The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music schedules on-campus auditions from September through May of each academic year.
Schedule your audition date. Auditionees should review the following two options, shown below: (1) Open House & Saturday Audition Dates and (2) Weekday Auditions. After deciding which option works best for you, please complete the Music Audition Registration Form .
Option 1: Open House & Saturday Audition Dates
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015*
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015*
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016*
Saturday, March 5, 2016
*Faculty Open House Dates
Option 2: Weekday Auditions
If you request a weekday audition and would like to also attend music classes/rehearsals, the following days are suggested to best match your musical interests:
Piano – Friday
Violin – Tuesday, Friday
Viola – Tuesday, Friday
Cello – Friday
Double Bass – Friday
Guitar – Tuesday
Harp – Friday
Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
Flute – Monday
Oboe – Wednesday
Bassoon – Friday
Clarinet – Monday
Saxophone – Monday
Trumpet – Monday
Trombone – Monday
French Horn - Tuesday
Tuba/Euphonium - Friday
Percussion – Monday
Voice – Wednesday, Friday
Students who are unable to visit campus to audition may select one of four methods to provide a video audition.
If you have already submitted an application to Illinois Wesleyan, you may upload your video by going to your application status page. There is no fee either to apply or to upload your audition video. To upload your audition file, you will find a link towards the bottom of your status page with the heading "Portfolio." Click on the link Edit Portfolio and you will find directions on how to upload your file. You can click here to begin an application for admission.
If you have not submitted an application, you may upload your audition file to the Acceptd arts network website. Illinois Wesleyan has partnered with Acceptd to allow students to submit audition files through this website. You may create an account and will be required to submit a $25 fee to upload your video file.
You can mail your video audition on DVD to Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music, attention Laura Dolan, P.O. Box 2900 Bloomington, IL 61702-2900.
- You can schedule a Skype audition by contacting the Music Admissions Office to arrange a date and time with the appropriate faculty member.
All audition inquiries can be directed to the Music Admissions Office at (309) 556-3063.
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.