School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Music Audition

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so.

 

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.

 

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:

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:

    • 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
    • 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

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

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.

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

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:

    • 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
    • Non-cutaway classical guitar with nylon strings
    • Foot stool
    • Tuner and metronome
    • Repertoire as assigned by private guitar instructor

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.

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

Bass players are expected to bring their own electric bass at the time of their audition.

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:

    • 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
    • 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

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