All music students must meet general Castleton University admission requirements.
Auditions are required For:
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.
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.
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.
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).
Please contact Stephen Klepner or call (802) 468-6074 to for questions regarding auditions.