The College of Visual and Performing Arts will be offering tours throughout the fall / spring semesters and summer. In registering for a tour, you are also automatically registered for the campus tour. Please park by Swope Music Building and meet for the campus tour at the Office of Admissions on Rosedale Avenue. You will receive a confirmation and parking pass two business days before your tour.
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.
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.
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.
The audition has three main parts (Dictation, Intonation & Sight-Singing, and Major-level Proficiency on an instrument, piano/organ, or voice) that all prospective music majors must complete. Please review the Audition Requirements below before your audition.
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.
The audition has three main parts (dictation, intonation & sight-signing, and major level proficiency on an instrument, piano/organ, or voice) that all prospective music majors must complete. Students interested in pursuing a major in theory & composition or jazz performance have additional audition requirements to complete. As all School of Music degree programs require piano classes as a part of the curriculum, we also offer a piano placement exam during the audition for those students who have piano experience and would like to place into a higher level piano class.
You will listen to a simple, mostly step-wise melody played on the piano a few times. You will be given the time signature and the first note. You will be expected to notate the key signature, and then notate the rhythm and pitch of the melody. You should prepare for this part of the test by practicing notating the melodies given as samples . Please ask your music teacher to play the melodies on the piano so that you may practice notating them. This exam helps us to determine your readiness for Music Theory level 1 or your need to take an upper-level placement exam.
You will be asked to sing intervals which are first played on the piano and to sing simple melodies from a printed page with melodic and rhythmic accuracy. You may sing on neutral syllables or use solmization. You should prepare for this part of the test by practicing singing major and minor scales, major and minor triads and simple melodies. Please ask your music teacher to help you prepare for these tests using examples so that you will feel confident and comfortable when you arrive on campus, especially if you have limited singing experience.
All incoming freshmen will be placed in Piano Class I (PIA191). If you have piano experience, you may opt to take the piano placement exam as a part of your audition. You should come with a short piano piece prepared in advance, and to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas covered in the first semester:
Students may audition on the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass (not electric bass), Classical guitar (not steel strings), Percussion (including mallets), Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, French Horn, Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Harp. Transfer students must bring to the audition a list of repertoire performed in recital or at end of semester "juries".
For all degrees candidates (except Keyboard Performance):
While it is not necessary to bring an accompanist, please choose your repertoire with the understanding that a voice faculty member will serve as your accompanist and no prior rehearsal is provided.
For all degree candidates (except in Vocal Performance):
For Vocal Performance candidates:
This major is ONLY offered for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass (double bass only), piano, and percussion.
ALL potential jazz majors must pass the three main audition parts listed above (including auditioning on the "classical" aspect of your instrument), PLUS the following additional requirements:
In addition to the completing the 3 main audition parts listed above, prospective theory and composition majors will:
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.
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.
Parents and Guests attending the Audition Day will be presented with several sessions, including an Information Session with School of Music staff, 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.
You do not need to bring any references or resume with you. When a student registers to audition on voice or piano they will fill out a repertoire list/info sheet along with their registration.
Scholarships are available for students enrolled in School of Music degree programs with varying criteria for application, faculty nomination, and/or competition. We thank our loyal donors for their continued support of our programs and students.
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.