Auditioning for the Bachelor of Music Program
If you’re planning to enter Concordia’s Bachelor of Music program, you’ll need to audition.
We hold auditions each winter for the following school year on campus. You may also schedule an audition appointment at another time during the year that works better for you.
Two contrasting movements or selections (one lyrical and one technical in nature) should be performed (with or without accompaniment), showing the student's current level of achievement. Suggested works include the following. (Please note that these are only suggestions reflecting freshman level college repertoire. Any two contrasting selections will be considered.)
Should you require further information on any Brass audition, please contact:
Dr. Nathaniel Dickey, Assistant Professor of Low Brass, email@example.com, or by phone at 218.299.4859
Dr. Peter Knudsvig, Associate Professor of Trumpet, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 218.299.4877
Karin Wakefield, Professor of French Horn, email@example.com, or by phone at 218.299.4872
B.M. auditions for the theory/composition degree will take the form of an interview with Concordia's composition faculty. As part of that interview, the applicant should prepare a portfolio including the following materials:
1. up to three representative samples (scores and recordings) of his/her work, and
2. a list of his/her compositions, including instrumentation and performance dates.
Should further information be required, please contact Dr. Steven Makela, Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 218.299.4882.
Students applying for the B.M. program in piano should be
prepared to play a memorized audition consisting of the following:
1. A significant work by J.S. Bach.
2. The first movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
3. A work (or movement) of the applicant’s choosing from the standard Romantic or Impressionistic repertoire that is representative of the student’s general level of accomplishment.
If you should require additional information, please contact Dr. Jay Hershberger, Professor of Piano, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 218.299.4869.
Students applying for the B.M. in organ should be prepared to play the above piano audition. In addition, if the student chooses, an organ work should be performed.
If you should require additional information, please contact Peter Nygaard, Instructor of Organ, at 218.299.4889.
Students wishing to audition for the Percussion Area should be able to demonstrate abilities on snare drum, a mallet-keyboard instrument (marimba, vibraphone or xylophone), and/or timpani. For specific requirements, please refer to the following website: http://www.cord.edu/Music/Ensembles/inst_auditions.php.
If you should require additional information, please contact Dr. David Eyler, Professor of Percussion, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 218.299.4860.
Students applying for the B.M. program in violin, viola, cello or double-bass should be prepared to play an audition without accompaniment consisting of the following material.
1. Two three-octave scales, one in major and one in minor.
2. Two contrasting works (or movements) from the standard repertoire. No piano accompaniment is required.
Should further information be required, please contact Joanne Cohen, Associate Professor of Violin and Viola, at email@example.com or by phone at 218.299.4858.
Auditions for the Bachelor of Music in voice will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Concordia College in the Hvidsten Hall of Music. Students applying for the B.M. program in voice should be prepared to perform a memorized audition consisting of two contrasting classical selections (one in English). In addition, students will be asked to complete a musical evaluation and interview with the vocal faculty.
Suggested anthologies for repertoire:
26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton
ISBN # 0-88284-489-X
The First Book of Soprano/Mezzo/Tenor/Baritone Solos, compiled by Joan Boytim
Should further information be required, please contact Dr. Holly Janz, Associate Professor of Voice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 218.299.4844.
Students applying for the B.M. program in any woodwind instrument should be prepared to play an audition without accompaniment consisting of the following material.
1. Perform two contrasting works from standard repertoire. No piano accompaniment is required.
2. Major scales and full range chromatic scale.
Should further information be required, please contact Dr. Leigh Wakefield, Associate Professor of Clarinet, at email@example.com, or by phone at 218.299.4847.
For more information, contact audition coordinator Dr. Holly Janz.