Organ Auditions Guide 2017-2018

This guide is for auditions taking place during the 2017–2018 academic year.

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Key: Bachelor’s = B; Master’s = M; Doctoral = D; Performer’s Certificate = PC; Artist Diploma = AD

Appalachian State University–Hayes School of Music • Boone, N.C.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 10, 24
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one pre-1800 work; one post-1800 work; one 20th-century work
Additional skill demonstration: one hymn; possible sight-reading; aural skills assessment
Additional materials required at audition: audition form
828-262-6467
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Arizona State University • Tempe, Ariz.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: see Music.asu.edu
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: one prelude and fugue from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach); two chorale preludes from Orgelbüchlein; one romantic or modern work. M/D: a 15–20 minute audition program for the Fritts organ including some pre-Bach; one work by Bach; a later work that can be played effectively without a swell box.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading, possible score analysis
480-965-5069
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Ball State University • Muncie, Ind.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B: Jan. 19, Feb. 11, 19; M/D/AD: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Baroque work, one contrasting 19th- or 20th-century work. M/D/AD: approximately 30 minutes including one major Bach work, one 19th-century work, and one 20th-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading a hymn; playing a hymn
765-285-5400
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Baylor University • Waco, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 1, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 24
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: visit Baylor.edu/music/index.php?id=859314
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading, hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: D: interview with admissions committee
254-710-6509
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Bob Jones University • Greenville, S.C.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two works from varying periods
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
864-370-1800
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Boston University • Boston, Mass.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: see website
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see website
617-353-3341
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Brigham Young University–Idaho • Rexburg, Idaho
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 26 or by appointment
Application deadline: Jan. 20
Repertoire: one Bach work; one work from another period. Applicants with no organ background but strong piano skills may be considered for organ study by performing a keyboard work of Bach and a significant work from another period on the piano.
Additional skill demonstration: one hymn; at the piano, one major and one minor scale in parallel motion (four octaves) and contrary motion (two octaves), and one major and one minor arpeggio (four octaves).
208-496-4964
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Carson-Newman University • Jefferson City, Tenn.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 10, Jan. 27
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two pieces in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn
865-471-3328
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The Catholic University of America • Washington, D.C.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 1, 5, Jan. 13, Feb. 3, 6, 24, 27
Repertoire: one Bach work; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn transposition
202-319-5414
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Central Michigan University • Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 9, 10, 24, Mar. 16
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach work (a prelude and fugue or chorale prelude); one 19th- or 20th-century work; memorization encouraged. Applicants with a strong piano background who wish to major in organ may prepare one prelude and fugue from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier or a three-part invention/sinfonia; one movement of a Beethoven, Haydn, Hummel, or Mozart sonata; one Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary work. M: one major Baroque work; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work; memorization encouraged
Additional skill demonstration: B: piano only: prepare all major and harmonic minor scales (four octaves); organ: combined manual and pedal memorized major scales. B/M: one prepared hymn
989-774-3281
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Cleveland Institute of Music • Cleveland, Ohio
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 11, 25
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: one Bach work; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
216-791-5000
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Colorado State University • Fort Collins, Colo.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 8, Feb. 17, 19, 24
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see website
970-491-5529
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Columbus State University–Schwob School of Music • Columbus, Ga.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment, Nov. 1–March 1
Application deadline: Nov. 1
Repertoire: one Bach prelude (toccata, fantasia) and fugue; one contrasting 19th-century work
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading hymn at piano; one hymn with introduction at organ
706-649-7246
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Concordia University • Seward, Nebr.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: recorded audition due: Oct. 31; live audition: Dec. 4
Application deadline: Oct. 31
Repertoire: two works in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn
Additional materials required at audition: aural skills and music theory exams
402-643-7282
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Duquesne University–Mary Pappert School of Music • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Degree(s): B, M, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 1, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 2
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach fugue; one Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work. M/PC: 25–30 minute program
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading a simple hymn, with pedals
Additional materials required at audition: music theory placement exam
412-396-5983
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East Carolina University • Greenville, N.C.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 2, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 17
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Baroque work (preferably Bach), one Romantic work, one contemporary work (post-1950)
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
252-328-1261
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The Eastman School of Music • Rochester, N.Y.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: one Baroque work; two works by Romantic or contemporary composers, one primarily lyrical, and one primarily virtuosic. M: not more than 30 minutes, including one work of Bach, and other works of contrasting styles and periods, including at least one lyrical and one virtuosic selection; memorization encouraged. D: not more than 30 minutes, including one work of Bach; memorization encouraged.
