School of Music

Music Major Auditions & Talent Scholarships

Renewable Talent Scholarships range from $10,000-30,000 per year and are based on your audition (uploaded or live) and academic background.  A limited number of $40,000-plus awards are available to musicians who demonstrate exceptional ability.  You are automatically considered for our Talent Scholarships at the time of your audition (no additional forms to complete).  Learn more about financial aid at IWU.

There are several ways to complete your audition. 

Video auditions:

  1. Apply to IWU. Once you have submitted your application for admission you will be given instructions for accessing your student status portal where you will have the ability to upload a video to your personal portfolio.  For those students applying via Common App, you will be sent an email once your application has been uploaded (usually within 24 hours of submission) that will contain instructions for logging on to your IWU student status portal.   
  2. Review the Audition Requirements.
  3. Upload your audition video. Log in to your student status portal (this is where the checklist is located).  Clicking the edit portfolio link at the bottom of the page, will take you to instructions for uploading your audition video.  Don't worry if your video is sideways when you drop it in the upload section, it will appear in the proper orientation on our end. 
  4. Once the admissions office has received your application materials and the result of your audition, they will be able to process your application and award the appropriate scholarship(s).  Learn more about financial aid at IWU.

In-Person Auditions:

  1. Review the Audition Requirements.
  2. Complete the In-Person Audition Request Form to schedule an audition. 

If you have questions or need help, please contact Laura Dolan at ldolan@iwu.edu

Audition Requirements

Bassoon Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Cello String 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 caprice).
Clarinet
Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied. 
Double Bass String 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 caprice).
Euphonium Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Flute Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Guitar
Jennings awarded to guitarists will be placed in either the Jazz Lab or the Jazz Ensemble.
 
Demonstrate proficiency on jazz chord symbols/comping. Ability to improvise on F blues and a jazz standard of your choice.  
Horn Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied. 
Oboe  Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied
Percussion  Snare Drum:
  1. Advanced concert etude or solo of your choice.
  2. 3-5 contrasting orchestral excerpts.
  3. Optional rudimental solo.
Keyboard:
  1. 2 or 4-mallet marimba solo of your choice.
  2. Optional: 2-3 contrasting xylophone excerpts.
  3. Optional: vibraphone solo or etude of your choice.
Timpani:
  1. A solo or etude of your choice.
  2. Optional: 2-3 contrasting orchestral excerpts.
Drum-set:
This is not required but it is highly recommended that the applicant be able to demonstrate between 3-5 styles (swing with sticks/brushes; funk; afro-cuban, etc.) on drum-set.
Piano 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.
Saxophone Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Trombone Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Trumpet Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Tuba Prepare two selections of solo repertoire (contrasting styles and tempi). One selection may be an etude or study. Memorization is not required and auditions are heard unaccompanied.
Viola String 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 caprice).
Violin String 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 caprice).
Voice Auditionees are asked to sing two art songs in contrasting styles and languages. Your pieces should be performed from memory. Choose repertoire that you sing well and shows your voice to its best advantage. Books such as Joan Boytim's First Book series or the 26 Italian Songs and Arias are good sources for undergraduate audition repertoire.