All applicants (new students and transfer students) must audition on their primary voice or instrument for admission into any degree program in the Department of Music. The audition is required: 1) to determine acceptance into a degree program and, 2) for consideration of talent scholarships.
There are three parts to the music audition process at Bradley.
Performance (8 to 15 minutes) The audition should consist of two or three contrasting selections which best demonstrate the student's performing ability. Vocalists and pianists should memorize their selections. Sight-reading and scales may also be required as part of the audition process.
Interview (15 to 20 minutes) Each applicant will have the opportunity to meet faculty in an interview situation. This process not only allows the faculty to become more familiar with each student and his/her career objectives, but also allows the student the opportunity to ask questions of faculty.
Basic Theory Exam (30 minutes) Each student will be required to take a basic music theory examination. Theory is an integral part of all music curricula, and results of this exam will give the faculty a better understanding of each student's knowledge of music in this area. Students are urged to apply for admission to the University and then arrange for an audition at the earliest convenient date. March 1st is the application deadline for those desiring a Fine Arts Scholarship.
If you are an intended composition major, in addition to your audition on a primary instrument, we invite you to bring scores and/or recordings of original compositions, arrangements, or other music projects that you have worked on. If possible, please bring two hard copies of scores, to be reviewed by faculty. Students who have a strong interest but no experience in composing can be admitted as composition majors based on their musical background and skills.
We are currently conducting auditions as safely as possible on campus, however, due to the pandemic we are also accepting high quality video performances. Simply submit your videos with the completed audition form as a link or email them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for admission and scholarship consideration. We are encouraging students to try to complete the audition process prior to March 1st for full consideration.
Acceptance as a music major or minor is determined by the results of the audition. Students may be accepted, accepted with conditions, or not accepted into a music major or minor curriculum. Results of the audition are usually sent two or three weeks following the audition.