Audition Overview and Requirements

Overview

  • Performance auditions for music majors and non-music majors. During Performance Auditions, students are asked to demonstrate their musical skills on their instrument/voice. Read more about specific requirements below.
  • Music Major Interviews are required for those students interested in pursuing a degree in music.
  • Music Major applicants must complete a short essay (500 words or less) that addresses "Why I Want To Be A Music Major." This essay must be submitted to the Department of Music (musadms@udayton.edu) prior to the scheduled audition date.

Requirements

Vocalists

General Requirements

Prepare two contrasting selections to demonstrate your technique and expressive ability. One selection must be in English; one selection in a language other than English is encouraged. Songs must be memorized and selected from the standard art song repertoire. One selection from music theater repertoire may be chosen.

If you require a piano accompanist, please use the contact information below to mail, fax or e-mail us a copy of your piano part at least two weeks in advance of the audition.

University of Dayton 
Department of Music 
Raymond L. Fitz Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, OH 45469-2946 
Fax: 937-229-3916 (Attention: Music Admissions) 
Email: musadms@udayton.edu

Pre-recorded audio accompaniments are not permitted.

Specific REQUIREMENTS (if applicable)

Music Therapy Degree applicants may accompany themselves on piano or guitar for the contemporary or music theater selection if they have chosen one.

Music Performance Degree applicants must prepare four memorized selections of contrasting styles demonstrating English and two other languages.

Bachelor of Arts (Jazz Concentration) Degree applicants should perform two contrasting jazz standards demonstrating melodic interpretation and improvisational skills. Auditionees will also be asked to sight-read a selected big band chart with recorded accompaniment.

Instrumentalists

General requirements

Prepare either two short contrasting pieces or one extended work demonstrating your technical and musical skills. A piece from the appropriate state solo and ensemble contest list is acceptable. You may be asked to play major scales. All auditions include sight-reading.

Specific requirements (if applicable)

Pianists and organists: Memorization of at least one selection is highly encouraged.

Music Performance Degree Applicants:

  • Brass/Woodwinds: All major scales and chromatic scale (minimum 2 octaves if possible) Three prepared pieces of contrasting styles* (three standard orchestral excerpts may replace the third prepared composition)
  • Guitar: Three contrasting pieces in a variety of styles, at a level no lower than Carcassi, op. 60 Two-octave major scales in any key Sight-reading must be competent in first and second positions with rhythms including sixteenth notes
  • Percussion: All major scales A solo or etude on snare drum, mallet percussion, and timpani
  • Piano: Three memorized pieces of contrasting styles
  • Strings: (1) Any major scale through 5 sharps and 5 flats (minimum 2 octaves). (2) Any melodic minor scale through 5 sharps and 5 flats (minimum 2 octaves). (3) One movement of a piece written to be unaccompanied (bass students may replace this with three standard orchestral excerpts). (4) Another movement of contrasting style from a sonata or concerto

*Contrasting style periods are Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary (20th/21st Centuries)

Bachelor of Arts (Jazz Concentration) Applicants, prepared selection requirements:

  • Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone:  Perform two of the following tunes demonstrating melodic interpretation and improvisational skills: A Child is Born, Autumn Leaves, Billie’s Bounce, Blue Bossa, Footprints, Lester Leaps In, Rhythm-a-ning, Sugar, Take the A Train, Up Jump Spring
  • Piano: Perform two of the following tunes demonstrating 2, 3, 4 voicings with melody (Refer to page 47-51 of the Jamey Abersold Jazz Handbook for assistance) and improvisation skills: A Child is Born, Autumn Leaves, Billie’s Bounce, Blue Bossa, Footprints, Lester Leaps In, Rhythm-a-ning, Sugar, Take the A Train, Up Jump Spring
  • Bass: Perform two of the following tunes demonstrating style-appropriate bass line patterns, playing the melody and improvisation skills: A Child is Born, Autumn Leaves, Billie’s Bounce, Blue Bossa, Footprints, Lester Leaps In, Rhythm-a-ning, Sugar, Take the A Train, Up Jump Spring
  • Drums: Perform a variety of styles at different tempi: swing, bossa/latin, funk/rock, waltz
  • Sight Reading (all applicants): Selected big band chart with recorded accompaniment

Interview Requirements

Music Composition:

Prospective students are required to participate in a 15-minute interview during the audition day with the degree program coordinator. They will also submit a portfolio (with recordings if possible) of all past composition/arranging work.

Music Education:

Prospective students are required to participate in a 15-minute interview during audition day. The interview will be with at least one music education professor and will cover topics such as previous teaching experience, performing experience, career goals and expectations of an undergraduate music education degree program.

Music Performance:

Prospective students will meet with the degree coordinator for an interview, which will cover topics such as knowledge of the field and career goals and expectations for this program.

Music Therapy:

Prospective students are required to participate in a 15 – 20 minute interview during the audition day with the degree program coordinator or designated music therapy faculty. The interview will cover topics such as:

  • Previous volunteer experience with children or adults with disabilities, illnesses, or special needs
  • Functional music skills (e.g., guitar, piano)
  • Career goals
  • Expectations of an undergraduate music therapy degree program

Find Us.

Department of Music

Fitz Hall 475 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946

937-229-3936