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Admission to the Music Department is by audition only. Students applying for admission into the Music Department at Indiana University Southeast to pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree in Music – as well as those applying for a music scholarship – must attend one of the Music Department’s Audition Days. Audition Days for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017*
    • Applications are no longer being accepted
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017**
    • Application Deadline: May 5, 2017
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017**
    • Application Deadline: August 1, 2017

*Students seeking admission to the Music Department beginning with the Spring 2017 semester (starting in January) should audition on the November 12 Audition Day.
**The May and August audition dates are for admission only. Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship must audition by the March 18 date.

Audition days consist of the audition and interview. Students must submit a Music Department Admission Audition Application form and then schedule an audition time after they have submitted the application. Auditions will not be scheduled until this form has been submitted. Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship award must also submit the appropriate Scholarship Application form. The deadline to submit audition forms is three weeks prior to the audition date. In addition to the audition form, students should submit at least one letter of recommendation from their current applied teacher, and an official copy of their most recent school transcript. These materials should be mailed or submitted to the Music Department Office within three weeks of the audition date.

Audition Requirements for Various Degree Concentrations

All students applying for admission to the Music Department must complete a performance audition regardless of the student's intended degree concentration. However, the performance standards and requirements do vary depending on which concentration the student intends to pursue.

Audition Repertoire For guidelines of acceptable audition repertoire, you can download our Suggested Repertoire Guide. This guide is meant as a recommendation repertoire listed as suggestive of a general skill level expected. Other music similar in difficulty is acceptable.

Vocal Performance (B.A. in Music – Performance or B.S. in Music – Music Education)

Students should prepare two songs of contrasting style, one preferably in a foreign language. At least one of the songs should be memorized. A selection from musical theatre is acceptable. Examples of acceptable voice audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide. Voice auditions must be accompanied. Following the presentation of solo material, the candidate will be asked to demonstrate basic pitch and rhythmic sight-reading ability. Vocal performance candidates may also be asked to sightread an excerpt of vocal music.

Instrumental Performance – Keyboard (B.A. in Music – Performance or B.S. in Music –Music Education)

Candidates in Piano or Organ should be prepared to play – either from score or memory – no less than two pieces. They should be varied, both as to period and style. Examples of acceptable keyboard audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide. The candidate should also be prepared to play major and minor scales and arpeggios. Some basic pitch matching exercises will be asked of the candidate. Students may be asked to sightread an intermediate level keyboard piece.

Instrumental Performance – Non-Keyboard (B.A. in Music – Performance or B.S. in Music – Music Education)

Instrumentalists should prepare two shorter selections in contrasting styles from the standard literature (or one longer work) that best display musical accomplishments. Major scales and chromatic scales may also be requested. Instrumentalists are not required to perform with accompaniment or by memory. Percussionists should prepare a snare drum solo and basic rudiments, and either a timpani or mallet instrument solo. Some basic pitch matching exercises will be asked of the candidate. Examples of acceptable instrumental audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide.

Music Composition (B.A. in Music – Composition, both tracks)

Acceptance into the Music Composition program is based on both an interview/portfolio review and an audition. Candidates should perform one representative work on their primary instrument/voice and also present a portfolio of at least two scores (with recordings, if possible) of their original compositions. Scores should demonstrate the candidate’s creativity and ability to realize his or her ideas with accuracy and in accordance to conventional notational practices. Candidates should be able to discuss their influences and music interests as they relate to the field of composition. Some basic pitch matching exercises will be asked of the candidate. Examples of acceptable instrumental audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide.

Music Industry: Sound Engineering (B.A. in Music or B.S. in Music – Audio Production)

Acceptance into either the Music Industry: Sound Engineering or the Audio Production program is based both on an interview and a demonstration of the candidate’s fluency on a particular instrument. Because this concentration is not a performance-oriented degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same stringent standards level of performance skill as performance or music education majors. However, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have some facility on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Examples of acceptable instrumental audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the technology concentration. Support materials (CD recordings, creative work, past editing projects, etc.) are helpful, but not necessary for admittance into the program. Some basic pitch matching exercises will be asked of the candidate.

Music Industry: Music Business (B.A. in Music)

Acceptance into the Music Business program consists of both an interview and an audition on the candidate’s primary instrument or voice. Because the Music Business concentration is not a performance-oriented degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same level of performance skill as performance or music education majors. However, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have previous training on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Examples of acceptable instrumental audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Music Business concentration.

Pre-Music Therapy (B.A. in Music)

Acceptance into the Pre-Music Therapy concentration consists of both an interview and an audition on the candidate's primary instrument. Because the Pre-Music Therapy concentration is not a performance degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same standard of performance as Performance or Music Education majors. However, since it is a music degree that requires some performing, we require that candidates have previous training on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation as well as at least intermediate performing skills. Examples of acceptable audition repertoire can be found in our Suggested Repertoire Guide. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Pre-Music Therapy concentration. Some basic pitch matching exercises will be asked of the candidate.

Taped Auditions

Students who do not live within a 300-mile radius of Indiana University Southeast may submit a taped audition. A video tape is preferred, but an audio tape will be accepted. Students who submit a taped audition may only be provisionally accepted. Students deemed qualified will still be required to perform a live audition at some point prior to the start of the semester. Recorded auditions should be of excellent audio quality.

Accompanists

Vocal auditions must be accompanied. Accompanied instrumental auditions are preferred, but not required. You must provide your own accompanist if one is needed for your audition. Noted below is a list of accompanists who are sometimes available to accompany Music Department auditions. If you are unable to provide your own accompanist, you may wish to contact one of these accompanists. Be advised that you should contact an accompanist as far in advance of your audition as possible (minimum one week prior to the audition). You will be responsible for negotiating the accompanist's fee with the accompanist directly.

Accompanists
Name Email Phone
Joy Cofield jcofield@ius.edu
Jennifer Johanningsmeier jmjohann@ius.edu
Ann Niren aniren@ius.edu
Carrie Ravenscraft ravensca@ius.edu

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