College of Arts and Sciences
Program Summary

Auditions

  • On-Campus Live Audition Dates for Fall 2014 Admission  

    • February 8th
    • February 22nd
    • March 1st

    Can't make your audition?  YouTube your audition video to us at music@seattleu.edu by March 1st.

    Audition Requirements

    Students must be admitted to Seattle University and have a successful audition, in order to be accepted into the Music Division.

    Bachelor of Music Degree in String Performance

    • A three octave scale
    • An etude displaying technical difficulty such as Dont, Kreutzer, Popper, etc.
    • A fast movement from a standard concerto
    • A movement from J.S. Bach's six solo partitas or sonatas for violin or six suites for violoncello (applies also to viola and double bass)
    • A piece of your choice

    Interdisciplinary Arts - Music Emphasis (Voice and Piano) 

    • Two contrasting pieces (Pianists should have repertoire memorized.  Singers must sing one piece in English and the other in a foreign language)
    • A three to four octave scale with corresponding arpeggios (pianists only)

    Auditions

    Date and Time

    Students will be notified of an audition time after they have submitted their admissions application. Auditions are held between 9 AM and 6 PM. You may request an additional audition time within the specified dates if the selected date does not work for you. You must notify us immediately at music@seattleu.edu.

    Length

    Auditions last around ten minutes in length. Please be prepared to be on campus for at least one hour early to get checked in, warmed up as some audition times might be subject to change. 

    Audio or Video

    It is strongly recommended that you audition in person. 

    Audio or video recorded auditions are accepted if you are unable to make one of the live auditions. The video may be a DVD. Recordings should be clearly labeled, both on the CD/DVD and on the card inserted in the cover, with the name of the applicant, degree, instrument, major, recording date, names and instruments of all accompanying musicians and repertoire. CDs are preferred but cassette tapes will be accepted. No videotapes will be accepted. Applicants should make sure that the camera shows full range of movement and use of the instrument. Proper lighting must be used and the sound quality should be very good. All recorded audition tapes must be received no later than March 1st, 2014.

    You may also make a YouTube of your audition video and email it to music@seattleu.edu on or before March 1st, 2014.

    Trial Lessons

    If you are interested in taking a trial lesson with a particular music professor, you must contact them directly. Please note that a trial lesson fee may apply depending on the professor.

    Accompaniment

    No accompaniment is permitted for string auditions, but is available to singers.