Department of Music

Prospective Students

Students who intend to major or minor in music need to schedule an audition.  Music scholarship consideration solely applies for music majors.    

Come and experience what makes Rollins such a great destination to study music and the fine arts.

Performance

Come and experience what makes Rollins such a great destination to study music and the fine arts.

Audition Process

The audition consists of a performance by the prospective student on his or her respective instrument, as well as a brief aural skill/sight-reading exam. Please fill out the Music Major or Minor Audition Request Form or email music@rollins.edu to arrange an audition.

Note: For prospective students applying to the Hamilton Holt School, the audition is required for both admission and into the Rollins Department of Music as well as scholarship consideration.  For prospective students applying to the College of Liberal Arts, auditions are required for scholarship consideration, but not required for admission into the department.  

Music Major or Minor Audition Request Form

Audition Requirements

Piano

  1. All major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, two octaves in parallel motion.
  2. Arpeggios in major and minor keys, hands together, two octaves in parallel motion.
  3. Two pieces of contrasting characters chosen from the standard piano repertoire as defined by Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire. Works such as a Two- or Three-part Invention by J. S. Bach, a movement from a sonata by W.A.Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, or a solo work by a 19th or 20th composer represent the required standard.
  4. Audition requirements outlined above represent minimal requirements; candidates are welcome to substitute works of greater difficulty in their auditions.

Percussion

  1. Prepare one solo snare drum piece
  2. One solo mallet work
  3. Optionally a solo timpani piece.

Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)

Two contrasting pieces that total about 10 minutes in length.

Guitar (acoustic or classical)

One or two selections that best highlights your technical and musical accomplishments.

Vocal

  1. One memorized art song or aria in English and one memorized art song or aria in a foreign language.
  2. Sight-sing exercises.
  3. Aural exercises.

Woodwind (bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone)

Two contrasting selections from the classical repertory or a standard contest-type solo which best display your technical and musical accomplishments. One selection should focus on tone production and lyrical playing, while the second should demonstrate technical ability.

Bassoon
  1. Two contrasting selections from the classical repertory or a standard contest-type solo, which best display your technical and musical accomplishments. One selection should focus on your tone production and lyrical playing, while the second should demonstrate technical ability. Other examples: Two contrasting etudes from the Weissenborn Method for Bassoon or Milde Concert Studies
  2. All major scales and arpeggios.
Flute

Two contrasting movements of a concerto by W.A. Mozart (including cadenzas) OR two contrasting movements of a sonata by J.S. Bach

  1. A piece or movement from standard repertoire dating from 1850 – present (no baroque or classical). This can be from a sonata, a work for flute and piano, a concerto, or an unaccompanied work.
  2. 2. Two contrasting etudes/studies OR two contrasting orchestral excerpts
Oboe
  1. Two movements from a solo work for oboe (1 fast and 1 slow movement.)
  2. One etude from Ferling 48 Etudes and 1 movement from a solo work for oboe.
  3. 3. Any one of the Barret Grand Studies.

Brass (horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba, euphonium)

Two selections from classical, etudes, or contest type repertoire.

Trumpet
  1. Major and minor scales
  2. Any etude from Arban
Tuba
  1. 12 Major Scales
  2. Any etude from Rochut OR Bordogni.
  3. Any prepared All State material.

Jazz/Contemporary

Brass/Woodwinds
  1. Improvise on a 12 bar blues progression in F Major and Bb Major. (Concert keys)
  2. Improvise over a ii-V-I vamp in various styles. (Key areas to be announced at the audition.)
  3. Play from memory, the melody to one standard Jazz composition. You must also know the chord progression to the composition you have chosen.
  4. Play from memory, the melody to one standard Pop composition. You must also know the chord progression to the composition you have chosen.
Electric Guitar/Bass
  1. Improvise on a 12 bar blues progression in F Major and Bb Major. (Concert keys)
  2. Improvise over a ii-V-I vamp in various styles. (Key areas to be announced at the audition.)
  3. Play from memory, the melody to one standard Jazz composition. You must also know the chord progression to the composition you have chosen.
  4. Play from memory, the melody to one standard Pop composition. You must also know the chord progression to the composition you have chosen.
  5. Comp on these four styles: Swing, Samba, Funk and Son-Montuno, using the following chord progression in F Major: I-vi-ii-V.

Scholarship Audition Dates

 

November 8 & 9, 2019

January 31 & February 1, 2020

February 14 & 15, 2020

March 6 & 7, 2020

To secure an audition date/time, click on the "Audition Process" tab and follow the instructions there.