Music Major: Audition Requirements

Audition requirements by instrumentation are:


Bass - Electric and/or Upright, Popular Music

Audition Requirements:

  • Perform three to five cover songs, highlighting your instrumental skill level. You may accompany yourself or use recorded tracks, but adjust track volume so that your performance is clearly discernible.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your singing ability and tone. Appropriate works include art songs, arias, and other classical selections. Live accompaniment is preferred but not required.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Minimum of three scores - Digital Files or mailed hard copies are welcomed
    • Digital - Please upload your scores to the Academy Education 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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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 Music

Audition Requirements:

  • Perform three to five cover songs, highlighting your instrumental skill level. You may accompany yourself or use recorded tracks, but adjust track volume so that your performance is clearly discernible.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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, Popular Music

Audition Requirements:

  • Perform three to five cover songs, highlighting your instrumental skill level. You may accompany yourself or use recorded tracks, but adjust track volume so that your performance is clearly discernible.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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

The program seeks open-minded, ambitious, disciplined students who want to gain training in jazz music practices which will enhance your pursuit of your artistic vision and career goals. 

Audition Requirements:
Please submit an audio or video recording of your performance of two jazz standards, highlighting your vocal or instrumental skill level as a jazz musician. For all applicants, this should be the student playing solo, or with a group in which the applicant can be clearly identified. Students may also play with a pianist or guitarist, or with a backing track.

If auditioning live, in order to better understand your current knowledge in jazz and to create your curricular track, you may be asked to play the following as well:

  • Bass -- demonstrate ability to walk bass lines on both a blues and jazz standard
  • Piano -- comp the changes and solo on both a blues and jazz standard
  • Drums -- demonstrate the ability to play swing in a variety of tempos, along with various Latin and contemporary styles
  • Horns -- play a transcription or jazz etude; improvise on both a blues and jazz standard

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Video files #1 and #2: Two solo works of contrasting style. There is no required repertoire but the audition should demonstrate the applicant's overall ability.

    Inexperienced organists with a strong piano background are encouraged to apply. Admission eligibility will be determined on the combined merits of the piano and organ selections.

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:

  • 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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti.

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, Popular Music

Audition Requirements:

  • Perform three to five cover songs, highlighting your instrumental skill level. You may accompany yourself or use recorded tracks, but adjust track volume so that your performance is clearly discernible.

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.


Music Production and Engineering

The Music Production and Engineering program seeks open-minded, ambitious, disciplined students who want to leverage technology in pursuit of their artistic vision and career goals.

Portfolio Requirements:

  • An essay (1-2 pages) or self-produced video (3-5 mins) explaining their interest in and experience with music production and engineering.
  • Portfolio: 2-4 pieces of self-recorded, self-produced music, where the applicant is responsible for 75% or more of the finished product. The portfolio may include television or film projects, spoken word poetry, or dialogue set to original music or background track. For each portfolio submission, the applicant must document their role/level of involvement (ex. producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter)

Portfolio Guidance:

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

Campus Visit:

We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include your artistic interview, 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:

  • Submit three to five original songs in English along with typed 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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

    • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your playing ability and tone. Appropriate works include etudes, solo works, and movements from sonatas or concerti. No accompaniment necessary.

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:

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating your singing ability and tone. Appropriate works include art songs, arias, and other classical selections. Live accompaniment is preferred but not required.

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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