Music - Audition FAQ

How do I schedule a music audition?

You may schedule a music audition through the Office of Admission by completing the Campus Visit Form for either a Raven Day or Personal Campus Visit.  Please be sure to include the specific instrument on which you would like to audition.

Who may audition?

Music auditions are available for all students wishing to be considered for a participation award.

Who is eligible for a participation award?

Participation awards are available for all students based on enrollment in private lessons on their instrument and participation in one of our ensembles. Woodwinds, brass and percussion students compete for a band award, string players compete for an orchestra award, and voice students compete for a choir award.

I play an instrument that is typically not in an ensemble. Should I still audition?

Students who play guitar, organ or piano are encouraged to audition on their instrument. They declare an ensemble preference at the time of their audition. For example, pianists as part of the award will take private piano lessons and participate in either band, choir or orchestra.

May I audition for more than one ensemble?

You may receive a participation award for one ensemble only. It is suggested that students audition with either their best or primary instrument, the one they wish to study while at Benedictine.

When will I receive my audition time and location?

You will receive your audition time and location when you check in with the Office of Admission for your visit.

When should I check in for my audition?

The check-in for students wishing to audition will be scheduled and arranged through the Office of Admission.

Does the college provide instruments for the audition?

A limited number of oversize instruments (i.e. string bass, percussion, cello) are available for students who are unable to fly with these instruments. Please contact the Music Department at for further assistance.

Where may I store my instrument?

Students may arrange to store their instruments at the Office of Admission check-in counter and pick them up for their assigned practice and audition times.

What should I wear for my audition?

While casual attire is acceptable, students should still dress presentably and sensibly for weather conditions.

How long will my audition be?

Auditions are scheduled pending professor availability. The time allotted will range from 10 - 20 minutes. If you wish to learn about the opportunities available or speak with a professor about questions, you may do so during your audition time.

What should I prepare?

Please refer to the recommended repertoire lists here.

What do I bring to my audition?

You should bring your music and instrument.

Will I have an accompanist?

An accompanist is not required for the audition. The department does not provide accompanists, except for vocal students at Presidential Scholars Weekend. Please bring a copy of the music.

Will I have the opportunity to practice before my audition?

Students are welcome to utilize one of the practice rooms in Bishop Fink Hall prior to their audition.

May my parents sit in on the audition?

Presidential auditions are closed auditions. Therefore, parents are not permitted to attend.  Parents may attend the regular auditions at the discretion of the student.

When will I hear about whether I receive an award?

Students being offered an award are required to submit a signed commitment form outlining the requirements for the award (enrollment in private lessons and participation in one of the department’s ensembles). Awards will appear on your official financial aid award letter in March from the Office of Financial Aid.

How much are the music awards?

Awards range from $250 – $2000 and are renewable each year if stipulations of the award are met.