, D, A and F.
- Wind and Percussion: Two to three octave majors chosen from C, G, D, A, F B-flat, and E-flat.
- Pianists should be able to play all major scales in two octaves..
Vocal audition requirements
- One piece, memorized.
- Popular music or selections from musical theater is not appropriate.
To arrange for your campus visit, schedule a personalized on-campus experience.