Students are expected to audition for acceptance into the major on an individual basis by prior arrangement with the Department of Music Office. Acceptance into the major also requires a diagnostic theory exam. Students auditioning for a music scholarship are considered for the music major or minor through that audition.
Vocal Auditions: Prepare an art song appropriate for contest and an additional selection of your choice (pop or musical theatre). An accompanist will be provided. (If you are unsure of appropriate repertory, consult your choir director).
Instrumental Auditions: Prepare two contrasting sections of a solo, solos, or etudes. (Consult your band or orchestra director if you are unsure of appropriate repertory).
BM in Piano Performance: Prepare three memorized contrasting works from different historical periods. Please bring a list of repertoire studied and performed during the last two years to your audition.
Guitar: Guitarists should prepare a piece of music that is comparable to these excerpts.
MM in Piano Performance: Prepare a minimum of three contrasting works from different historical periods. Must include a complete sonata and a virtuosic work from any historical period.
Auditions are also accepted via audio or video recordings prepared according to guidelines provided, if received by Friday, March 20, 2015
Ensemble auditions are held on the first week of the fall semester for freshmen and transfer students. Please see the appropriate ensemble director to sign up for an audition time.
Choral Groups Dr. David Dickau, PA 234, 389-5546, firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert Bands Dr. Amy Roisum Foley, PA 229, 389-2795, email@example.com
Orchestra Dr. Joseph Rodgers, PA 228, 389-1924, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz Ensembles Dr. Douglas Snapp, PA 226, 389-5547, email@example.com
Private studio auditions are held from Monday – Wednesday during the first week of school. All incoming majors must audition for private lessons. See the appropriate teacher or look for a sign up sheet by the studios during orientation week to sign up for an audition.
Vocal Auditions: Prepare a song that would be appropriate for a contest. An accompanist will be provided. (If you are unsure of appropriate repertory, consult your choir director). For more information see Dr. Kimm Julian, PA 233.
Instrumental Auditions: Prepare two contrasting sections of a solo, solos, or etudes. (Consult your band or orchestra director if you are unsure of appropriate repertory). For more information see Dr. Amy Roisum-Foley, PA 229.
Jazz Ensembles: Jazz band, jazz combo, and vocal jazz ensemble are open to all MSU students. Jazz groups require a full year
commitment. Auditions are held during the first week of classes in the Fall. Specific information for each group/part is posted prior to auditions on
the bulletin board next to the office of Dr. Snapp, Director of Jazz Studies, PA 226. For more information, please contact
Dr. Doug Snapp.
Students planning to come to Minnesota State, University to major and minor in music should be able to read pitches (treble and/or bass clef), and basic rhythms. Here is a sample of the theory assessment test given to all incoming music students, and a second file with correct answers to check your work: Theory Assessment Theory Assessment Answers
For more information, please contact:
Dr. John Lindberg, Chair
Department of Music
Earley Center for Performing Arts 202
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, Minnesota 56002