Information All students who intend to pursue a degree in music must audition with the department
before being accepted into the program. This audition will serve both as your admissions
audition and your audition for a Music Performance Scholarship. Students who are interested
in majoring in music, including the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music Education, need to complete this audition. Scholarship awards for music majors are tiered based
upon the quality of the audition. While it is recommended that you contact your primary
professor and audition at one of the formal audition dates, these dates are not required.
If the dates listed below do not work, then you may set up an individual appointment
for an audition.
2020-2021 Audition Dates:
January 29, 2021 | February 15, 2021 | March 5, 2021
To register for an audition, students must complete the following:
Students will receive confirmation of their audition by e-mail. If you are unable
to attend one of the scheduled dates you are welcome to contact the professor for
your instrument/voice to set up an alternate audition time. Pianists who are unable
to make one of the scheduled dates should contact Dr. Tim Smith.
Students who cannot audition in person because of distance from campus may submit
a recorded audition. For information regarding recorded auditions, please contact
Early Decision Auditions Students may audition "early" by making an appointment before November 30. Early decision
scholarship offers will be made during the first week of December. Early decision
is best for students who know that ATU is their primary choice for college and want
confirmation before the holidays. If you are interested in being considered for early
admission, please contact the professor of your instrument/voice listed below or contact
Audition Requirements (Non-Major Audition Information at bottom of page)
Two contrasting etudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may
be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
Prepare two contrasting etudes. You can also prepare a solo and a contrasting etude.
Major scales and sight-reading may be requested for Scholarship consideration. ASBOA
All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
Please prepare one snare etude and/or one keyboard etude or solo piece. You may be
asked to sight-read on both snare and keyboard and be asked to perform rudiments from
the All-State/Region list. ASBOA All- Region/All-State material is appropriate.
Singers should plan to (1) sing a vocal solo, and be prepared for (2) a brief vocalization,
(3) tonal memory exercises, and (4) a short sight-reading exercise.
Though solfege is encouraged for sight reading, students should sight read utilizing
whatever method they are most comfortable using (i.e. solfege, numbers, count singing,
a neutral syllable, etc.).
The prepared solo piece for the most well-prepared audition will consist of a memorized
classical solo piece in any language.
Songs used for solo & ensemble contests such as art songs or arias make excellent
However, if a student does not have a vocal solo they can sing whatever they would
like and should not be discouraged from auditioning. In these situations, students
are encouraged to sing a song from school/region choir or church. This is not ideal
but will suffice for students without a classical solo prepared.
An accompanist will be provided.
Please ensure that you have hole-punched sheet music for the pianist.
Students should not sing from any form of electronic audio accompaniment including
a CD or from a cell phone.