All auditioners are required to complete a Music Audition Application. Please note: we do not accept the arts supplement from the Common Application.
Auditions will be 10-15 minutes in length and involve performance of the required repertoire and scales, as well as a short interview with faculty. Vocalists will be asked to sightsing and instrumentalists may be asked to sightread. Composers submit a portfolio of compositions, as specified below.
The School of Music offers music scholarships for all band and orchestral instruments, voice, piano, organ, guitar, and jazz instruments. Audition requirements for entrance into a major/minor program and/or scholarship consideration are below:
All auditions are approximately 15 minutes in length. While the keyboard faculty prefers to have applicants audition on-campus, those unable to attend a live audition may submit a video audition by February 1.
All Keyboard Applicants:
In addition to the playing requirements below, each candidate’s application should include a list of solo piano and collaborative repertoire studied. Please indicate which pieces have been performed in concert and year of the performance. Candidates attending a live audition may be asked to sightread a short excerpt.
Bachelor of Music (B.M. in Piano Performance) applicants:
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:
Other Piano Applicants:
Prepare a varied program of at least two solo pieces that display contrasting characters and demonstrate technical facility from the following list. The music does not need to be memorized.
Organ Applicants (on-campus only):
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, and timpani. Drum set is strongly encouraged, but not required. You may be asked to sight-read.
Due to limitations of available equipment, we are unable to provide any percussion equipment at our regional audition locations in Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. If you are unable to audition on-campus, please contact email@example.com or submit a video-recorded percussion audition.
Bachelor of Music (B.M. in Performance) Applicants:
Other String Applicants:
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.
You will 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 (we do not accept recorded accompaniments).
Prepare two selections that are representative of your current repertoire. 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 a chromatic scale and all major scales. You may be asked to sightread.
Students applying for entrance to the Bachelor of Music in Composition degree must submit a portfolio of at least two compositions. At least one of the compositions should be for five or more instruments, and one of the compositions must include piano.
Eligible Instruments: double bass, guitar, percussion, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone
Please note: jazz auditions are not eligible for a music major and auditioners can only be considered for scholarship. 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 for classical (see requirements above/scholarship).
All Jazz Instruments:
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 Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Jazz Theory & Improvisation, and Jazz History.
On-Campus: Vocalists are provided an accompanist for on-campus auditions at no charge. Please email attached copies and a confirmed list of audition selections at least 10 days prior to your audition date to the music recruitment coordinator. Use an app like Scannable (free in the App store) or other scanning devices such as a printer, to provide clear copies of your music - blurry phone photos will not be accepted. Be sure to bring an original copy of your music to your audition.
Regional Locations: Vocalists must provide their own accompaniment at regional audition sites.
Instrumentalists are not required to have accompaniment on-campus or at regional audition sites. 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, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco), we accept video auditions for those who live 200+ miles from an audition location.
To submit a recorded audition:
- Please clarify your desired degree track at Puget Sound. What musical activities do you plan to pursue at Puget Sound?
- What drew you to Puget Sound's School of Music?
- What is your dream role in music? What do you hope to do with your degree (Examples: On the stage? Running a high school choir program? Etc…)?
- What has been most important to you in your musical activities during high school?
- Have you visited campus and if not, do you intend to?
For more information or assistance, please call the music admission office at 253.879.3228 or contact the Music Recruitment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept CD or audio-recordings.
Auditions for performing ensembles are held during Orientation each fall.