Additional materials: audition repertoire form; repertoire list
585-274-1060
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Florida State University • Tallahassee, Fla.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 10, 24
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: three contrasting works; piano audition allowed. M/D: three works of contrasting styles and tempos, including one major Bach work. Recorded auditions acceptable.
850-644-6509
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Furman University • Greenville, S.C.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 1, 2, Jan. 12, 13, Feb. 9, 10
Application deadline: Nov. 1
Repertoire: two contrasting works (10 minutes maximum); one piano work
Additional skill demonstration: exercises in pitch matching and aural aptitude; placement assessments for theory, aural skills, and keyboard; sight-reading.
864-294-2086
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Goshen College • Goshen, Ind.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 10, Jan. 26, 27, Mar. 9
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: 10 minutes, including at least two pieces or excerpts in contrasting styles
Additional materials required at audition: interview with music faculty; one reference from an instructor; short essay
574-535-7361
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Indiana University–Jacobs School of Music • Bloomington, Ind.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 12, 13, Feb. 2, 3, Mar. 2, 3
Application deadline: Nov. 1
Repertoire: maximum 30 minutes with contrasting pieces representing the pre-Classical (preferably a Bach work), Romantic, and contemporary periods; balance virtuosic works with at least one expressive work; memorization encouraged
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; keyboard skills; M/D/AD: figured bass; transposition; modulation
812-855-7998
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Ithaca College • Ithaca, N.Y.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10
Application deadline: Jan. 10
Repertoire: three works from contrasting periods
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading two hymns
607-274-3366
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Iowa State University • Ames, Iowa
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb.
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Baroque work, one 19th-century work, one 20th- or 21st-century work; if no previous organ study, similar representative harpsichord and/or piano literature
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
515-294-5496
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The Juilliard School • New York, New York
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. and Mar.
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: one Bach prelude and fugue; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work; memorization encouraged
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
212-799-5000
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Kansas State University • Manhattan, Kansas
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B.Mus.: three contrasting pieces from different periods (one Bach work), no less than 15 minutes total; B.A.: two contrasting pieces from different periods; M: contrasting pieces from different periods (one Bach work), totaling 30 minutes.
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
785-532-3800
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Lawrence University • Appleton, Wisconsin
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 11, Jan.–Feb.
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Repertoire: one Bach work; two contrasting 19th- and/or 20th-century works
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading; easy organ music sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: resume; music teacher recommendation
920-832-6500
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Luther College • Decorah, Iowa
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 11, 30, Feb. 10, 24, Mar. 2, or by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting pieces (Baroque and/or Romantic/contemporary)
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list; recommendation from current organ teacher
563-387-1205
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Manhattan School of Music • New York, New York
Degree(s): M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 23–Mar. 2
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: M/PC: one major Baroque work; one complete Romantic work; one complete contemporary work. D: full-length recital, including works from at least four contrasting periods, including the 20th century.
212.749.2802
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McGill University–Schulich School of Music • Montreal, Quebec
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. and Mar. (see Mcgill.ca/music for more information)
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see Mcgill.ca/music
Additional skill demonstration: see Mcgill.ca/music
Additional materials required at audition: Mcgill.ca/music
514-398-4546
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Mercer University–Townsend School of Music • Macon, Georgia
Degree(s): B, M, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 2, Jan. 20, Feb. 16 (M), 17, Mar. 17
Application deadline: Feb. 9 (late applications may be considered)
Repertoire: B/MM–Performance: three pieces in contrasting styles (preferably one major Bach work and two pieces from the 19th–21st centuries). MM–Church Music: two pieces in contrasting styles, one of which should be based on a chorale or hymn
Additional skill demonstration: B/MM–Performance: one hymn, including introduction and two stanzas, the second of which should include a reharmonization; hymn sight-reading. AD: hymn sight-reading; sight-reading. MM–Church Music: two hymns in contrasting styles, including introduction and three stanzas, the second of which should include a reharmonization; hymn sight-reading; sight-reading.
