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Auditions

A formal audition is required for acceptance into the undergraduate Music major programs. Please submit a completed audition form with your video or prior to your in-person audition.

Fall 2020

Bridgewater State University will not hold in-person auditions during the Fall 2020 semester. Anyone wishing to audition for the music department is invited to submit a video in which they perform their repertoire and scales (see auditions criteria below). Applicants are asked to upload videos set as "unlisted" to a personal YouTube channel and include the URL (web address) in your audition form

We are implementing a rolling deadline, so auditions can be sent in anytime.

Spring 2021

Bridgewater State University will tentatively offer both on-campus and video submission audition options during the Spring 2021 semester. The dates for on-campus auditions will be:

  • Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Friday, March 26, 2021

Video submissions will be accepted up until May 7, 2021.

Requirements

Instrumentalists must proficiently execute:

  • Major scales (ascending and descending, up to four sharps and flats) and a chromatic scale (two octaves, ascending and descending) and/or technical studies, as appropriate for instrument.
  • A 3- to 5- minute prepared solo, preferably with accompaniment
  • A second selection in a contrasting style

Vocalists must proficiently execute:

  • An unaccompanied major scale on a neutral syllable
  • An art song or aria
  • A second selection in a contrasting style

Percussionists must proficiently execute:

  • Major scales on mallets (two octaves, ascending and descending, up to four sharps and flats) and/or technical studies, as appropriate for instrument.
  • A prepared solo or etude on one of the following instruments: Snare Drum, Timpani, Keyboard Percussion (two and/or four mallets) or Drum Set (jazz concentration track).
    Applicants choosing Drum Set must demonstrate:
    1. Four styles; moderate swing, bossa nova, ballad, and funk.
    2. Perform a four bar fill in a moderate swing style.
  • A second selection on an alternate instrument.
  • All percussion applicants are required to audition in 2 of the 4 percussion disciplines (snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, drum set). Applicants are encouraged to audition in as many percussion disciplines as possible.

Auditioners may provide their own accompanist. Auditioners choosing to use the departmental accompanist must submit music at least two weeks in advance of their scheduled audition date.

View example of a successful instrumental audition demonstrated by Lannah Fitzgerald, '18.

Notification

Within ten days of the audition, candidates will be notified of their status. They will be:

  • Accepted into the program
  • Conditionally accepted:
    1. The student may re-audition on another scheduled audition or jury day.
    2. The student must pass the audition within one year, or not be accepted as a music major.
  • Not accepted. A student who auditions and is not accepted as a music major:
    1. May audition only once more.
    2. May select music as a minor.