Preparing for your audition

Audition requirements

Instrumental:
  • Two contrasting works for majors on an appropriate level of difficulty, may be solors or etudes. One prepared piece for non-majors.
  • Sight reading
     
Keyboard:
  • Two contrasting works
  • Sight reading

Voice:
  • Two pieces for majors that show your vocal ability and a contrast in style. One prepared piece for non-majors.
    • it is preferable that majors singing one piece in a foreign language, but not required
  • Sight reading

Start early

Begin practicing at least three to four weeks in advance of your audition. Perform your solo for others so that you are used to performing in front of an audience. 

Preparing for your scholarship audition

Once you are admitted to the university, you are also admitted to the music program. Those planning to major in music may audition for a music scholarship. Just as you prepare for the ACT or SAT, you need to prepare for your audition. A high quality performance will maximize your chances of receiving one of our scholarships. The following guidelines will help you have a successful music scholarship audition.

  • Choose appropriate music.
    Contest solos would be appropriate for your scholarship audition. Choose a solo that demonstrates your strengths. Ask your band or choral director for help in choosing music for your audition.
  • Begin to prepare early.
    In order to ensure that you are really prepared, you need to begin practicing at least three to four weeks in advance of your audition. Perform your solo for others so that you are used to performing in front of an audience. Sometimes performers think they're prepared until they perform in front of an audience and then they realize how nerves can affect their performance. Perform often for others.
  • Details!
    Playing all the correct notes at the right time is just the beginning. Be sure to pay attention to all the musical indications such as tempo, dynamics, articulations, phrasing, etc. Listen to your intonation and tone and try to be as expressive as you can.
  • Sight reading.
    Sight reading is important for all musicians. Practice sight reading by using books that are a level easier than from which you perform. You can even use a hymnal to practice sight reading. Be sure to check out all the details before you start, such as the key signature, time signature, determine fingering and look for rhythmic and melodic patterns. Sight reading should be a daily exercise.
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