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Performing Arts Auditions

There are special admission requirements for the music program. Prospective music majors and scholarship seekers should prepare materials based on the requirements listed below.  

Scheduling your audition 

Acceptance into this program is based on a placement audition, which is done at one of three spring audition days for best chances of scholarship consideration. If you miss the audition days you can still schedule your time on an as-needed basis, but you may miss out on scholarship opportunities. Students seeking admission from outside of the area are permitted to do their audition remotely (by Zoom). It is recommended that you audition after submitting your application to the college, but before academic advising whenever possible. 

The Audition dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are: 

April 22        May 20        June 17 

To set up your audition time, please contact or call (269) 927-8876. When setting up your audition please include your full name, email address, phone number, instrument or voice part, and student ID number (if known). You will be notified by email or phone of your audition results within one week from the date of your audition.  

Audition Requirements 

Instrumentalists will play one prepared piece demonstrating their ability level. Solo works and etudes are preferred, but sections from an ensemble piece will be acceptable if it shows the skill level of the player. In the case of contemporary and jazz musicians, two contrasting grooves will be sufficient. Auditionees will also be asked to sight-read a short excerpt on their instrument. 

Vocalists will sing two songs of contrasting tempo, style, or genre. They should either provide sheet music for the accompanist, a karaoke track or they may accompany themselves. A cappella auditions are discouraged unless the song was written to be without accompaniment. Selections must be from memory. 

Musical Theatre auditionees should prepare a 32-bar cut of a song from the Broadway repertoire, a short monologue, and an approximately two-minute solo dance combination. Please dress appropriately for your dance component and bring sheet music or a karaoke track for your vocal component. All material must be from memory. 

Music Production/Technology auditionees should present one prepared song on their main instrument, and one audio file (wav, mp3, etc.) of an original work that demonstrates their abilities. 

Music Composition/Songwriting auditionees should play or sing two original works of their choosing. If sharing a song with lyrics, please provide a typed copy of the text or sheet music.  

Music Therapy, Music History, Sacred Music, Music Education, Music Performance and Music Industry/Arts Administration seeking auditionees should prepare an audition based on one of the above sets of requirements based on their area of strength. 

For auditionees who are pursuing more than one instrument/voice, please add one additional piece of music on your secondary instrument/voice. 


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