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 by emailing the outreach coordinator, Dr. Aileen Razey, Razey@kutztown.edu. See audition dates below (live and recorded options are available).

Step 3. Review Audition Information on this page, and prepare for your audition.

Upon the review of your completed Kutztown application and scheduling of your music audition, you will receive an email confirmation of your audition time and instructions for the audition day. Notification of acceptance to Kutztown University will be sent upon receipt of your application from Admissions. Notification of audition results to the Department of Music will be sent shortly after your completed audition. 

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

**Audition information update for Fall 2021/Spring 2022**

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.

  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions are required for entry into all music degree programs and for music scholarship consideration. Theory and Piano Diagnostic Exams are used to place into appropriate classes upon acceptance. 

    • Audition: in-person or virtual on primary voice type or instrument
    • Written Theory Diagnostic: taken at the audition or sent virtually
    • Piano Placement Exam: scheduled at audition or online 
  • In-Person Audition Dates

    Audition dates are shown below, and individual audition dates may be arranged. Contact Dr. Razey at razey@kutztown.edu to schedule your audition. International and out-of-state applicants are welcome to schedule an individual virtual or recorded audition. 

    Audition Dates

    • Friday, October 22
    • Wednesday, November 3 (as part of VPA Open House)
    • Friday, December 4
    • Saturday, January 29
    • Saturday, February 12
    • Saturday, February 26
    • or individually scheduled date

    *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 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.

  • VPA Open House Information

    The College of Visual and Performing (VPA) Open House is for anyone interested in the arts at KU! Prospective music students can schedule their in-person audition during the VPA open house. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about all Visual and Performing arts programs of study, meet faculty, visit classes, and tour state-of-the-art facilities. 

    For in-person auditions during the VPA Open House, please email the outreach coordinator, Dr. Aileen Razey, Razey@kutztown.edu, and pre-register for the VPA open house. Music auditions must be scheduled with the outreach coordinator before the VPA Open House occurs

    To learn more about the VPA Open House schedule of events, click here.

  • Recorded and Zoom Audition Guidelines

    Please make sure that you follow the below guidelines for recorded auditions. Record yourself playing your audition piece(s) and upload the video to a host site such as YouTube. Each performance video should include the following:

    1. Performers Name, Instrument/Voice, and Title of Composition with the composer.
    2. Please be sure your video features you easily visible with good quality audio.
    3. We encourage you to preview your video before you send your link.

    Links of performance videos should be e-mailed to Dr. Razey, and Zoom audition dates and times are scheduled with Dr. Razey, Outreach Coordinator for the KU Department of Music (razey@kutztown.edu ). 

    The Music Audition Team will review each video individually. Students will be notified of their status as quickly as time allows given the current environment. 

    Deadline for Priority applications:

    • Monday, February 15th, 2021*

    *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. 

Instrument-Degree-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.

  • 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)
  • 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.


    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 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.

  • 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

  • Instrumentalists

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

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.

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.