478-301-2750
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Nazareth College • Rochester, New York
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 15, 26, Feb. 19, 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 13
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Baroque work; one virtuosic Romantic or contemporary work; one lyrical Romantic or contemporary work
Additional skill demonstration: scales/arpeggios (two octaves); sight-reading; theory placement exam
585-389-2700
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Northern Illinois University • DeKalb, Illinois
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: Apr. 1
Repertoire: B: a polyphonic composition in three voices (e.g. a Rheinberger trio, a three-voice chorale setting of Dupré); a composition of the applicant’s choice of comparable difficulty of the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach). M/PC: one major Bach prelude and fugue; one movement from a Bach trio sonata; two contrasting movements from the 19th- or 20th-century French repertoire
Additional skill demonstration: B: Hymn sight-reading with soprano, alto, and tenor on one manual, bass in pedal; hymn sight-reading with soprano on one manual (right hand), alto and tenor on a second manual (left hand), bass in pedal; a few short pedal exercises selected by student; M/PC: sight-reading a trio of moderate difficulty
815-753-1546
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Oberlin Conservatory of Music • Oberlin, Ohio
Degree(s): B, M, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 10, 24
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: 3 or 4 contrasting pieces from the standard organ literature, including one Bach work. Applicants with a strong piano background may audition on piano. M: one major Bach prelude (toccata, fantasia) and fugue; four additional pre-1800 works representing other historic styles. AD: one pre-1700 work; one major Bach prelude (toccata, fantasia) and fugue; one Bach ornamented chorale; one major Romantic pre-1920 work; one major 20th- or 21st-century work
Additional skill demonstration: B: hymn sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: AD: repertoire list; concert list (with venues) for at least the last 3 years
440-775-8413
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Pacific Lutheran University • Tacoma, Washington
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 23, 24, 25
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works from different periods and styles
253-535-7255
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The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University • Baltimore, Maryland
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 19–22
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: one Bach work; one 19th-century work; one post-1910 work. M/PC: one major Bach work; two additional works representing contrasting periods and styles. D: sufficient material to perform a full solo recital containing works demonstrating a diversity of periods and styles. AD: 70-minute recital representing at least three periods and at least two major works.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
667-208-6600
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Rice University–The Shepherd School of Music • Houston, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 23, Feb. 13
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B/M: one major Bach work (excluding BWV 553–560); two contrasting post-1750 works. D/AD: 45 minutes, memorized, including one major Bach work
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; harmonization
713-348-4854
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Rutgers University • New Brunswick, N.J.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach prelude and fugue; one movement from a 19th-century work; one post-1900 work; M: one North German or French Classical work; one major Bach prelude and fugue; one major 19th-century work; one post-1960 work. D/AD: one North German or French Classical work; one chorale-based trio from Great Eighteen Chorales or Clavier-Übung III, or one movement from one of the six Bach sonatas; one major Bach prelude and fugue; one major 19th-century work; one post-1960 work.
Additional skill demonstration: B/M/D/AD: hymn sight-reading; M/D/AD: trio sight-reading
848-932-5241
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St. Anselm College • Manchester, N.H.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one late Baroque prelude and fugue; one 19th-century work; one 20th-century work
Additional skill demonstration: two hymns; sight-reading a hymn or other piece of service music showing contrasting registration; two major and minor scales
Additional materials required at audition: two letters of recommendation
603-641-7277
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St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict • Collegeville, Minn./St. Joseph, Minn.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Jan. 15, Mar. 17, 18
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B/M: one smaller work from Baroque through 20th century. Piano audition optional.
Additional skill demonstration: two contrasting hymns; hymn and simple refrain sight-reading
320-363-2862
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St. Olaf College • Northfield, Minn.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 26, 27, Mar. 3, 4
Application deadline: Dec. 15
Repertoire: one Bach free work; two contrasting selections
Additional skill demonstration: one hymn, with or without free introduction or harmonization
Additional materials required at audition: sight-reading, sight-singing, aural skills examination
507-786-3983
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Salem College • Winston-Salem, N.C.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 10, 24
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: two or more movements of a Bach free work (toccata/prelude/fantasia and fugue, trio sonata, concerto); a movement or complete Romantic work; a movement or complete 20th- or 21st-century work. M: one major Bach work; two contrasting 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century major works.
Additional skill demonstration: B: two stanzas of a hymn with an introduction. M: hymn-playing
336-721-2798
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Samford University • Birmingham, Ala.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: Mar. 15
Repertoire: three contrasting works
Additional skill demonstration: piano scales
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
205-492-1395
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Sonoma State University • Rohnert Park, Calif.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 4, Jan. 13, Mar. 10
Application deadline: Nov. 30
Repertoire: two contrasting works, one of which must be a Bach prelude and fugue or trio sonata; the other selection may be a hymn, choral prelude, or a contrasting work from any period. Students with no organ background may audition on the piano using the same guidelines.
