Do you prefer audio or video?
How important is the quality of the recording?
How do I make a recording?
May I edit my recording?
Should I put all my pieces in one track or separate tracks?
What recording format should I use?
What should I include on my music resumé?
• Your private study for the past three years and principal and secondary instruments — include teachers’ names, dates of study, and repertoire studied and performed
• Large ensemble experiences in the past four years—include school, church, community and regional ensembles, and names of the conductors
• Chamber music experience and repertoire performed
• Musical honors or awards (including all-state ensembles, adjudicated contests, etc.)
• Other information that you feel is relevant to your application
Most students arrange information either chronologically or by subject. Your high school experiences are the most relevant.
Do I need a pianist on my audition recording?
Is there a form for the teacher recommendation? May my teacher send the recommendation separately?
When I go to the online music application, it only gives me the option of opening my regular college application. How can I start a new music application?
There are two audition weekends. Will I be able to choose?
We will do everything we can to accommodate your request for a date, but certain instrument areas will have limited options (particularly certain instruments including horn, saxophone, bassoon, oboe). The specific dates available will be included in the invitation letter in late January. (See timeline below.)
What’s the schedule of events like during audition weekend?
Auditions are held Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, both weekends. There will be open classes on Friday if you wish to come early. There will be rehearsals open for observing on Friday afternoon. Each day there are “Meet the Faculty” sessions just before lunch. Campus tours will be offered, as will overnights with a current student. Admissions staff will be present throughout the weekend. Financial aid staff is available (appointment recommended).
Should I perform the same music for my live audition that I submitted for my screening audition?
The requirement guidelines are the same, but is preferred that you prepare at least one piece that is different from your recorded audition. Additionally, instrumentalists can expect sight-reading and scales.
Will I have time to warm up before my audition?
You will be assigned a warm-up space for 30 minutes prior to your audition.
Do I need an accompanist?
Instrumentalists are not required to have an accompanist, and St. Olaf will not provide one for you. If you have a pianist you would like to bring with you, that’s perfectly OK.
If you are a vocalist, St. Olaf will provide a pianist for you, and your pianist will join you for the last 15 minutes of your warm-up time, immediately before your audition, to run through your pieces. If you have a particularly difficult accompaniment, you may e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (507-786-3125) it to me ahead of time. Please make sure to write your name on each page.
Please have your pianist’s music bound in a three-ring binder with two-sided copies, optimized for page-turns. Photocopies are acceptable if you have the original music with you. You do not need to provide the listening committee with a copy of the music.
If you are a vocal finalist and you plan to bring your own accompanist, please let Mary Hakes <email@example.com> know at least one week before auditions, so other arrangements aren’t made unnecessarily.
How many scholarships are awarded?
How many music majors apply and are admitted?
Music Application Timeline
November 1–December 15, 2016
Scholarship and music major applications accepted
via St. Olaf music online music application
Begin (or finish) your St. Olaf College Application for Admission
January 1, 2017
Completed St. Olaf College Application is strongly
encouraged for music applicants.
January 15, 2017
Completed St. Olaf College application for admission
must be on file in the admissions office
January 25, 2017
Audition results and invitations for live auditions are mailed
to all music applicants
February 25–26 and March 3–4, 2017
On-campus auditions for music major and scholarship finalists
Late March 2017
Audition results (admission & award decisions)
mailed to all finalists
May 1, 2017
National Candidate Reply date (date by which all students must
respond to offers of college admission and to scholarship awards)
For more information regarding music scholarships
and/or admission to the music program contact:
Mary Hakes, Music Admissions Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057