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School of Music Admission

All students desiring to declare any music-related major or minor must first complete and pass an audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. 

All auditions will be held virtually, in two parts. The first part of the audition is a pre-recorded repertoire submission, and must be submitted prior to the scheduled Zoom meeting. The second part is a live Zoom meeting with faculty, to be scheduled and completed by March 1, 2021. Please see below for specific requirements for each instrument area.

Audition Process and Requirements

Step One: Apply for Admission

  • Apply for admission to Stetson University. This is a separate application process from the School of Music. All students interested in the School of Music should apply for Regular Decision when they select their application decision plan as all university admission decisions are released at the same time as your admission decision to the School of Music.

Step Two: Upload your Pre-recorded Repertoire Submission

  • A pre-recorded repertoire submission is required for all instruments except organ (due prior to the scheduled Zoom meeting).
  • When you've completed your pre-recorded repertoire submission, please submit it to your Hatter Portal, under the Music Portfolio section.
  • Specific directions for uploading are available in your Hatter Portal.
  • If you're unable to access your Hatter Portal or see your Music Portfolio section, please contact Music Admissions for support.
  • The following instruments require a pre-recorded repertoire submission prior to a Zoom meeting with music faculty:
    • Brass
    • Composition
    • Guitar
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Strings
    • Voice
    • Woodwinds
  • The following instruments do not require a pre-recorded repertoire submission; only a Zoom meeting with faculty is required:
    • Organ

Step Three: Schedule your Live Zoom Meeting

  • Your Zoom meeting must be scheduled 15 days in advance.
  • If you're unable to schedule a Zoom meeting during any of the allocated dates/times, you may request to schedule an alternate weekday meeting by contacting Music Admissions.
  • All Zoom meetings with faculty must be completed prior to March 1, 2021.

Step Four: Prepare for your Zoom Meeting with Faculty

  • Once you've scheduled your live Zoom meeting with the faculty in your instrument area, you will receive the Zoom link via email.
  • Wear professional attire and be on time for your Zoom meeting.
  • If you have not completed your university application, please do so prior to the Zoom meeting.

Audition Guidelines

If you have any questions about the admissions or audition process, contact Music Admissions or call 386-822-8975. 

For virtual audition guidelines specific to your instrument or category, please choose from the following list:

Cello

Studies comparable in difficulty to Popper, Schroeder and Duport. Candidates should prepare a movement of a Bach Suite and a movement from a standard concerto such as Boccherini, Saint Saëns, Haydn C or Lalo. All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.

Composition

Candidates must submit examples of their compositions. Two completed scores, submitted as PDF files, with accompanying audio files if available (mp3/wav/aiff files of recorded performances or MIDI demos) may be uploaded to our Dropbox

Composition candidates must also successfully complete a School of Music performance audition and a music theory exam.

Guitar

Candidates for classical guitar study should be able to play all major and minor scales (Segovia Edition); studies corresponding in difficulty to those of Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer; and perform two contrasting solo works from memory. Candidates will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate knowledge of the rudiments of music.

Music Technology

In Spring 2019, the music technology program was changed from a major to a minor-only program. The music technology major has been discontinued and will no longer be admitting students. Our new music technology minor can enhance other majors in music or any other degree program on campus but does not require an audition or portfolio for admission. Students who still desire a related major should consider the degree programs in digital arts.

Music Theory 

Candidates for study in composition must participate in a virtual interview before being admitted into either the bachelor of music theory or composition program. Prior to the interview, composition candidates should submit a portfolio containing at least two scores of their compositions with recordings if available. Candidates must also successfully complete a School of Music performance audition and a music theory exam.

Organ

Candidates should be able to play works such as: The Eight "Little" Preludes and Fugues of Bach, chorale preludes from Bach's Orgelbüchlein, the Chorale Preludes of Brahms, Op. 122, or works of comparable difficulty. Pianists with a desire to study organ should demonstrate proficiency by performing Two-Part Inventions of Bach, Sonatas by Beethoven or Mozart, or works of comparable difficulty. Strong potential should be demonstrated in aural training.

