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MM Church Music Auditions


Audition requirements for the Master of Music: Church Music Major

Voice (All repertoire should be from the sacred art song literature or sacred literature attributed to the listed categories).
1. An art song in either of the following languages: French, German or Italian.
2. A 20th century art song in English.
3. An aria from the standard operatic or oratorio literature sung in the original language.

Piano
1. A substantial Baroque work by a composer such as Bach, Handel or Scarlatti; or a sonata movement by Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart.
2. A substantial work by a 19th century composer such as Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn or Schumann; or a 20th century work or movement from a work by a composer such as Barber, Bartok, Copland, Debussy, Hindemith, Prokofiev or Ravel.
3. Demonstrate a proficient knowledge of scales, arpeggios and sight- reading.
4. Applicants may substitute one service music selection suitable for a service of worship for one of the repertoire pieces listed above.

Organ
1. A work by J.S. Bach or other important Baroque composer for organ.
2. A 19th century work by a composer such as Franck or Mendelssohn
3. A 20th century work by one of the following: Dupre, Hindemith, Langlais, Vierne, or Widor
4. Applicants may substitute one service music selection suitable for a service of worship for one of the repertoire pieces listed above.

Instrumentalists
1. Two (2) works appropriate to the instrument that demonstrates two (2) distinctly different styles. This includes individual pieces, sonata or concerto movements or, etudes (Percussionists see Performance major for suggested repertoire).
2. Demonstrate a proficient knowledge of scales and arpeggios
4. Applicants may substitute one service music selection suitable for a service of worship for one of the repertoire pieces listed above.

Conducting
1. A conducting audition or a video of you conducting an ensemble.
2. A complete conducting repertoire list.
3. An interview with a graduate conducting faculty member.

All MM auditions conclude with an interview with the Director of Graduate Studies which includes a review of the applicant's coursework and transcript.

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