Major Audition

In addition to satisfying the university's general requirements for admission, all applicants must audition for admission to the Music Program. During the audition, each candidate must demonstrate musical ability and potential, including a good sense of rhythm and the ability to sing true pitch. 

1. Vocal Major Audition:

a. Performance of two prepared songs. Suggested works include songs by classical composers (in a foreign language, if possible) and songs from operettas or Broadway musicals. For Worship Arts majors, one of the two selections may be a praise and worship song.

b. Demonstration of skills at the keyboard or other instrument, as applicable. (Lack of piano skills will not preclude admittance to the music degree. However, music majors must demonstrate specific piano skills before degree completion. Appropriate classes or private study will be required of all students based on keyboard proficiency).

2. Piano or Organ Major Audition:

a. Performance of two prepared selections from traditional literature, representing contrasting style periods. For Worship Arts majors, one of the prepared selections may be an arrangement of a praise and worship song or traditional hymn.

b. Playing of the scale and arpeggio on the tonic chord from any major or minor key.

3. Instrumental Major Audition:

a. Performance of two contrasting selections demonstrating lyrical playing and technical proficiency. Repertoire may include studies, etudes and sonata or concerto literature, classical in nature. Sample repertoire is that of state solo and ensemble competitions.

b. Playing of major scales through four sharps and four flats demonstrating the full range of the instrument.

c. Sight-reading a short excerpt.

NOTE: Bass players, guitar players and set drummers may send a recording consisting of a demonstration of playing in contemporary styles and improvising. Recorded excerpts from ensembles such as jazz bands, combos and worship teams may be included to demonstrate abilities in ensemble playing.