Audition and Portfolio Req.

Audition and Portfolio Req.

Instrumental, Piano, Vocal and Jazz Studies Performance are required to audition for entry to the Music Program.  Spring 2021 dates will be announced Dec. 1, 2020

To register for Entrance Auditions online, follow this link .

Applicants should prepare approximately 15 minutes of music for their audition that showcase their technical and musical abilities.  A live audition is preferred. Auditions through video recordings are accepted via these guidelines.

Composition Banner

Area Coordinator, Dr. Pablo Furman

Portfolio and Interview:

  • Submit portfolio (upload to google drive or similar and send link to Dr. Pablo E. Furman):
    • Minimum of three (3) works for different instrument combinations, including electro-acoustic works.
      • Scores (PDF format)
      • Audio recordings (live performances recommended and will be given priority; audio from MIDI files may be used as alternative)
  • After the portfolio review (if approved), successful entrance exams and receipt of recommendation letters, candidates may be invited for an interview with composition faculty.

Choral Conducting

Area Coordinator, Dr. Jeffrey Benson

Portfolio, Audition, and Interview

  • Portfolio:
  • Repertory list of works the applicant has studied, has previously conducted, and is prepared to conduct demonstrating familiarity with a substantial repertory of music, mastery of conducting techniques beyond the training level, and a minimum of two years of teaching experience
  • Video recording of the applicant conducting a 10-15 minute rehearsal (unedited) with the candidate’s face and hands to the camera.  
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • After the pre-screening (video submission), some candidates will be invited to campus for a live conducting audition with the Concert Choir or other appropriate performing group
  • Interview with conducting faculty

Instrumental Conducting

Area Coordinator, Dr. David Vickerman

Portfolio, Audition, and Interview

  • Portfolio:
    • Resume/CV (doc, PDF)
    • Repertory List (doc, PDF)
    • Video Links in the email
    • Audio Links in the email
  • Repertory list of works the applicant has studied, has previously conducted, and is prepared to conduct demonstrating familiarity with a substantial repertory of music, mastery of conducting techniques beyond the training level, and a minimum of two years of teaching experience. (Highly qualified and talented applicants without the requisite two years of experience will be considered).
  • Video recording links of the applicant conducting either a rehearsal or performance with the candidate’s face and hands to the camera.  For those applicants who do not regularly conduct a large ensemble, a smaller chamber group may be used.
  • Audio recording links to a performance conducted by the applicant.
  • Send an email directly to Dr. David Vickerman with
  • After the pre-screening (video submission and review of portfolio), some candidates will be invited to campus for a live conducting audition with the Wind Ensemble or other appropriate performing group.
  • Interview with conducting faculty

Instrumental Performance

Woodwinds Area Coordinator, Dr. Janet Averett

Brass Area Coordinator, Prof. Tom Hornig

Strings Area Coordinator, 

Guitar Area Coordinator, Prof. Steven Lin

Percussion Area Coordinator, Prof. Galen Lemmon

Audition

  • A work from the standard literature demonstrating your skill, musicianship, and proficiency
  • A standard étude for your instrument
  • A major orchestral excerpt.
  • All major and minor scales, the chromatic scale, and arpeggios in the extended ranges appropriate to your instrument.

For information on specific requirements for your instrument, please contact the appropriate area coordinator above.

Jazz Studies

Area Coordinator, Dr. Aaron Lington

Audition

An audition of three selections on your primary instrument.

  • “All the Things You Are”
  • Ballad of your choice
  • Up-tempo selection of your choice

Piano Performance

Area Coordinator, Dr. Pablo Furman

Audition

A multi-era program performed from memory to include:

  • A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert;
  • A large-scale work from the Romantic era;
  • A contemporary work written after 1920.

Music Education

Area Coordinator, Dr. Diana Hollinger

Portfolio and Interview:

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    • Undergraduate term paper or project on an education topic
    • Video of a teaching episode.
    • (3) Letters of Recommendationor
  • Interview with the Area Coordinator
  • Questions about 3-summer masters:  contact the Area Coordinator
  • Questions about the Year-Round program: click here.

Music History

Area Coordinator, Dr. Gordon Haramaki

Portfolio

  • Submit two undergraduate term papers in music analysis between 10-30 pages in length that demonstrate writing ability, skills as a researcher, an critical and original thinking.

Vocal Performance

Area Coordinator, Prof. Sandra Bengochea

Audition

  • Five selections in a variety of styles and languages.
  • Current curriculum vitae and repertory list of songs and arias performed.
  • Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their fluency in reading appropriate to their participation in Opera Theater.