Prepare for Your Audition

Download the 2017-2018 Audition and Program Requirements

The 2017-2018 Audition and Program Requirements booklet explains exactly what is required for each major in the Bienen School of Music. This booklet only covers the music auditions and program requirements, so be sure that you have also submitted all requirements for your application to the Bienen School of Music.  We will not schedule an audition unless you have completed your application and all supplemental materials have been received.

Accompaniment

Voice applicants are required to submit prescreening recordings with accompaniment. For on-campus voice auditions, an accompanist will be provided for you. However, you are required to bring your own music for the accompanist to use. We recommend making photocopies of your music and neatly organizing your selections in a three-ring binder. Please do not place music in plastic sleeves as this causes glare for our pianists. For safety, do not use staples on your music. Do not send music in advance, but instead bring the music with you when you arrive for your audition.

Jazz Studies applicants require prescribed combo instrumentation, as described in the Audition and Program requirements booklet. A combo is provided for on-campus auditions.

Classical instrumental prescreening recordings and on-campus auditions must be unaccompanied for Master of Music applicants. Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) applicants may include accompanied performances on their prescreening recording as long as the sound quality of the instrument is not obscured by the accompaniment. If invited for a live audition, DMA applicants may bring their own accompanist, or else the Bienen School of Music will assist in securing an accompanist for you.  Further instructions will be given upon invitation to audition on-campus.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Music Admission and Financial Aid at musiclife@northwestern.edu or (847) 491-3141.

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