In addition to completing application materials for admission to Elon University, all prospective music majors must complete an application for acceptance into a specific music major. All applications must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the audition date (listed below). Late submissions cannot be accepted. Click on the Apply Now link below to begin the online application process.
Auditions are required of all incoming students desiring to major in Music Education, Music Performance, or the B.A. in Music. Prospective Music Production & Recording Arts majors have the option of auditioning or they may submit a portfolio of materials demonstrating skill in composition and/or music production, such as composed scores, recordings of music they have written, produced, or engineered, etc. The portfolio materials are submitted as part of the online application process.
No audition is required to minor in music. Auditions for choral and instrumental ensembles are held during the first few days of each semester for students in attendance at Elon University. Incoming or prospective students are not auditioned for any music ensembles before arriving in the fall semester.
If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Rippy, the Auditions Coordinator, at email@example.com or 336-278-5600.
All audition dates are on Fridays, beginning at 9:00 AM until about 5:00 PM. All applications must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the audition date. Late submissions cannot be accepted.
November 8, 2013
January 17, 2014
February 21, 2014
March 7, 2014
April 4, 2014 (acceptance only)
Prepare two contrasting selections from standard classical vocal literature. These should be accompanied solos, not choral parts. The selections should be performed from memory. An accompanist will be provided upon request. A short sightsinging excerpt will be requested after the prepared selections.
Prepare two contrasting pieces, one lyrical and one to demonstrate technical skill. You can also choose music from contrasting style periods. An accompanist will be provided upon request. A short sightreading excerpt will be requested after the prepared selections.
Perform three etudes or pieces, one each for snare drum, mallets, and timpani.
Applicants who desire to audition for the Music Production & Recording Arts degree program should prepare two pieces of contrasting style, drawn from Classical literature, folk music, or popular/jazz song literature from the early to mid 20th Century, or a singer/songwriter can perform an original song. Those who have a classical music background can follow the guidelines given above in the B.A., Performance, and Music Ed requirements.
In lieu of or in addition to an audition, Music Production & Recording Arts applicants who are interested in composition, songwriting, or audio engineering may submit an electronic portfolio consisting of scores and/or recordings for 3 original musical works or arrangements. Please limit your file types to .pdf or .mp3 only and file sizes to a maximum of 10 MB per file.
Q. Will an accompanist be provided for my audition?
A. Upon request, an accompanist will be provided for your audition. For vocal auditions live accompaniment is required. A tape/CD cannot be used. Please bring clear, legible music for your accompanist.
Q. Can I audition by video tape?
A. You must audition on campus. We do not accept videos unless you live outside of the continental U.S. Recorded auditions are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
Q: Is there any additional paperwork for scholarship consideration?
A. No. All students who audition are automatically considered for talent based scholarships within the department.
Q: When will I hear about my audition day schedule?
A. You will be contacted with your rehearsal and audition times by email one week prior to your audition. If you have not heard from us one week before your audition date, please feel free to call. Please ensure that you have provided the correct email address in your online application so that we can send you confirmation.
Q: How long will the audition day last?
A. The audition day starts at 9:00 am and does not typically go past 5:00 p.m., depending on the size of the group auditioning. If you are flying, it is safest to book your departure the next day, since auditions may be scheduled at any point in the audition day.
Q: Will there be any sight-reading or sight-singing on the audition?
A. Yes. All auditions include a brief sight-reading exercise to help the faculty assess your music reading ability.
Q: What happens during the audition day?
• 9:00 a.m. check-in
• Welcome recital
• Brief tour
• Information session with faculty
• Break out sessions for specific majors with Program Coordinator and current students
• Private/small group meetings with individual faculty, if scheduled
• Rehearsal with accompanist
• 1:00-5:00 p.m. auditions in 10 minute intervals, including prepared materials and brief sight-reading
• In the afternoon, and short music theory diagnostic test is given, which can be taken at whatever time is convenient around your assigned audition slot.
Q: Can I audition for more than one program (i.e. Music Theatre)?
A. Yes, but not at the same time. Music Theatre auditions are separate and you will be required to complete the audition process and pay a separate audition fee for that major as well. Please contact Kimberly Rippy at 336-278-5600 for more information.
Q: Do you provide transportation from the airport?
A. No. You may contact the airport to arrange local transportation. The most convenient airports are Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) or Greensboro (GSO). Both are approximately 45 minutes away.
Q: Do you arrange overnight accommodations with current students?
A. No, we are unable to meet these requests.
Q: Are there work study positions available?
A. Numerous positions are offered by the department in administrative and production areas such as stage workers, music technology lab staff, recording studio staff, piano lab staff, and ensemble assistants. Both Federal and Institutional work-study students are welcome to apply for these positions.
Q: What other financial aid is available?
A. Various forms of scholarship, grant, and loan assistance are available through the Elon University Office of Financial Planning. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.