The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music schedules on-campus auditions from September through March of each year.
School of Music Audition Dates
October 14, 2013* (recommended audition date for early action candidates)
*Faculty Open House Dates
If you request a weekday audition and would like to attend music classes/rehearsals, the following days are suggested to best match your musical interests:
Keyboard: Piano, Organ – FridayStrings : Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass*, Harp – Monday, Wednesday
Guitar – Tuesday
Vocal: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Students who are unable to visit campus to audition may select one of four methods of providing a video audition to the School of Music.
Application Process for Music Majors
There are now two ways by which students may apply to Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music: Early Action and Regular Decision.
Illinois Wesleyan offers a non-binding Early Action admission program.
Students who apply Early Action with completed applications, including all components, by November 15th will be guaranteed a decision (admit, deny, or defer) by January 15th. Early Action candidates who are deferred will be included with the Regular Decision applicant pool and receive notification on a rolling basis after January 15th. Applicants who are deferred under Early Action to Regular Decision are guaranteed a final decision (admit, deny, or waitlist) by March 15th.
Prospective students may also apply Regular Decision.
All students who complete Regular Decision applications, or any students not completing Early Action applications until after November 15th, will be notified on a rolling basis between January 15th and the first week of April.
Brass and Woodwind
Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Be prepared to sight-read. Memorization is not required.
Students prepare the following: A solo or etude on mallets, snare, and timpani. In addition, prepare major scales on mallets; demonstration of standard P.A.S. rudiments on snare; and long crescendo diminuendo roll on timpani.
Auditionees are asked to sing two art songs in contrasting styles and languages. Choose repertoire that you sing well and shows your voice to its best advantage. Art songs from books such as The First Book of Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, or Bass Solos would be good for auditions as well as songs from the 26 Italian Songs and Arias. Also, be prepared to sight-sing.
Violin, viola, cello, and double bass candidates should prepare at least one movement from a standard concerto or comparable composition (memorized), a movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite, and technical material (an etude or a caprice).
Guitar candidates should prepare from memory at least two pieces from different time periods. One piece must be a transcription, and one piece must have been originally written for guitar. Candidates should also be prepared to play a three-octave scale and sight read, if asked.
Perform from memory at least three compositions drawn from three of the following style periods: Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Contemporary; all major and minor scales and triad arpeggios played across a four-octave range, ascending and descending; and sight reading.
If you wish to major in composition, you should arrange to meet with the Head of the Composition Department (Dr. David Vayo) on the day of your instrumental or vocal audition. Bring some of your recent compositions (scores and/or recordings) with you. Students who have a strong interest but no experience in composing can be admitted as composition majors if their musical background and talents are strong. The decision as to whether to admit such students is based primarily on the results of the applied audition and the interview with the Head of the Composition Department.