Organ Auditions Guide 2019-2020

This is for auditions taking place during the 2019–2020 academic year.

All information is current as of press time and subject to change. Contact schools for up-to-date information.

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

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY • Tempe, Ariz.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
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 Bach work; one later work that can be played effectively without a swell box.
Additional skill demonstration: B: hymn or four-part chorale sight-reading; hymn sight-reading or score analysis
480-965-3371
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ASBURY UNIVERSITY • Wilmore, Ky.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one pre-1750 work; one post-1750 work. Piano students may prepare two piano works from two periods.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading; hymn-playing; scales (if piano audition)
Additional materials required at audition: scholarship application
859-858-3511
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY • Muncie, Ind.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B: Jan. 26, Feb. 7, 17; M/D/AD: by appointment
Application deadline: B: Jan. 1; M/D/AD: Feb. 15
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: B: sight-reading; hymn-playing; M/D/AD: sight-reading; service-playing
Examinations: B/M/D/AD: music theory placement; M/D/AD: music history placement
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. 7, Feb. 7, 29
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see Baylor.edu/music/index.php?id=956290
254-710-6509
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BOSTON UNIVERSITY–SCHOOL OF MUSIC • Boston, Mass.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Jan.–Feb.
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: see Bu.edu/cfa/admissions/school-of-music/audition-information/organ/
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
617-353-3341
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY–IDAHO • Rexburg, Idaho
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Bach work; one 19th- or 20th-century work from the standard repertoire. Piano students may prepare one keyboard work of Bach and one significant work from another period on the piano.
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn with introduction and two verses with contrasting registration; at the piano, one major and one minor scale in parallel motion (four octaves) and contrary motion (two octaves) in sixteenth notes; quarter note = 92
208-496-4964
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CAPITAL UNIVERSITY • Columbus, Ohio
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 17, by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: minimum of two works (three preferred) of contrasting styles or periods; Prelude in g or Prelude in F from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach) or equivalent. Piano applicants should play a Bach two-part invention or comparable work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading
614-236-6736
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CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY • Jefferson City, Tenn.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 25
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two works including one prelude and fugue from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach) and one contrasting work.
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn
Additional materials required at audition: performance resume
Examinations: theory placement
865-471-2057
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THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA • Washington, D.C.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 3
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: recorded: one Bach prelude and fugue; one major 19th- or early 20th-century work; one post-1930 work
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; conducting; hymn transposition; open score-reading
Examinations: organ and sacred music; music history and theory; melodic and harmonic dictation
202-319-5863
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY • Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: see website
Application deadline: Jan. 31, Feb. 14, 15, 29, Mar. 20
Repertoire: B: one Baroque 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 Bach work or a Classical work; one Romantic, Impressionist, 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: see website
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: one Bach work; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; sight-reading
216-791-5000
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY • Seward, Nebr.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: recorded: Oct. 15; live: Dec. 9
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two works in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn
Examinations: music theory; aural skills; interview
402-643-7282
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO • River Forest, Ill.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 16, Feb. 15, 17, 22
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two works in contrasting styles (one preferably Bach; one 19th- or 20th-century)
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn with or without introduction, with two stanzas
Examinations: music fundamentals
708-268-0730
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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. 6, Jan. 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28
Application deadline: May 1
Repertoire: see Duq.edu/musicadmissions
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing; scales
412-396-5064
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY • Greenville, N.C.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 7, Jan. 18–20, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Mar. 21
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Baroque work (preferably Bach); one Romantic work; one post-1950 work
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
252-328-1261
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY • Tallahassee, Fla.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 21, by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: three contrasting works; piano audition allowed, which must include a prelude and fugue or other large Bach work. M/D: three works of contrasting styles and tempi, including one major Bach work.
