Undergraduate Auditions

2018-2019 Audition Days

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – University admitted or transfer students only 
If you are unable to make any of these audition dates, other options are available. Please contact Sean Brazel (sbrazel@gmu.edu) to discuss rescheduling your audition.

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. Prior to registering for an audition, you must submit a University admissions application. Please see below for more information on the audition process.

Registration for the 2018-2019 Audition Days will be available in August.


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

  • Music technology applicants do not have a live performance audition. To show proficiency on your instrument/voice, please submit a video audition to the SlideRoom portal showcasing approximately 5-10 minutes of music performed on your primary instrument. This video should consist of 2 works in contrasting styles or genres. You will be able to do so on the registration form.
  • When registering, please submit a portfolio of 3-5 works that best represent your experience and skill. These can be projects that you have mixed, engineered, composed, or worked on in a music technology fashion. This can include projects on Garageband, Logic, Protools, etc.
  • Your audition will be a portfolio review/interview with a faculty member.