Auditions: What to Expect

An audition with a member of the Bucknell music faculty is required for applicants to all music degree programs at Bucknell. The following information can help you prepare for your audition and have a positive experience during the audition process.

  • Instrumental auditions should include a performance of two to three pieces from different historical periods that best represent the student’s technical and interpretative skills.
  • Vocal auditions should be a performance of three to four songs, including at least one song in a foreign language and one in English.
  • Singers who require an accompanist must provide their sheet music to the Department of Music a minimum of two weeks prior to their audition date.
  • Composition candidates are also required to audition.

Audition Dates

Early Decision Candidates

Early Decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music by Nov. 14, 2019.

Please note that auditions for Early Decision candidates must take place before Nov. 14, 2019.

Auditions are scheduled through Brenda Ross (phone 570-577-1216 or email

Regular Decision Candidates

Regular Decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music between Sept. 1, 2019, and Jan. 15, 2020.

Invitations to audition will be offered to all candidates judged eligible following the Office of Admissions academic pre-screening process.

Regular Decision music candidates have a choice of the following audition dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

Suggested Audition Materials

What to Submit

  • Performance Resume that addresses your training background and experiences in music (submit via SlideRoom)
  • Samples of creative compositional work — scores and/or recordings are to be submitted via SlideRoom (for intended composition majors only)
  • Music Audition Form

Music Audition Form

Audition Date Requested
Personal Information
Expected Degree Program

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts may double major. If you intend to pursue a double major with a BA in music, please list your other intended degree:

Musical Background

Academic Background

Name and email or phone number of high school or preparatory school music faculty under whom you have performed:

High School Music Organizations (please indicate years of participation):

List any district, regional, state festival participation or other notable achievements.
Provide music/performance resume as Word doc or pdf via email to Brenda Ross (
Do you wish to be considered for a music scholarship?

Please submit your performance resume to the Arts Merit Scholarship Committee via SlideRoom. In order to use SlideRoom, you must know your Common Application ID and the email address you used to create your Common Application account. Arts Merit Scholarship deadline is January 15 of your senior year (or November 15 for ED 1 applicants).



202 Sigfried Weis Building

Brenda Ross

Academic Assistant, Music
Prospective Student & Application Information Contact


Prospective Student & Application Information Contact

203 Sigfried Weis Music Building