Auditions for Music Majors and Music Performance Scholarships
ALL OTHER MAJORS: Music Performance Scholarships are awarded to outstanding performing musicians (regardless of major) who meet the challenges of Elizabethtown's academic environment. Awards range in size and are renewable for four years. Vocal, keyboard, and instrumental performers are invited to audition. Scholarships are open to music and non-music majors. Scholarships are awarded to first-year and transfer students. Open to instrumental, vocal, and keyboard (piano and organ) performers. Students may audition in a maximum of two performing areas.
Audition Dates 2021-22
November 13, 2021
January 22, 2022
January 29, 2022
February 12, 2022
February 19, 2022
*Dates are subject to change
Step 1: Students must first apply to the College by submitting either the Elizabethtown or Common Application prior to the audition.
Step 2: Request an audition date by clicking on "Music Major Request" or a "Music Performance Scholarship Request" below
Music Major Request: Request an audition for majoring in music (Music Therapy, Music Education, and Music). Prospective Music Majors do not need to request an additional audition to be considered for a Music Performance Scholarship.
Music Performance Scholarship Request (for Non-Music Majors): Request a Performance Scholarship Audition.
Step 3: Choose your literature (See literature information for comparable examples).
MUSIC MAJORS: The day's activities begin at 8 am and will conclude around 2 pm.
PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP ONLY: You are only required to attend your assigned audition time (sent at a later date) to complete the sight-reading portion of your audition.
PLEASE read CAREFULLY! The information provided below is provided to give you the BEST chance for a successful audition!
- The candidate must have applied to Elizabethtown College
- Students interested in Music Therapy, Music Education, or the Bachelor of Arts in Music are required to audition for acceptance to these programs of study.
- Perform two pieces of literature that are contrasting style and of an appropriate level
- See literature information for comparable examples
- Sight-read music on your instrument.
- Instrumentalists will also be asked to play several scales on their instrument (appropriate to the instrument).
- Audition selections for which an accompaniment has been composed MAY be performed with the accompaniment.
- Music Majors must also:
- Complete a music theory diagnostic exam
- Interview with the Program Director
- Complete an aural/singing exam
- Provide a letter of recommendation from a music teacher (Please use this form)
Candidates for the music major who have been accepted to Elizabethtown College will receive notification of the outcome of their audition via mail, usually within two weeks of their audition. Candidates may not be accepted into the music program without first being accepted to Elizabethtown College. All candidates for the music major will also be automatically considered for a Music Performance Scholarship.
Music Performance Scholarship offers will be mailed within two weeks of the last audition date (February 19, 2022). All incoming prospective students, regardless of major, are eligible for a Music Performance Scholarship. Music Performance Scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the candidate's audition and the needs of our music ensembles. Award offers may ONLY be made to students who have been accepted to Elizabethtown College.
Materials for the sight-reading exam (all students) and diagnostic exams (for prospective Music Education, Music Therapy, or BA Music Majors) will be mailed to you prior to your selected audition date.
Time: For Music Majors, the Audition Day begins at 8 am with a virtual check-in. The first session begins at 8:30 followed by diagnostic exams, auditions, and interviews. We will conclude around 12:15 p.m.
Performance Scholarship Only (ie. not majoring in music): You are free to leave at the conclusion of your audition.
Location: Auditions, interviews, and diagnostic exams will be held in Zug Memorial Hall.
Those applying to major in music must complete the following additional tasks on the audition day:
- Diagnostic Exams
- At the audition, all music majors will complete exams in:
- Aural Skills (identification of basic melody, rhythmic and harmonic materials)
- Sight-singing (singing of basic diatonic melodies without accompaniment)
- Program Interview (Music Majors only)
- 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 the Bachelor of Arts in Music are offered by the Department. Details may be found in the College catalog.