Music

Scholarship Auditions

Music Department Admission & Scholarship Auditions

Southwestern has opportunities for scholarships for both those intending to be a music major and those intending to minor in music or major in another subject.   Our intention is that all students who have a love of music continue their lessons and participation in ensembles while in university.  Your audition will help you get acquainted with the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, learn more about the music programs and ensemble participation offered, and introduce you to the Music Department faculty.

For Music Majors:

The audition at Southwestern serves as both a formal audition into the Music major and an audition for the Sarofim Scholarship in Music. All music major auditions are by invitation.

Steps to audition

1)The first step for auditions is to submit an audition application form.

2) Submission of audition by video, deadline January 7, 2022.  Once received these videos will be reviewed.  Based on the strength of the video you will be invited to an audition on campus.

3) Once invited register for an on-campus audition.  This link will be sent to you in communications as soon as possible.

Students who prefer a fully virtual audition will need to submit a virtual audition form.  Please save the date for the audition days below.

For non-majors:

The audition serves as the audition for a performance award. 

Steps

1)The first step for auditions is to submit an audition application form.

2) In your confirmation email, you will find links to register for your on-campus audition.

Students who prefer a fully virtual audition will need to submit a virtual audition form.

Important Dates for Auditions

  • January 7th: Video Submission of preliminary auditions for Music Majors due
  • February 19th and 20th: Auditions for Music Majors Only, Please Save the Date!
  • March 5th: Auditions for Music Majors and Non-Major Performance Award
  • April 3rd: Auditions for Non-Major Performance Award Only
Please see below for specifics on your instrument’s requirements.  Please reach out to FineArtsAdmissions@southwestern.edu if you have any questions.
  • Major Audition Requirements

    • A program of art songs and/or operatic arias totaling three selections.
    • At least one, and preferably two, of the works performed must be in one or more of the standard foreign languages: Italian, French, or German.
    • Memorization is required.
    • Demonstration of sight-reading is required (music will be provided).

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Two art songs by memory.
    • Demonstration of sight-reading is required (music will be provided).
  • Major Audition Requirements

    • Three compositions, one for each of the following instruments: timpani, mallets, and snare drum: i.e., one solo or etude on each instrument (2 or 4 mallets for keyboard percussion).
    • Students should be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of tuning timpani.

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Ten minutes from repertoire that highlights two of the following: timpani, mallets, snare drum.

    The Music Department can provide a snare drum, timpani and marimba for auditions; any special equipment needs must be communicated by emailing FineArtsAdmissions@southwestern.edu at least four business days before the audition date.

  • Major Audition Requirements

    • Two complete works (a movement of a standard sonata is considered a complete work) representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth­-century).
    • Memorization is required.

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Two complete pieces of contrasting style periods (one piece may include popular styles that demonstrate skills at improvisation and/or arranging). One movement of a multi-movement work such as a sonata or suite is acceptable.
    • Memorization is recommended, but not required.
  • Major Audition Requirements

    • Two complete works (a movement of a standard sonata is considered a complete work) representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth­-century).
    • Memorization is required.
    • Demonstration of sight-reading is required (music will be provided).

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Two complete pieces of contrasting style periods. One movement of a multi-movement work such as a sonata or suite is acceptable.
    • Memorization is recommended, but not required.
    • Students will be asked to sight-read a short piece or accompaniment, which will be provided at the audition.
  • Major Audition Requirements

    • Two selections representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth­-century).
    • One selection only may be an etude; a program of two etudes is NOT acceptable.
    • Memorization of at least one of the selections is encouraged, but not required.

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Two selections each representing different stylistic periods.
    • One of these (only) may be a standard or region etude.

    Solos that are written with piano accompaniment must be performed with live accompaniment at the audition—an accompanist will be provided. If a student wishes to use an SU accompanist, music for accompaniments must be received no later than two weeks before the scheduled audition date. Sent to Laura Sewell at sewelll@southwestern.edu.

  • Major Audition Requirements

    • Two selections representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth­-century).
    • One selection only may be an etude; a program of two etudes is NOT acceptable.
    • Memorization of at least one of the selections is encouraged, but not required.

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Two selections each representing different stylistic periods.
    • One of these (only) may be a standard or region etude.

    Solos that are written with piano accompaniment must be performed with live accompaniment at the audition—an accompanist will be provided. If a student wishes to use an SU accompanist, music for accompaniments must be received no later than two weeks before the scheduled audition date. Sent to Laura Sewell at sewelll@southwestern.edu.

  • Major Audition Requirements

    • Two selections representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth­-century).
    • One selection only may be an etude; a program of two etudes is NOT acceptable.
    • Memorization of at least one of the selections is encouraged, but not required.

    Non-Major Audition Requirements

    • Two selections each representing different stylistic periods.
    • One of these (only) may be a standard or region etude.

    Solos that are written with piano accompaniment must be performed with live accompaniment at the audition—an accompanist will be provided. If a student wishes to use an SU accompanist, music for accompaniments must be received no later than two weeks before the scheduled audition date. Sent to Laura Sewell at sewelll@southwestern.edu.

  • Recipients of Sarofim Scholarship in Music and Performance Awards may also be eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships. In addition, recipients may apply for University need-based aid. For more information, please go to Financial Aid/Merit scholarships or call 1-800-252-3166. 

    Any financial aid offer from Southwestern University will be void as of May 1, 2020 if a student accepts financial aid from another college or university.

Candidates that receive the Sarofim Scholarship or the Performance Award are eligible for additional assistance, including Southwestern merit scholarships.

For any questions regarding auditions, please contact FineArtsAdmissions@southwestern.edu.

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