Undergraduate Auditions

2019-2020 Audition Days

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020 – University admitted or transfer students only 
Audition days begin with an information session for students and parents about the School of Music, followed by a meeting with the students and the Mason Music Ambassadors. Students are then able to begin warming up for their audition. There will be opportunities for tours of the music facilities, as well as full campus tours given by admissions. To register for a full campus tour, click here.
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 School of Music. Unless you are a transfer 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.


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. Details for your audition (time, location, etc.) will be sent by email approximately two weeks 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. The School of Music may provide one for a rate of $40. You may request an accompanist in the registration form.

Jazz Studies (Instrumental & Vocal):

  • Please prepare the following:
    • Two selections in contrasting styles (Blues/Bop, Fusion/Cool, Swing/Early Jazz, etc.)
    • One jazz piece, etude, or solo transcription
    • All major scales
    • Improvisation over a blues
  • 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 live 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 live audition on your primary instrument/voice.

Music Technology

  • Your audition will consist of two parts: A portfolio review/interview with a faculty member and a live audition 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 live 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.