School of Music Audition Days
Note that all auditions occur on Tuesdays and you may need to plan accordingly to miss school or work. We are unable to schedule personal auditions or to audition students via audio or video file.
|October 21, 2014||– Freshmen and Current WCU Students|
|November 4, 2014||– Freshmen and Current WCU Students|
|November 18, 2014||– Freshmen and Current WCU Students|
|December 2, 2014||– Freshmen, Current WCU Students, Transfer Students|
|January 20, 2015||– Freshmen and Current WCU Students|
|February 10, 2015||– Freshmen and Current WCU Students|
|(February 17, 2015||– Inclement Weather Date for Freshmen and Current WCU Students)|
|March 17, 2015||– Freshmen and Current WCU Students|
|April 14, 2015||– Transfer Students|
|July 7, 2015||– Transfer Students|
Registering for School of Music Auditions
All prospective music majors must first apply for admission to WCU. Once your application has been received and you have indicated that you’d like to be a music major we will contact you via email to schedule an audition (check your “junk mail” folder in case your email client blocks unknown emails). Freshmen will be given a choice of up to three possible Audition Days to choose from based on instrument availability and time of application. Transfer students will select an Audition day based upon their semester of entrance.
APPLY for Admission to WCU
All prospective music majors must first apply for admission to WCU. The School of Music cannot audition any students who have not yet applied for academic admission to the university. It is recommended that students apply in August or September to ensure that their application is processed and reviewed with ample time to schedule an audition during the fall semester. Apply online at http://www.wcupa.edu/prospectivestudents
REGISTER for an Audition Day
Once you have applied for admission to WCU, you will receive an email invitation to register online for an Audition Day. You will be able to register for an audition date within the next three available dates. Transfer students have separate audition dates. Upcoming Audition Dates can be found online at http://www.wcupa.edu/CVPA/music/ps/audition.asp
ATTEND an Audition Day
The audition has 3 main parts (Dictation, Intonation & Sight-Singing, and Major-level Proficiency on an instrument, piano/organ, or voice) that all prospective music majors must complete. The purpose of the audition requirements is to determine your potential success as a music major.
Additionally students are given the opportunity to complete a Piano Placement audition. Since all music majors must complete piano proficiency courses we want to make sure to place students appropriately into courses that reflect their background and skill levels. Students who opt out of this portion of the audition are placed into our first level of Piano.
Students who are interested in Theory & Composition as their first choice degree program must must complete an interview with our Theory & Composition faculty and should submit three original compositions at their audition check-in. Faculty may elect to recommend students for admission into our Music Elective Studies with an Outside Field program with an option to reapply for the Theory & Composition program.
Students who are interested in Music Performance: Jazz as their first choice degree program must also complete a jazz audition in addition to their classical audition.
The basic skills assessments: Dictation, Intonation, and Sight-Singing, help us to determine your placement into appropriate level music major courses. They tell us whether you should be enrolled in Theory and Aurals Activities I, encouraged to take an advanced placement exam into a higher level, or required to take a remedial Aurals Activities course. Your Major-level Proficiency audition tells us in which degree programs you may select to enroll. Faculty may elect to recommend students for admission into our Music Elective Studies with an Outside Field program with an option to re-audition for their chosen degree programs after one or two semesters of study.
Notification of Acceptance
Instead of a quota system, students are required to earn a minimum audition score for acceptance into their chosen major program within the School of Music. We will notify you of your audition results by email. We feel that it is important to return a students’ results quickly so that they have time to take sample lessons or shadow students before making commitments enroll at a particular university. Passing the School of Music audition does not guarantee admission to West Chester University. You must still submit all materials to complete your application and meet all academic requirements in order to be accepted to the University. The final admissions decision will be sent by the Office of Admissions.
Scholarship Consideration for Incoming Freshmen
Students who attend all auditions in the fall semester will be given first consideration for School of Music scholarships. Scholarships from the School of Music are based off of your performance at your audition; no application necessary.
Audition Day Schedule for Students
Students should arrive to check-in for their audition between 8:00am-8:45am. Students are given individualized audition schedules based on their desired degree program and placement exams. No time will be scheduled for warm-up or rehearsal; students may warm-up between auditions or may elect to arrive at the beginning of the check-in period to have time to rehearse before the Welcome Address at 8:45am. As students’ schedules are customized, they can expect to be finished with their audition anytime between 10:30am-12:00Noon.
Sample Audition Schedule:
|8:45am||- Welcome Address|
|9:00am||- Basic Musicianship Skills Exam (Dictation)|
|9:30am||- Piano Placement Exam|
|9:45am||- Sight Singing|
|10:00am||- Major Instrument Audition|
Audition Day Schedule for Parents/Guests
Parents and Guests attending the Audition Day will be presented with several sessions, including an Information Session with Associate Dean John Villella, Financial Aid Information Session, Q&A Session with School of Music Ambassadors, and a Swope Music Building Tour.
Students auditioning with pieces that require accompaniment do not need to bring their own accompanist. Please bring a copy of your music with you and our faculty will accompany you.
References, Resumes, and Repertoires
You do not need to bring any references or resume with you. After a student registers to audition on voice or piano they will be asked to fill out a repertoire list/info sheet prior to the start of the audition day.