The School of Music is now receiving auditions on video.

You can take a video on your smartphone or other device and post it to a shareable platform such as YouTube. Send a link of your video to music@cairn.edu, and we will be in touch! 

If you have any trouble sending your audition video, please contact the School of Music at music@cairn.edu.

Audition Requirements for Music (BA), Performance, and Music Education (PK-12) Candidates

Keyboard
  • Perform two contrasting works from the classical repertoire (memorization required).
  • Suggested repertoire:
    • a two- or three-part invention or a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
    • an allegro movement from a sonata by Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven
    • a larger work from the Romantic period (Debussy, Schumann, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, etc.)
Voice
  • Perform two contrasting works from the classical repertoire (memorization required).
  • Suggested repertoire: Copland, Quilter, Britten, Caldara, Schubert, Fauré, Brahms, Handel, etc.
Strings
  • Perform the first movement of a standard concerto or solo piece of choice
  • Perform a contrasting movement from a standard concerto or solo piece by a different composer of choice
Woodwinds and Brass
  • Perform the first movement of a standard concerto or solo piece of choice
  • Perform a contrasting movement from a standard concerto or solo piece by a different composer of choice
Percussion
  • Perform two prepared snare drum solos
    • from the N.A.R.D. Rudiment Solo Book or equivalent
    • from Cirone’s, Portraits in Rhythm or equivalent
  • Perform a snare drum concert roll: pp<ff>pp over 16 beats.
  • Perform a prepared mallet solo from the book Masterpieces for Marimba by MacMillan, or Intermediate Mallets by Whaley, or equivalent.
Guitar

Perform two contrasting works from the classical repertoire

Audition Requirements for Composition Candidates

Composition

In addition to passing an audition in one of the areas above (keyboard, strings, woodwinds, percussion, guitar), application for entrance into the composition program is made in one of two ways:

  1. submission of a portfolio of original compositions prior to the audition
  2. demonstration, during the first two semesters of study, of a working knowledge of music theory and a strong interest in the creative process

Audition Requirements for Worship & Music Candidates

All Instruments (except Percussion)

What to Play for your Video Audition: Vocals and All Instruments Except Percussion

Prepare a piece that you are comfortable with that displays your instrumental or vocal proficiency and your overall musicianship. It can be in any style and should be approximately 3–5 minutes in length.

Examples:

  • a tune from a well-known artist or band; this can be a worship song
  • a standard or jazz tune (which may include blues and rhythm changes) with your own improvisation
  • a composition from the classical instrumental/voice repertoire; this could be a movement of a sonata, concerto, or étude
  • a transcription of a well-known artist’s solo
Percussion

Drum Set Auditions: Play examples from the following list of grooves/techniques:

  • 4/4 Swing
  • 3/4 Swing
  • Rock
  • Funk
  • Shuffle
  • Bossa Nova
  • Samba
  • Trading fours and eights in 4/4 Swing, Shuffle, and Rock grooves
  • Brush technique

Music Scholarships up to $6,000 per year may be awarded to students who successfully pass the audition and exhibit outstanding performance ability and potential. The scholarship award will be applied annually toward Cairn tuition. Funds will be awarded up to 9 semesters based on a minimum 2.5 GPA per semester, enrollment as a full-time music major and active ensemble participation. To qualify, applicants must meet Cairn’s entrance requirements and audition before May 1. If scholarship funds remain available after May 1, additional scholarships may be awarded.

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