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 music@belhaven.edu or 601-974-6494 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, requirements can be somewhat flexible depending on the moment. Fluent playing which gives evidence of technical facility would be expected for last-minute auditions. Student composition/improvisations are welcome for those less interested in the classical musical repertoire.

Instrumental Auditions

Music Majors:

  • Students should prepare literature with various styles and periods to successfully demonstrate their 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 3-octave chromatic scale.
    • All Major scales, 2 octaves.
    • Two contrasting movements of a piece 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

Piano/Organ Auditions

Music Majors Whose Principal Instrument is Piano/Organ:

      • Three pieces (or movements of pieces) of contrasting style and historical period, all 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).

Music Minors Whose Principal Instrument is Piano/Organ:

      • 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: 2 or 3 octaves, one major, one minor with arpeggios.
      • Etude (if you have one prepared): The latest etude that shows your highest technical capability.
      • 2 or 3 pieces that represent your highest musical talent and technical capability.
      • Sight-reading.

String minor/elective/ensemble players:
Present as much as you can from the above Categories

Voice Auditions

Music Majors Whose Principal Instrument is Voice:

      • Three songs memorized are required. Two from Classical Repertoire (in contrasting styles), additional song that is student’s option (should demonstrate your vocal talents well).

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.