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Audition Information

Students applying for admission to the BA program in Music or the BS program in Music Education, or the Arts Achievement Award in Music, must first follow our Application Procedures

Live audition and interview for for the BS in Music Education
Students applying to the BS in Music Education will be invited to complete an additional live audition and interview, pending a successful screening of their video audition by faculty members.  Music Education faculty offer videoconference and on-campus options for this second audition and interview (see details below). Students applying to the Music Education program should submit their Common Application and corresponding Arts Supplement materials as soon as possible and well ahead of the posted deadlines to allow ample preparation time for a potential second audition and interview.  Eligible students will be contacted directly for scheduling.

  • Music Education Live Audition and Interview Date (videoconference option only) | Early Action Application: November 20 & 27, 2016
  • Music Education Live Audition and Interview Dates (on-campus and videoconference options) | Regular Decision Application: February 11 & 18, 2017

For additional information regarding the audition process for the BS in Music Education, please contact Dr. Matthew Garrett, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education, at chorus@case.edu or 216.368.2496.

 

Audition Requirements by Instrument

Video audition submissions for all degree programs and scholarships must include all of the required elements listed below for your primary instrument. All submissions must be videos in which you are clearly visible and audible at all times. No digital enhancement of the performance is permitted. Instrumentalists may perform with accompaniment or without. Singers must perform with accompaniment, which may be either live or recorded. 

 

Each piece should be submitted in a separate video file and clearly labeled.  Scales can be combined into one video.

PIANO

  • 3 pieces representing different historical eras (e.g., Bach, Beethoven, Chopin)
  • Any major or minor scale (one each)
  • Etude or technical piece
  • All prepared pieces must be memorized.

ORGAN
Prepare three works from contrasting historical periods (pre-Classical, preferably a work by Johann Sebastian Bach, Romantic, and Contemporary) and style (balancing virtuosic works with at least one expressive piece). 

VIOLIN and VIOLA

  • 3 Octave Major Scale
  • 3 Octave Melodic Minor Scale
  • Etude
  • Solo (movement of a Concerto, Sonata, or other representative Solo Work)

CELLO and DOUBLE BASS (Note: Electric Bass players, please follow the guidelines listed under GUITAR)

  • 2 Octave Major Scale
  • 2 Octave Melodic Minor Scale
  • Etude
  • Solo (movement of a Concerto, Sonata, or other representative Solo Work)

WOODWINDS and BRASS

  • Sections or movements of three contrasting works or etudes demonstrating: technique, musical sensitivity, range, tonal quality, articulations and general musicianship. When possible, select works representing different musical periods (classical, romantic, contemporary, etc.)
  • Scales: 2 octave major scales: Eb Major and E Major -and- 2 octave chromatic scale 

PERCUSSION (Note: Drum Set specialists, please follow the guidelines listed under Drum Set)

Demonstration on all three instruments required.

  • Snare Drum: Solo or etude (i.e. Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Pratt, Wilcoxon, etc.)
  • Mallets: Both a 2 and 4 mallet solo either on the marimba, vibraphone or xylophone (your choice); Knowledge of major/minor scales and arpeggios
  • Timpani: Solo or etude (i.e. Carroll, Delecluse, Freise, Goodman, etc.)
  • Drum-set (optional): Demonstrate three different selections (one must be a ballad) in different jazz styles, moods and tempos

    Students auditioning on campus for the B.S. in Music Education must provide their own mallets and sticks

DRUM SET

  • Two selections in different jazz styles, moods and tempos (which may include blues and rhythm changes) with your own improvisation
  • A medium tempo selection or a ballad demonstrating ability to perform with brushes

GUITAR

Classical/Jazz

  • 2 pieces representing different historical eras (e.g., Bach and Sor)
  • Any major or minor scale (one each)
  • Etude or technical piece

Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass (Popular Music)

  • 3 solo pieces representing different styles
  • Video audition files must be clearly focused on the student and the audio must be live. No digital enhancement or dubbing of the live audio is permitted.
  • Students may also upload studio recordings or links to recorded performances as supplemental materials to the required live audition recordings. Live performances can be submitted if there are no distracting noises and the video is cropped to only feature the applicant.

HARP

  • Two solo works of contrasting style (preferably memorized)
  • A selection from Level III Warm-Up from “On Playing the Harp,” by Yolanda Kondonassis (published by Carl Fischer)
  • One standard orchestral excerpt of the applicant’s choice

VOICE

Classical Styles

Three vocal solo selections. These songs should represent contrasting styles chosen from genres such as 17th and 18th century songs, early Italian art songs, 19th and 20th century art songs, and folk songs. All selections may be sung in English, although students are encouraged to perform at least one selection in a foreign language. Students are strongly encouraged to memorize their audition repertoire, although sheet music may be used if needed.

  • Because the vocal instrument for students auditioning at the freshman level is usually in the elementary stages of growth and development, the particular selections presented in this audition are primarily important in how well they show evidence of the following: vocal freedom, pleasantness and naturalness of tone quality, production technique, and expressive musicianship. Students are encouraged to select repertoire that is comfortably within their technical abilities. Previous musical experiences, such as choral singing, are extremely beneficial and previous study on an instrument, especially piano, is desirable.
  • Video audition files must be clearly focused on the student and the audio must be live. No digital enhancement or dubbing of the audio is permitted.
  • Vocalists must perform with keyboard accompaniment and recordings made with live accompaniment are preferred.
  • For vocalists wishing to pursue the BS Music Education degree, you must submit materials following the classical styles criteria. In addition, your video audition materials will serve as a pre-screening audition. An accompanist will be provided for vocal applicants who choose to come to campus for their live interview/audition. Students must provide the accompanist with music for all pieces in the proper keys.

Popular Styles

Three vocal solo selections. These songs should represent contrasting styles chosen from genres such as contemporary pop/rock, jazz, and musical theater. Students are strongly encouraged to memorize their audition repertoire, although sheet music may be used if needed.

  • Selections presented in the audition should show evidence of healthy vocal production techniques and expressive musicianship. Students are encouraged to select repertoire that is comfortably appropriate for their technical abilities. Previous musical experiences in group or solo settings are beneficial and previous study or coaching is desirable.
  • Video audition files must be clearly focused on the student and the audio must be live. No digital enhancement (i.e. reverb, echo, pitch correction, etc.) or dubbing of the live audio is permitted.
  • Vocalists must perform with accompaniment, as appropriate, and applicants may accompany themselves on another instrument (i.e. guitar or keyboard).
  • Students may also upload studio recordings or links to recorded performances as supplemental materials to the required live audition recordings.

Questions about vocal auditions? Contact Dr. Matthew Garrett, Director of Choirs and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music: chorus@case.edu or 216.368.2496.

If you have questions about the application and audition process, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Wright, Coordinator of Department Operations and Undergraduate Recruitment, by email: music@case.edu

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