In response to the ongoing global health crisis, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.
There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.
Inquiries for specific information should be directed to the department chair, Janette Fishell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of in person auditions this year, we are accepting video recorded auditions by February 1. Applicants will also be scheduled for a live virtual audition/interview with faculty during which the keyboard skills test will also be conducted.
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.