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Music Performance

Auditions

A student who wishes to enroll as a music major or minor at Westminster College, in any of the available degree plans, must fulfill the general admission requirements of the college and must successfully perform an audition for the School of Music Faculty. Students who are considering music at Westminster should plan a visit to the campus to view first hand the excellent facilities and to meet some of the faculty and students.

Initial visits to campus should be scheduled through the college Office of Admissions (724-946-7100). The college has set aside a series of Saturdays throughout the fall and spring as Campus Visitation Days where prospective students and parents may meet with administrators, faculty, and students, to discuss interests, financial aid, majors, minors, and extra-curricular activities.

Subsequent visits can be scheduled directly through the School of Music (724-946-7270). Usually the student attending a Campus Visitation Day will be too busy on that day to also perform an audition for the music faculty. The School of Music has set aside a series of dates throughout the fall and spring as Music Scholarship & Admission Audition Days.

 

Admission Auditions


Music Scholarship & Admission Auditions for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held at Westminster on the following days:

October 7, 2016
October 21, 2016
November 11, 2016
November 18, 2016
February 10, 2017
February 17, 2017
February 24, 2017
March 3, 2017
March 24, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 21, 2017

Times for Auditions:
Voice 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Instrumental 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Requirements

Instrumental:

Be prepared to perform solo literature that best demonstrates your technical ability and your musicality (tone, lyricism etc).  This may be accomplished in one work (concerto or sonata) or in multiple pieces.  Consult your private teacher for input.

We do not use a set piece(s) as these may be limiting to the performer based upon their background and abilities.

Additional components of the audition include:  a short sight-singing line, pitch matching (ear training), rhythm sight-reading (pat or clap).

The final component is a theory diagnostic exam that allows us to see what experience you have had in this area.

We will also talk with you about your future plans, what our curriculum offers and we will answer all questions that you (and your parents) may have.

Students interested in the BM in music performance must exhibit exemplary skills to be accepted into the music program. Acceptance into the performance program follows the jury at the end of the students first semester of study at Westminster.

Vocal:

Music Education Majors, must prepare two selections (one in English and one in a foreign language) that show off a student's abilities as a singer (range, flexibility, character, etc.). All selections must be memorized and should be performed in a manner that demonstrates a student's ability to interpret as well as to sing in a technically proficient manner.

Singers will be evaluated on their technical preparation, intonation, musicality, language skills and interpretation.

For Music Performance Majors, please prepare three selections (one in English and two in a foreign language) that show off a student's abilities as a singer (range, flexibility, character, etc.). All selections must be memorized and should be performed in a manner that demonstrates a student's ability to interpret as well as to sing in a technically proficient manner.

Singers will be evaluated on their technical preparation, intonation, musicality, language skills and interpretation.

Minors:

All potential Music Minors must audition.

A student planning to audition for scholarship or admission should schedule such an audition with Kristen Kuzma, the School of Music Secretary, at (724) 946-7270 or by email.

 

What can you do with a Music Performance degree?

Imagine yourself a music educator, performer in a symphony orchestra or opera company, college professor, symphony manager, or sales manager for a recording company.