We are excited about your interest in Kutztown University's Department of Music! Auditions are required by all prospective students on their primary instrument or voice for the following music majors within the Department of Music, except for the Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Business.
Apply & Audition
Step 1. Apply to the University at Kutztown University's Admissions website, or the Common App website.
Step 2: Choose an audition date in your Kutztown University application.
Step 3. Review Audition Information on this page and prepare for your audition.
Upon the review of your completed Kutztown application, you will receive an email confirmation of your audition time with audition day instructions.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
**Audition information update for Fall 2022/Spring 2023**
The KU Department of Music will continue to offer in-person and virtual audition opportunities for acceptance into the music program within guidelines that places the health and safety of all first and foremost.
- Auditions are required for entry into all music degree programs, except for Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Business. Your audition also includes an interview with the music faculty. Please be prepared to share your musical background, career goals, areas of interest, and why you want to study music at Kutztown University.
- Placement Surveys
- Placement surveys will be sent to students after a deposit is placed. Piano and theory placements are used to place you in the proper sources upon registration.
Please choose your audition date preference in your Kutztown University application (apply here). Three audition days will be available in-person for the 2022-23 audition season.
- Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (as part of VPA Open House)
- Saturday, December 3, 2022
- Saturday, February 4, 2022
Auditions will be held on the Kutztown University campus. A special audition date or virtual audition is available upon request. Please select "Date Conflict" in your Kutztown University application, and our music faculty will contact you individually to schedule. P;ease contact Dr. Razey at firstname.lastname@example.org with scheduling questions.
*Students who wish to be considered for music scholarship should complete their application and audition by this February 15th.
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 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.
Visit Us: Prospective Music Student Events
- VPA Open House, Wednesday, November 2, 2022
- The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Open House welcomes prospective students interested in the arts at KU. Prospective music students will have the opportunity to learn about all VPA arts programs of study, meet our current music students and faculty, tour campus, and visit classes and rehearsals. Registration information will be available in September 2022.
- Music auditions may be scheduled during this event. Please designate this date in your Kutztown University application.
- Be a Golden Bear for a day!
- Schedule an individualized date for you to visit campus and shadow a current music student in their classes and rehearsals. Please email Dr. Razey to schedule: email@example.com
- Be our VIP guest at a concert of your choice at our Music Department Events.
- Please email Dr. Razey to schedule in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- VPA Open House, Wednesday, November 2, 2022
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.
- Two contrasting pieces or etudes
- Major scales in two octaves
- Chromatic scale starting on low E
- Sight reading
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 in other new and emerging styles. As an auditionee, you should play or sing the pieces that best show who you are.
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.
You may be asked to demonstrate a 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.
- 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
- Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire
- Major scales
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
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 Asteriad@kutztown.edu.
- Two contrasting pieces from the Classical, Jazz or Broadway repertoire
- Required to use the Staff Accompanist
- Required to fax (610-683-1506) or email (email@example.com) 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
What is it like to Audition at KU?
Current students discuss their path to success while auditioning at KU. Background music composed and performed by students Mike Mester and Michael Schefflin.