Auditions - Music

Auditions

A formal audition is required for acceptance into the undergraduate Music major program. Completed audition forms must be received by the Music Department two weeks prior to the audition date. For additional information on Music major auditions, contact the auditions and scholarships coordinator via email (preferred) at  auditions@bridgew.edu, or call (508) 531-1877. 

Audition Dates

Friday, November 15, 2019
Friday, February 21, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020

Auditions will be held in Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall. Warm-up facilities will be available in Hunt Hall. Auditioners should arrive at Horace Mann Auditorium at least fifteen minutes prior to their appointed audition time.

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.