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Audition Information

Jan. 1, 2017 Priority date for Merit Scholarship consideration
Saturday, February 4, 2017Feb. 4, 2017
Deadline to apply for University Honors Program
Saturday, March 4, 2017March 1, 2017
Deadline for priority deadline for FAFSA (priority consideration for federal grants and loans)

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Audition Process

Music Program Auditions provide faculty with the opportunity to meet you and answer any questions you may have about the Music Program at Eastern. Your audition provides information about your current level of proficiency on your instrument or voice that will be used to recommend appropriate courses, lessons, and ensembles for your first semester.

Our auditions also function as an Open House, where you will have the opportunity to tour our facilities and speak with current students in the program. Please read the information below and complete the necessary steps to schedule your audition.

All applicants wishing to enroll as a Music Major at Eastern should complete the following:

  1. Apply to the Office of Admissions at Eastern Connecticut State University.  Fulfill all general admissions guidelines as outlined here by the Office of Admissions.
  2. Once you are a fully admitted student (with acceptance letter in hand), please complete the Audition Request Form.
  3. Complete a in-person audition or interview with members of the Music Program faculty:
    Audition Requirements:
    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 properly prepare, please contact us at for guidance.. We are happy to help!

Transfer Students: Students wishing to transfer into any degree program at Eastern should follow the admission guidelines as stated here. All transfer students seeking to declare a major in music must appear for an in-person interview and audition. If you are unable to make one of the audition dates above or are transferring to Eastern in the spring, please email to set up a meeting with a representative of the program. If you have any questions about the becoming a part of the Music Program, please email


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Audition FAQs

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 or excerpts that are 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 shows your level of achievement and highlights the range of your abilities.  If you are unsure of your abilities or uncertain about how to correctly prepare, please contact us at musicauditions@easternct.edufor 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.  A list of required skills.  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 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. Once you register for an audition, we will contact you about your accompanist needs.

I see that you offer concentrations in Performance and Musicology. Do I still need to do a voice or instrumental audition if I’m interested in the Musicology concentration? 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 for guidance and assistance.

I want to Minor in Music, do I need to audition? 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 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 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 2 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.

I need to change my audition date! What do I do? Please contact to make any changes to your requested audition date or program of interest.