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Music Auditions and Scholarships

A student wishing to study as a music major or minor must audition for admission to the Music Department as a music major or music minor candidate. Music scholarships and talent awards are available and are renewable each academic year based on continued study and earned GPA. Music scholarships are also available to non-majors for ensemble participation based on playing and/or singing ability and ensemble need. Ensemble participation scholarships are open to all students regardless of major, but an audition is necessary.

In addition to music scholarships, students may receive other forms of Financial Aid, including Presidential Scholarships, Leadership Scholarships, need- and merit-based grants, work study awards and student loans. For further information about admission or scholarships, please contact the Music Department at 773-298-3448.

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Audition Guidelines

All prospective majors and minors who select a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument as their principal area of applied music study must audition for the music faculty. Each applicant should:

  1. Perform one or more prepared solos (under seven minutes playing time). Piano accompaniments are preferred.
  2. Perform two or three minutes of technical exercises and tonal development studies. Be prepared to play any major scale.
  3. Sight Read selected examples of music of moderate difficulty.

Percussionists should be prepared to play their audition in any two of the following categories:

  1. Snare Drum
  2. Timpani
  3. Mallets (marimba, xylophone, bells and chimes)
  4. Multiple Percussion
  5. Jazz Set (snare, bass, tom-toms, high hats, pedals and cymbals)

All prospective majors and minors who select a keyboard instrument as their principal area of applied music study must audition for the music faculty. Each applicant should:

  1. Perform prepared solo literature.
    • Piano:
      1. A movement of a classical sonata or sonatina by a composer such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.
      2. A baroque composition by a composer such as Handel, Scarlatti or Bach.
      3. A composition representative of the romantic, impressionist or contemporary periods.
    • Organ/Harpsichord:
      • Three selections on your chosen instrument(s).
      • At least one piece should be from the baroque era.
      • Applicants may perform on piano if there has been no formal training in organ or harpsichord.
  2. Perform major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, four octaves (pianists) or two octaves (organists and harpsichordists).
  3. Sight Read selected examples of music of moderate difficulty.

All prospective majors and minors who select voice as their principal area of applied study must audition for the music faculty. Each applicant should:

  1. Sing two art songs or an art song and an aria (preferably one in Italian and one in English or another language), accompanied by piano. An accompanist will be provided at the audition.
  2. Be prepared to sing at sight a melody from the standard vocal repertoire, accompanied by piano.
  3. Be prepared to sing several melodic intervals of two or more notes after hearing them played for you from the keyboard.
  • Students may audition in more than one performance area.
  • Where travel distance is a problem, an applicant may submit a high quality DVD recording in lieu of a personal appearance.

Entrance and Scholarship Application

For Prospective Music Majors and Minors

This application must be submitted, and your letter of recommendation and music (for those needing an accompanist) must be postmarked, two weeks prior to your audition date. Please use the form below. For any questions, please contact Jason Thompson, music admission coordinator, at jsthompson@sxu.edu or 773-298-3448.