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.
January 29-30, 2016
Some auditions may be available on other dates by appointment.
Scheduling Your Music Major Audition
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.
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.
Major scales: two octaves on a mallet instrument; plus snare drum, timpani, and melodic percussion selections.
Three contrasting selections, one from each of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, and Romantic/Twentieth Century. All selections are to be memorized.
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.
Bring examples of your compositions in score form, if possible. Perform one selection on your major instrument.
Two contrasting selections, memorized. Art songs or arias are preferred. If possible, one selection should be in a language other than English.
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.
Major scales on a mallet instrument and one snare drum or keyboard selection.
Major Scales (C, G, D, A, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat) and one brief selection.
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.