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 Studies: Fred Irby, III 202-806-7066
Undergraduate Music alumni of Howard University applying within two years after graduation may submit a copy of the program of the undergraduate senior recital to the Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Studies in lieu of taking this audition. Otherwise, all other Performance major applicants are auditioned during the semester before that in which they plan to enroll. All compositions are to be performed from memory at this audition and should cover a broad spectrum of the literature as outlined below:
Voice applicants: Two songs in English; one early Italian song; two German lieder; two French songs; one aria from an opera or an oratorio; and one 20th century song.
Piano applicants: All major and minor scales and arpeggi; solo works (no concerti) from the following eras or composers: Bach, prelude and fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier, or a complete suite or other work including a movement in fugal texture; Beethoven, a complete sonata (excluding Op. 49); a 19th century Romantic work; a 20th century work; an extended composition of the applicant's choice, e.g., a Chopin Ballade of Brahms' Rhapsody.
Orchestral Instruments, including Saxophone, and Guitar: Advanced technical skill on the chosen instrument.
The Department of Music reserves the right to require additional tests, performances, and/ or interviews deemed neccessary to evaluate any incoming student or to award Graduate Classification. All applications for the Graduate program must be approved by the Department of Music's Executive Committee.
AUDITIONS- GRADUATE STUDIES