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
850-644-6102
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY • Atlanta, Ga.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Nov. 8, Feb. 8, Mar. 6
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach work; one Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work. M: one major Bach work; two major works of varying styles/periods
Additional skill demonstration: B: all major and minor scales (all three forms), 4 octaves, on piano, in 16ths (metronome speed: quarter note = 90); all major and minor arpeggios, 4 octaves; one hymn with introduction and two stanzas. M: one hymn with introduction and three stanzas
404-228-7731
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GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE • St. Peter, Minn.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn with introduction, standard harmonization, and alternate harmonization
507-933-7447
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HILLSDALE COLLEGE • Hillsdale, Mich.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one pre-1750 work; one work in contrasting style
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
517-607-2366
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HOPE COLLEGE • Holland, Mich.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 20, Feb. 14, 15
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: 10 minutes including at least two works, including one Bach work and one Romantic or contemporary work
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing
Examinations: theory; aural skills
616-395-7645
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HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY • Houston, Tex.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: see hbu.edu/musicauditions
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two works in contrasting styles from standard repertoire; memorization not required; piano audition allowed
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
Examinations: piano and theory placement
281-649-3272
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA • Indiana, Pa.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: see iup.edu/music/undergrad/audition
Application deadline: May 31
Repertoire: two works, including one Baroque work, of contrasting styles (at least one work memorized); see website for suggested audition material.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; one hymn (include at least three registration changes)
Examinations: piano proficiency
724-357-2390, ext. 2563
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY • Ames, Iowa
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. and by appointment
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
352-214-8521
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ITHACA COLLEGE • Ithaca, N.Y.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; pre-Bach north German; Bach; early French, or German Romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American); typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a Romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger; memorization not required. M: one Bach work (preferably a prelude/fugue, toccata/fugue, or fantasy/fugue), one Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading two hymns
Examinations: sight-singing; aural skills
607-274-3366
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY • Manhattan, Kans.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment before Mar. 1
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach work; one contrasting work; M: three contrasting works from different periods, including a major Bach work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
785-370-6110
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LUTHER COLLEGE • Decorah, Iowa
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Bach or another pre-1750 contrapuntal work; one contrasting Romantic or 20th- or 21st-century work; piano audition permitted.
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list; recommendation from current teacher
563-387-1426
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MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC • New York, N.Y.
Degree(s): M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Mar. 6
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: M/PC: one major Baroque work; one major Romantic work; one major post-1930 work. D: 60-minute solo recital program representing at least three contrasting style periods, including a work composed after 1930.
212.749.2802
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MCGILL UNIVERSITY–SCHULICH SCHOOL OF MUSIC • Montreal, Que.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb., Mar.
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see Mcgill.ca/music/about-us/areas/organ
Additional skill demonstration: see Mcgill.ca/music/about-us/areas/organ
Additional materials required at audition: Mcgill.ca/music/about-us/areas/organ
Examinations: Mcgill.ca/music/about-us/areas/organ
514-398-4991
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MERCER UNIVERSITY–TOWNSEND SCHOOL OF MUSIC • Macon, Ga.
Degree(s): B, M, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 7, Feb. 1, 22, by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one major north German Baroque work; two additional works of contrasting styles (one lyrical, one virtuosic; one Romantic, one 20th or 21st century.
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; hymn sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list; two letters of recommendation (at least one from current organ teacher)
Examinations: M: music history and theory placement
478-301-2750
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MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE • Clinton, Miss.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: recordings accepted
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one pre-1750 work; one 1750–1900 work; one post-1900 work
Additional skill demonstration: one hymn
601-925-3440
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY • Springfield, Mo.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 21, 28, 29, Mar. 7
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works
Examinations: B: music theory placement
417-836-3028
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OBERLIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC • Oberlin, Ohio
Degree(s): B, M, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B/M: Feb. 8, 15, 22; AD: by appointment
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: three or four contrasting works from the standard literature, including one Bach work. Piano audition permitted. 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 three years
440-775-8413
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OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY • Oklahoma City, Okla.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Baroque work; one Romantic or contemporary work; M: 30-minutes including one major Baroque work; two additional Romantic or later works in differing styles.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; one prepared hymn
405-208-5650
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PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY • Tacoma, Wash.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 21–23
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, Md.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 18–20
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: one Bach work; one Romantic work; one post-1910 work. M: one major Bach work; two contrasting works. D: typical graduate recital including contrasting styles and eras. AD: 70-minute recital representing at least three stylistic periods and including at least two large-scale works.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading; hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: AD: portfolio
667-208-6600
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PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY • Pittsburg, Kans.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: at least two contrasting works
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
620-235-4467
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RANDOLPH COLLEGE • Lynchburg, Va.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn with introduction, standard harmonization, and alternate harmonization
Additional materials required at audition: organ/piano repertoire list
434-947-8530
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RICE UNIVERSITY–THE SHEPHERD SCHOOL OF MUSIC • Houston, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Jan. 31; Feb. 1, 10, 11
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: one major Bach work (excluding BWV 553–560); two additional contrasting works. M: one major Bach work; two or more contrasting works. D: recording: memorized program of one major Bach work and two contrasting works; live: 45-minute memorized program including one major Bach work. AD: memorized program of at least 45 minutes; live: 30–45 minute memorized program including one major Bach work.
Additional skill demonstration: B: sight-reading. M: sight-reading; harmonization.
Additional materials required at audition: refer to degree specific audition requirements
Examinations: D: music history and theory
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: Feb. 8, 22
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach work; 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
Additional materials required at audition: organ and piano repertoire list
732-932-3848
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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 Baroque work; one Romantic or contemporary work; piano auditions allowed.
