Audition Requirements

Classical

Woodwinds and Brass

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon | Classical Saxophone | Trumpet | Horn | Trombone | Tuba | Euphonium

▪    Applicants should prepare two selections in contrasting styles (i.e. one technical and the other lyrical). Unaccompanied

Questions? Contact Dr. Serena Weren

 

Percussion

Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in the following three areas:

▪    Snare drum - Standard rudiments in open/closed pattern AND a rudimental-style solo or etude

▪    Keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone) - A solo piece or etude

▪    Timpani - A solo piece or etude

Questions? Contact Dr. Serena Weren

 

Strings

Violin | Viola | Cello | String Bass

▪    Applicants should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles (i.e. one technical and the other lyrical) from the standard repertoire. The selections may be movements of a sonata, concerto, etude, etc. Unaccompanied

▪    One major and one minor scale of your choice: 3 octaves, at least 2 notes per bow

▪    Sight reading proficiency will be tested for applicants auditioning on-campus: Applicants will be asked to perform 4-8 measures of orchestral excerpts

 

Harp

▪    Applicants should prepare two standard orchestral excerpts in contrasting styles. Unaccompanied.

 

Classical Guitar

▪    Applicants should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles (renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary) from the standard repertoire - Unaccompanied

▪    Applicants must perform their selections from memory

Questions? Contact Dr. Jean Montes

 

Classical Piano

Applicants auditioning for a Master of Music in Performance should prepare:

▪    A work by J.S. Bach (Prelude and Fugue from WTC, French or English Suite, Partita)

▪    Two contrasting movements from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven

▪    A work from either the 19th or 20th century (for example, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev)

▪    Candidates should also be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves) in a moderately rapid tempo

 

Applicants auditioning for Music Therapy with piano as their principal instrument should prepare:

▪    All major and minor scales and arpeggios (2 octaves) in a moderately rapid tempo

▪    A work from the Baroque period (for example, a J.S. Bach Invention or Sinfonia, a dance/movement from a Suite or Partita, a prelude and Fugue, or a Scarlatti Sonata)

▪    One additional work of the applicant's choice (Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th Century)

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Hsu

 

Classical Voice

▪    Singers should prepare three contrasting selections from the art song, aria, spiritual, classical Broadway, or musical theatre repertoire

▪    One of your selections must be in a foreign language

▪    NO jazz tunes, original songs, songs with lead sheets, pop or pop/Broadway, or a cappella songs

▪    Songs must be performed from memory

▪    At your audition, you will choose your first selection and will be asked to perform a second selection by the listening committee

▪    If you audition by video, include all three songs

▪    Loyola will provide an accompanist for your audition. You must bring readable, printed music for our accompanist in a 3-ring binder

Questions? Contact Dr. Meg Frazier

 

JAZZ

Woodwinds and Brass

▪    Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles

▪    The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody

▪    The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation

▪    Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections

▪    Applicants will audition with jazz backing tracks of their own choosing

▪    You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition

 

Jazz Guitar

▪    Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles

▪    The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody

▪    The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation - This should be played unaccompanied in chord melody style

▪    Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections

▪    Applicants will audition with jazz backing tracks of their own choosing

▪    You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition

▪    An amplifier will be provided for on-campus auditions

 

Jazz Keyboard

▪    Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles – Unaccompanied

▪    The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody

▪    The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation

▪    Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections

Questions? Contact Dr. Gordon Towell

 

ON-CAMPUS AUDITIONS

School of Music On-Campus Audition Dates

Saturday December 3, 2016 - Spring Audition Date

Saturday January 21, 2017

Saturday February 4, 2017

▪    All on-campus auditions are scheduled through the Graduate Music application.

▪    Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email that outlines further details about the day's schedule

▪    There are no pre-screening requirements for on-campus auditions

▪    Loyola's Discount Hotel Rates

Please DO NOT make reservations for accommodations until you have received confirmation of your on-campus audition

▪    On-campus audition days typically take place from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. However, the duration of the event is subject to change. Please contact the Office of Professional & Continuing Studies at (504) 865-3530 or evening@loyno.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

VIDEO AUDITIONS

Applicants who are unable to attend an on-campus audition may submit a video audition. Video auditions must include the repertoire outlined in the audition requirements. All video auditions are submitted through your Graduate Music application. A purely audio audition (without video) is unacceptable and will not be reviewed.

▪    Classical voice video auditions must be recorded with live piano accompaniment - Repertoire memorized

▪    Classical instrumental (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, and classical piano) video auditions should be performed unaccompanied

▪    Jazz video auditions may be recorded with a live rhythm section or a backing track

 

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