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If you’re interested in pursuing a degree at Loyola’s School of Music, follow the steps below to submit your application. School of Music degrees include: Music with Elective Studies, Music Education, Music Therapy, Performance- Vocal, Performance- Instrumental, BM Music Industry Studies, Jazz Studies and Music Composition.

Application Steps

  1. Review the audition requirements specific to your instrument
  2. Decide how you're going to complete the audition:
    On-campus audition
    Video audition
  3. Complete the academic and CMFA requirements for your Loyola Application

Audition Requirements

Woodwinds and Brass

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon | Classical Saxophone | Trumpet | Horn | Trombone | Tuba | Euphonium

All applicants should be prepared to perform the following:

  • All major and chromatic scales over the full range of the instrument
  • Two pieces in contrasting styles (i.e. one technical and one lyrical) from standard repertoire for the instrument including all or significant sections from etudes, sonata, concerto, etc. The pieces will be performed unaccompanied
  • Optional but encouraged- Perform material that demonstrates additional musical performance skills including preparing a jazz etude or standard song or a piece on a secondary instrument

Questions? Contact Dr. Serena Weren

Percussion

All applicants should be prepared to perform all of the following:

  • Standard Snare Drum rudiments in open-closed-open style
  • Standard Drum rudimentary-style solo or etude
  • Keyboard Percussion (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone) solo or etude using 2 and/or 4 mallet technique
  • Timpani solo or etude
  • Optional but encouraged- Prepare material that demonstrates additional musical performance skills including performing basic jazz styles (swing, bossa, funk, etc.) on drum set or a piece on a secondary instrument

Questions? Contact Dr. Serena Weren

Strings

Violin | Viola | Cello | String Bass

  • Applicants should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles (i.e. one technical and the other lyrical) from the standard repertoire. The selections may be movements of a sonata, concerto, etude, etc. Unaccompanied
  • One major and one minor scale of your choice: 3 octaves, at least 2 notes per bow
  • Sight reading proficiency will be tested for applicants auditioning on-campus: Applicants will be asked to perform 4-8 measures of orchestral excerpts

Harp

  • Applicants should prepare two standard orchestral excerpts in contrasting styles. Unaccompanied

Classical Guitar

  • Applicants should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles (renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary) from the standard repertoire - Unaccompanied
  • Applicants must perform their selections from memory

Questions? Contact Dr. Jean Montes

Jazz Woodwinds and Brass

Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles- Memorized encouraged:

  • The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody
  • The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation
  • Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections

Applicants will audition with jazz backing tracks of their own choosing. You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition. On-campus auditionees should be prepared to sight read and demonstrate their familiarity with scales and modes. Ability in classical styles may also be demonstrated for all jazz applicants.

Jazz Guitar

Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles- Memorized encouraged:

  • The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody
  • The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation
  • Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections

Applicants will audition with jazz backing tracks of their own choosing. You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition. On-campus auditionees should be prepared to sight read and demonstrate their familiarity with scales and modes. Ability in classical styles may also be demonstrated for all jazz applicants. An amplifier will be provided for on-campus auditions.

Jazz Bass

Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles- Memorized encouraged:

  • The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody
  • The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation
  • Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections and a walking bass line

Applicants will audition with jazz backing tracks of their own choosing. You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition. On-campus auditionees should be prepared to sight read and demonstrate their familiarity with scales and modes. Ability in classical styles may also be demonstrated for all jazz applicants.

Jazz Keyboard

Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles- Memorized encouraged:

  • The first, swing style in a medium-to-fast tempo: Blues or standard melody
  • The second, a slow ballad that demonstrates jazz interpretation
  • Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on both selections

You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition. On-campus auditionees should be prepared to sight read and demonstrate their familiarity with scales and modes. Ability in classical styles may also be demonstrated for all jazz applicants.

