Auditions

To become an official music major and be considered for music scholarship awards, you must schedule an audition and interview with members of the music faculty. The first step is to schedule your time. The dates printed below are our primary audition days when the full-time faculty panel will be present to meet you. If you cannot be present on one of those days, notify our office, and we will try to schedule an alternate time for you.

Upcoming auditions:

January 30-31, 2015
February 6-7, 2015
March 6, 2015
(Auditions available by appointment for any Centenary Open House date)

Scheduling Your Music Major Audition

Call the Music Office at 318-869-5235 or email email to schedule a time for your audition and brief interview with the faculty, or start by applying here.

When you come to the audition, you will also be taking placement tests in music theory and piano. If you choose to become a student at Centenary College, these tests will help us advise you for your first semester. We understand that there is a great variety in the backgrounds and experiences of students wishing to study music. We do not expect everyone to have the same skills, but we want to help prepare you to do your best in your first year of college music study.

Repertoire for Music Major Auditions

All applicants will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt.

Brass and Woodwinds

Major scales; two brief selections (one lyrical, one technical), or a movement from a major concerto.

Organ

At the organ: three hymns and two selections of the applicant's own choosing. At the piano: Major and minor scales and arpeggios, and two selections of the applicant's own choosing.

Percussion

Major scales: two octaves on a mallet instrument; plus snare drum, timpani, and melodic percussion selections.

Piano

Three contrasting selections, one from each of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, and Romantic/Twentieth Century. All selections are to be memorized.

Strings

Major Scales (C, G, D, A, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat); two brief selections (one lyrical, one technical), or a movement from a major concerto.

Composition

Bring examples of your compositions in score form, if possible. Perform one selection on your major instrument.

Voice

Two contrasting selections, memorized. Art songs or arias are preferred. If possible, one selection should be in a language other than English.

For Non-Majors

If you do not wish to major in music, but wish to be part of one of our ensembles, call the music office at 318-869-5235 or email email. We will schedule a time for you to meet with one of our ensemble directors at a time convenient for you. If you have a campus visit already planned, please let us know.

We do have some scholarships available for non-majors, but you should schedule your audition for us before you complete your financial aid package at Centenary, or it may not be possible to consider you for a music scholarship.

Ensemble Audition Repertoire

Brass and Woodwinds

Major scales and one brief selection.

Percussion

Major scales on a mallet instrument and one snare drum or keyboard selection.

Strings

Major Scales (C, G, D, A, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat) and one brief selection.

Voice

For either Camerata or Centenary College Choir, the director will hear you perform one brief selection of your choice, then will vocalize you to check your range, and hear you in a short sight-reading excerpt.

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