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Audition Requirements: Voice

2017-2018 VOICE AUDITION DATES (Click here for more information)

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM

UNDERGRADUATE

1. All voice majors are required to sing two pieces of contrasting styles. Voice minors are required to sing one piece.

  • Performance majors are required to sing from memory. One piece must be in a foreign language.
  • Music Education and Music Industry majors: Memorization and foreign language are recommended but not required.
  • Music that would be sung at solo/ensemble contests (i.e. art songs, arias) is preferred. Parts from choral pieces, rock, pop, country songs, etc. are not suitable.
  • An accompanist will be provided, although singers are welcome to bring their own accompanist. If an EKU accompanist is used, rehearsal time will not be available, and singers must provide a copy of the music for the audition. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed.

2. Sight-reading exercises

3. Tonal memory exercises

 

GRADUATE

1. Graduate vocal performance majors are required to sing four pieces of contrasting styles and time periods:

  • Students must sing one piece in each of the following languages: English, Italian, German, and French.
  • Memorization is required.
  • Music should be at a level of difficulty and execution as would be expected of an undergraduate senior recital.
  • An accompanist will be provided, although singers are welcome to bring their own accompanist. If an EKU accompanist is used, rehearsal time will not be available, and singers must provide a copy of the music for the audition. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed.

2. Sight reading exercises

3. Tonal memory exercises

 

MUSIC THEORY PLACEMENT EXAM

Some students entering college already have a solid knowledge of the fundamentals of music, while others have had little or no theoretical training. In order to remedy this disparity in preparation and help students to better succeed in their studies, the EKU School of Music administers a Music Theory Placement Exam to all incoming students during orientation. Depending on the results of this exam students will be advised to register for either MUS 181 - Basic Music Theory or MUS 102 - Intro to Music Fundamentals.

In order be ready for the placement exam, students should work on the following topics: reading music in both treble and bass clef, counting simple rhythmic patterns in common meters, major and minor scales, key signatures, major and minor triads, and intervals.

A study guide has been created to assist prospective music majors in their preparation for college-level study:

http://theoryandcomp.eku.edu/sites/theoryandcomp.eku.edu/files/eku_music...

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