Southwestern University Music Scholarship

The Music Department requires an audition for all students who wish to pursue a music major at Southwestern.

A prospective student’s audition serves both as an admission and a scholarship audition.

Students who are not admitted into the major program on the basis of the audition are welcome to participate in all activities of the Music Department for which they qualify; if they still wish to pursue the major they may re-audition for the Department after they begin their studies at Southwestern.

Audition Requirements :

Woodwinds, Brass and Strings

Two selections representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth-century).

One selection only may be an etude; a program of two etudes is NOT acceptable. Memorization of at least one of the selections is encouraged, but not required.

Solos that are written with piano accompaniment must be performed with live accompaniment at the audition–an accompanist will be provided.

If a student wishes to use an SU accompanist, music for accompaniments must be received no later than a week before the scheduled audition date.

Percussion

Three selections which highlight timpani, mallets, and snare drum. i.e., one solo or etude on each instrument (2 or 4 mallets for keyboard percussion). Students should be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of tuning timpani.

CPT Online Practice Test

The Music Department can provide a snare drum, timpani and marimba for auditions; any special equipment needs must be communicated to the Fine Arts Secretary well in advance of the audition date.

Piano

two complete works (a movement of a standard sonata is considered a complete work) representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth-century). Memorization is required.

Voice

a program of art songs and  / or operatic arias totaling three selections. At least one, and preferably two, of the works performed must be in one or more of the standard foreign languages: Italian, French, or German. Memorization is required.

Audition Dates :  Saturday – Sunday, January 29 – 30, 2011
Saturday – Sunday, February 26 – 27, 2011

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