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Music Auditions & Scholarships

Auditions to major in music

All students who plan to major in music at UIndy are required to participate in an application and audition process in order for us to best gauge your level of performance and departmental fit. Your audition should take place after you have completed the online application for admission to UIndy. 

Auditions for scholarships and ensemble grants

Several scholarships are awarded to highly talented students each year who display exceptional promise during their entrance audition for the Music Department at UIndy. These scholarships are highly competitive and vary depending on the student. Only music majors will be considered for these scholarships, but ensemble grants can be awarded to students whom the department thinks will positively affect vocal or instrumental ensembles.

Auditions will consist of the following:

  • Performance of prepared repertoire
  • Brief placement evaluations in music theory and ear training
  • Sight-reading and proficiency on scales
  • Interview with Music Department faculty

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Audition requirements

On all audition days, we’ll provide refreshments for parents and family members of prospective students, and a representative of the Department of Music will be available to address questions and concerns.

Each category has certain requirements. Below we’ve listed the required audition materials for each. We ask everyone who auditions to bring three extra copies of your music for the Music Department faculty (photocopies are fine). These will be returned to you after your audition. 

Accompanist

If you wish to perform with an accompanist, one will be made available to you at no cost. When you schedule your audition, please inform us that you would like to take advantage of that opportunity. You are also welcome to bring your own accompanist. 

Voice

We ask you to prepare two contrasting pieces for voice; one in Italian, French, or German, and a second in English. The two pieces should highlight different historical periods, tempos, and/or styles. In addition, please bring a letter of recommendation from a private voice instructor or musical director. You will be asked to sing scales, sight-read, and/or repeat interval patterns and melodic sequences to determine competency for theory placement. 

Students who wish to major in Vocal Performance will also be asked to submit a complete repertoire list, an updated resume of performance experience, and a summary of foreign languages studied in school.

Woodwinds, brass, strings

We ask you to prepare at least two excerpts from the standard repertoire for your instrument; one to demonstrate technical proficiency, and one to highlight expressive, lyrical playing. You may choose two movements from the same piece, or two different works. You will also be asked to play selected major scales, up to four sharps/flats, and sight-read. 

Percussion

Please prepare one selection on all of following instruments: 1. snare drum; 2. mallets (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone); 3. timpani; 4. drum set (if you intend to participate in one of our jazz ensembles). You may also be asked to demonstrate proficiency on standard snare drum rudiments and/or sight-read. 

Piano

Since the piano literature is so vast, the piano faculty posts this list only as a guideline. Students and teachers should choose repertoire that represents their accomplishments and experience accurately and to advantage. Memorization is suggested but not required. A working knowledge of scales and arpeggios is always helpful.

Choose two contrasting pieces from two of the following groups for a maximum playing time of 10 minutes:

  • A work of J.S. Bach or a Sonata of Scarlatti
  • A movement from a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • A 19th-century piece (Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, etc.)
  • An Impressionistic piece (Debussy or Ravel) or representative 20th Century piece (Bartok, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, etc.)

Organ

Please prepare the following repertoire for your organ audition:

  • One work by J.S. Bach (any work would be fine, including the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues, formerly attributed to J.S. Bach)
  • One work from the Romantic Era
  • One work from the 20th/21st Century literature

You may also be asked to demonstrate a basic proficiency in hymn playing. 

Guitar

Specific suggestions for guitar majors: choose two solo works in contrasting styles/periods from list below which best demonstrate your technical proficiency and musicality. Memorization recommended but not required. Total time limit 10 minutes.

  • Renaissance (i.e. Milan, Narvaez, Dowland)
  • Baroque (i.e. Bach, Weiss, de Visee)
  • Classical (i.e. Sor, Giuliani, Carcassi)
  • Romantic (i.e. Tarrega, Arcas, Coste)
  • Modern (i.e. Brouwer, Villa-Lobos, Koshkin)
  • Jazz (Formal arrangement of jazz standard)

Students interested in the performance major should prepare three contrasting pieces from three of the above groups for a maximum playing time of 15 minutes. Memorization is expected.