Audition Requirements for Music Majors

All potential music majors at USF are required to audition in person prior to being accepted as a Music Major in the Bachelor of Arts (teaching and non-teaching) and the Bachelor of Music (Voice, Piano, Guitar) programs. Under special circumstances, students could be permitted to audition via DVD or other electronic means. Music scholarships may be awarded based upon the results of the audition. In addition to the specific guidelines listed below, prospective students should be prepared for an assessment of sight-reading, pitch pattern matching, and a brief interview.

Vocal
Students should choose two songs of contrasting style, including one that is slower and more lyrical, and another that is faster and more rhythmically active. If possible, one of the songs should be sung in a foreign language (Italian, French, German, or Latin). At least one of the pieces should be classical, the other can be a selection of musical theatre. Students should strive to demonstrate technical accuracy, good tone quality, and musicality in their selections. It is recommended that at least one of the songs be memorized.

Instrumental
Prospective students should choose two contrasting selections or one longer piece with contrasting sections. It is recommended that one of the pieces be slow and lyrical, the other faster and more technically demanding. Students should strive to demonstrate technical accuracy, good tone quality, and musicality in their selections. The pieces need not be memorized.

DARA
Applicants must meet with the Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA) program director and the department chair to discuss the student’s goals and the musical and technical requirements of the DARA program.

For more information about the audition process or admission to the Department of Music and Performing Arts, please contact department chair Clarice Hearne at 815.740.3656 or chearne@stfrancis.edu