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Music Program Auditions
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Ensemble Auditions

Please see the individual program pages on the left for information about ensemble auditions.

Choral/Vocal Program - Skye Angulo
Bands/Winds/Orchestra/Strings/Percussion - Brian Hamilton
Jazz Instrumental Studies - Patrick Sheng
Jazz Vocal Studies - Andrea Calderwood 

Application for the Applied Program

Please fill out the Online Application *before* signing up for and coming to the auditions. Please see the Applied Program information page for more details and program requirements.

Applied Program Auditions

After completing the application, you can sign up HERE for an audition time. Date and times listed on the form.

NOTE: Please read the program requirements necessary for enrollment in this course; this is a demanding program designed for transferring music majors only. Please do *not* sign up for an audition unless you clearly understand the program requirements. Please contact Dr. Peter Knapp ( or Brian Hamilton ( with questions.

Audition Details

Each audition is c. 10 minutes long, and consists of the following:


  • Perform two songs or instrumental excerpts or short pieces of contrasting style — details of repertoire below. For time's sake, you may be asked to stop your second selection part way through.
  • Sight-read a brief excerpt from the literature, in order to assess reading proficiency.
  • Pitch-matching, singing a short melody, clapping a short rhythm

    Theory/Musicianship Proficiency:

  • Identify by ear: chord quality, scale type
  • Identify written: key signatures, intervals

NOTE: not being able to fully complete the proficiency does not necessarily preclude a candidate from the applied program, but will be used to best place someone in the theory/musicianship course sequence. A pronounced lack of proficiency can delay entrance into the program while foundational coursework is completed.

Audition Repertoire

Representative of the standard repertoire of your instrument or voice:

Classical Vocalists - this should (preferably) include two songs, one in English and one other language (Italian, German, or French)
Jazz Vocalists - this should include two Jazz standards (Jazz Standards List, recommendations, given keys are suggestions)

Classical Instrumentalists - this should include two pieces, excerpts, or movements in contrasting styles
Jazz Instrumentalists - this should include two Jazz standards (Jazz Standards List, recommendations, given keys are suggestions)

Classical Percussionists - two pieces or excerpts including (preferably) mallets and snare or timpani
Jazz Percussionists - one solo excerpt, as well as the ability to perform standard Jazz beat patterns, including Latin (Jazz Standards List, recommendations, given keys are suggestions)

**An accompanist is provided; please provide any necessary copies for the acompanist at the time of the audition.

Additional Information

Admission to private lessons is dependent on the audition; those lacking sufficient experience, technique, reading ability, or repertoire will be advised to enroll in a performance class or ensemble if they wish to audition again for the subsequent semester.