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.)
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.
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.
You will be assigned a warm-up space for 30 minutes prior to your audition.
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 (email@example.com) 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 Molly Boes (firstname.lastname@example.org) know at least one week before auditions, so other arrangements aren’t made unnecessarily.
Music scholarships are distributed across vocal and instrumental, and vary somewhat each year, depending on the applicant pool and the needs within the department.
Our target number is 76 first-year music majors. We generally receive about 360 music major applications, approximately 140 of whom are admitted to one of the music majors. Admission to the B.M. Performance major is more competitive than admission to the B.A. music major.