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Music Education

Auditions

Auditions for admission into the Westminster College School of Music for the 2022-2023 academic year will be held in person. Please contact Kristen Kuzma, Academic Administrative Assistant of the School of Music, at kuzmakm@westminster.edu for more information on scheduling an audition for any of the below available dates.

Friday, November 5, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Friday, February 4, 2022
Friday, February 11, 2022
Friday, February 18, 2022
Friday, March 4, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
Friday, April 1, 2022
Friday, April 22, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022

If you currently live more than 100 miles from Westminster College, you have the option of scheduling a remote audition.

 Remote Audition Information

Audition Requirements

Woodwind/Brass/Percussion

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.

Vocal

Students auditioning for the Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees 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. All songs should be with performed with an accompanist.

Students auditioning for the music performance major should 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. All songs should be with performed with an accompanist.

Piano

For auditioning for the Music Education and BA in Music degrees, prepare two contrasting pieces (one technical and one lyrical). For auditioning for the BM in Performance degree, prepare three contrasting pieces, and perform them by memory. Suggested pieces: Bach Inventions or Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Klavier, a movement from a Classical Sonata and a piece from another time period such as Impressionist or Contemporary.

Strings

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.

Additional Requirements

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.

 

What can you do with a Music Education 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.