Audition Requirements

General Audition Requirements for the Degree Program in Music: 

The Department of Music accepts students in piano, voice, and organ. Admission to the Department is dependent upon the successful completion of:

  1. An audition in piano, voice, or organ
  2. Diagnostic tests in music theory and musicianship skills (sight-reading/sight-singing)
  3. An interview with the faculty in music

Successful auditions will consist of the performance of challenging works from the classical repertoire that demonstrate technical and musical maturity, as well as the potential for advanced study in music.

On-site auditions are highly recommended. Campus visits for auditions should be scheduled through the Admissions Office. If a recorded audition is the only means by which a candidate can complete this admissions requirement, preference is given to video recordings. 

Audition Repertoire Requirements: 

  • 1-3 works from the classical repertoire (broadway and popular styles are not acceptable). The works should show contrast in musical style and tempo. 
  • Vocalists must perform from memory. An accompanist is provided for vocal auditions. 
  • Pianists are strongly recommended to perform from memory. 
  • Organists need not perform from memory. 
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    Eligibility Requirements for Audition:

    For a piano audition, at least 4 years of piano lessons are required, with at least one year immediately prior to the audition.

    For a voice audition, one year of lessons prior to the audition is required for eligibility. 

    Auditioners should be seniors in high school, or otherwise prepared to enter the university the fall following the audition, Exceptions to eligibility requirements are made only with the permission of the Department of Music.

    Audition Process for the Music Major: 

    1. Apply - Auditioners must submit the Audition Application form as well as the general application for the University. The deadline for this application is 2 weeks prior to the intended audition date.
    2. Schedule a campus visit - Fill out the Campus Visit form with Admissions to arrange your schedule and ensure your on-campus arrangements (for students intending to stay overnight.
    3. Submit your online evaluations - Links to your music theory and musicianship evaluations will be sent to you upon receipt of your Music Department application.
    4. Complete your on-campus audition - The audition consists of the audition performance, sight-reading, and an interview with the music faculty. Please review the audition repertoire requirements as listed above. 
    5. Await admission decisions. Students must be accepted by both the university and the Department of Music to pursue a degree in music.  

    For further information about auditions and entry into the music program, contact April Rutherford at april.rutherford@avemaria.edu or 239-280-2485.

    Auditions for the Minor in Music: 

    Admission to the music minor is by audition only. Auditions for prospective music minors normally take place at the start of the semester in which the student intends to begin the coursework for the minor, though they may be completed at an earlier date. The requirements of the audition for the minor are the same as those for the major as listed above.  

    Auditions for the Choral Scholarship:

    Incoming students not intending to major in music may complete the audition for the Choral Scholarship during a campus visit or Open House.  Please contact April Rutherford at april.rutherford@avemaria.edu for additional information, or to schedule an audition.