High School Senior Audition Days
In-person Auditions: Monday, November 8, 2021 and Monday, January 17, 2022
Virtual Auditions: Sunday, November 7, 2021 and Sunday, January 16, 2022 (Reserved for out-of-state students)
Denison University invites students who have a passion for music to join our audition opportunities. During their time with faculty, students will participate in a 15-minute audition which includes a performance followed by a question and answer session.
Additionally, students may choose to connect with current Denison Music Fellows and participate in a conversation with faculty.
Students should prepare two songs that showcase their strengths. Vocalists should present two traditional songs of varying styles. example: 1 up tempo and 1 waltz or ballad. Instrumentalists should prepare two pieces, a vocal song that includes backup playing and a solo break and a traditional instrumental that includes playing the melody. Singing on the vocal song is not required for an instrumentalist. Questions about appropriate audition selections can be directed to Adam Schlenker, Coordinator of Bluegrass Studies. email: email@example.com.
Students must perform two contrasting pieces that showcase their strengths. They can be any style from any era (Jazz, Classical, Fingerstyle, Blues etc.) but must have some melodic component (not just chords that would be used as accompaniment to a melody). Students will also be asked to play two major scales in different keys.
Questions about appropriate audition selections can be directed to Prof. Brett Burleson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students should prepare one four-octave major scale, one four-octave minor scale, and two pieces from different styles (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th/21st century).
Questions about appropriate audition selections can be directed to Dr. Sun Min Kim, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, via email at email@example.com
Vocal auditions should consist of two contrasting pieces, preferably one in a foreign language. For example, a student may prepare an Italian aria and a folk song in English. It is recommended that students select music that showcases the quality of their voice and illustrates their current level of musicianship and ability. Due to the remote nature of the auditions this year, please feel free to use your own live accompanist during your audition or a taped accompaniment. Please upload your sheet music when signing up for an audition.
Students should prepare about 5 minutes of music that best demonstrates their strengths on their primary instrument. Students may choose from a combination of the following:
- 2 or 3 scales (slurred),
- an etude or solo piece from a recent performance,
- or an excerpt of repertoire from your high school band/orchestra/jazz band repertoire
Questions about appropriate audition selections can be directed to Dr. Westover-Muñoz, Director of Bands, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding auditions, please contact: