To become an official music major and be considered for music scholarships, you must audition for members of the music faculty and apply to Centenary College.
If you plan to major in music, you may elect to complete the required audition either in person or via recording. COMPLETE YOUR AUDITION AS EARLY AS YOU CAN! Students are likely to receive higher music scholarships if they audition before January 15th. All applicants who audition before January 15 are considered for our prestigious full-tuition music scholarship!
In-person auditions will be scheduled through the Hurley School of Music Dean's Office. You are encouraged to request an audition on one of our planned audition weekends, which often align with other interesting events happening on campus (e.g. ensemble concerts or activities hosted by the College's Admission Office). Hurley is happy, alternatively, to consider other dates if one of the planned audition weekends is not possible for you.
planned in-Person audition Dates 2021-2022
- December 3-4, 2021
- January 14-15, 2022
- February 19, 2022
Scheduling an In-Person Audition
To schedule an in-person audition either during a planned audition weekend or on a date of your choosing, please call or text 318.333.3867. Scroll down to learn about audition requirements for each instrument area.
Recorded auditions are acceptable in lieu of an in-person audition.
Video is required, no audio-only recordings. Smart phones create recordings that are relatively good quality, both video and audio.
Videos should include all elements listed for your primary instrument area below. Instrumentalists, please play four major scales (two in flat keys, and two in sharp keys) and two minor scales (one in sharp, one in flat) of your choice.
Accompaniment tracks/recordings are acceptable, a live accompanist is preferred. Given the pandemic that may not be safe. Safety must take precedence over preference.
Composers should send an audition recording on a primary instrument (that with which you are most proficient) and digital files of representative compositions.
Submitting Your Recorded Music Major Audition
Call or text 318.333.3867 or email to inform Hurley that you will be sending an audition as part of your overall application to Centenary as a music major.
- Please upload your recording (and composition files, if applicable) to a site (i.e. YouTube) or drive that can store your file(s) and allow for sharing with Hurley.
- Do NOT email large files or mail flash drives.
- Please send a link (with access permission) to your audition file(s) in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please be sure your full name and desired area of study (i.e. B.A. in music with general studies or a performance concentration, choral concentration, sacred music concentration, or composition concentration; or a B.A. in Vocal Music Education) are included in the email.
- We urge you to submit your audition recording as early as possible.
Repertoire for Music Major Auditions
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.
Those who wish to minor in music are not required to provide an audition.
We do have some scholarships available for minors or those who wish to major in a discipline other than music, if they are part of an ensemble. We do require that you audition for scholarship consideration. See below for details.
Ensemble Audition Repertoire
**To audition for Centenary College Choir, contact Dr. Dave Hobson. To audition for Centenary Camerata, contact Dr. Cory Wikan. To audition for Centenary Wind Ensemble and/or Hurley Orchestra, email email@example.com.
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.