Audition for the Music Major or Minor Fall 2019/Spring 2020
Auditions are required for admission to the Music Major and Minor and are also considered in the awarding of scholarship funds. The Department of Music is devoted primarily to the study of classical music and thus auditions that feature classical music repertoire are strongly preferred. Applicants may attend live or recorded auditions. For those who are not intending to major or minor in Music, but would still like to join our ensembles and be considered for selected ensemble scholarships, please see the Ensemble Audition Information below.
The LMU Music Audition consists of two parts:
a. A completed 2019-2020 LMU Department of Music Audition Form
b. A live audition OR online recorded audition submission
In order to submit both parts of the LMU Music Audition, please read the following instructions closely and complete each step.
- Download the 2019-2020 LMU Department of Music Audition Form and read our audition requirements to prepare your musical selections (page 1).
- Fill out all requested fields on the Music Audition Form (pages 2-3).
- Click on this link to BOX where you will be prompted to upload your audition materials. Convert all documents to PDF before submitting.
3a. If you are interested in participating in one of our live auditions dates, the Music Audition Form must be submitted in advance by the deadlines listed below and on page 1 of your form. Please make sure to indicate on the form which live session you would like to attend. You will be contacted for scheduling after you have submitted your form.
3b. If you are submitting recorded audition materials, please upload those files at this time as well as the Music Audition form. Each of the two recorded pieces should be uploaded as a separate video or audio file.
Early Action/Decision Auditions
Live Audition Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Deadline for submission of audition form for live auditions is Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
Deadline for submission of audition form and recordings is Friday, November 8, 2019.
Regular Decision Auditions
Live Audition Dates: Saturday, February 1 & Sunday, February 2, 2020
Deadline for submission of audition form for live audition days is Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Deadline for submission of audition form and recordings is Friday, January 31, 2020.
- Guitar: Two pieces, preferably in contrasting styles demonstrating right-hand dexterity and finger-picking
- Percussion: Two pieces performed on at least two of the following: drum set, marimba, snare drum, timpani
- Piano: Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles
- Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass): Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles
- Voice: Two classical art songs, opera or operetta arias, or traditional folk songs, one in a language other than English
- Selected Woodwinds and Brass: (flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, and trombone; minors only): Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles
In all cases DO NOT USE ORIGINAL WORKS for your audition. Please feel free to submit original works in addition to your audition works, particularly if you are interested in declaring a composition concentration, but original works will not be considered as an audition for admittance to the Department of Music.
- Remember to complete all contact information on the Music Audition Form.
- Remember to list the major(s) and minor, if applicable, that you plan to pursue at LMU.
- If you are submitting recordings, remember to submit your pieces in two separate files and to also upload the Music Audition Form.
Should you have any questions about the audition process or the Music program in general, please contact us at:
Tel: (310) 338-5386
Ensemble Audition Information
Auditions for our ensembles are held on the weekend before and during the first week of classes each semester, and on a case-by-case basis depending on the ensemble. Selected ensembles do offer small scholarships to some of their members based on audition and/or participation in the group. Each of these ensembles showcases their work on various concerts each semester.
The LMU Choruses
Sing With Us!Any LMU student or faculty can join a choir for credit and regardless of your background or level of experience, we have a choir for you!
To join a choir, please click here to sign up for Voice Placements! Voice placements will take place on August 23-30. Singers interested in singing with Consort Singers or Concert Choir must sign-up for a voice placement. Have questions? Email Todd.Harper@lmu.edu.
Voice Placements for choirs are quick (15 minutes) and simple. You will be guided through a simple process and discuss any previous singing experience you may have. You don’t need to prepare anything!
The LMU Chamber Orchestra offers students the chance to perform orchestral music representing a variety of style periods and musical genres. Auditions for Fall 2019 will be held in August. For more information on how to audition, contact Dr. Tania Fleischer, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in this ensemble work in groups of variable size with or without a conductor. Instrumentation is primarily "concert percussion," but also includes some percussion instruments and playing techniques from around the world. Students work together in rehearsal and outside of class. Intermediate or higher level of rhythmic reading is required; pitch reading not required, but strongly suggested; experience with concert percussion is preferred, but not required. For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Aaron Smith, director, at email@example.com.
World Music Ensembles
These ensembles focus on two areas: Balinese Gamelan Angklung and West African drumming and dancing. Consisting primarily of keyed and gong-like instruments, gamelan angklung is one of several distinct types of metalophone orchestras in Bali. Intricate textures and sharp contrasts of expression contribute to a dynamic music result. The African portion principally emphasizes the music of Ghana, including drumming and dance genres from north, east, and central regions of the country, in addition to music for atenteben (traditional flute) and gyil (gourd-resonated xylophone). For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Paul Humphreys, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Chamber Ensembles offer percussionists, pianists, string, wind, and brass players the opportunity to collaborate with one or two other instrumentalists on works for small ensembles. For more information on how to audition, contact Dr. Tania Fleischer, director, at email@example.com.