Auditions

An audition appointment can be scheduled by returning an audition request form (DOC) to the department of music office (make sure to return the prospective undergraduate student information form with your audition request form).  If circumstances prevent the presentation of a campus audition on any of these dates, an appointment on an alternative date may be requested or an unedited recording may be submitted.

Audition Dates and Request Forms (click on the date to register):

October 29, 2016
December 3, 2016
January 28, 2017
February 25, 2017
April 8, 2017

Applicants should prepare for their auditions according to the following guidelines:

Accompanists

All auditionees are welcome to bring an accompanist, but one will be provided if advance notice is given and the music is provided by the student. Performance with an accompanist is required for vocal auditions, but optional for all instrumentalists.

Voice

Prospective voice majors should perform two contrasting pieces from the classical vocal repertoire (art song, opera, oratorio, etc). Memorization is required. One piece should be in a foreign language other than English. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Youngmi Kim well in advance of their audition date. Students may also be asked to sight-read.

Winds

Wind players should prepare at least two contrasting works that demonstrate tone quality, technique and musicality. In addition, students should be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale. The demonstration of basic sight-reading ability is expected. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Wayne Gallops well in advance of their audition date.

Percussion

Percussion Students auditioning for percussion are asked to prepare the following: 1 Snare Drum Solo (either concert or rudimental) 1 Mallet Solo (4 mallets is strongly encouraged) and 1 Timpani Solo. Other areas of specialty can also be demonstrated (drum set, hand drums, etc.).  All the solos should be appropriate for a college level audition. Sight reading and rudiments will be asked for as well.   A more detailed list of materials is available on the Radford Music website. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate material are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Sanderl (rsanderl@radford.edu) well in advance of their audition date.

Strings

String players should prepare two contrasting works or movements that demonstrate tone quality, technique and musicianship. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact the music office well in advance of their audition date. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Trent well in advance of their audition date.

Guitar

Guitarists should prepare all major scales (two and three octaves with cadences) and two contrasting solos that demonstrate quality of tone, technique and musicality. One piece may be an etude. The demonstration of basic sight-reading ability is expected. Students who would like guidance in choosing appropriate audition materials are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Trent well in advance of their audition date.

Keyboard

Keyboard students should perform two pieces from two different style periods in the standard classical repertoire. Works by Bach, Handel or Scarlatti (Baroque); Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven (Classical); Chopin Schubert or Schumann (Romantic); and Bartok, Debussy or Prokofiev (20th-century/Contemporary) are suggested. Memorization is required for pianists but not for organists. The demonstration of basic sight-reading ability is expected. Prospective organ majors should have a strong piano background. Previous organ study is not required and students may audition on piano. Students who would like guidance in choosing appropriate audition materials are encouraged to contact Mr. Kwan Yi well in advance of their audition date.

For further information, please contact Al Wojtera.