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Audition Dates and Requirements

Audition Dates

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Saturday January 27th, 2018

Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

In addition to being officially accepted by Salisbury University, entering freshmen and transfer students wishing to major in any of our five music degree tracks are required to pass a music audition in their chosen performing area before being accepted into the program. No audition is required to minor in music.

Although the Music Program has a rolling audition process, we strongly urge music auditions for freshman year students be completed by March 1. The Music Program works with Salisbury University's Admissions Office to review and assess applicants who exhibit the strongest potential for success at the University. Both academic background and talent are among the factors that are considered in the final decision.

Follow the two-step application process listed below.

  1. Submit an application to Salisbury University. Apply to Salisbury University at
  2. Complete the music audition process as outlined below.

Music Audition Dates

We will be offering four audition dates on January 27, February 2 & 3, and February 17, 2018. To schedule an audition on one of these dates, please contact Brooke Church, Auditions Coordinator for the Music Program, with your name, instrument, and desired audition date/time at (410) 543-6385 or All auditions must be scheduled and officially confirmed before taking place.

If you are unable to audition on one of the provided dates, our Auditions Coordinator will try to work with you to schedule another audition appointment. Please contact Brooke Church with your name, instrument, and possible dates which would be convenient for you to audition, and we will try to establish a convenient date and time with the respective faculty.

Music Audition Requirements

  • All candidates must complete the Music Audition Form and bring a printed copy to their audition.
  • All candidates will perform for a panel of faculty members. Performance requirements vary by instrument. Please click below for specific requirement explanations.

Brass and Woodwinds
Classical Guitar

  • All candidates will be asked to complete a Theory Advisory Exam at their audition.*
  • All candidates are expected to provide a copy of their music at the audition.
  • Instrumentalists will perform without accompaniment. The Music Program will provide an accompanist for vocalists if necessary.

*Note: Transfer students go through the same audition process for applied study placement and may be asked to complete a theory placement exam.

Specific Audition Requirements by Instrument


  1. Prepare two contrasting pieces (both memorized, one in English and one foreign language) from age and ability-appropriate literature (art song, oratorio/sacred music, opera, and/or musical theater). An accompanist is provided by SU; however, you may choose to bring your own.

  2. Students wishing to pursue the Vocal Performance track should prepare three contrasting songs (all memorized, at least one in a foreign language).

  3. Be prepared to sight-read and interview with faculty.

Please contact Dr. John Wesley Wright, Associate Professor and Voice Coordinator, for more information at

Brass and Woodwinds:

  1. Prepare two contrasting pieces of a solo, excerpt, or etude. (Students wishing to pursue the Instrumental Performance track should prepare three contrasting pieces.)

  2. Prepare several major scales at a comfortable tempo. Two octave scales are encouraged.

  3. Be prepared to sight-read.

Please contact Professor Lee Knier, Instructor of Brass, for more information at


  1. Prepare two solos of contrasting styles. These may be a movement of a sonata, the first movements of a concerto, or a concert solo piece. Accurate intonation, rhythmic perception, bow control, and quality of tone should be ​​​demonstrated. (Students wishing to pursue the Instrumental Performance track should prepare three contrasting pieces.)  

  2. 3-octave major scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats at a tempo of quarter note equals 80.

  3. Be prepared to sight-read.

Please contact Dr. Sachi Murasugi, Instructor of Upper Strings, for more information at or Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, Professor of Lower Strings, at

Classical Guitarists:  

  1. Perform two solo classical or finger-style pieces on a classical nylon or acoustic steel-string guitar. (Students wishing to pursue the Instrumental Performance track should prepare three such pieces.)  

  2. Sight-read a short musical example.

Please contact Dr. Danielle Cumming, Associate Professor of Guitar, for more information at


  1. Prepare from the requirements below from at least two different percussion areas. (Students wishing to pursue the Instrumental Performance or Teacher Certification tracks should prepare from at least three different areas.)

  2. Percussion areas include Snare Drum, Mallet Percussion, Timpani, and Drum Set.

    • Snare Drum: prepared solo or etude (MD All State, All Shore, or equivalent), a selection of the 40 standard rudiments performed slow-fast-slow as chosen by the audition panel, and sight-reading
    • Mallet Percussion: prepared solo or etude (MD All State, All Shore, or equivalent), a selection of major scales and arpeggios ascending and descending in 2 octaves as chosen by the audition panel, and sight-reading
    • Timpani: prepared solo or etude (MD All State, All Shore, or equivalent), demonstration of tuning from a source pitch or tuning fork, and sight-reading
    • Drum Set: demonstrate the following patterns/forms: shuffle pattern in 12-bar blues, medium tempo swing in 32-bar form, and 16-bars of a Bossa Nova, Afro-Cuban, or other Latin-style groove

Note: Students are expected to provide their own sticks, mallets, and music at the audition and may elect to bring their own instruments (such as a snare drum) and/or equipment.

Please contact Professor Eric Shuster, Instructor of Percussion, for more information at



  1. Prepare two pieces of your choice, in contrasting styles. At least one of the pieces must be memorized. A movement of a composition is considered to be one piece. (Students wishing to pursue the Instrumental Performance track should prepare three pieces.)

  2. Be prepared to play some major and minor scales (a minimum of 2 octaves) at the audition.

  3. Be prepared to sight-read.

Please contact Dr. Linda Cockey, Professor of Piano, for more information at


  1. Prepare two pieces of your choice in contrasting styles. (Students wishing to pursue the Instrumental Performance track should prepare three pieces.)       

  2. Students will be asked to sight-read a hymn.

  3. Piano skills will be evaluated.

Please contact Professor Susan Zimmer, Instructor of Organ, for more information at

Further Information

All students indicating an interest in majoring in music are admitted provisionally (Pre-Music Major) to the Music Program by the Salisbury University Admissions Office. Full admission to the program is not attained until the student has successfully passed a music audition and taken a Theory Advisory Test. While some students may successfully complete an audition prior to their first semester enrollment at SU and immediately be accepted into the music major program, other students may choose to stay in the pre-music program while preparing for their music audition which should occur sometime during their first year of applied study at Salisbury University. 

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