Music Department Admission Requirements
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All music students must meet general Castleton University admission requirements.
The following students must complete an audition:
- Students seeking Bachelor of Music in Music Education and licensure
- Students seeking Bachelor of Arts in Music with Performance Concentration
- All students wishing to be considered for a music scholarship.
The following students do not need to complete an audition:
- Students seeking Bachelor of Arts in Music with General concentration
- Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater
Students are encouraged to audition at any time, preferably after submitting their admissions application form. Auditions will be considered beginning in November.
There are three steps to audition:
Step 1: Request a Meeting Time
This is to meet music faculty and is a follow up to your submitted audition view.
Students are asked to set up a zoom conversation with music faculty to discuss their accomplishments, goals, and interests. If students are from a non-quarantine county, it may be possible to do this interview portion of the audition in-person in conjunction with a campus tour if desired.
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Step 2: Record an Audition Video
Until COVID restrictions ease, auditions will be submitted digitally. Students should prepare a high-quality audio/video recording with a repertoire as described below. Completed recordings should be sent to email@example.com for review.
Your recording can be made on an iPhone, iPad, computer, or through separate recording equipment. Be sure to check the sound and video quality before submitting it.
Your audition repertoire must include the following:
Instrumental – Three major scales in 2 octaves. Two contrasting pieces that display your technical ability and artistic merit. A sonata movement, etude, etc. along with a contrasting piece that displays technical and artistic skills are acceptable options.
Vocal - Two contrasting pieces from the following genres: 1) art song or aria, 2) adaptation of a folk song, or spiritual or 3) song from musical theater (maximum of one). The selections must be memorized and if possible should demonstrate two languages (including English). All vocal auditions should be accompanied. Recorded accompaniment is fine, as well as recording with a live accompanist.
If you have any questions or concerns about recording an audition, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance.
Step 3: Submitting Audition Video
Submit your audition video no later than the Monday before your scheduled interview date and time.
Recordings may be uploaded to Youtube, Google Drive, or Dropbox, and the link should be sent to email@example.com
If you have any questions you can find more information at www.castleton.edu/music under “Admission and Audition Process for Music Majors”. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Music Department Scholarship
Music Department Scholarships are available, and 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 each coming academic year is March 1.