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Audition Information

For acceptance into any of the graduate music programs, the applicant must audition for a faculty jury prior to the term in which proposed study would begin. The list of works to be performed must be submitted to the program advisor at least one week prior to the scheduled audition. The selections performed should reflect mature musicianship, knowledge of different styles, and technical proficiency. In special circumstances, videotaped auditions will be accepted from students unable to audition in person.

For acceptance into the piano or vocal pedagogy programs, proficiency equivalent to the Baccalaureate degree with a major in solo performance or pedagogy is required. Pianists should perform three works chosen from different periods, at least one of which must be memorized. Singers should perform selections in French, German, Italian, and English, one of which must be an oratorio or opera aria; all selections must be memorized.

For acceptance into the Kodály music education program, applicants should sing two selections, one of which must be a folk song, the other a piece from the classical repertoire. Those applicants who have instrumental training should also perform a piece that reflects their level of musical understanding. All applicants with teaching experience must submit a videotape of their teaching.

Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of auditions. Those who audition before April 1 will receive full consideration; those auditioning after April 1 will receive consideration on a funds available basis.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Steve Hofer, Chair of the Music Department, at hofer@hnu.edu or 510-436-1244.

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