Frequently Asked Questions by St. Olaf Music Majors and Direct Links to Answers
Music Major Admission and Continuance
Q: I am a Bachelor of Arts music major. How do I apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music degree?
A: Degree applications and instructions can be found at Current Students at the Music Department Website.
Q: Where do I find degree program application forms?
A: Download an application form or pick one up from the music office in CHM 101 or HOM 245.
Q: How do I know what repertoire to play/sing for my entrance audition?
A: Consult your performance studies teacher and see repertoire requirements for entrance in the Music Student Handbook Appendices.
Q: Who is required to complete a continuance review and what is the process?
A: Students in the Bachelor of Music Major are required to complete a continuance review.
Q: Are the repertoire requirements for entrance and continuance the same?
A: In some cases it is. Consult your performance studies teacher and see repertoire requirements for entrance in the Music Student Handbook Appendices.
Q: Can you tell me more about Music Education at St. Olaf?
A: Yes, students can pursue a Bachelor of Music Education degree in either K-12 instrumental music or K-12 vocal music.
Music Lessons, Recital Attendance, and Juries
Q: What do I do if I want to take lessons?
A: Students register for Performance Studies (music lessons) by completing a registration form in HOM 245, not SIS Web registration.
Q: Can I take lessons on more than one instrument?
A: Yes, but consider the cost and the time commitment. Read about Performance Studies (music lessons) first.
Q: I am taking music lessons and my teacher says I must practice every day. How do I get a practice room?
A: Practice is an important part of studying a musical instrument. Practice room sign up takes place in September for fall semester and February for spring semester.
Q: I am taking music lessons and I heard there is a recital attendance requirement. What is this? How do I know how many recitals to attend and how do I know which recitals count towards the recital attendance requirement?
A: There is a recital attendance requirement if you are registered for performance studies. Music majors must attend 10 official music department events each semester and non-majors must attend 4 official music department events each semester.
Q: I am taking music lessons and I heard I must perform an end-of-semester jury. What is this and how do I know what type of jury I should perform?
A: An end-of-semester jury is required of all students registered for performance studies. Read about jury requirements here.
Q: Can I perform in a recital? Do I have to be taking music lessons?
A: Yes, you may perform in a recital. You must be registered for performance studies on the instrument/voice in the semester you wish to perform. Read about Student Recitals, Junior and Senior Recitals, Chamber Ensemble, Composition, Advanced Conducting Recitals and Informal Recitals.
Q: I heard that performance on a recital is a graduation requirement for my major. What type of performance is required and how often do I have to perform?
A: Yes, there are performance requirements for the music major.
Q: Where do I find recital application forms?
A: Download a recital application form or pick one up from the music office in CHM 101 or HOM 245.
Q: I have a jury and a recital coming up and my teacher tells me I need to find a pianist. How do I find one?
A: There are three types of collaborative pianists at St. Olaf: student pianists, staff pianists, and other professional pianists. This link provides additional details about payment, deadlines, etc.
Q: How does my collaborative pianist get paid?
A: Check out collaborative pianists for details on payment.
Q: I’m a pianist and I’d like to accompany juries and recitals. May I, and if so, what is the procedure?
A: Yes, student pianists are important part of collaborative piano at St. Olaf. Consult your piano or organ teacher and check out collaborative pianists.
Q: What music ensembles does St. Olaf offer and who are the directors? When do ensembles rehearse?
A: A complete list of ensembles and directors can be found in the Music Handbook. A list of rehearsal times for all ensembles can be found on the information table next to CHM 104.
Q: Where is the music library and what are its hours?
A: The Halvorson Music Library is located on the first floor of Christiansen Hall of Music. Hours of operation can be found at the library Website.
Q: I have heard that a student can get a key to rooms in CHM, HOM or Skifter. Is this true?
A: Yes, but only under certain circumstances. Consult the Music Handbook or see Cheryl Bristol in HOM 245.
Q: What do I do if I have a concern or comment about music at St. Olaf?
A: The Music Department Student Committee serves as a liaison between students and music faculty. Find out who they are and how to contact them in the Music Handbook.
Q: What do I do if I am on work study and would like to work in the music department?
A: Go to Employment Opportunities to find out about work opportunities related to music.
Q: I heard that I have a keyboard proficiency requirement for graduation. What is it and what do I do?
A: All music majors include a keyboard proficiency requirement. The level of proficiency depends on your major.
Q: How can I track whether or not I am meeting all my graduation requirements?
A: Degree worksheets for your specific degree program and class year can be found in the Music Handbook.
Q: Does the St. Olaf music department have student chapters of national music organizations such as ACDA, NAfME, and NATS. How do I get information?
A: Yes, official organizations and faculty advisors are listed in the Music Handbook.
Q: I heard some seniors get to perform with the St. Olaf Orchestra at a spring concert. Is this true information about this?
A: Some seniors are selected to perform with the orchestra on the Senior Soloists Concert held each May. Consult your performance studies teacher and check out Music Handbook.