Admission and Scholarships

To apply for admission to Department of Music academic programs and to be considered for music scholarships, you are required to:

Audition Dates 

  • Nov. 7, 2022 - voice only
  • Feb. 20, 2023 - All
  • Feb. 24, 2023 - All

(Call the Music Department at 270.809.4288)

Audition Guidelines

Once your applications have been processed, you will be contacted with the date of your audition. This audition will determine your admission to the Music Department, as well as your eligibility for music scholarships. Rehearsal time prior to the audition is not guaranteed.

Accompanists will be provided for vocal auditions only. Instrumentalists may bring an accompanist, or perform unaccompanied. Instrumentalists auditioning will be judged on tone production, musicality, technical and rhythmic accuracy, intonation, scales and sight-reading. Vocalists will be judged on tone production, musicality, rhythmic accuracy, intonation, diction, tonal memory and sight-reading.

Brass

Students will be asked to perform two contrasting selections from classical music repertoire, either solos or etudes; major scales through three sharps and three flats (two octaves if possible), and a two-octave chromatic scale; and sight-reading.

Keyboard (Area in Music Education or Area in Music)

Students will be asked to perform a contrapuntal work by J.S. Bach; a classical, romantic, impressionistic, or contemporary work; all major scales, two octaves, hands together; and sight-reading.

Keyboard (Area in Music Performance)

Students will be asked to perform a contrapuntal work by J.S. Bach; a movement of a classical period sonata; a romantic, impressionistic, or contemporary work; all major scales and one form of minor, four octaves, hands together; and sight-reading. One of the selections must be performed from memory.

Musical Theatre

Vocal

Two contrasting musical theatre selections from musicals (including film musicals), reviews, operettas, music theatre song cycles or music theatre song literature.

Monologue: One monologue, not to exceed 60 seconds

Dance

  1. Live Option: We will have a live dance audition on February 21, 2022. This dance class will be from 3:30-5:30pm and will allow for auditionees to demonstrate their technical skills and comprehension of dance terminology. The class will conclude with participants showing artistic comprehension through learned choreography, taught by an instructor. 
  2. Video option: For those that are unable to attend the live dance audition on February 21st, present a clip of yourself moving/dancing, not to exceed 5 mins. Your full body should be in view at all times. You may choose a cut from a musical or a dance performance in which you participated, or record something original. Any style is acceptable: musical theatre, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, etc. Wear shoes you can dance in and clothes you can move in. Dance music may be live or recorded. If using a cut from a musical or dance performance that you have previously participated in, you will need to record yourself separately rather than submitting footage of the previous performance.

* Optional, for applicants with dance training: execute a set of plies, tendues, grand battements and pirouettes. Straightforward, simple exercises are preferred (side view is best). Dance music may be live or recorded

If you are currently a Murray State Voice major, and you are looking to change to the Musical Theatre degree, you will submit your audition requirements at your final jury or participate in the group dance class. 

Percussion

Students are asked to perform the following in at least three of the four percussion categories. 1) Snare: PAS (Percussive Arts Society) rudiments and a solo or etude in either rudimental, marching, or concert style. 2) Timpani: tuning fourths and fifths, and a solo or etude. 3) Keyboard Percussion: major scales through three sharps and three flats (two octaves), and either a solo or etude using two or four mallets. 4) Drum set: demonstrate jazz, rock and Latin styles. 5) Sight-reading.

Guitar

Students will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces, one in classical style. Play two scales, two or more octaves.

Strings

Students will be asked to perform one or two selections from classical music repertoire that is written for their instrument and is at least five minutes in length; major scales through three sharps and three flats (three octaves). An etude is optional.

Vocal

Students will be asked to perform two songs of contrasting style from the standard art song repertoire (memorized); sight-reading; and tonal memory: sing back four to five pitch patterns. Taped accompaniments are not allowed. Singing in a foreign language is desirable, but not required.

Woodwinds

Students will be asked to perform two contrasting selections from classical music repertoire, either solos or etudes; major scales through three sharps and three flats (two octaves if possible), and a two-octave chromatic scale; and sight-reading.

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