Additional skill demonstration: two major scales; one minor scale in three forms
707-664-2324
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Southern Methodist University • Dallas, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 2, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: three pieces from different periods
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing, sight-reading, improvisation
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
214-768-2941
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Stetson University School of Music • DeLand, Fla.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 17, 24
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: works comparable to the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. to Bach), the Brahms Chorale Preludes, or works of comparable or greater difficulty. Piano audition optional.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; aural skills; theory exam
Additional materials required at audition: resume
386-822-8975
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Syracuse University–The Setnor School of Music • Syracuse, N.Y.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 2, 3
Application deadline: Jan. 1
Repertoire: one Baroque work; one Romantic work; one post-1900 work, contrasting in style to the other two works
Additional skill demonstration: one hymn; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list; resume
315-443-2769
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Trinity University • San Antonio, Tex.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Sep. 23, Nov. 11, Jan. 20, Mar. 3, or by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works, one preferably by Bach
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; hymn sight-reading; additional sight-reading possible at piano; possible keyboard facility at piano
Additional materials required at audition: organ and piano repertoire list
210-999-8249
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University of Alabama • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B: Feb. 19, Mar. 3; M/D: Feb. 18, Mar. 2
Application deadline: Mar. 2
Repertoire: one major Bach work; one French or German Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing; major and minor scales
Additional materials required at audition: Graduate students must write an essay on a music history topic of his/her choice, and must take a music theory exam.
205-348-3329
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University of Arizona–The Fred Fox School of Music • Tucson, Ariz.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Jan. and Feb.
Repertoire: one Bach work; one Romantic work; one work composed after 1970
Additional skill demonstration: a sample of hymn-playing or improvisation recommended
Additional materials required at audition: curriculum vitae
520-204-5691
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University of California–Los Angeles • Los Angeles, Calif.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb.
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: representative selection of Baroque, Romantic, and 20th-century/Contemporary works
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading, hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
213-925-6234
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University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music • Cincinnati, Ohio
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 13, 27
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: two contrasting works from the standard organ literature. Applicants with a strong piano background may prepare a piano work from the standard repertoire as one of the two works. M/D/AD: three contrasting works including one 17th- or 18th-century work and two 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century works.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
513-556-9479
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University of Denver–Lamont School of Music • Denver, Colo.
Degree(s): B, M, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17
Application deadline: Dec. 15 (AD) Jan. 15 (B/M/PC)
Repertoire: B: 15–20 minutes, including a Bach work and a Romantic or contemporary work. M/PC: 15–20 minutes, including one major Bach work; one Romantic work; one contemporary work. AD: pre-screening audition video. Live audition: closed mini-recital and interview, 30 to 35 minutes
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
303-871-6973
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University of Florida • Gainesville, Fla.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 20, 27, 28
Application deadline: Nov. 1
Repertoire: B: one pre-1800 work; one post-1800 work; one 20th-century or contemporary work. M: three pieces in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: aural skills exam; sight-singing; music theory assessment
352-273-3181
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University of Houston • Houston, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: graduate: Nov. 4, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, 4, or by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach work or other Baroque work; two contrasting (one lyrical and one virtuosic) Romantic and/or contemporary work; memorization encouraged. M/D: 30 minutes including at least three contrasting musical periods and styles; memorization encouraged. P/C: video recording for preliminary evaluation required; 60 minutes including at least three contrasting musical periods and styles.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: theory and aural skills diagnostic exam
713-743-3009
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University of Iowa • Iowa City, Iowa
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 16, or by appointment
Application deadline: Mar. 1
Repertoire: see website
319-335-1630
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University of Kansas • Lawrence, Kans.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: contact James Higdon
913-708-1213
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University of Michigan • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 2, 9
Repertoire: see Music.umich.edu/departments/organ/auditions.htm
Additional materials required at audition: curriculum vitae; repertoire list
734-764-1591
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University of Minnesota School of Music • Minneapolis, Minn.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 2 (B, only for spring 2017 admission); Jan. 20, 27
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: three works of contrasting styles, including a Bach work; memorization recommended. M: 30 minutes of contrasting styles including a Bach work and a Romantic work; memorization recommended. D: 45 minutes of contrasting styles including a Bach work and 17th-, 19th-, and 20th-century works; memorization recommended.
Additional skill demonstration: B: several stanzas of a hymn; harmonization of a hymn tune; sight-reading; scales and arpeggios at piano; M: several stanzas of a hymn; harmonization of a hymn tune; improvisation; sight-reading a choral score or other open score using one or more C clefs
Additional materials: repertoire list; D: a sample of written work
612-624-3307
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro • Greensboro, N.C.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: yes (D only)
Audition dates: Dec. 1(D), 2, Jan. 26(D), 27, Feb. 9(D), 10, 23(D), 24, or by appointment (D)
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one prelude and fugue from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach), or another Bach prelude and fugue of greater length; one chorale prelude from Orgelbüchlein or a comparable chorale prelude by another Baroque composer; one brief 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century work. M: one moderately difficult work by a predecessor of Bach or a non-German contemporary of Bach; one Bach prelude/toccata/fantasia and fugue or a movement of a trio sonata; one moderately difficult work written between 1820–1920; one post-1920 work; one of the above should be played from memory. D: pre-recorded audition due Jan. 3: a full recital representing at least four distinct historic styles, from which jurors will choose a 20–30 minute audition.
