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Auditions

Auditions

Once your application to Newberry College is complete, schedule an audition during one of our audition days. An audition is required for you to be considered for admission to the Department of Music as a music major. Auditions for woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, strings, piano and guitar are held during all of the audition dates below except where otherwise noted.

 

Department of Music Auditions Move Online

Students who need to complete a Newberry music audition can now use our online submission process. Completing an audition online as opposed to in-person will not negatively impact any music admission decision or scholarship award. The priority scholarship deadline is Friday, April 17.


All online auditions will include:
• Two prepared pieces uploaded to YouTube
• Personal introduction uploaded to YouTube
• Sight-reading and tonal memory assessment via online Zoom meeting.

 

For more details regarding online auditions, click here. For questions and additional information, email Lauren Vaughn.

 

Audition Requirements

Students should prepare for their audition using the guidelines below. For questions about specific audition repertoire, email Dr. Chris Sheppard, chair of the Department of Music.

 

BRASS & WOODWIND
Students should prepare two solos demonstrating contrasting styles and major scales. An All-State/Region solo may take the place of one of the two prepared solos. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). Accompaniment is not required.

 

PERCUSSION
Students should prepare a solo/etude on snare drum, a solo/etude on the marimba or timpani (if studied), and major scales on a mallet instrument (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone). Students with drumset experience should demonstrate the following styles: funk/rock, swing, latin/samba and bossa nova. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). 

 

PIANO
Students should prepare major scales in four octaves and two prepared pieces including a movement of Classical, Sonata, and one contrasting piece. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only).

 

STRINGS
Students should prepare two solos demonstrating contrasting styles and major scales. The audition also will  include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). Accompaniment is not required.

 

VOICE
Students should prepare two songs of contrasting styles. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). A piano accompanist from the college will be provided upon request. Email your piano scores at least one week in advance of your audition date to Debbie Jarman or fax 803.321.5175. 

 

GUITAR
Students should prepare two solos demonstrating contrasting styles (Classical or Jazz preferred) and major scales. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). Accompaniment is not required.

 

Register for an Audition

To register for an audition, click here to complete the Music Audition Form

 

Questions?

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Music Department Administrative Assistant Debbie Jarman or call 803.321.5633. Send faxes to 803.321.5175. 

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