1. Pre-College

Auditions

Auditions for the 2019–20 academic year will take place on Sunday, May 12 and Sunday, May 19. Audition registration will open in February. The deadline to register for an audition is May 1. Late applications will be accepted based on space availability and instrumentation needs. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is charged for all auditioning applicants. To register for an audition, please click on the APPLY NOW button.

Admission to the comprehensive Pre-College program is by audition only. Applicants must request a preferred private instructor at the time of application. Please refer to the Pre-College Faculty listing for teacher information.

Majors

Bassoon
Cello
Clarinet
Composition
Double Bass
Flute
Guitar, classical
Harp
Horn
Oboe
Organ
Percussion
Piano<
Technology & Applied Composition
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Violin
Viola
Voice

Audition Requirements

All applicants are required to perform two contrasting pieces of the applicant's own choice demonstrating their current level of proficiency. Composition, piano, technology and applied composition, and voice applicants must review additional specific requirements listed below.

Piano Audition Repertoire Requirements

The list below is a guide to the minimum repertoire level requirements acceptable for piano entrance auditions. These are suggested pieces. Reasonable substitutions are welcome.

  • Baroque
    • Bach Kleine Preludium (one of the small Preludes) or from the Anna Magdalena book
  • Classical
    • Any movement from any Clementi or Kuhlau Sonatina
  • Romantic
    • Schumann Album for the Young (one selection)
    • Chopin "An Introduction to Chopin" Alfred/Palmer edition (one selection)
    • Grieg Lyric Pieces
    • Burgmuller Etudes
  • 20th Century
    • Kabalevksy Children's Pieces Opus 27 (one selection)
    • Bartók for Children

Voice Audition Requirements

Two contrasting pieces of the applicant's own choice demonstrating current level of proficiency. Vocalists are required to audition with piano accompaniment. If applicants need an accompanist, please contact the Pre-College office.

Composition Audition Requirements

Submit two compositions representative of the applicants current work as a PDF (Portable Document Format). Recordings may be submitted as supplemental materials, however recordings are not required to be considered for admission.

Technology and Applied Composition Audition Requirements

Submit two works: one musical score that demonstrates original musical thought and the fundamentals of compositional technique and one self-produced recording of an original work (can be made using any combination of acoustic and virtual instruments).

Musicianship Placement

All applicants are required to complete a musicianship placement on the day of their audition. This will be used for placement purposes only, and will not affect the result of the audition.

Chamber Music Audition

String and piano applicants will be scheduled for an additional required chamber music audition on the same day as the admission audition. This audition is for placement purposes only and does not guarantee a student’s admittance in a chamber music ensemble.