Auditions: What to Expect

An audition with 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 by Nov. 15, 2021.

Attending an audition and interview with the faculty of the music department on the Bucknell campus is required of each music degree applicant for acceptance into a music degree program and for arts merit scholarship consideration.  Each early decision music major candidate must satisfy the audition requirements by Nov. 12, 2021.  The online audition form needs to be completed and submitted at least two weeks in advance of the requested weekday audition date.

To schedule a weekday audition between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, please contact Brenda Ross by email (bross@bucknell.edu) or telephone (570-577-1216).

Regular Decision Candidates

Regular Decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music between Sept. 1, 2021, and Jan. 15, 2022.

Attending an audition and interview with the faculty of the music department on the Bucknell campus is required of each music degree applicant for acceptance into a music degree program and for arts merit scholarship consideration. The online audition form to request an audition needs to be completed and submitted by Jan. 15.  Invitations to officially attend an audition will be offered to all candidates judged eligible following the Office of Admissions academic pre-screening process.

Each Regular Decision music candidate has a choice of the following audition dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022
  • Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022
  • Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022

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.
OR 
Provide music/performance resume as Word doc or pdf via email to Brenda Ross (brenda.ross@bucknell.edu)

Please note that only those who apply for the Arts Merit Scholarships by submitting the Arts Merit Scholarship Application and uploading a “Performance Resume” to SlideRoom will be considered for a possible 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 12 for ED 1 applicants).

Contact Details

Music

Location

202 Sigfried Weis Building

Contact Details

Brenda Ross

Academic Assistant, Music
Prospective Student & Application Information Contact

Location

Prospective Student & Application Information Contact

203 Sigfried Weis Music Building