Admissions & Audition Process for Music Majors

Admission Requirements

All music students must meet general Castleton University admission requirements. 

Auditions are required For:

  • All students who wish to be considered for a Music Scholarship.
  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Performance or Musical Theater concentrations. 

Students seeking the general Bachelor of Arts in Music concentration have no audition requirement for admission, unless they wish to be considered for scholarship.

Students may choose to send a video, audio recording, or YouTube link instead. See below for specific audition details.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Contact the Admissions Office and submit the required applications or call (802) 468-1213 for more information. 
  2. If you are applying for the Music Education or Music BA Performance or Musical Theater concentrations, or wish to be considered for a Music Scholarship, schedule a music audition with Ashley Haggerty at the Fine Arts Center via email or phone: (802) 468-1242. Please note: you may schedule your audition before or after finishing your application to the University. During the summer months please contact the Department Chair, Sherrill Blodget.
  3. When you schedule your audition you may also schedule a full-campus tour. You are also welcome to set up times to visit music classes and/or ensemble rehearsals.
  4. Prepare for your audition. Please see specific repertoire requirements.
  5. On the day of your audition we will provide a practice room for you to warm-up. You will meet the faculty, perform your selected repertoire, and discuss your musical experiences and goals with the faculty. Following your performance you and your parents will have the opportunity to meet with music faculty and ask any questions you might have.
  6. After the audition is completed, we will contact you within two weeks concerning your acceptance to the music department at Castleton. Please note that this is separate from your acceptance to the University.
  7. We wish you the very best in your college search. Please do not hesitate to contact our music faculty with questions!


Music Department Scholarships are open to all entering students (first-year or transfer) majoring in music. No additional application materials are required but an audition is mandatory for all Scholarship applicants. 

The recipient’s award of $2,500 is renewable provided that the student remains a music major, maintains a B+ (3.3 on a 4.0 scale) average in music courses, and contributes in a positive manner to the music program. The deadline for scholarship consideration for the 2018-2019 academic year is March 1, 2019.

Audition Information

Music Auditions allow students to make a personal connection with the Castleton Music Department. This is an opportunity to perform, as well to experience Castleton’s high expectations within a supportive family atmosphere. On your audition day, you are encouraged to sit in on classes and/or ensemble rehearsals as well as performing your audition and meeting with music faculty.

Students are invited to audition throughout the year, preferably after submitting their admissions application form. 

Auditions are held Mondays at noon; additional days/times are possible by special arrangement. 

Students who are unable to audition on campus are encouraged to audition via high quality audio or video recording, such as DVD or You Tube link. Recordings should be sent to: Sherrill Blodget, Music Department Chair, 45 Alumni Dr. Castleton, VT 05735.

Audition Details

Your audition must include 6 to 8 minutes of music that displays your technical ability and musicianship. You must prepare at least two pieces that contrast in tempo and style. Etudes, solo repertoire, art songs and arias are appropriate for scholarship auditions. See below for specific repertoire requirements.


Two contrasting pieces of artistic merit. Examples of acceptable repertoire include movements from sonatas, concertos, etudes, technical studies, and jazz pieces with or without improvisation. An accompanist will be provided upon request, this must be set up when you request your audition. Music must provided to the accompanist two weeks prior to the audition.


The contrasting pieces must be chosen from two of the following: 1) an art song or aria, 2) an adaptation of a folk song, or spiritual or 3) a song from musical theater. The selections must be memorized and if possible should demonstrate two languages (including English).  

All vocal auditions must be accompanied. An accompanist will be provided upon request, this must be set up when you request your audition. Music must provided to the accompanist two weeks prior to the audition.

Please contact Stephen Klepner or call (802) 468-6074 to for questions regarding auditions.