All Applicants to the the department must audition, either in person or by submitting a recording. Please contact the coordinator of your area of performance to schedule an audition. Applicants must also meet University academic requirements before admission to the university.
Coordinators by Performance Area
Jazz Instrumental: Charlie Young 202-806-7872
Jazz Voice: Connaitre Miller 202-806-7097
Classical Voice: Charlotte Hollorman 202-806-7135
Classical Piano: Charles Timbrell 202-806-7096
Instrumental Music: Fred Irby, III 202-806-7066
All new entrants to the Department of Music must present a successful audition in voice or on an instrument. Generally, auditions are held according to a published schedule, but special appointments may be arranged where necessary, and applicants may submit tapes when auditions are not feasible. Auditions should include technical exercises, scales and arpeggi, and at least three compositions of different periods and in different styles.
Students wishing to be admitted to freshman classification as majors in Performance must demonstrate on:
• Piano: The ability to play any scale or arpeggio in moderately rapid tempo, hands together; standard studies, such as Czerny, Op. 299, Bk. 1; easier classical sonatas; a short romantic work; and a work by Bach (equivalent to an Invention or Prelude and Fugue).
• Violin: The ability to perform studies of the difficulty of Kreutzer Etudes and works of the grade of the Viotti Concerto in G Major 3 and the Mozart Third Concerto in G Major.
• Voice: A good natural voice and the ability to sing simple songs on pitch with correct phrasing and musical intelligence, and sing from memory two (2) selections of contrasting styles.
• Orchestral Instruments, including Saxophone, and Guitar: A thorough knowledge of the basic technique of the chosen instrument; students must own their own instruments; previous study of piano is desirable.
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