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Department of Music

Audition Dates & Information 2012 - 2013


All students seeking admittance to the Department of Music must audition for the music faculty. The audition will consist of performance in the major area, sight singing, assessment of piano skills and an interview. In addition:

Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting selections (one more lyrical, one more technical). Choose repertoire that best demonstrates your ability on your instrument. Acceptable selections include concerto or sonata movements as well as etudes.  Accompaniment is preferred but not required.

Pianists should prepare two contrasting selections. Memorization is required. Choose repertoire that best demonstrates your ability on the instrument. Students should also be prepared to play all major scales, four octaves.

Vocalists should prepare two memorized art songs in contrasting style that demonstrate the singer's technical and interpretive skills. At least one selection must be in English. Singing in a foreign language is encouraged if the singer is comfortably fluent in the singing diction of the language. An aria may be substituted for one of the art songs.  Unless the song being performed is an a capella composition, the performance should be with piano.

Audition Dates:


Scholarship auditions have been scheduled in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on:

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013


  • To be considered for scholarships, you must have your Messiah College application completed by February 1 st.
  • Prospective students wishing to be considered for scholarships should plan to audition on one of the two Scholarship Audition days listed above.
  • Students auditioning at times other than the two scheduled Scholarship Audition days (but before May 1st) may still be considered for scholarships.
  • Students unable to audition before May 1 st should contact the Department of Music for special instructions. (Please note that after May 1st the scholarship process will be complete).

Auditions may be scheduled by calling the Department of Music at (717) 766-2511, ext. 3310 or

If you are unable to travel to campus for an audition, please contact Kelly Athey at (717) 766-2511, ext. 3310 or for a copy of the "Audition by Recording Policy."