Audition Information

Apply & Audition

Step 1Apply to the University at Kutztown University's Admissions website, or the Common App website.

Step 2: Choose an audition date. You will be able to choose an audition date on your KU application, or you may schedule an audition through GetAccepted. (Those who schedule through GetAccepted will still need to complete the Kutztown University's application prior to your audition.)

Step 3. Review Audition Information and prepare for your audition.

Upon the review of your completed application, we will email you your audition time and instructions for the audition day. International and out-of-state applicants may submit a video audition performing two contrasting works. You will receive written notification of acceptance to the Department of Music and/or the University shortly after your audition date. 

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Audition Dates
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020*
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020*
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020*
  • Alternative individual audition dates may be arranged. Contact your area faculty to do so.

*February 15th is the priority deadline for both music and university scholarships. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships should complete their application and audition by this date.

Please note that auditions are required for entry into all music degree programs and for music scholarship consideration. The audition will last about fifteen minutes and it includes a brief interview. Accompaniment will be provided for vocalists but is not required or provided for instrumental auditions. Vocalists should send accompaniments 2 weeks in advance of the audition date.

  • Commercial Music Audition Requirements

    Feel free to audition with pieces that best highlight your strengths without concern for whether or not they are highly technical or fit into a certain stylistic category or genre. The Department of Music has an interest in a wide variety of musical styles. We appreciate excellence in established musical genres like classical and jazz but also on other new and emerging styles. As an auditionee, you should play or sing the pieces that best show who you are.


    Prepared Piece
    When choosing your pieces, it is a good idea to contact your would-be applied teacher at Kutztown to ask for guidance. You can find a list of our applied faculty here.

    Among the types of pieces typically chosen by auditioning students include:

    • A standard or jazz tune (which may include blues and rhythm changes) with your own improvisation
    • A classical piece such as a sonata, etude, or art song
    • A tune that you composed, especially if your focus is commercial music (songwriting) or composition
    • A transcription of an innovative performer such as Charlie Parker or Esperanza Spaulding.
    • A tune from a popular artist or band
    • If you are a vocalist in the Commercial Music degree program, you may audition with two Musical Theatre/Broadway selections, or a Musical Theatre selection and a popular music selection. Both selections must be memorized and you must have a piano accompaniment for both pieces. We will provide an accompanist for your audition.

    Don't be limited by this list, it is only a suggestion.

    If you'd like to have accompaniment, feel free to use a recording that does not duplicate the part you are performing. Accompanists are provided for vocal auditions. Vocal auditions do require an accompaniment. If you need a different type of accompaniment, please contact us and we can make the appropriate arrangement.

    Performance
    You may be asked to demonstrate technique particular to your performance area. For example, a drummer may be asked to demonstrate typical styles. For trumpet players, a demonstration of range and flexibility may be asked. For singers, the ability to project, etc.

Instrument-Specific Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to contact the applied faculty in their instrument/area to discuss the audition requirements. Requirements vary by performance area. In general, you should be prepared to perform repertoire that best displays tone, technique, and general musicianship. The playing of scales and some sight-reading may be required.

  • Instrumentalists

    • Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire
    • Major scales
    • Sight-reading
  • Clarinet

    Scales

    • Major scales up to 4-flats (Ab-major) and 4-sharps (E-major), at least two octaves.
    • Chromatic scale from low E to as high as you can comfortably go, ascending and descending
    • Focus on evenness and note accuracy. The tempo is secondary.

    Pieces and Excerpts

    • One selection of your choice. Typically, an excerpt from your district audition piece is acceptable. We can discuss where you can start and where to stop on your piece.
    • Lyrical and technical excerpts (see Clarinet Audition Excerpts PDF)
  • Percussion: Music Education and Performance Majors

    • Must audition on snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion (2 or 4 mallets)
    • Must demonstrate sight-reading ability and knowledge of scales
    • An audition on drumset is encouraged but not required

  • Percussion: Commercial Music Majors

    • May audition on either drumset or orchestral percussion
    • Drumset auditions should demonstrate a variety of styles on drumset; Latin, rock, swing, bebop, funk, etc.
    • Knowledge of standard orchestral percussion is a plus, but not a requirement
    • If vibes are principal instrument, play a jazz standard melody with chords
    • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Frank Kumor at 610-683-4548
  • Piano

    Choose three pieces from the following style categories. All works must be performed from memory>

    • Baroque - i.e. Scarlatti, Bach (any Two or Three-Part Invention, Prelude and Fugue, or any two movements of a Suite)
    • Classical - i.e. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel, Weber, Clementi (any movement of a Sonata)
    • Romantic/Post-Romantic - i.e. Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, etc.
    • Impressionistic/Contemporary - i.e. Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofieff, Copland, Gershwin, etc.
    • Major and minor scales
    • Sight Reading
    • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maria Asteriadou at 484-646-4154.

  • Voice

    • Two contrasting pieces from the Classical, Jazz or Broadway repertoire
    • Required to use the Staff Accompanist
    • Required to fax (610-683-1506) or email (music@kutztown.edu) their music two weeks in advance of their audition date.
    • No recorded accompaniment will be permitted
    • Expected to be able to read music
    • Audition songs must be memorized

  • Guitar

    • Two contrasting pieces from any area of the guitar repertoire. For example, classical, jazz, rock, folk, blues, and fingerpicking pieces would be appropriate.
    • Major scales
    • Sight-reading

You will also have the opportunity to interview with the music faculty. You should be prepared to discuss your musical background, career goals, music, general areas of interest, and why you want to study music at Kutztown University. This is also a chance for you to ask questions about the University, the Music Program, and campus life.

Placement examinations*

During your audition, you will also complete a placement examination. These assessments inform us of your current level of proficiency on these topics.

  • Harmony & Theory: Do your best. You may leave some of the more advanced questions blank if you have not had prior music theory experience. We use this for proper Harmony & Theory class placement.
  • Aural Skills and Sight Singing/Ear Training: Be able to match and reproduce what you hear, including repeating a melody and pitch-matching exercises. We use this for proper Aural Skills class placement.
  • Piano: Many students have not had prior piano experience. If this is the case, simply let the examiner know. We use this for proper Piano Class placement.

*The diagnostic examinations determine placement in Music courses and they are considered as part of acceptance to the degree program.

Recorded Auditions 

While personal auditions are encouraged, recorded auditions may be submitted instead. In the case of a recorded audition, placement examinations for music will be given when you attend the summer New Student Orientation orientation program.

Prospective Music Education students may submit an initial screening video audition. However, music education students must complete an in-person Aural Skills exam prior to formal admission.