Department of Performing Arts
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Thank you for your interest in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at Eastern Connecticut State University. We are delighted that you are considering Eastern as a place to study music within the context of a liberal arts education!
All applicants for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, regardless of concentration, must complete an entrance interview and audition. These auditions are intended to give the Music Faculty an opportunity to meet each applicant and understand each individual’s strengths and assist in proper advising.
2012 – 2013 Audition Dates
December 8, 2012
February 9, 2013
March 16, 2013
April 13, 2013
All applicants wishing to enroll at Eastern as a Music Major must complete the following:
1. Fulfill all general admissions guidelines as outlined HERE by the Office of Admissions. You must be a fully admitted student, not just have applied and are awaiting a decision, with an official letter from the Eastern Office of Admissions to audition.
Students who have already been formally admitted to Eastern with admissions letter in hand and are seeking enrollment in the Music Major or Minor should skip directly to Step 2.
Students wishing to transfer into any degree program at Eastern must adhere to the admission guidelines as stated HERE. All transfer students seeking to declare a major must meet the criteria listed above, including appearing for an in-person interview and audition.
If you are a transfer student from another Connecticut State University or Connecticut Community College, please click HERE for more information regarding the transfer of credits to Eastern.
2. Complete an Audition Request Form by clicking HERE
3. Complete a performance hearing and an in-person informational interview for members of the Music Program faculty:
Please come prepared with two selections or movements in contrasting styles. Although there is no assigned repertoire list, please choose selections that demonstrate your ability to accurately perform basic fundamentals associated with one’s instrument or voice such as clear and focused tone quality, an understanding of the interpretation of musical line, accurate rhythm and good intonation. If you are unsure of your abilities or uncertain about how to correctly prepare, please contact us at email@example.com for guidance and assistance.
Come prepared for an informal exchange of information about your musical background and which of our three concentrations you are interested in pursuing (if known). This will also be a time to become familiar with the degree and the requirements for timely completion.
Can I audition for the Music Program and then apply for admission to Eastern? No. You must be a fully admitted student and have official documentation of your admission from the Eastern Connecticut State University Office of Admissions before scheduling and performing an audition for the Music Program faculty.
Is there specific repertoire or technique such as scales required for my audition? No. Please come prepared with two selections in contrasting styles that demonstrate your level of proficiency on your instrument. We suggest that you choose repertoire that show your level of achievement and highlight the range of your abilities. If you are unsure of your abilities or uncertain about how to correctly prepare, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and assistance.
Is there a keyboard proficiency requirement as part of the audition process? No. Students who become Music Majors are required to demonstrate a level of keyboard proficiency prior to graduation. For a list of required skills, click here. If you feel that you have sufficient background to pass the exam based on previous study, you can request to take the exam on the day of your audition. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Do I need to bring an accompanist or will one be provided? Feel free to bring your own accompanist, however the Music Program will have a pianist available to play for your audition.
I see that you offer concentrations in Music Theory/Electronic Music/Composition and Global Perspectives in Music History and Criticism. Do I still need to do a voice or instrumental audition if I’m interested in one of these programs? Yes. As all Music Majors are required to participate in a large ensemble, you need to be able to demonstrate your musicianship skills and abilities to contribute to the vocal and instrumental ensembles. If you are unsure of your abilities or uncertain about how to correctly prepare, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and assistance.
I want to Minor in Music/My major requires me to have a minor. Although there is no audition for the Music Minor, please note there is a large ensemble requirement in the Music Minor, therefore those wishing to minor in music need to demonstrate musicianship skills and abilities on an instrument or voice. Please see the audition information regarding the Music Major as the music courses are the same curriculum. If you are unsure of your abilities, please contact us at email@example.com for guidance and assistance.
Do I need to send a recording to be considered for an in-person audition? No. We have no pre-screening requirement. All interested applicants will receive an in-person audition time on one of the audition dates listed above.
I cannot make any of the audition dates listed, can I submit a recording? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to complete the audition process if you are not able to be present on campus.
I’ve completed the online form and requested an audition. When will I receive more information? Immediately following your submission you should receive an automated email confirming that we have received your audition request and a confirmation of one of the days your requested. Approximately four weeks prior to the audition date, you will receive an email with more information including a schedule for the day and a specific time of your informational interview and audition.