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. 10, 2020.

Due to the current circumstances in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, an audition recording will be submitted in lieu of attending an audition with the music department on the Bucknell campus. When your audition form submission is received by the music department, a Google Drive File will be shared with you to upload your audition recordings.  Please note that audition recordings for Early Decision candidates must be received prior to Nov. 10, 2020.

Each early decision music major candidate is required to be interviewed by music faculty via Skype prior to Nov 10, 2020 as part of the audition process.

To schedule a Skype interview with the music faculty and arrange to submit your audition recording, please contact Brenda Ross (phone 570-577-1216 or email bross@bucknell.edu).

Regular Decision Candidates

Regular Decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music between Sept. 1, 2020, and Jan. 15, 2021.

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

Due to the current circumstances in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, an audition recording will be submitted in lieu of attending an audition with the music department on the Bucknell campus. When your audition form submission is received by the music department, a Google Drive File will be shared with you to upload your audition recordings.  Please note that Regular Decision candidates must provide their audition recordings two weeks in advance of the chosen date of the Skype interview with the music faculty as explained in the next paragraph.

Each regular decision music major candidate is required to be interviewed by music faculty via Skype as part of the audition process.  These interviews will be scheduled on the Saturday dates as listed below.  Please select the date on the audition form that you wish for your Skype interview to be scheduled when submitting the audition form.

Each Regular Decision music candidate has a choice of the following dates to schedule a Skype interview with music faculty, as follows:

  • Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021
  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021

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

Skype Interview 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 that apply for the Arts Merit Scholarships by 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 10 for ED 1 applicants).

Music

Location

202 Sigfried Weis Building

Brenda Ross

Academic Assistant, Music
Prospective Student & Application Information Contact

Location

Prospective Student & Application Information Contact

203 Sigfried Weis Music Building