Western Kentucky University

Audition Information

Auditions Information

Auditions for students wishing to major in music are held on specific dates each spring. These dates are given within the online music application form. Individual auditions can also be arranged and are coordinated through the appropriate studio teacher or major ensemble director. Music Theory Placement Tests are given on each audition date. Students may re-audition and/or retake the placement test as desired up through the last audition date. The last date to audition for Fall 2014 full admission to major or minor in music is Saturday, March 1, 2014.


Audition Guidelines

 Specific guidelines are listed by performance area. In addition to the prepared material each auditionee is required to sight read a selection. For additional advice on audition selections go to the Music Faculty roster to find the appropriate studio teacher or ensemble director for your area then click that teacher's link for a short bio and contact information. click here for Faculty Roster

Wind Instruments: (1) Major Scales (up to 4 flats and 4 sharps) (2) Suitable solo or etude(s) to demonstrate musical and technical ability

Percussion: A solo or etude on each of the following instruments: (1) Snare drum (2) Timpani (3) Melodic instruments (mallets) (4) Accessories (tambourine, cymbals, etc.)

Keyboard: (1) Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire by memory (2) Scales and arpeggios in any major or minor key

Bowed Strings: (1) Basic major scales and arpeggios (2)Two contrasting pieces (one slow for tone, vibrato and bow control, one fast for facility and technique)

Voice: An accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions. Please contact Dr. Paul Hondorp if you plan to bring your own accompanist.  (1) Two songs (from memory, one in a foreign language) (2) Various vocal exercises to demonstrate range, dexterity and voice quality (3) Pitch retention and sight-reading.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the appropriate studio teacher or major ensemble director for more specific advice on choosing audition selections. WKU Music Faculty roster - listed by teaching area and linked to faculty bio's and contact information is available here.

General Information

 Scholarships and Grants-in-Aid are offered to music majors based upon their performance ability, the needs of the department's various ensembles, and the students' willingness to serve as members of those ensembles. Students receiving a music scholarship or grant are expected to participate in ensembles and activities above and beyond the minimum requirements for their degree program while maintaining both musical and academic progress toward graduation. Scholarships and Grants are awarded in the form of a waiver of a portion of university tuition. Student musicians must apply and audition to be considered for an award.


 Last Modified 2/5/14