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; sight-reading; major and minor scales
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: no
Audition dates: TBD
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Baroque prelude and fugue; one significant Romantic work; one 20th-century work
Additional skill demonstration: two contrasting prepared hymns; hymn sight-reading; sight-singing
320-363-2862
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SALEM COLLEGE • Winston-Salem, N.C.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: BA: two or more movements of a Bach free work (toccata/prelude/fantasia and fugue, trio sonata, concerto); one contrasting 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century work. BM: two or more movements of a Bach free work (toccata/prelude/fantasia and fugue, trio sonata, concerto); one movement or complete Romantic work; one movement or complete 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: B: two stanzas of a prepared hymn; M: one prepared hymn
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
336-721-2636
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SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY • Santa Clara, Calif.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: by appointment
Application deadline: B: Jan. 1; M/D/AD: Feb. 15
Repertoire: one Baroque work; one Romantic work; one contemporary work
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading; major and minor scales
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
650-400-3278
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SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY • Shepherdstown, W.V.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Oct. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 29
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two works in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: see Shepherd.edu/music
Examinations: music theory placement; piano placement
304.876.5555
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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY–MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS • Dallas, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, PC, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 22
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Repertoire: 25–30 minutes including three contrasting works of medium difficulty
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; sight-reading
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. 25, Feb. 8, 15, 22
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: works comparable to the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. to Bach), chorale preludes from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, Brahms’s Chorale Preludes, or works of comparable difficulty. Piano audition optional: Bach two-part inventions, Beethoven or Mozart sonatas, or works of comparable difficulty.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; aural skills
386-822-8975
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SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY • Selinsgrove, Penn.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, 17, 21, & Mar. 2
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two contrasting works from different periods and styles
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading, basic musicianship; sight-singing/aural skills
570-372-4309
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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. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8
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: hymn-playing; 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. 21, Nov. 16, Jan. 25, Feb. 29
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Bach work; one additional contrasting work
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; hymn sight-reading; additional keyboard skills
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: Jan. 25, Feb. 15, 17, 29
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one major Bach work; one French or German Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: B/M/D: sight-reading; hymn-playing; major and minor scales; M/D: theory exam
Additional materials required at audition: M/D: written essay on a music history topic of applicant’s choice; organ and piano repertoire list
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: Feb.
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one Bach work; one Romantic work; one post-1950 work
Additional skill demonstration: sample of elementary improvisation
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
Examinations: music theory
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: Jan., Feb.
Application deadline: Nov. 30
Repertoire: see website
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list, curriculum vitae
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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. 18, 25
Application deadline: Dec. 1
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: AD: yes
Audition dates: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: 15–20 minutes, including one Bach work and one 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: closed mini-recital and interview, 30–35 minutes.
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
303-871-6973
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA • Gainesville, Fla.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 18, 25, 26, Mar. 4 (transfer students)
Application deadline: Nov. 1
Repertoire: B: one pre-1800 work; one post-1800 work; one 20th-century or contemporary work.
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: see Uh.edu/kgmca/music/admin-financial-aid/auditions
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Baroque work; two contrasting (one lyrical and one virtuosic) Romantic and/or contemporary works; piano auditions allowed. M/D/PC: 30 minutes including at least three contrasting periods and styles; memorization encouraged. MSM: one Baroque work; one Romantic or contemporary work; one prepared hymn of at least three stanzas, prepared with a creative introduction and at least one reharmonization (interludes encouraged); one prepared anthem accompaniment (provided by the University in advance).
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading; hymn-playing
713-743-7316
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA • Iowa City, Iowa
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb.
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: see website
Additional materials required at audition: M/D: curriculum vitae; statement of purpose
319-335-1630
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Degree(s): B, M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 31, Feb. 7
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: see Smtd.umich.edu/admissions
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: B (spring admission): Dec. 7; B/M/D: Jan. 18, Feb. 8
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: three works of contrasting styles, including one Bach work; memorization recommended. M: 30 minutes of contrasting styles including one Bach work and one Romantic work; memorization recommended. D: 45 minutes of contrasting styles including one 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
Audition dates: Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, 22
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach prelude and fugue (may be from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach)); one 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century work. M: one non-Bach pre-1750 work; one Bach prelude/toccata/fantasia and fugue or a trio sonata movement; one work written from 1820 to 1920; one post-1920 work of contrasting nationality. D: 45-minute program including one major Bach work; one additional movement of another Baroque composer; one significant work written from 1750 to 1920; one significant post-1920 work (these last two works should be from contrasting schools).
Additional skill demonstration: B: hymn-playing; major and minor scales and arpeggios; M/D: major and minor scales and arpeggios; sight-reading.
