We will do everything we can to accommodate your request for a date, but certain instrument areas will have limited options (including horn, saxophone, bassoon, and oboe). The specific dates available will be included on the invitation website in late January.
- Music Scholarships
- Live Auditions
Auditions are held Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, both weekends. Each student will receive a customized schedule to include open classes and rehearsals (Fridays only), campus tours, the Fine Arts Luncheon, and the Meet the Faculty session. Students are also invited to stay on campus overnight 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. Additional warm-up time is only available if space is available.
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) it to us 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 collaborative pianist, please let us 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 400 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.