Additional skill demonstration: B: major and minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves) at the piano. M: hymn-playing, once as written and once with a varied accompaniment, either previously published or of original construction. D: sight-reading.
Additional materials required at audition: M/D: brief interview
706-224-7789
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University of North Carolina School of the Arts • Winston-Salem, N.C.
Degree(s): High School, B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 9, 23, or by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: High School: two contrasting works from different stylistic periods. B: one Baroque work; one Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work. M: one major free Bach work (including the trio sonatas); one Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing
336-770-1550
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University of North Florida • Jacksonville, Fla.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Oct. 7, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see Unf.edu/uploadedFiles/aa/coas/music/SOM_HANDBOOK.pdf
904-620-2961
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University of North Texas • Denton, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 24
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: 20 minutes; recommended repertoire: several chorale preludes from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein required; other representative repertoire from Buxtehude, Brahms, Vierne (24 Pièces). M/D: 30 minutes, including one major Bach work; one major 19th-century work; one major 20th-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
940-565-4094
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University of Notre Dame • South Bend, Ind.
Degree(s): M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 11, 12
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one major Bach work; two contrasting works
Additional skill demonstration: basic musicianship
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
574-631-1300
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University of Oklahoma–American Organ Institute • Norman, Okla.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B: Nov. 19; B/M/D/PC: Feb. 1, 2
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: two or three works in contrasting styles choosing from: a Bach movement; a 19th-century French or German movement; a 20th-century work. M/D/PC: 30 minutes of Baroque, Romantic, and contemporary works
Additional skill demonstration: B: hymn sight-reading; anthem accompaniment sight-reading; M/D/PC: sight-reading, figured bass, transposition, harmonization
405-325-7829
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University of Oregon School of Music and Dance • Eugene, Oreg.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: three pieces of contrasting styles and eras
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
541-346-3791
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University of Redlands • Redlands, Calif.
Degree(s): B, M, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 17
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works from different stylistic periods
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; scales
909-748-8014
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University of Tennessee–Knoxville • Knoxville, Tenn.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Bach work; two works in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
865-521-0277
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University of Utah • Salt Lake City, Utah
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: Mar. 1
Repertoire: B: one Baroque work; one post-Baroque work. M: 20–30 minutes from at least three periods. See website for recommended repertoire.
801-581-6762
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Valparaiso University • Valparaiso, Ind.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 10, 17, 19
Application deadline: Feb. 10
Repertoire: two works in contrasting styles (a Bach work recommended)
Additional skill demonstration: one hymn with two stanzas; hymn sight-reading
219-464-5084
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Wartburg College • Waverly, Iowa
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 11, Jan. 20, Feb. 9, 17
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works
319-352-8275
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West Chester University • West Chester, Pa.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B: Tuesdays in Nov., Feb., Mar.; M: by appointment
Application deadline: Nov. 1
Repertoire: B: one Bach prelude and fugue; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work. M: one major Bach work; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; scales; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list; list of previous study; resume
610-738-0452
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Wheaton College-Conservatory • Wheaton, Ill.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb. 17
Repertoire: two works of contrasting periods and styles (one fast and articulate; the other slow and lyrical); memorization encouraged; piano audition acceptable
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; sight-reading
630-752-5097
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Wichita State University • Wichita, Kans.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 18, Feb. 10, Apr. 7, or by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: incoming freshmen: basic theory and keyboard skills. B, transfers, M/PC: one work from three of the following periods: pre-Bach; Bach; Romantic to the present
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; scales; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: Transfer, M/PC: repertoire list
316-978-6218
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Willamette University • Salem, Oreg.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Jan. 27
Application deadline: Nov. 15
Repertoire: piano: Bach or Mozart; organ: organ method book or standard organ repertoire
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; scales; sight-reading
503-490-8874
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Yale Institute of Sacred Music • New Haven, Conn.
Degree(s): M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 22–25
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: Recorded: one major Bach work; one Romantic work; one contemporary work. Live audition: works from the same three categories. Applicants strongly encouraged, though not required, to perform different works than those on recording.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; other skills
203-432-9753
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