Students applying for admittance into the BA program in Music, the BS program in Music Education, the secondary major in music or for the Arts Achievement Award as a music minor/non-major, must follow our Application Procedures. Students should first check application requirements and deadlines set by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Students who intend to submit an arts supplement (digital portfolio/video audition) in music should indicate this on their application. Shortly after the application is submitted to CWRU, students will receive login credentials and instructions to access the applicant portal. This is where applicants will submit the arts supplement. Please note, students intending to major in music or music education should indicate this as a major choice when completing the common application.
All arts supplement materials are reviewed for admittance into the music major and for scholarship (including the Arts Achievement Award), and must be submitted in fulfillment of the audition requirements outlined below.
If you have questions about submitting the Arts Supplement in music, please contact Jennifer Wright, Coordinator of Department Operations and Undergraduate Recruitment.
Admitted Students (Fall 2018) — There’s still time to audition! Students admitted to CWRU and arriving in Fall 2018 with the intention of majoring in music can still schedule an audition. For next steps, please contact Mr. Eric Charnofsky, Coordinator of Undergraduate Enrollment.
|Early Action||November 1||November 9||November 17 [morning]||December 17|
|Early Decision||November 1||November 9||November 17 [morning]||December 17|
|PPSP||December 1||December 15||N/A||February 1|
|Early Decision II||January 15||January 28||February 8 [9am-2pm]
February 15 [10am-2pm]
|Regular Decision||January 15||January 28||February 8 [9am-2pm]
February 15 [10am-2pm]
Live audition and interview 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.368.2496.
Arts Supplement (digital portfolio/video audition) submissions for all degree programs and scholarships must include the required elements listed below for your primary instrument only. Submissions on secondary instruments or of original compositions are not required and cannot be used as a substitution for the video audition. All submissions must be complete and contain audition videos in which you are clearly visible and audible at all times. Incomplete auditions will not be accepted. 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.
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
CELLO and DOUBLE BASS (Note: Electric Bass players, please follow the guidelines listed under GUITAR)
WOODWINDS and BRASS
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.
Students auditioning on campus for the BS in Music Education must provide their own mallets and sticks
Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass (Popular Music)
HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE PRACTICE (e.g. Baroque Violin, Harpsichord, Baroque Oboe, etc.)
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.
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.
Questions about vocal auditions? Contact Dr. Matthew Garrett, Director of Choirs and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music: email@example.com or 216.368.2496.