Audition INformation

Students pursuing degrees in music, musical theatre, or dance must audition for admission to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Those seeking a degree in Music Business: Commercial Music or Songwriting are not required to audition but must submit an application to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance to schedule an interview and music theory placement test.

For admission into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, students must first be admitted by Anderson University.

Common Questions

How long will the audition take?

This varies. Here are items to consider:

All students should allow 50 minutes for the required theory placement test.

For Music auditions:

  • You will be given 30 minutes to warm up in a practice room prior to your audition.
  • Vocalists will also have 5 minutes to warm up with an accompanist.
  • If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, you will have 30 minutes between for warming up.

For Musical Theatre auditions:

  • You will participate in a jazz and ballet class.
  • You will have time to change attire and warm up for 25 minutes on your own plus 5 minutes with an accompanist.
  • Your voice audition will be 15 minutes.
  • Your monologue is 20 minutes.

Additional information, including a schedule, will be sent via email prior to the audition date.

Are there scholarships available to School of Music, Theatre, and Dance incoming students?

Yes. If you audition on campus by March 4, you may be eligible for additional music scholarships.

Audition Applications

  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
  • Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Summer Dance Intensive: June 23-29, 2019
  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
  • Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Friday, April 12, 2019

Information for Music Auditions

For singers

Singers auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will be expected to perform from memory two selections of contrasting style and to sight-read a simple melody. The most appropriate pieces would be those selected from upper-level state contest literature. Students may select from any of the following categories and collections:

Foreign Language Art Songs:

  1. Early Italian art song or aria
    Suggested collections: 26 Italian Songs & Arias, Alfred; Italian Arias of the Baroque & Classical Eras, Alfred
  2. Other foreign language art songs
    Suggested collections: Anthology of Spanish Song, Hal Leonard; Gateway to German Lieder, Alfred; Favorite German Art Songs, Hal Leonard; The French Song Anthology, Hal Leonard

Art Songs in English:

  1. English language art song from the 19th-21st Century
    Suggested collections: 20th Century Art Songs, G. Schirmer; Songs by 22 Americans, G. Schirmer; Quilter, 55 Songs, Hal Leonard; Any of the “First Book” series, G. Schirmer
  2. Early English art song or aria
    Suggested collections: English Songs, Renaissance to Baroque, Hal Leonard; Purcell, 40 Songs, International Music; Handel, 45 Arias, in 3 Vols, International Music

Songs from Musical Theatre:

  • The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology is an extensive collection  of four volumes for each voice range. Each volume contains authentic editions of 30-40 songs in their original keys. The series is published by Hal Leonard.

A professional accompanist will be provided, although an auditioning student may bring their own accompanist. Recorded accompaniments, although allowed, are discouraged. Regardless of particular style or genre, the selections presented should demonstrate the singer’s full range and vocal potential.

For pianists

Pianists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to prepare the following:

  • Major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, at least 2 octaves
  • Two pieces in contrasting styles chosen from the standard classical piano repertoire. Memorization is preferred.
  • Level of difficulty at or above J. S. Bach Little Preludes, Clementi Sonatinas, and Schumann Album for the Young
  • Sight-reading at the level of minuets in the J. S. Bach Notebook for Anna Magdelena

Students intending to complete the Bachelor of Music degree with a performance major in piano should prepare pieces at the level of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a Beethoven sonata movement, and/or the Chopin nocturnes.

The audition should present one’s musicianship at its best. If this means non-classical material, then it may be played. Students should be aware, however, that piano study involves reading and memorization of standard classical piano repertoire, and the audition needs to show ability in these areas.

Required Materials
Pianists who are accepted into the program are expected to own a metronome and will need to purchase published copies of assigned music in a timely manner.

