Auditions for Music Majors and Performance Scholarships
Audition Dates for Entry in Fall 2014: January 18, February 1, 15 & 22
Auditions are held each spring for prospective music majors as well as any prospective student (regardless of major) who wishes to be considered for a Performance Scholarship. Performance Scholarships are awarded to students based upon their performance at the audition as well as the needs of music ensembles at the College. Acceptance of a Performance Scholarship requires the student to enroll in the assigned ensemble as well as in private instruction on their instrument. Scholarships are renewed each year when requirements are met.
• Audition on at least one instrument (voice is considered an instrument) on a suitable level (see literature information). Students are encouraged to audition on more than one instrument if they are qualified to do so. Standards and expectations are the same for both instruments.
• Prepare minimum of two selections from contrasting style periods on your selected instrument. Please bring copies of your selections for the evaluators.
•Be prepared to sight-read music on your instrument. Instrumentalists will also be asked to play several scales on their instrument (appropriate to the instrument).
• Supply an accompanist, if possible. If this is not possible, you may request an accompanist at least two weeks in advance of your audition date. Audition selections for which an accompaniment has been composed must be performed with the accompaniment. Use of pre-recorded accompaniment is strongly discouraged.
Please note: The use of reproduced copyrighted music is permitted ONLY when original copies are also present or with written permission from the publisher.
Prospective Music Majors
In addition, those applying to major in music must provide a letter of reference and complete the following additional tasks on the audition day:
The Music Division at Elizabethtown College requires an audition of all prospective music majors.
At the audition-interview all students will complete exams in:
• Music theory (rhythm, meter, note reading, scales, key signatures, intervals, harmony)
• Aural Skills (identification of basic melody, rhythmic and harmonic materials)
• Sight singing (singing of basic diatonic melodies without accompaniment)
• Keyboard (note names, hand placement, reading grand staff)
An interview will be held with the coordinator of the program of study the student wishes to pursue. This interview is intended to assess readiness to enter a specific degree program and to help prospective students understand the goals and requirements of the program. Baccalaureate degrees in Music Therapy, Music Education and Music are offered by the Department. Details may be found in the College catalog.