Historical Performance


Prescreen

Submit a video recording, including:

  • Instrumental Emphasis: Four contrasting selections from before 1800
  • Vocal Emphasis: Four contrasting songs or arias from before 1800, with one selection in English and at least one in another major European language (except Latin)
  • All applicants must submit a prescreen repertoire list via the Jacobs School Supplemental Application by December 1, 2020.

D.M applicants must also submit a sample piece of writing on any musical topic, not to exceed 2,500 words. This may be a free-standing essay, or an excerpt from previous graduate work, such as a thesis or other extended piece of writing.

Recordings must be live, unenhanced, and unedited, with excellence sound quality and no added equalization or reverberation.

As not everyone has had equal opportunity to study historical performance, we look chiefly for a demonstration of musical talent and potential for development.

If you have questions about repertoire, contact the Historical Performance Institute office well in advance of your deadline at 812-855-4088 or hpi@indiana.edu.


Live audition

Audition Repertoire:

  • Instrumental Emphasis: Four contrasting selections from before 1800
  • Vocal Emphasis: Four contrasting songs or arias from before 1800, with one selection in English and at least one in another major European language (except Latin)

*If you wish to have an accompanist provided for your live audition, you must send your audition repertoire lists to the Historical Performance Institute office (hpi@indiana.edu) at least two weeks in advance. No exceptions will be made.

*Some editions of music (e.g., arias accompanied by orchestra in vocal score with piano reduction) may not be suitable for harpsichord accompaniment. Therefore, applicants should send copies of their repertory well in advance of the chosen audition date, in case an alternative edition is required.

*A harpsichord at A=415 and a continuo organ at A=415 and A=465 will be available. If necessary, a fortepiano at A=430 will also be available. A standard modern piano, at A=440, is not an accompaniment option for historical performance auditions.

*This information is for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!

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