Anyone desiring to be a music major or minor at Slippery Rock University must be accepted by the music department audition committee. Music applicants must apply to and be accepted by the University before auditioning for acceptance into the Department of Music (i.e., a student must be admitted to the University first before he or she can be accepted into the Music program). Audition dates are scheduled in both fall and spring semesters, and may be arranged on one of these dates by filling out and submitting the online audition form. Vocalists: Be prepared to sing two pieces from memory. One should be a classical piece, typically a foreign language art song. The second piece should be in English in a style of your choosing. Specific guidelines for Percussion auditions can be found by clicking here. We regret that we are unable to accept students on guitar, harp, or organ.
Please note that as specific studios are filled, auditions for that instrument or voice will be closed. Therefore, it is to your benefit to sign up for one of the earlier audition dates.
The Audition Process
There are three components to the audition:
- Performance Audition: Determines the student's level of accomplishment on his or her major instrument or voice. Performances of two contrasting compositions are required. Students also will be asked to take brief diagnostic exams in sight singing, pitch matching, and rhythmic reading.
- Personal Interview: Determines if the student has the necessary interest, talent, and dedication to successfully develop a career in music.
- Theory Diagnostic Exam: A diagnostic tool used to determine placement in the four-semester Music Theory sequence. If you have taken AP Music Theory at your high school, you may take this exam to place out of Music Theory 1 at SRU. Concepts covered include fundamentals of pitch and rhythm, major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals, chords, counterpoint, and rudimentary analysis skills.
Audition Dates 2014–2015
Music department auditions are held four times throughout the school year. The dates for the 2014–2015 academic year are:
- November 22, 2014
- January 17, 2015
- February 7, 2015
- February 21, 2015
If you would like to be considered for an academic scholarship through the university, you should plan to audition on one of the first audition dates. Music scholarships are determined later in the spring.
If you have questions that still have not been answered, you may call the music department office at (724) 738-2063 or contact Dr. Jason Kush at Jason.Kush@sru.edu, or by phone at (724) 738-2443. We look forward to meeting you! For more information on University admissions and enrollment options, please refer to the SRU Admissions Page.
Once you have signed up for a time, you will be sent a confirmation letter or email.