Auditions for Admission into Music at Belhaven University

Students interested in auditioning should contact the office of admission to sign up for the Discover Day. Please inform your admission counselor that you are interested in auditioning with the Music Department.  Email music@belhaven.edu with the date of the Discover Day you will be auditioning, your primary instrument, the degree you are seeking, and ensembles you are interested in joining. You may download the appropriate application below and return to the Music Department on or before the date of your audition.

If you are unable to make the audition date, please contact Dr. Stephen W. Sachs at ssachs@belhaven.edu to schedule an alternate date.

Please download an application for admission (PDF) to the School of Music at Belhaven University.

For specific audition information, please select your area of study:

Composition Auditions

Music Majors Whose Principal Area is Composition:
Two or three original works which demonstrate compositional & songwriting experience (include scores, recordings, and/or live performance), in addition to a "major" audition in another performance area (instrument or voice).

Guitar Auditions:

Music Majors Whose Principal Instrument is Guitar
Three pieces memorized are required.
Guitar Performance Track: Three contrasting pieces, preferably from different periods or styles.

Music Minors Whose Principal Instrument is Guitar
A minimum of one piece memorized is required for music minor auditions.
For auditions which come up spontaneously, where the student has had little time to prepare or inform him/herself of requirements, I would be looking for fluent playing which evinces some technical facility. Requirements are somewhat flexible depending on the moment. Student composition/improvisations are welcome for those less interested in the classical side.

Instrumental Auditions:

Music Majors:

  • Students should prepare literature with various styles and periods to successfully demonstrate your musical abilities and talents. They should select two audition pieces from the following periods of music: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century.
  • Please bring two (2) copies of the prepared piece for panelists.
  • Instrumental Audition Requirements:
    • Bassoon, Oboe, and Saxophone:
      • Chromatic scale covering the practical range of the instrument.
      • All major scales, 2 octaves.
      • Two contrasting movements from compositions demonstrating fast playing, slow playing, and articulation abilities.
      • Sight reading
    • All Brass:
      • Chromatic scale covering the practical range of the instrument.
      • All major scales, 2 octaves where appropriate within the practical range of the instrument.
      • Two contrasting movements from compositions demonstrating fast playing, slow playing, and articulation abilities.
      • Sight reading
    • Clarinet:
      • All major scales, 2 octaves where appropriate within the practical range of the instrument.
      • E-F-F# major scales should be played 3 octaves, if possible
      • Chromatic scale from low E to high E.
      • Two contrasting movements from compositions demonstrating fast playing, slow playing, and articulation abilities.
      • Sight reading
    • Flute:
      • A three-octave chromatic scale.
      • All Major scales, 2 octaves.
      • Two contrasting movements of apiece demonstrating fast playing, slow playing, and articulation abilities.
    • Percussion:
      • Snare Drum:
        • Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Campbell, Wilcoxon
        • An etude. Suggested books:
          Portraits in Rhythm - Cirone
          50 Contemporary Snare Drum Etudes - Lepak
        • Sight reading
      • Marimba:
        • All major scales (2 octaves)
        • An etude or sonata movement. Suggested books: Masterpieces for Marimba - McMillan
          Modern School for the Xylophone - Goldenberg
        • Sight reading
      • Timpani:
        • One or two études utilizing two, three, or four drums. Demonstrate technical proficiency with pitch matching and interval tuning, rolls, etc. Suggested composers: Firth, Peters, Hochreiner.
        • Sight reading

Organ/Piano Auditions

Music Majors Whose Principal Instrument is Organ/Piano:
Three pieces (or movements of pieces) of contrasting style and historical period.

  • Collaborative Piano and Piano Pedagogy emphasis: two repertoire pieces, one memorized and one accompaniment
  • Performance emphasis: three repertoire pieces, two memorized.

Music Minors Whose Principal Instrument is Organ/Piano:

  • Two pieces of contrasting style and historical period, one memorized.
  • Play 3 scales and arpeggios (as previously studied) of auditionee's choice.
  • Sight read a simpler composition than audition pieces (assigned at the audition).

String Auditions

String Major

  • Scale: Two or three octave scales, one major, one minor with arpeggios.
  • Etude (if you have one prepared): The latest etude(s) that show your highest technique capability.
  • Two or three music piece(s) that represent your highest musical talent and technique capability.
  • Sight-reading.

String minor/elective/ensemble players
Try to play as much as you can from the above Categories

Voice Auditions

Music Majors Whose Principal Instrument is Voice
Three songs memorized are required. See emphasis expectations below:

  • Vocal Performance Emphasis: Two from Classical Repertoire (in contrasting styles), additional song that is student's option (should demonstrate your vocal talents well).
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Conducting: One from Classical Repertoire; Two additional songs, student's option in contrasting styles (should demonstrate your talents!).

Music Minors Whose Principal Instrument is Voice
A minimum of one song memorized is required for Music Minor audition, student's option (should demonstrate your vocal talents well).

Choral Ensembles
Vocalizing and sight reading are the only requirements.