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Cedarville University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Piano auditions must include all the components described below:
- 1. Audition Repertoire
- Prepare three pieces of contrasting time periods.
- One of your pieces must be a Prelude and Fugue of J. S. Bach. The Prelude and Fugue is considered as one piece, not two.
- At least one of the three pieces must be performed from memory. Memorization of all audition pieces is highly recommended.
- Audition pieces must be college level in terms of difficulty.
- 2. Musicianship Test
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Scales – Hands together, four octaves, ascending and descending, in 16th notes at a tempo where quarter note equals 100 beats per minute, from memory.
- Arpeggios – also in 16th notes (not triplets) at the same tempo, from memory.
- Two explanatory documents: The first shows a good way to practice scales and arpeggios in rhythm. The second gives a chart that explains fingerings for all 24 keys, scales and arpeggios, both hands.
- The student will be given a short sight-reading test. The difficulty of the sight-reading example will be approximately equal to hymns such as A Mighty Fortress is Our God, or piano literature such as Kinderszenen, Op. 15, by Robert Schumann.
- Scales and Arpeggios
- 3. Interview
- You will be asked about your career goals, performance experience, and other related questions that will help us guide you in our program.
- 4. Supporting Materials
- The student should provide a written music resume that includes a list of all significant repertoire studied during high school, performance experience (church, school, contests, recitals, etc), and a brief statement of the student's musical goals for college and beyond.
Recorded Audition Instructions:
On-campus auditions are preferred and required for applicants living within 300 miles. If a recorded audition is necessary, please upload a video to a video hosting platform like YouTube or Vimeo using the same guidelines for on-campus auditions:
- Please announce each piece before it is performed allowing sufficient breaks between selections.
- Recordings should be prepared with great care. If you cannot have the recording made professionally, be sure to locate the best equipment, acoustical situation and personal assistance possible.
- The recording should not be edited or spliced.
Links to your videos should be sent via email to the Cedarville University Music and Worship Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for recorded auditions is on or before the last scheduled audition date.