Dr. David L. Walters Department of Music Admissions Requirements
Students interested in majoring in music at Jacksonville State University must audition for admission to the Dr. David L. Walters Department of Music. Your audition for a music scholarship (band, piano, vocal, or jazz) will also serve as your audition for the department of music. If you do not audition for a music scholarship, you will be able to audition for the Department of Music on Monday, August 14, 2023. Please contact Ms. Erin Hines at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 256-782-5559 to schedule an audition.
Music Department Entrance/Scholarship Audition Information
Please contact Dr. Eliezer Yanson Jr. (email@example.com) for any questions you may have. Please contact Dr. Nathan Wight (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions you may have regarding the Opera.
Vocal, Choral, and Opera Areas - Music Education Major / Performance Major / Music Minor / General Music
Sing two contrasting selections. Both selections must be sung from memory. One song must be from the standard classical song or aria repertoire. The second song may also be selected from the classical song and aria repertoire or from the legit musical theater repertoire typically associated with the “Golden Age” of Broadway. Transfer students should sing one song in a foreign language and one song in English.
Please choose music that shows your voice at its best, something you like to sing and feel comfortable performing. We are listening for vocal quality, expressiveness, musical competence, and, above all, potential. You must sing with piano accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided.
During your scheduled audition, you will be asked to sing a short sight-reading/ear-training exercise.
*Those auditioning for admission as a Music Performance Major should perform more advanced music selections.
IMSLP—public domain music website
Art Song Central—public domain music website
24/26/28 Italian Songs and Arias
Caro mio ben
Vittoria, mio core
Per la gloria
Amarilli, mia bella
Se tu, m’ami
And many others in these books:
Folk Songs for the Solo Singers Anthologies
First/Second Book of Soprano/Mezzo, Tenor/Baritone/Bass Solos
Standard Vocal Literature for Soprano/Mezzo, Tenor/Baritone/Bass Solos
Some Composers: Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Faure, Quilter, Vaughan-Williams, Donaudy, Barber, Copland, Dowland and others
Legit Musicals/Golden Age—Examples include
My Fair Lady
Sound of Music
Into the Woods
Some Disney: Aladdin/Little Mermaid/etc.
If in doubt, please contact a voice faculty member directly!
Instrumental (Brass, Woodwinds):
Music Education Major / Music Minor / General Music
Play two contrasting etudes (lyrical and technical) for no more than one minute each.
Prepare all major scaled with arpeggios. (You will be asked to play two random major scales - must be memorized).