The Pre-College Academy will open applications for the 2024-2025 academic year in January 2024. The deadline to register for an audition is March 1, 2024.
All violin and piano students will be required to submit a pre-screening video. Students will receive instructions on how to submit their video after they have registered for the audition. Pre-screening videos will be due March 1, 2024.
Auditions will be held in-person on the following dates:
Sunday, April 7, 2024
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Sunday, April 14, 2024
All other instruments
Audition results will be shared in early May. Students who are admitted and waitlisted will be required to complete a musicianship evaluation. String and piano applicants will also be required to take a chamber music audition for placement purposes.
Musicianship Evaluation & Chamber Music Audition Dates
- Sunday, April 28, 2024
- Sunday, May 5, 2024
Admission to the Pre-College Academy 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.
Open Classroom Days 2024
We will be hosting our Pre-College Academy Open Classroom Days on Saturday, February 3, 2024 and Saturday, February 10, 2024.
February 3, 2024 will be primarily for winds, brass, percussion, guitar, harp, voice, composition, music technology (TAC), and jazz studies (RJAM) students.
February 10, 2024 will be primarily for piano, violin, viola, cello and bass students.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP through the following form:
Pre-College Academy Open Classroom Days RSVP Form 2024 >
A schedule of events will be shared a week prior to the events with those who have RSVP'd.
- All applicants are required to perform two contrasting pieces of the applicant's own choice demonstrating their current level of proficiency and perform a sight reading excerpt.
- Composition, piano, technology and applied composition, voice, percussion, and jazz applicants must review additional specific requirements listed below.
- All violin and piano students will be required to submit a pre-screening video. This video will be due by March 1, 2024.
All admitted and waitlisted students will be required to complete a musicianship assessment in May. Students are encouraged not to prepare for the Musicianship Placement so that they are assessed at the correct level. Part of it will be written, and part of it will be performance based with our Chair of Musicianship in a one on one setting. It will include sight singing, interval recognition, keyboard skills, and rhythm identification. Musicianship assessments are for placement purposes only and will not affect the student’s admission status.
String and piano applicants will be scheduled for a chamber music audition in May. Chamber music audition times will be shared after the student auditions. Students will be asked to perform 1 piece, sight read, and complete a short interview with a chamber music coordinator. Chamber music auditions are for placement purposes only and do not guarantee placement into a chamber music ensemble. Students applying for the Young Person's Program (ages 6-8) will not need to take a chamber music audition.
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. Composition portfolios are due by April 6, 2024. Please submit your composition portfolio to the Pre-College Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz applicants will be required to perform the following pieces along with a backing track:
- Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker
- Piece of your choice from the following list: http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions/index.htm
- For the 2nd piece, drummers must select a piece with a latin or afro-cuban beat.
For each piece, applicants should perform in the following structure:
- chorus I - melody
- chorus II - improvised
- chorus III - improvised
- chorus IV - melody (embellished)
Backing tracks can be found on Youtube and Spotify, or through an online platform such as iReal and The Major 7. If applicants need additional resources for backing tracks, please contact the Pre-College office at email@example.com.
Percussion applicants will be required to perform 1 mallet piece and 1 snare drum piece. A timpani piece is optional.
Pianists should audition with 2 contrasting pieces of the applicant’s choice demonstrating their current proficiency level. The list below is a guide to the minimum repertoire level requirements acceptable for piano entrance auditions. These are suggested pieces. Reasonable substitutions or more advanced pieces are welcome.
Age 9 and younger
- Scales: 2 octaves major and harmonic minor up to 3 sharps and flats
Select 2 contrasting pieces from the following categories
- Baroque: Bach Kleine Preludium (one of the small Preludes)
- Classical: A movement from any classical sonatina
- Romantic: A work by a 19th century composer such as but not limited to
- Tchaikovsky Album for the Young Op. 39 (one selection)
- Schumann Album for the Young (one selection)
- Chopin ""An Introduction to Chopin"" Alfred/Palmer edition (one selection)
- Grieg Lyric Pieces
- A work by a 20th or 21st century composer such as but not limited to
- Kabalevsky Children's Pieces Op 27 (one selection)
- Bartók for Children
Age 10 - 13
- Scales: 4 octaves all major and minor scales up to 4 sharps and flats
- Baroque: two or three part invention (sinfonia) by Bach
- Classical: a movement from a sonata by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn
- Romantic: A Romantic work by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
- A work by a 20th or 21st-century composer.
Age 14 and older
- Scales: 4 octaves all major and minor scales
- A complete work by Bach, excluding all inventions
- A movement from a sonata from a classical era composer such as Haydn, Mozart, Schubert or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49 and Op. 79)
- A substantial Romantic work by composers such as Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
- A work by a 20th or a 21st-century composer
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).
Violinists should audition with 2 contrasting pieces of the applicant’s choice demonstrating their current proficiency level. The list below is a guide to the minimum repertoire level requirements acceptable for violin entrance auditions. These are suggested pieces. Reasonable substitutions or more advanced pieces are welcome.
Age 10 and younger
- Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
- Violin Concertino in D major, Op. 15 by Ferdinand Küchler
- Student Concerto No. 1, 2, or 3 by Freidrich Seitz
- A piece from 8 Humoresques, Op. 101 by Antonín Dvořák
- Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 35 by Oskar Rieding
Age 10 - 13
- Romance for Violin and Orchestra, No. 2, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
- Violin Concerto No. 9 in A-minor, Op. 104 by Charles-Auguste de Bériot
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor by Jean-Baptiste Accolay
- Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major by Joseph Haydn
- Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 by J.S. Bach
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in G major, Op. 34 by Oskar Rieding
- Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 317 by Antonio Vivaldi
Age 14 and older
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
- Violin Concerto No. 4 or 5 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 48 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
- A movement from 6 Violin Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.