Percussion

Candidates for percussion study should provide their own sticks, mallets and music. Candidates should know all major scales (minors preferred as well), and be prepared to sight read on mallets and snare drum. The music chosen and prepared for the audition should represent the candidate's current playing ability on mallets (two and/or four mallets), snare drum (a concert solo or etude is required, additional rudimental solo optional) and timpani (tuning required). Performance on any other instrument in the percussion family is welcomed, but not required.

Piano

Candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios, including dominant and diminished sevenths in a moderately rapid tempo. Repertoire should include: a work from the Baroque style period (for example, from J.S. Bach a Two-or Three-Part Invention, a dance/movement from a Suite or Partita, or a Prelude and Fugue); a movement from a Classical sonata (for example, Clementi, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven); and a work from either the 19th or 20th century. Audition material must be performed from memory. Candidates may be asked to sight-read and/or demonstrate scales and arpeggios.

String Bass

Etude comparable in difficulty to Simandl 30 Etudes or Bille 18 Etudes, and two contrasting movements from a standard sonata or concerto (candidate may substitute two contrasting short works from the standard repertoire). All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.

Viola

Studies comparable in difficulty to Fiorillo, Kreutzer or Bruni; concerti such as Hoffmeister, Stamitz or J.C. Bach and/or solo works of similar difficulty. All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.

Violin

Etude comparable in difficulty to Kreutzer, Mazas or Dont. A movement from J.S. Bach Solo Sonata or Partita. A movement form a concerto from the standard repertoire, such as Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Vieuxtemps, Dvorak, Bruch, Wieniawski, Paganini, Kabalevsky, Lalo or Barber. All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.

Voice

The virtual audition for the Stetson Voice area will consist of two parts:

Part 1: The Pre-Recorded Repertoire Submission Portion (Due prior to the scheduled Zoom meeting)

Candidates for voice study must submit a pre-recorded video of two contrasting pieces. These recordings may utilize a live or pre-recorded accompaniment. One selection will preferably be in English, while the contrasting selection may be in Italian, French, German, Latin, or Spanish. Both selections should be sung with classical technique including good diction, correct phrasing, and musical intelligence. Audition material must be performed from memory. (Please observe the due date listed above; your recorded audition must be received before we meet you for the Zoom portion of your audition.)

Part 2: The Live Zoom Musicianship Skills Test (To be scheduled and completed by March 1, 2021)

When submitting the application online, candidates will be asked to schedule a half-hour Zoom meeting with the voice faculty for a general musicianship skills test. This will consist of sight-singing two or three brief lines of music, as well as demonstrating other musicianship skills through exercises in rhythm, ear-training, and keyboard. Candidates should plan to have a full-sized piano or electric keyboard available for Part 2. Please join the meeting via computer or tablet, so that the musical examples we provide will be easily visible.

Woodwinds and Brass

Woodwind and Brass area auditions will consist of two parts: 

Part 1: The Pre-Recorded Repertoire Video Submission (Due prior to the scheduled Zoom meeting)

Woodwind and brass candidates must submit a pre-recorded video of two contrasting pieces. These recordings may utilize a live or pre-recorded accompaniment but it is not required. One selection should highlight technical facility and expertise, the contrasting selection should demonstrate lyrical playing. Both selections will be evaluated on execution of fundamentals, preparation, and musical maturity. (Please observe the due date listed above; your recorded audition must be received before we meet you for the Zoom portion of your audition.)

Part 2: The Live Zoom Musicianship Skills Assessment (To be scheduled and completed by March 1, 2021)

When submitting the application online, candidates will be asked to schedule a half-hour Zoom meeting with the applied woodwind or brass instructor applicable to the candidate’s primary instrument for a general musicianship skills assessment. This will consist of scales, sight-reading, an ear-training exercise, and an interview. Please join the meeting via computer or tablet, so that the musical examples we provide will be easily visible.