Organ audition requirements

There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.

Inquiries for specific information should be directed to the department chair, Janette Fishell, at

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!

Audition Requirements for all applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.), Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.), Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

Repertoire: prepare three works from contrasting historical periods (pre-Classical, preferably a work by Johann Sebastian Bach, Romantic, and Contemporary) and style (balancing virtuosic works with at least one expressive piece)

Memorization is encouraged but not required for auditions into any of the degree programs.

Diagnostic testing of other keyboard skills:

  • Undergraduate applicants: Sight-reading in both homophonic and contrapuntal textures, with pedal.
  • Graduate applicants:  Sight-reading in both homophonic and contrapuntal textures, with pedal. In addition to the sight-reading outlined above, realization of a brief passage of figured bass, transposition of a brief passage of music, improvisation of a brief modulatory bridge between two excerpts.

Auditions are thirty minutes in length:

  • Undergraduate applicants: maximum of 25 minutes for repertoire and 5 minutes for keyboard skills diagnostic exam
  • Graduate applicants: maximum of 23 minutes for repertoire and 7 minutes for keyboard skills diagnostic exam

If you wish to bring a longer program, be prepared to shorten at least one work as requested by the faculty (e.g., two movements of a Bach trio sonata, without repeats, rather than three movements).

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