Examinations: B: theory placement; M/D: music history and theory placement; 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: B/M: Jan. 24, 25, Feb. 7, 8; HS/B/M: Feb. 21, 22, 28
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: High School: two or more movements of a Bach free work; one contrasting 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century work. B: one Bach free 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: one prepared hymn; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list
336-770-3254
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS • Denton, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 29
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: 30 minutes including hymn-playing and sight-reading plus one Bach work; one lyrical work, and one virtuosic work from the 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; hymn-playing
Additional materials required at audition: organ, piano, and harpsichord repertoire list
940-565-4094
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME • Notre Dame, Ind.
Degree(s): M, D
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 9, 10
Application deadline: Dec. 15
Repertoire: M: one major Bach work; two contrasting works. D: one major Bach work; two contrasting masters-level works
Additional skill demonstration: basic musicianship; sight-singing; aural skills; rhythm
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: Feb. 7, by appointment
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; memorization strongly encouraged.
Additional skill demonstration: B: sight-reading; hymn-playing; anthem accompaniment; 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, nationality, 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: Feb. 1, 16
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: two contrasting works. M/AD: three complete solo works including one major work or concerto.
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; scales
909-748-8014
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA–THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC • Los Angeles, Calif.
Degree(s): B, M, D, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Jan. 25, 26, Feb. 8, 9
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: one complete Bach work; one Romantic work (through 1930); one post-1950 work
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing
Examinations: D: written
626-441-6814
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE–KNOXVILLE • Knoxville, Tenn.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 8, 15, 22
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one prelude and fugue from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (formerly attr. Bach) or another Baroque work of similar or advanced difficulty; two contrasting works including a 20th-century work. M: one free Bach work or one or more movements from a trio sonata; one contrasting Romantic work; one 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading; one prepared hymn with introduction and two stanzas
Additional materials required at audition: list of repertoire studied and performed in recital
317-440-5795
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS—SAN ANTONIO • San Antonio, Tex.
Degree(s): B, M, PC
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Feb. 8, 29
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Repertoire: three to four works in contrasting styles from contrasting periods
Additional skill demonstration: hymn sight-reading
Examinations: graduate and transfer student placement
801-735-9874
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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO • Toronto, Ont.
Degree(s): B, M, D, AD
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: mid–late Feb.
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: B: one pre-Bach work; one Bach work; one 20th- or 21st-century work; one contrasting work if program is under 20 minutes. M: program of 45–60 minutes including: one major Bach work (excluding BWV 553–560); either trio fast/slow from BWV 525–530 or one fast movement from BWV 525–530 plus one prelude from BWV 651–668 or 645–650; one major Romantic work; one major 20th- or 21st-century work. D: pre-audition video: 20–30 minutes total, including three contrasting works; live: 60 minutes minimum demonstrating contrasting styles, composers, tempi, and registrations.
Additional skill demonstration: B: sight-reading; sight-singing; interval and chord-quality identification
Additional materials required at audition: one copy of repertoire performed for jurors
416-978-2079
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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: rolling admissions
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: Nov. 11; Feb. 7, 8, 15, 17
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: two to three works in contrasting styles
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: letter of recommendation
219-464-5454
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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY • West Chester, Pa.
Degree(s): B, M
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: B: Nov., Jan.–Mar.; M: by appointment
Application deadline: rolling admissions
Repertoire: B: one Bach prelude and fugue; one 19th-century work; one 20th- or 21st-century work. M: one extended Bach prelude/toccata and fugue; one extended 19th-century work; one extended 20th- or 21st-century work.
Additional skill demonstration: hymn-playing; scales; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: repertoire list; organ-related employment; school/church accompanying experience; choral directing experience
610-436-2739
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WESTMINSTER CHOIR COLLEGE OF RIDER UNIVERSITY • Lawrenceville, N.J.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 22
Application deadline: rolling auditions
Repertoire: one Baroque work; two contrasting Romantic or contemporary works (one lyrical, one virtuosic); memorization encouraged but not required; piano audition permitted, including one Bach invention or prelude and fugue; one first movement of a Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven sonata (excluding Beethoven Op. 49, Op. 79, and Op. 27, No. 2); one 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century work.
800-962-4647
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WHEATON COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY • Wheaton, Ill.
Degree(s): B
Recorded pre-audition required: no
Audition dates: Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 22
Application deadline: Jan. 10
Repertoire: two works of contrasting periods and styles (one fast and articulate; the other slow and lyrical); memorization encouraged
Additional skill demonstration: one prepared hymn; sight-reading
Additional materials required at audition: organ and piano repertoire list
630-752-5097
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YALE INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC • New Haven, Conn.
Degree(s): M
Recorded pre-audition required: yes
Audition dates: Feb. 28–Mar. 1
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Repertoire: one major Bach work; one Romantic work; one contemporary work
Additional skill demonstration: sight-reading; other skills
203-432-9753
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