for Music Majors entering the Department of Music 

Bucknell University offers two music degree programs, the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. The Bachelor of Arts music major is a general program of study within the liberal arts designed to equip students with a broad background in music, while the Bachelor of Music degree is a more highly-specialized program of study in which students choose from individualized professional programs in performance, composition, and music education.

All music candidates need to follow the Arts Merit Scholarship process, regardless of their interest in these competitive scholarships.

An audition is required for acceptance into all music degree programs, including the three Bachelor of Music degree programs and the Bachelor of Arts degree program. The music faculty will submit their recommendations for scholarships to the Arts Merit Scholarship Committee after the completion of the audition requirements. The Admissions Department considers applications incomplete until the audition requirements are satisfied.

Early Decision Candidates

Early decision applicants must submit the following materials to the Department of Music by October 1, 2013:

Please note that auditions for Early Decision candidates must take place before November 15, 2013. Auditions are scheduled through Brenda Ross (phone 570-577-1216 or email: bross@bucknell.edu)

On the audition day, the student will:

  • Perform two or three pieces from different historical periods. These should be works that best represent the applicant's technical and interpretative skills. Please see the suggested audition materials.
  • Singers must send copies of audition music to the Department of Music by mail or fax (570-577-1215) at least two weeks prior to the audition date. The Department of Music provides the accompanist at no cost to the applicant.
  • Attend personal interview with music faculty
  • Composition candidates: Submit samples of compositions

Note: Please do NOT send audition recordings.


Regular Decision Candidates

Regular decision applicants must submit the following materials to the Department of Music between September 1, 2013, and January 15, 2014:

Invitations to audition will be offered to all candidates judged eligible following the Admissions Department academic pre-screening process. Regular decision music candidates have a choice of the following audition dates:

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Saturday, February 8, 2014
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Snow Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014

On the audition day, the student will:

  • Perform two or three pieces from different historical periods. These should be works that best represent the applicant’s technical and interpretative skills. Please see the suggested audition materials.
  • Singers must send copies of audition music to the Department of Music by mail or fax (570-577-1215) at least two weeks prior to the audition date. The Department of Music provides the accompanist at no cost to the applicant.
  • Attend personal interview with music faculty
  • Composition candidates: Submit samples of compositions

Note: Please do NOT send audition recordings.

Contact Information

Brenda Ross, Music Department Secretary

ph: 570.577.1216
bross@bucknell.edu

 

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