Auditions for Music Majors
Start off on the right note by applying and auditioning to our music program.
Your music career starts here with your application for admission to Adelphi. The Office of University Admissions encourages you to learn about financial aid and scholarships and to complete and submit an application. The music program has additional admissions requirements.
Your admission to our highly selective music program is by audition, which is by pre-scheduled appointment only. Due to current COVID protocols on all Adelphi University campuses, we are limited to offering in-person, on-campus auditions to applicants who are able to demonstrate their talent while masked (strings, piano, harpsichord, harp, percussion). On campus auditions will require proof of COVID vaccination as well as a Health-Screening completed on the day of your audition.
All applicants, including strings, piano, harpsichord, harp, and percussion, are offered the option of auditioning by a synchronous Zoom audition on scheduled audition days or by video submission.
Audition dates for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 applicants are as follows:
- November 13, 2021 (Early Action and Spring 2022 applicants should choose this date)
- December 11, 2021
- January 15, 2022 (vocalists only)
- January 22, 2022 (instrumentalists only)
- February 26, 2022
If you are applying for Early Action admission, please register for the November 13, 2021 audition date.
Your audition will determine whether you will be recommended for one of our talent scholarships.
Auditions are not required for a minor in music.
Meet faculty, staff and current students, and see the Adelphi campus and our home in the Performing Arts Center. A limited number of special appointment times will be available for those who are not available on pre-scheduled audition dates.
Audition from the comfort of your home as you meet Adelphi faculty, staff and current students, who will be available to chat before or after your audition. Follow up appointments and music department led campus tours available.
Pre-record your audition and submit through our Audition Request Form. Follow up appointments with Department of Music faculty are encouraged, and department led campus tours are available.
For video submissions:
• Record video of yourself performing your two audition selections with accompaniment, if required.
• Complete the Audition Request Form to upload your audition video files or links to video files.
- You must notify in writing (by email) your proposed audition repertoire choices a minimum of two weeks prior to your scheduled audition date.
- Candidates auditioning on more than one instrument, or as singer and instrumentalist, should offer one prepared work in each medium.
Applicants to the Composition Concentration will be asked to present and discuss a small portfolio of printed or manuscript scores of their works (preferably with a recording of at least one of those works). Composers may also offer to perform one of their own works, of which a score must be available.
Two brief tests are used to help faculty understand students’ skill levels in key areas of musicianship and to appropriately place students within the sequence of theory and musicianship courses. The two music tests cover:
- Sight-reading test: the ability to read and perform musical notation at sight
- Pitch and interval recognition test: the ability to discern rhythm, harmony and melody from a recorded or performed musical excerpt
A brief interview gives faculty the chance to learn more about your background, current work and career plans. You are highly encouraged to bring any supporting material that can help provide further insight into your past and recent music experience (e.g., a high school transcript with a record of music classes taken to date, copies of recent concert programs, etc.).