Undergraduate Auditions

2020-2021 Audition Days

  • Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Saturday, January 23, 2021
  • Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021

IMPORTANT: We will NOT be holding in-person audition days on campus this year.

Undergraduate students auditioning for the School of Music may submit a video via SlideRoom with their School of Music application, which will be reviewed together with faculty on the audition day. Please submit your audition video and application no later than one week prior to your selected audition date. In addition, if you wish to also perform live (via Zoom) on the audition day, our faculty would be happy to hear you. We want to make the process as open and accessible as possible. Students will still be expected to sight-read as part of their audition. *Please note that Jazz auditions will be conducted completely “live” over Zoom, and prospective Jazz applicants do not need to upload audition videos.*
For any questions about auditions or the application process, contact Christen Soos at csoos@gmu.edu or (703) 993-1390.

To be fully accepted as a music major or minor, students must be accepted to George Mason University, as well as complete a successful audition for the Dewberry School of Music. Unless you are a current Mason student, prior to registering for an audition, you must submit a University admissions application. Please see below for more information on the audition process.

Please select and complete the “School of Music Undergraduate Audition Application” NOT the Graduate application.

*Note: Please ensure that when setting up your SlideRoom account, you provide an email address you check regularly as this is how the School of Music will communicate important audition information and results.

Application Deadlines

  • University Early Action, Honors College, and Academic Scholarship Consideration: November 1
  • Fall Admission Standard Deadline: January 15
  • School of Music Merit Scholarship Consideration: Complete an audition prior to March 1
  • Spring Admission Priority Deadline: October 1

School of Music Audition Process

1. Apply to George Mason University through the Office of Admissions (703-993-2400). Deadlines and other important information can be found on the admissions website.
2. Register for a School of Music Audition*. See note above regarding auditions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please submit the School of Music application no later than one week prior to your selected audition date. Details for your audition (time, Zoom link, etc.) will be sent by email prior to the audition.
3. Complete your audition.
4. Your School of Music audition results will be sent by email two to three weeks after the audition. George Mason University admission results are based on a separate schedule. In many cases, your School of Music audition may take place prior to knowing your admissions result.


Audition Requirements and Expectations:

Specific audition requirements by area or instruments are listed below. All applicants should be prepared to demonstrate your sight-reading ability on your instrument or voice. A brief aural test will also be given. Please bring an original copy of your music to the audition for the audition committee.

Vocal

  • Prepare two contrasting pieces with piano accompaniment according to the following guidelines:
    • An art song, or an operatic or oratorio aria from memory in Italian (preferably), Latin, German, French, or Spanish. Oratorio arias may be performed with the score.
    • A second selection preferably in English. The English piece may be a musical theater selection.
  • In addition to sight reading, please be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.
  • Vocal applicants are required to perform their prepared pieces with an accompanist. To maintain social distancing, there are options and resources available for pre-recorded accompaniment tracks. Please contact Christen Soos at csoos@gmu.edu for more information.

Jazz Studies (Instrumental & Vocal)*:

*Jazz auditions will be conducted completely “live” over Zoom, and prospective Jazz applicants do not need to upload audition videos.

  • Please prepare the following:
    • Two selections in contrasting styles (Blues/Bop, Fusion/Cool, Swing/Early Jazz, etc.)
    • Etude or solo transcription
    • Major scales
    • Improvisation over a blues (if not improvising over prepared selections) 
  • In addition to sight reading, please be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.
  • All jazz auditions (instrumental and vocal) are required to bring play-a-long as accompaniment.
  • For additional audition information visit the Jazz Auditions page.

Winds, Brass, Strings, and Keyboard:

  • Prepare two selections in contrasting styles (slow-fast, Baroque-20th Century, Italian-English, etc.) totaling approximately 10 minutes.
    • It is strongly recommended for keyboard applicants to memorize their prepared pieces.
  • In addition to sight reading, please be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.
  • Undergraduate instrumentalists do not need to perform with an accompanist and the School of Music is unable to provide one.

Percussion

  • Audition requirements can be found here. Contact John Kilkenny for additional information at jkilken1@gmu.edu.

Composition

  • Please submit your composition portfolio when registering for a virtual audition. You will be able to do so on the form.
    • Your portfolio should consist of 3-4 works and recordings or electronic realizations of these works.
  • Your audition will consist of two parts: A portfolio review/interview with a faculty member and a submitted audition video on your primary instrument/voice.

Music Technology

  • Your audition will consist of two parts: A portfolio review/interview with a faculty member and a submitted audition video on your primary instrument/voice.
  • When registering, please submit a portfolio of 3-5 works that best represent your experience and skills using music technology.  In the description for each work please detail your involvement with the project (e.g. composer, mixing engineer, programmer, etc.) This can include projects on GarageBand, Logic Pro, Protools, FL Studio, Reaper, etc.  Please submit high-quality recordings/videos or links to external sites such as YouTube and SoundCloud.
  • For the video audition prepare two selections in contrasting styles or genres totaling approximately 7-10 minutes on your primary instrument/voice.
  • In addition to sight reading, please be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.