Please read this carefully in order to understand the Department of Music admittance process.
Students may be admitted to the Department of Music only after being admitted to Wright State University and successfully completing an audition with the appropriate Department of Music faculty.
Performance time for prepared literature may be no longer than fifteen minutes. Questions regarding choice of repertoire should be directed to the area coordinators, listed below.
Although every student will be asked to do an exercise in rhythm and pitch, audition requirements vary slightly with each performing area; please see below:
Instrumentalists are required to perform two movements of contrasting tempo and style, or a single selection with contrasting sections. It is recommended that compositions written with accompaniment be performed with accompaniment, but this is not required. The applicant will also be asked to play major scales through four sharps and four flats, a chromatic scale, and to sight-read. These same requirements apply to music minors and those interested in elective study.
Vocalists auditioning to major in music are required to sing two solo selections. They must be in two different languages, from memory, and in the category of art songs, sacred songs, or arias. Those interested in the music minor, or elective study, need only to prepare one song. Vocalists are required to perform pieces with accompaniment and are encouraged to use their own accompanist. If they do not have access to an accompanist, one will be provided for them.
Pianists auditioning for a major or concentration in piano, are required to perform two compositions from different periods. Both compositions must be from the standard repertoire, and one must be performed from memory. Applicants will also be asked to play major and minor scales through four sharps and four flats and to sight-read. Students seeking admission to the Music Education program with a piano as the principal instrument, must also pass and audition on a secondary band, orchestral instrument, or voice. Those interested in elective study need to only perform one work from memory and prepare major scales through four sharps and four flats.
Organists are required to perform two compositions from different periods. The selections must be from the standard organ repertoire. The applicant will also be asked to sight-read. Please indicate the number of years you have studied piano and attach a list of repertoire studied. Those interested in elective study need only prepare one piece.
Transfer students should provide a list of their complete repertoire. Applicants who are unable to visit Wright State University may submit a professional quality recording in lieu of a live audition. This recording will be reviewed on the scheduled audition date for entrance into the Department of Music.
Department of Music Scholarships
In order to be eligible to receive a talent based scholarship from the Department of Music you must audition on a "scholarship audition date." After these audition dates have passed, auditions will be for "entrance only." Scholarship priority will be given to music majors, minors, and full-time students.