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Audition Requirements

Prospective instrumental or voice majors and minors are required to audition and earn acceptance into the Department of Music as a music major or minor.

Register to audition for the HPU Department of Music

The audition process has two components:

  1. The performance
  2. The interview

2020-21 audition dates:

Due to COVID restrictions, all auditions will be scheduled by appointment. Auditions can be held virtually or in person. For specific questions about the audition process, please contact the Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. Marc Foster – mfoster@highpoint.edu

*TO BE CONSIDERED FOR MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP, AUDITION MUST TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO MARCH 15, 2021.

Please click on the tabs below for specific information on the performance component:

 

Percussion performance requirements are as follows:
  1. Percussionists should perform a solo on snare drum, keyboard (marimba/xylophone), and timpani.
  2. Applicants auditioning will be asked to perform 3-5 scales from memory for at least 2 octaves. (all scales will be major)
  3. Students will be asked to perform the chromatic scale for three (3) octaves.
  4. Students will be asked to sight read a short passage on snare drum, keyboard, and timpani.
String performance requirements are as follows:
  1. String players should perform 2 selections in contrasting style (lyrical/rhythmic, slow/fast, classical/swing, etc.)
  2. Applicants auditioning will be asked to perform 2 major scales from memory for three (3) octaves.
  3. Students will be asked to perform one (1) melodic minor scale for three (3) octaves.
  4. Students will be asked to sight read a short passage.
Woodwind/Brass requirements are as follows:
  1. Students should perform 2 selections in contrasting style (lyrical/rhythmic, slow/fast, classical/swing, etc.)
  2. Applicants auditioning will be asked to perform 3-5 scales from memory for at least 2 octaves. (all scales will be major)
  3. Students will be asked to perform the chromatic scale for the full range of the instrument.
  4. Students will be asked to sight read a short passage.

 

Interview

During the interview portion of the audition, the faculty will try to get to know you a little better and learn about your playing experience, goals, and about you, the individual. Please bring a résumé with you, as well as several copies of the music you’re performing.

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