In response to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, University of Puget Sound and the School of Music will not host in-person auditions for the 2020-2021 application year. Instead, auditions will be held in a hybrid format including a recorded audition and a virtual interview. In the coming weeks we will release instructions and deadlines for students interested in auditioning for the School of Music. In the meantime, please review the below Entrance Audition Requirements to learn about audition repertoire.
Questions? Contact the Music Recruitment Coordinator for more information.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
While Puget Sound does not offer a major in Jazz, its offerings include Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Jazz Theory & Improvisation, and Jazz History.
Auditions for performing ensembles are held during Orientation each fall.