For wind instruments

Wind players auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on their primary instrument and it is recommended that they prepare the following:

  • Major scales in all keys (two octaves when possible, other scales optional)
  • One technical study from an accepted method book.
  • One concert solo chosen by the student. This piece should be selected from upper-level state contest literature
  • Sight-reading

Equipment Requirements
Wind players who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Instrument and case; unless arrangements have been made to borrow a university-owned instrument
  • Mouthpiece(s), reeds, oils, cleaning supplies, mutes (straight and cup)
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner
For string instruments

String players (violin, viola, cello, and upright bass) auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on their primary instrument and prepare the following:

  • Major scales in all keys (two octaves when possible, other scales optional)
  • Two contrasting concert solos or studies chosen by the student. The pieces should be selected from upper-level state contest literature or the equivalent
  • Sight-reading

Equipment Requirements
String players who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Instrument, bow, and case (arrangements may be made to borrow or rent an upright bass on a limited basis)
  • Mute, rosin, extra strings, etc.
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner
For percussionists

Auditions for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance should demonstrate the student’s training and experience in snare drum, timpani and mallet instruments. The following are repertoire recommendations for each category.

  • Snare drum: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 8 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)
  • Timpani: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 10 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)
  • Mallet Percussion: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 3, 4, 5, 8, or 9 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)

Percussionists are expected to bring their own sticks and mallets to the audition. Anderson University will provide all instruments on which you will perform your audition. Percussionists may audition on drum set in addition to the above instruments.

Equipment Requirements
Percussionists who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • 4 medium yarn mallets for marimba
  • 1 pair of hard rubber mallets for xylophone
  • 1 pair of concert snare drum sticks
  • 1 pair of drum set sticks
  • 1 stick bag to house sticks and mallets
  • Metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner

The equipment listed above is the minimum that percussionists are expected to bring to campus. Students may bring other sticks and mallets in addition to those listed above. Percussionists who wish to bring a drum set or other instruments with them to campus must make their own arrangements for storage.

For guitarists

Guitarists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on classical guitar and prepare the following:

  • Major scales in first position (other scales are optional)
  • One solo demonstrating ability to read staff-based music notation
  • If currently studying classical guitar, one technical study from a book of etudes by Carcassi or Sor or comparable repertoire
  • Sight-reading of standard staff-based music notation

Guitarists are encouraged to audition on a nylon string classical guitar. However, guitarists may audition on a steel string acoustic guitar if a classical guitar is unavailable.

Equipment Requirements
Guitarists who are accepted into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Non-cutaway classical guitar with nylon strings
  • Footstool
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Repertoire as assigned by private guitar instructor
For harpists

Harpists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on a pedal harp and prepare the following:

  • Major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, at least 3 octaves
  • Two solo pieces in contrasting styles chosen from the classical, romantic, or 20th-century period. Memorization is required.  Level of difficulty should be at or above Chanson dans la Nuit by Carlos Salzedo, Theme and Variations by G. F. Handel, and Au Matin by Marcel Tournier.
  • A standard orchestral cadenza such as Waltz of the Flowers (with opening arpeggios) or Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov (including the “Fandango asturiano” movement), or The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten.
  • Sight-reading.

Equipment Requirements
Anderson University owns a Lyon Healy Chicago Concertino pedal harp.  All auditioning students may use the AU harp to practice and audition.  However, harpists who are accepted into the program are encouraged to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Pedal harp (will be stored in a locked practice room)
  • Harp bench
  • Harp dolly
  • A spare set of strings
  • Harp tuning key
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner.
For electric bass

Bassists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance on electric bass are expected to prepare the following:

  • Major scales in all keys (two octaves, other scales optional)
  • One technical study from a standard method book for electric bass
  • One solo chosen by the student that is representative of the player’s experience and ability level
  • These selections must demonstrate the student’s ability to read music notation.
  • Sight-reading of standard staff-based music notation

Bass players are expected to bring their own electric bass at the time of their audition. Please note electric bass auditions are for music business majors only.

Equipment Requirements
Electric bassists who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Instrument and case
  • Amplifier
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner