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Beth Allard, Music Therapy student, talking about her audition experience

Learn more about the audition process at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Audition Information

Prospective students seeking entrance into the Bachelor of Arts in Music or Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy programs, including those seeking entrance into the Music Therapy Equivalency Program (campus only) must audition after applying to the College. In addition those desiring to add a minor in music must audition. All prospective undergraduate students must audition to be considered for music scholarships and any required interviews, auditions, and essays must be completed by the deadline provided on the website for full consideration.

Auditions are required for each prospective music major, music therapy major, and music minor. Those who have auditioned are considered for scholarships if eligible. Auditions begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time unless noted otherwise below.

Audition Process
  1. Exact dates of Auditions are posted on the website. If you seek an alternative date, note that on your Audition Request form or call the Music and Theatre Department at 812-535-6323.
  2. To audition on campus, submit an Audition Request forms must be completed and submitted online. If you are unable to come to campus, you can Submit an audition recording.
  3. The Chair of the Music and Theatre Department will contact the candidate to confirm audition date and time.
  4. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will provide an accompanist if requested. Candidates must send a copy of the audition materials to the Chair of the Music and Theatre Department at least two weeks prior to the scheduled audition.
  5. On the day of the audition, the candidate will have an opportunity to rehearse with the accompanist as needed and practice rooms will be available. The candidate will then perform for members of the music faculty at the assigned time. Teachers and/or parents may be present.
  6. The examiners may, at their discretion, stop the performance of any piece when they have heard enough to form a judgment. Candidates should observe da capo and dal segno signs, but other repeats of more than a few bars should not be played in the audition unless an examiner asks for them.
  7. Following auditions, the music faculty will conduct a short interview with each candidate to learn more about professional goals and interests, allowing time for questions.
  8. Music Therapy candidates will participate in a longer interview with music therapy faculty following the audition. Read more about the interview process >
  9. The music faculty will then make decisions about acceptance to the specified music program. Recommendations to the Office of Admissions/Financial Aid regarding scholarship awards will be made upon acceptance to a program.

Applicants should be aware that auditions may be videotaped and recorded (for panel review only).

2019 - 2020 Audition Dates
  • Nov 9, 2019 (morning only)
  • Dec 7, 2019 (afternoon only)
  • Jan 20, 2020
  • Feb 17, 2020
  • March 14, 2020
Audition Requirements

Instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists must perform two contrasting pieces with their primary instrument. Performances on secondary instruments are encouraged as appropriate. Sight reading may be requested by faculty during the audition for placement purposes. ISSMA (Group I) pieces are considered appropriate literature. Further requirements can be found within each section below:

Voice and Piano

Voice and Piano Candidates must perform two pieces in contrasting styles selected from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century and 21st century repertoire. Musical Theatre or traditional folk songs may be chosen as a second piece. Piano and Voice auditions should be from memory. Candidates performing from memory should bring copies of the pieces for the examiners’ use.


Two works (solos or etudes) of contrasting styles to demonstrate technical and musical ability and major and chromatic scales.


Snare or timpani solo AND a two or four hand mallet solo. Candidates are expected to provide their own music, sticks, and mallets. Contact Department prior to audition to state specific instruments you plan to use.


Two works (solos or etudes) of contrasting styles to demonstrate technical and musical ability and major and chromatic scales. Memorization encouraged but not required.

Bowed Strings

One solo and one etude; major and minor scales, and arpeggios. Memorization encouraged but not required.


One solo from classical and one solo from jazz or blues repertoire. Optional to play additional song in contemporary or pop style; major and minor scales.

MTED Audition Information

Learn more about the audition process on the MTED program page.