Auditions for Music Majors and Music Performance Scholarships
ALL OTHER MAJORS: Music Performance Scholarships are awarded to outstanding performing musicians (regardless of major) who meet the challenges of Elizabethtown's academic environment. Awards range in size and are renewable for four years. Vocal, keyboard, and instrumental performers are invited to audition. Scholarships are open to music and non-music majors. Scholarships are awarded to first-year and transfer students. Open to instrumental, vocal, and keyboard (piano and organ) performers. Students may audition in a maximum of two performing areas.
Audition Dates 2022-23
November 19, 2022
January 14, 2023
January 28, 2023
February 25, 2023
*Dates are subject to change
Before the Audition
Step 1: Students must first apply to the College by submitting either the Elizabethtown or Common Application prior to the audition.
Step 2: Request an audition date by clicking on "Music Major Request" or a "Music Performance Scholarship Request" below
Music Major Request: Request an audition for majoring in music (Music Therapy, Music Education, and Music). Prospective Music Majors do not need to request an additional audition to be considered for a Music Performance Scholarship. An audition is REQUIRED for acceptance to these programs of study.
Music Performance Scholarship Request (for Non-Music Majors): Request a Performance Scholarship Audition.
Step 3: Choose your literature (See literature information for comparable examples).
On Your Audition Day
- MUSIC MAJORS: The day's activities begin at 8 am and will conclude around 2 pm.
- PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP ONLY: You are only required to attend your assigned audition time (sent at a later date) to perform your chosen music literature and to complete the sight-reading portion of your audition.
PLEASE read this CAREFULLY! The information provided below is provided to give you the BEST chance for a successful audition!
- The candidate must have applied to Elizabethtown College (Acceptance to the college is not required PRIOR to the audition)
- Perform two pieces of literature that are contrasting style and of an appropriate level
- See literature information for comparable examples. Note that your instrument MAY not be included in the sample list. Examine the literature for similar or related instruments.
- Sight-read music on your instrument.
- Instrumentalists will also be asked to play several scales on their instrument (appropriate to the instrument).
- Audition selections for which an accompaniment has been composed SHOULD be performed with the accompaniment. We do not permit use of pre-recorded accompaniment tracks.
Propsective Music Majors must also:
- Complete a music theory diagnostic exam
- Interview with the Program Director
- Complete an aural/singing exam
- Provide a letter of recommendation from a music teacher (Please use this form)
Candidates for the music major who have been accepted to Elizabethtown College will receive notification of the outcome of their audition via mail, usually within two weeks of their audition. Candidates may not be accepted into the music program without first being accepted to Elizabethtown College. All candidates for the music major will also be automatically considered for a Music Performance Scholarship.
Music Performance Scholarship offers will be mailed within two weeks of the last audition date. All incoming prospective students, regardless of major, are eligible for a Music Performance Scholarship. Music Performance Scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the candidate's audition and the needs of our music ensembles. Award offers may ONLY be made to students who have been accepted to Elizabethtown College.
Music Performance Scholarships are renewed annually so long as the recipient meets the following criteria:
- Enroll in private lessons on their instrument with College music faculty (1/2 per week for non-music majors; 1 hour per week for music majors)
- Demonstrate acceptable progress in their private lessons and in the ensemble as assigned
- Maintain enrollment in the ensemble to which they are assigned
Audition Day Schedule
Time: For Music Majors: Audition Day begins at 8 am in Zug Memorial Hall, Hess Gallery (2nd floor). The first session begins at 8:30 followed by diagnostic exams, auditions, and interviews. We will also provide lunch in the MarketPlace for you and your family. The audition process concludes around 2:00 p.m.
Performance Scholarship Only (ie. not majoring in music): Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your assigned time. You are free to leave at the conclusion of your audition.
Location: Auditions, interviews, and diagnostic exams will be held in Zug Memorial Hall.
Those applying to major in Music Education, Music Therapy, or Bachelor of Arts in Music must complete the following additional tasks on the audition day:
- Diagnostic Exams
- At the audition, all music majors will complete exams in:
- Aural Skills (identification of basic melody, rhythmic and harmonic materials)
- Sight-singing (singing of basic diatonic melodies without accompaniment)
- Program Interview
- An interview will be held with the coordinator of the program of study the student wishes to pursue. This interview is intended to assess readiness to enter a specific degree program and to help prospective students understand the goals and requirements of the program. Baccalaureate degrees in Music Therapy, Music Education, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music are offered by the Department. Details may be found in the College catalog.