Audition Information

Audition Dates and Deadlines 

To be admitted to the School of Music, you must first apply to DePauw through the Common Application. Applicants are encouraged to apply Early Action (no later than December 1) to ensure their application is received and reviewed ahead of their audition visit. Upon submitting your application to DePauw, you will receive an email with instructions on scheduling your audition and accessing your student portal.  

NOTE: Most School of Music applicants will receive an admission decision from the College of Liberal Arts prior to auditioning for the School of Music. However, ahead of an initial admission decision, we encourage you to reserve your audition visit early. Applicants who do not demonstrate strong academic performance may not be eligible to audition. Applicants should confer with Toni Robinson, Associate Director of Music Admission, before finalizing travel plans for their audition visit. 

PRE-SCREEN AUDITIONS

Pre-screen auditions are only required for vocalists. Instrumentalists should plan on auditioning during one of the on-campus (or off-campus) audition dates listed below. For vocalists, an unedited pre-screen video recording of two of the three required audition pieces should be submitted no later than December 1 to your student portal. Applicants are advised not to finalize any travel plans until they are informed of the pre-screen audition results. 

ON-CAMPUS AUDITION DATES

The Admission Committee prefers an on-campus audition. On-campus audition visits may include, but are not limited to, attending a performance, the audition, sample lesson with a faculty member, observing classes and rehearsals, campus tour, and music theory diagnostic exam. Please register for your audition visit by clicking on your preferred date below.

February 12-13, 2017
February 24-25, 2017
March 3-4, 2017

OFF-CAMPUS AUDITION DATES

January 13, 2017 (Chicago)
January 17, 2017 (St. Louis)

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION 

If you are unable to attend one of the on-campus (or off-campus) audition visits, contact Toni Robinson, Associate Director of Music Admission, to try to schedule an alternate audition date. In extraordinary circumstances (and with prior approval), we may accept a video recording in lieu of an on-campus (or off-campus) audition. If granted, applicants will be required to submit an unedited video recording clearly identifying the name of the performer, instrument, and audition repertoire to their student portal. Recorded auditions must adhere to the Audition Repertoire Requirements listed below. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applicants are encouraged to apply Early Action to ensure their application is received and reviewed ahead of their audition visit. All application materials must be received no later than two weeks prior to your audition visit. All application materials should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
DePauw University
P.O. Box 37
Greencastle, IN 46135-0037
Phone: (765) 658-4006
Toll Free: (800) 447-2495
Email: admission@depauw.edu

 

  Early Action Regular Decision Transfer Students
Application Deadline December 1 February 1 March 1
Audition Deadline March 4 March 4 March 4

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Woodwinds

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon At least two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including movements of sonatas, concerti and other solo pieces. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.

Brass

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba – At least two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including movements of sonatas, concerti and other solo pieces. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.

Percussion

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

One selection from each of the following categories: (1) snare drum; (2) marimba, xylophone or vibraphone (demonstrating two and four-mallet technique); (3) timpani (demonstrating tuning ability); and optional: drum set or multiple percussion.

Keyboard Instruments

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration: 

Organ – At least two selections: (1) prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or a work by another Baroque composer; and (2) a 19th-20th century composition.

Piano – Three selections (all performed from memory), one for each of the following categories: (1) a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Klavier by J.S. Bach; (2) a movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven; and (3) a Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary work of choice.

Strings

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration: 

Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass
– At least two contrasting works chosen from the following three choices: (1) a movement from a J.S. Bach solo sonata or partita, or other Baroque work; (2) a movement from a 19th-20th century sonata or concerto; (3) or a work of the student's choice. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.

Harp

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, plus one orchestral excerpt.

Voice

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

By December 1, all vocalists are required to submit an unedited pre-screen video recording of two of the three pieces below to your student portal. You may sign up for an audition date, but do not finalize any travel plans until you are informed that you have passed the pre-screen audition. In the live audition, vocalists will be required to sight-read, match pitch, and perform the following three pieces: (1) an art song in Italian; (2) an art song in French or German; and (3) a classical or musical theatre piece for performance.

NOTE: DePauw will provide a pianist and a brief rehearsal free of charge at on-campus auditions.