All auditioners are required to complete an Audition Application via the Common Application. Please make note that we do not accept the arts supplement from the Common Application.
Depending on your instrument, auditions will be fifteen to twenty minutes in length, and be representative of current repertoire. The School of Music offers music scholarships for all band and orchestral instruments, voice, piano, organ, and jazz. Audition requirements for entrance into a major and/or scholarship consideration for each area follow:
All auditions are approximately 15 minutes in length. While the keyboard faculty prefers to have prospective students audition on campus, those unable to travel to Tacoma, Denver, Los Angeles or San Francisco for a live audition may submit a recorded VIDEO audition in lieu of the on-campus audition by February 1.
In addition to the playing requirements below, each candidate’s application should include a list of solo piano and collaborative repertoires he or she has studied. Please indicate which pieces have been performed in concert and year of the performance. Candidates attending a live audition may be asked to sight read a short excerpt.
B.A music major, Music Education, Music with Business Elective Studies, non-music major (Minor or Music Scholarship Only):
Candidates will prepare a varied program of at least two solo pieces that display contrasting characters and demonstrate technical facility from the following list below. The music does not need to be memorized.
Bachelor of Music (BM in Piano Performance):
Candidates will prepare a varied program of at least three solo pieces that display contrasting characters and demonstrate technical facility from the following list below. The repertoire is to be performed from memory and should include:
Students who are currently studying organ should prepare a 15 minute audition consisting of pieces from the organ literature. Organ applicants with no previous organ training will be expected to demonstrate keyboard ability in piano performance.
Prepare one selection demonstrating your technique and control on each of the following instruments that you play: snare drum, xylophone or marimba, timpani, and drum set. You may be asked to sight-read. Due to limitations of available equipment, we are unable to provide any percussion equipment in our regional audition locations in Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. If you are unable to audition on campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and submit a video-recorded percussion audition.
Audition requirements for Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree in music education or music business, or for a music scholarship with a major outside of music:
Audition requirements for the Bachelor of Music in performance:
Prepare at least two selections with piano accompaniment representing the Classical genre, i.e., art songs or arias. The selections should contrast in style and in tempo. One selection should be in English, and the other in a foreign language. (Note: The English selection may be from the musical theatre repertoire.) Memorization is required. After you have performed your prepared songs, you may be asked to sing vocal exercises, tonal memory exercises, and/or to sight-read. If you audition on campus, an accompanist will be available. If you audition in a regional location, please provide your own accompanist. (A recorded accompaniment would not be appropriate.)
Prepare two selections that are representative of your current repertoire and include a selection or movement in a slow tempo as well as one in a lively tempo. The selections should demonstrate your tone quality, expressiveness, technique, and range. You should be prepared to play major and chromatic scales, and you may be asked to sight-read.
Eligible instruments: bass, guitar, percussion, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone.
Jazz auditions are not eligible for consideration for a music major. If you are interested in majoring in music, you will need to complete a classical audition. We encourage you to complete two auditions: one for a jazz scholarship and one on your instrument following the guidelines in the sections above.
If you would like to be considered for a music scholarship specific to jazz and/or would like further consideration on your instrument through a second audition in jazz, please submit an audition application indicating jazz and prepare the following audition requirements:
Jazz auditions in regional audition locations: For the improvisation portion of jazz auditions, it is recommended that you bring an accompanist to play chords while you improvise. A recording on a portable stereo or laptop computer with high quality speakers would also be appropriate. (On campus auditions will have this provided.)
While Puget Sound does not offer a major in Jazz, its offerings include Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Jazz Theory & Improvisation, and Jazz History. An integral part of our instruction in music theory and performance, many of our ensembles perform jazz-inspired works.
Please check the available dates for your instrument in the categories above, if applicable.
Singers can be provided an accompanist for on-campus auditions. Please email attached copies and a confirmed list of audition selections at least two weeks prior to your audition date to the music admission coordinator. Be sure to bring an original copy of your accompaniment to your audition. Singers must arrange to bring their own accompanist to regional audition sites. Instrumentalists are not required to have accompaniment on-campus or at regional audition sites, and accompanists are not provided for instrumentalists auditioning.
We recommend live auditions for scholarship consideration, but if you cannot come to campus or to one of our regional audition sites (Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles), we accept video-recorded auditions for those who live more than 200 miles from an audition location, following the guidelines below. To submit a recorded audition:
For more information or assistance, please call the music admission office at 253.879.3228, or send an email message to email@example.com. We will not accept CD or audio-recordings.