Jazz Drums

  • Applicants will be asked to demonstrate proficiency in the basic styles: Swing, Shuffle, Bossa, Funk and Latin grooves
  • Be prepared to demonstrate soloing (trading 4’s or 8’s), brush playing, and sight-read a short big band excerpt
  • Play-alongs are encouraged if the tunes selected are in an appropriate style. You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition
  • Ability in mallet percussion and classical styles may also be demonstrated
  • On-campus auditionees should be prepared to sight read and demonstrate their familiarity with scales and modes

Jazz Voice

Applicants should prepare two jazz or standard songs in contrasting styles- Memorized encouraged:

  • Be prepared to demonstrate improvisation on one or both selections
  • You are encouraged to use resources such as learnjazzstandards.com to prepare for your audition

Applicants will audition with jazz backing tracks of their own choosing. On-campus auditionees should be prepared to sight read and demonstrate their familiarity with scales and modes. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Gordon Towell

Classical Piano

Applicants auditioning for a Bachelor of Music in Performance major should prepare:

  • A work by J.S. Bach (Prelude and Fugue from WTC, French or English Suite, Partita)
  • Two contrasting movements from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • A work from either the 19th or 20th century (for example, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev)
  • Candidates should also be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves) in a moderately rapid tempo


Applicants auditioning for Music Therapy, Music Industry, Music with Elective Studies, Music Composition, or Music Education with piano as their principal instrument should prepare:

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (2 octaves) in a moderately rapid tempo
  • A work from the Baroque period (for example, a J.S. Bach Invention or Sinfonia, a dance/movement from a Suite or Partita, a prelude and Fugue, or a Scarlatti Sonata)
  • One additional work of the applicant's choice (Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th Century)

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Hsu

Classical Voice

  • Singers should prepare three contrasting selections from the art song, aria, spiritual, classical Broadway, or musical theatre repertoire
    • One of your selections must be in a foreign language
    • NO jazz tunes, original songs, songs with lead sheets, pop or pop/Broadway, or a cappella songs
    • Songs must be performed from memory
  • At your audition, you will choose your first selection and will be asked to perform a second selection by the listening committee
    • If you audition by video, include all three songs
  • Loyola will provide an accompanist for your audition. You must bring readable, printed music for our accompanist in a 3-ring binder

Questions? Contact Dr. Meg Frazier

Interview Requirements

Music Therapy

All prospective Music Therapy applicants will be prompted to register for an interview within the Loyola Application. Interviews can be conducted remotely over-the-phone, or on-campus during one of the three on-campus audition days.

Questions? Contact Dr. Kathy Murphy at kmmurphy@loyno.edu

Music Education

All prospective Music Education applicants will be prompted to register for an interview within the Loyola Application. Interviews can be conducted remotely over-the-phone, or on-campus during one of the three on-campus audition days.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ed McClellan at emcclell@loyno.edu

On-Campus Auditions

School of Music On-Campus Audition Dates

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Early Action/Spring Audition Date
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • All on-campus auditions are scheduled through the Loyola Application
  • Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email that outlines further details about the day's schedule
  • There are no pre-screening requirements for on-campus auditions
  • Loyola's Discount Hotel Rates
    • Please DO NOT make reservations for accommodations until you have received confirmation of your on-campus audition
  • On-campus audition days typically take place from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. However, the duration of the event is subject to change. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (504) 865-3240 or admit@loyno.edu with any scheduling ideas.

 

Friday Visit Experience

 

Applicants auditioning/interviewing for the School of Music are invited to attend a Friday pre-audition visit experience. During the Friday visit experience, you’ll have the opportunity to sit-in on classes and ensembles, meet with faculty members, tour the campus and residence halls, eat in our dining hall and more! You will receive an emailed invitation to the Friday visit experience once you have registered for your on-campus audition through your Loyola Application. These Friday visits will occur on:

  • Friday, November 9, 2018 for November 10 auditionees
  • Friday, November 30, 2018 for December 1 auditionees
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 for February 9 auditionees

 

Video Auditions

Applicants who are unable to attend an on-campus audition may submit a video audition. Video auditions must include the repertoire outlined in the audition requirements. All video auditions are submitted through the  Loyola ApplicationA purely audio audition (without video) is unacceptable and will not be reviewed.

  • Classical voice video auditions must be recorded with live piano accompaniment - Repertoire memorized
  • Classical instrumental (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, and classical piano) video auditions should be performed unaccompanied
  • Jazz video auditions may be recorded with a live rhythm section or a backing track

The priority talent scholarship deadline to submit a video audition to the School of Music is March 1, 2019.

To learn more, call 1-800-4-LOYOLA or schedule your visit online.