Auditions are required for admission to the Music Major and Minor and serve as scholarship consideration for any qualified applicant. Applicants may attend the live auditions or submit recordings. 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.
Audition for the Music Major or Minor
The Audition Request Form must be submitted in advance by the deadlines listed below to schedule a live audition. Please make sure to indicate on the form which live session you would like to attend. For recorded auditions, the Audition Request Form should be submitted along with the recordings by the deadlines listed below. For both live and recorded auditions, all materials will be submitted as a portfolio. To submit a portfolio, applicants must first submit their application to LMU. The applicant will then receive an email within three business days explaining how to check their status; the Application Status Page includes an upload feature where a portfolio can be uploaded. LMU currently accepts images, videos, and .PDF documents. Please convert all documents to .PDF before submitting. PLEASE NOTE: To apply to the Recording Arts program, contact the School of Film and Television.
Early Action/Decision Auditions
Live Audition Date – Saturday, October 27, 2018
Deadline for submission of form is Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Deadline for submission of form and recordings is Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Regular Decision Auditions
Live Audition Date 1 – Saturday, January 19, 2019
Deadline for submission of form is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
Live Audition Date 2 – Saturday, February 16, 2019
Deadline for submission of form is Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Deadline for submission of form and recordings is Friday, February 15, 2019.
- Guitar: Two pieces, preferably in contrasting styles demonstrating right-hand dexterity and finger-picking
- Percussion: Two pieces performed on any 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 applied audition. Please feel free to submit original works in addition to your audition works, particularly if you are interested in declaring a composition concentration.
- Remember to complete all contact information on the Audition Request 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 also upload the Audition Request Form.
Should you have any questions about the audition process or the Music program in general, please contact us at:
Tel: (310) 338-5386
Fax: (310) 338-6046
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
The Department of Music has three choruses: Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, and Consort Singers. Singers are evaluated in the areas of musicality and musicianship, vocal technique and quality, as well as potential for musical growth. Prior choral experience is preferable for the Concert Choir and required for the Women's Chorus and the Consort Singers. Choral Auditions for Fall 2018 will be held August 25-29. To schedule call the Office of Choral Activities at (310) 338-5154 or email Dr. Mary Breden, director, at email@example.com. Information on the Choruses' upcoming European tour in summer 2019 can be found here.
The LMU Chamber Orchestra offers students the chance to perform orchestral music representing a variety of style periods and musical genres. Auditions for Fall 2018 will be held in August. For more information and to schedule an 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 and to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Tania Fleischer, director, at email@example.com.