Audition Requirements for Music Majors and Minors

All potential music majors and minors at USF are required to audition in person prior to being accepted to the Bachelor of Arts (Generalist or Digital Audio Recording Arts) and the Bachelor of Music (Voice, Piano, Guitar) programs. Under special circumstances, students may 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 a brief interview.

For more information about the audition process or admission to the Department of Music and Performing Arts, please contact department chair Dr. Alex Dee at 815-740-3642 or adee@stfrancis.edu.

 

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Audition Guidelines

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. In addition to the prepared repertoire, prospective students should be prepared for an assessment of sight-reading and pitch pattern matching.
 
Instrumental (non-percussion): Prospective students should choose two contrasting selections. 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. If you are primarily a jazz musician, please contact the department chair, Dr. Alex Dee, at 815-740-3642 or adee@stfrancis.edu for alternate audition requirements.
 
Percussion: Prospective percussion majors should prepare the selections listed below. Any questions regarding appropriate repertoire should be directed to the department chair, Dr. Alex Dee, at 815-740-3642 or adee@stfrancis.edu.

  • Solo or Etude on Snare Drum (concert or rudimental) – Ex. Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone, 14 Modern Contest Solos by John Pratt, Wilcoxon Etudes
  • Solo or Etude on a keyboard instrument (2 or 4 mallets) – Ex. Xylophone Rags by George Hamilton Green, Masterpieces for Marimba by Thomas McMillan

 

Optional:

  • Solo or Etude on Timpani Ex. Etudes, Exercises, and Solos for the Timpani by Raynor Carroll
  • Demonstration of drum set grooves such as rock, funk, medium swing, bassa nova, Afro-Cuban 6/8 style

 
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.