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Auditions for the Department of Music

As a prospective undergraduate music major, you may compete through audition for performance awards ranging from $4,000 to $20,000 over four years. These awards are given on the basis of musical talent and promise, regardless of financial need.


Audition Dates for 2017-2018 entry will be announced soon.

Alternate dates by appointment. Call 516-299-2475 or contact us through e-mail at


Professional attire is expected.

For Instrumentalists

  1. Two pieces of contrasting styles. These could be two complete pieces or individual movements from two different works
  2. Major scales
  3. Sight-reading

Percussionists: Audition repertoire should include: 1) Advanced snare drum solo; 2) Two mallet keyboard piece (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone); 3) Two drum timpani piece

For Vocalists

  1. Two pieces of contrasting styles. One selection must be in a language other than English. The other Classical selection may be in English if desired, or another foreign language
  2. Exploration of vocal range and aural abilities

Along with the performance audition, evaluations in pitch perception, sight-singing, and music theory are required to be taken the same day as the audition.

An accompanist will be provided if you require one, or you may bring your own accompanist if you wish.