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General Guidelines

You may bring an accompanist or one will be furnished for you.

Bring a brief resume with you that clearly lists:

  • number of years of musical training (vocal and/or instrumental)
  • names of teachers with whom you have studied
  • solo literature you have studied
  • statement describing your musical interests and goals    

Instrument/Vocal Guidelines


Students should prepare two art songs or arias of contrasting styles, tempos, or languages. Both songs may be sung in English and one of the songs may be from the folk or musical theatre genre.


Prepare two compositions from contrasting periods, one performed from memory.


(Winds, Percussion, Strings) Play two etudes or solos from the standard literature that demonstrate technical ability and musicianship. Percussionists will be asked to play several rudiments on the snare drum. String students should have a three-octave major scale ready to demonstrate intonation and tone quality.

Tips for a Successful Audition

  • Complete all of the audition requirements
  • Perform your works for others before you audition -- Practice performing for others.  You should especially seek honest feedback from music teachers.
  • Come prepared to perform as a soloist or with an accompanist.  If you don't have an accompanist one will be provided for you at your audition.  Please do not bring a CD as your accompanist, as this reflects poorly on your musicianship.
  • Introduce yourself and the pieces that you will perform.
  • Dress professionally.  The way you dress reveals your attitude about music and performance.  If you want to be taken seriously in your audition then you need to dress accordingly.
  • Promote yourself.  After your performance you will have an opportunity to talk with the faculty.  Take this opportunity to persuade the faculty that you are worthy of a scholarship and that you have great potential.
  • Write professionally.  In your written correspondence with the department, such as e-mail, use correct grammar and punctuation.  Sloppy, error-filled writing reflects poorly on your ability to succeed in an academic setting.
  • Don't Panic.  If you make mistakes keep trying.  In your audition you will be judged partially on your ability to adapt and on your potential.