Entrance and Continuance Information

General Entrance and Continuance Information for all Music Majors

I.  A. Admission to a Music Major

  • Admission to a music major (either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music) is required. Students may not self-declare a music major.
  • An entrance exam is required. (See II. A. – G. for entrance exam requirements to specific degree programs and links to repertoire requirements.)
  • To change programs within the Bachelor of Music degree, students must meet all requirements for entrance into the new program. There is no generic acceptance into the Bachelor of Music program.

I.  B. Continuance in a Music Program

  • All Bachelor of Music students and all Music Education students must perform a continuance examination, generally in the second or third semester in the program. (See III. A. – C. for continuance exam requirements for specific degree programs and  links to repertoire requirements.)
  • A student denied continuance in a program is no longer in that program. The student may reapply for entrance into that program the following semester and may take the continuance exam in the subsequent semester, or later.

Entrance Requirements

II. A. Entrance Requirements for Bachelor of Arts – Music Major

  • Current St. Olaf students must be enrolled in performance studies (lessons) fall and spring semester during the year of application. An application form for admission to the major is due in HOM 245 by October 15 for processing in fall semester. There are no end-of-year audition dates for entrance to the B.A. music major. Download applications at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/
  • Repertoire requirements are listed at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/appendix-a-ba-entrance-repertoire/
  • Additional entrance requirements:
    1. A level 2 jury on one’s principal instrument/voice in December
      (during regular exam period)
    2. An examination covering basic music knowledge
      (must be completed before December 15)
    3. A final entrance audition during Music Scholars’ Weekend
      (end of February/early March)
  • Keyboard skills will be assessed once the student has been admitted to the major.

II. B. Entrance Requirements to add the Bachelor of Arts Music Major:
History-Literature Emphasis

  • Students must register with a member of the music history faculty before the end of the junior year, preferably earlier.
  • An entrance application is due in HOM 245 before the end of the junior year, preferably earlier. Download applications at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/
  • The due date for the History-Literature senior writing portfolio is typically the last day of classes. Consult your portfolio adviser for details.

II. C. Entrance Requirements to add the Bachelor of Arts Music Major:
Theory-Composition Emphasis

  • Students must register with a member of the theory-composition faculty, Justin Merritt or David Castro, before the end of the junior year, preferably earlier.
  • An entrance application is due in HOM 245 before the end of the junior year, preferably earlier. Download applications at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/

II. D. Entrance Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Music Major:
Teaching Credential and Bachelor of Music in Music Education

  • Applications due in HOM 245, are processed in the second semester of the sophomore year. Consult with Linda Berger, Music Education, prior to applying (applicants must also complete separate paperwork with the Education Department.)
  • See Music Education at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-education/ for additional information.
  • An entrance application is due in HOM245 by February 15 of the sophomore year. Download applications at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing the student’s academic record of all completed music courses and written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked.
  • Additional entrance requirements:
    1. A performance on the principal instrument/voice on a Music Education Entrance/Continuance Recital (See Student Recital schedule posted on the web and on the bulletin board outside CHM 101 and HOM 245 for date/time/location); a student whose principal instrument is piano must perform only on the instrument of certification (voice or band/orchestral instrument). Consult your performance studies teacher for repertoire requirements. Entrance/Continuance recital performance should not exceed 8 minutes total.
    2. A successful mid-term examination in Music 251: Conducting
  • An interview with members of the music faculty may be required.
  • The music faculty must approve all entrance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.

II. E. Entrance Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Major in Church Music and in Performance

  • B.M. Church Music majors with choral emphasis should apply during the spring semester of the first year.
  • B.M. Church Music majors with organ emphasis and B.M. Performance majors are encouraged to apply before the end of the first year
  • An entrance application is due in HOM 245 by October 15 for processing in semester 1 or by March 15 for processing in semester 2. Applications received after these dates will be processed in the following semester. Download applications at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing the student’s academic record of all completed music courses and written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked.
  • Additional entrance requirements:
    1. A performance on the principal instrument/voice on a Bachelor of Music Entrance/Continuance Recital (See Student Recital schedule posted on the web and on the bulletin board outside CHM 101 and HOM 245 for date/time/location.) Repertoire requirements are listed at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/appendix-b-bm-entrance-repertoire/
    2. An interview with members of the music faculty may be required
  • The instrument/voice area faculty must approve all entrance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.

