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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 Audition Dates -- 2019 / 2020

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 -- Music Major for a Day; All Areas

Friday, November 22, 2019 -- Honors Band Clinic; Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Only

Friday, December 6, 2019 -- Honor String Orchestra Clinic; Strings Only 

Friday, January 24, 2020 -- All Areas

Friday, February 14, 2020 -- All Areas

Saturday, March 21, 2020 -- All Areas

Friday, April 17, 2020 -- All Areas

Friday, May 8, 2020 -- All Areas

 

Audition Requirements

Students should prepare for their audition using the guidelines below. For questions about specific audition repertoire, contact Dr. Chris Sheppard, chair of the Department of Music at chris.sheppard@newberry.edu

 

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@newberry.edu 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 at debbie.jarman@newberry.edu or call 803.321.5633. Send faxes to 803.321.5175. 

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