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The path to becoming a music major is different than for other majors. The information below will guide you through the process of becoming a School of Music student. This process is necessary for all students who apply to the School of Music regardless of your desired degree program.
Please read this carefully in order to understand the School of Music admittance process.
Students may be admitted to the School of Music only after being admitted to Wright State and successfully completing an audition with the appropriate School of Music faculty. To apply for admission to the school, make an appointment for your audition, and get more information on the admission process.
Performance time for prepared literature may be no longer than 15 minutes. Questions regarding the choice of repertoire should be directed to the area coordinators, listed below.
Transfer students should provide a list of their complete repertoire. Applicants who are unable to visit Wright State 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 School of Music.
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.
Guitarists are required to perform two compositions of contrasting tempo and style or a single selection with contrasting sections. Applicants will be asked to play two-octave major scales in any key and to sight-read. Those interested in elective study need only prepare one piece.
In order to be eligible to receive a talent-based scholarship from the School of Music, you must audition on a scholarship audition date. After these audition dates have passed, remaining auditions will be for entrance only. Scholarship priority will be given to music majors.
Although we strongly encourage live, on-site auditions, all undergraduate applicants who live beyond a 250-mile radius of Dayton, Ohio may submit their entire audition online at the Acceptd site. This includes all instruments and voice types. If you meet this criteria and it is your intention to submit your entire audition online, please notify the music undergraduate admission office of your intent through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 775-2346.
If you have a conflict with the scheduled audition days and live within 250 miles of the Wright State campus, please contact the applied teacher for your instrument or voice to discuss the possibility of submitting an online audition. To find the correct applied teacher, visit the People section of our website.