II. F. Entrance Requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Theory-Composition

  • Students enter as Bachelor of Arts music majors and are admitted to the program only after being enrolled in Music 223: Composition I.
  • An entrance application is due in HOM 245 by October 15 for processing in semester 1 or by March 15 for processing in semester 2. Applications received after these dates will be processed in the following semester. Download applications athttp://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing the student’s academic record of all completed music courses and written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked.
  • Additional entrance requirements:
    1. A portfolio of recent work in composition, submitted to Justin Merritt.
    2. An interview with the Theory-Composition faculty.
  • The Theory-Composition faculty must approve all entrance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.

II.G. Entrance Requirements for the Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies

  • Students enter as B.A or B.M. music major and may apply as early as first year, spring semester.
  • An application is due in HOM 245 by October 15 for entry into the program during the subsequent semester. Download applications at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/degree-applications/
  • A maximum of 3 students from any class year will be admitted, and no more than 10 students from all class years may be enrolled in the program at any given time.
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing the student’s academic record of all completed music courses and written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked.
  • Additional entrance requirements:
    1. Fully completed application portfolio, including signatures from faculty advisors, a proposed courses and experiences, and a draft plan for the synthesis project.
    2. A performance audition, on either a Level III jury or on a Bachelor of Music Entrance/Continuance Recital.
    3. The relevant faculty members, especially the music and elective studies advisors, must approve all entrance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.

Continuance Requirements

There are no continuance requirements for BA students adding the
history/literature or theory/composition emphasis.

III.A. Continuance Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music:
Teaching Credential and Bachelor of Music in Education

  • The continuance exam usually takes place during the first semester of the junior year.
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked, and an academic record of all completed music courses.
  • Additional continuance requirements:
    1. A performance on the principal instrument/voice on a Music Education Entrance/Continuance Recital (See Student Recital schedule posted on the web and on the bulletin board outside CHM 101 and HOM 245 for time/date/location); a student whose principal instrument is piano must perform only on the instrument of certification (voice or band/orchestral instrument). Performance repertoire is not to exceed 8 minutes. Consult your performance studies teacher for repertoire requirements.
    2. An assessment of teaching behaviors (assessed in Ed 330: Principals of Education.)
    3. An interview with members of the music faculty may be required.
  • The music faculty must approve all continuance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.
  • For the BM music education student, continuance must be successfully completed prior to performing the senior recital.

III.B. Continuance Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Major
in Church Music and in Performance

  • The continuance exam for the B.M. Church music major with choral emphasis degree usually takes place the fall semester of the junior year.
  • The continuance exam for the Bachelor of Music major in Church Music with organ emphasis and in Performance usually takes place during the third semester in the program.
  • Music office staff will assemble a file including written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked, and the student’s academic record of all completed music courses.
  • Additional continuance requirements:
    1. A performance on the principal instrument/voice on a Bachelor of Music Entrance/Continuance Recital. (See Student Recital schedule posted on the web and on the bulletin board outside CHM 101 and HOM 245 for date/time/location) Repertoire requirements are listed at (http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/appendix-c-bm-continuance-repertoire/)
    2. An interview with members of the faculty may be required.
    3. Recital application is available online and the music office (hom245). Please submit this completed form with repertoire, timings, and signatures two weeks in advance of the recital to be included on the continuance recital.
  • The instrument/voice area faculty must approve all continuance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.
  • Continuance must be successfully completed prior to performing the junior recital.

III.C. Continuance Requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Theory-Composition

  • The continuance exam usually takes place in the spring of the junior year or at the end of the third semester in the program, whichever comes first.
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked, and the student’s academic record of all completed music courses.
  • Additional continuance requirements:
    1. A portfolio of recent compositions, submitted to Justin Merritt.
    2. A performance on a Student Recital in the semester of continuance on your principal instrument/voice. Consult your performance studies teacher for performance requirements.
    3. An interview with the Theory-Composition faculty.
  • Theory-Composition faculty music must approve all continuance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.
  • Continuance must be successfully completed prior to performing the senior composition recital.

III.D. Continuance Requirements for the Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies

  • The continuance exam for the B.M. with elective studies usually takes place at the end of the third semester in the program, but no later than the junior year, spring semester.
  • Music office staff will assemble a file containing written comments from all music faculty with whom the student has worked, and the student’s academic record of all completed music courses.
  • Additional continuance requirements:
    1. A portfolio or recent work in the field of elective studies.
    2. A progress review interview with faculty mentors in both music and elective area. These faculty will also review the student’s developed plan proposal for the final synthesis project.
    3. A performance on the principal instrument/voice on a Bachelor of Music Entrance/Continuance Recital in the semester of continuance. (See Student Recital schedule posted on the web and on the bulletin board outside CHM 101 or HOM 245 for date/time/location.)
  • The relevant faculty must approve all continuance applications.
  • Students will be informed, in writing, of the faculty’s decision.