In addition to the Mercyhurst University application and admission process, students applying to the D’Angelo Department of Music must complete the online Department of Music application/audition form
At your audition you will be asked to take a Theory and Piano placement exam, in addition to your performance. (See requirements below)
*TBA - Auditions in New York City
Contact Krista Lamb,
Coordinator of Admissions, for information on off-campus audition dates.
Performance Audition Requirements
Brass Applicants must be prepared to play two contrasting pieces from the standard brass repertoire. Sight-reading may be required. Applicants may also be asked to play major and minor scales.
Composition Applicants will be required to show evidence of a strong creative ability, demonstrated through completed works. Applicants should submit scores, and if possible, tapes or CDs of at least two recent compositions. Contrast in style and media is preferred. Electronic works and pieces that by their nature cannot be represented through standard notation, may be submitted in recorded form, without accompanying scores. All applicants should possess a well-developed ear and should have an intermediate technique on at least one instrument.
Guitar Applicants will be expected to play major and minor scales and two pieces of contrasting style. Sight-reading may be required.
Organ Applicants may be required to play three octave major and minor scales and arpeggios. They must prepare two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, preferably by memory. Sight-reading may be required.
Percussion Applicants are required to audition on snare drum and mallet percussion. Timpani is recommended, but not required. The applicant will play one solo or etude on each instrument. Sight-reading may be required.
Piano Applicants will perform three memorized solos in contrasting styles (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Twentieth/Twenty-First Century) and play representative major and minor scales and arpeggios in four octaves.
Strings Applicants should prepare two contrasting pieces from the standard string repertoire, preferably from memory. Applicants may be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both major and minor scales and arpeggios.
Voice Applicants should prepare three songs of contrasting style, to be performed by memory. Songs should be selected from the standard classical vocal literature. One song should be in a foreign language. All Vocalists must provide copies of the music you will perform. The music must be sent 2 weeks prior to your audition and it must be legible and copied in a back to back, book format so it is ready for the accompanist to play.
Woodwinds Applicants may be required to play at least two octave major and minor scales and arpeggios. They must be prepared to play two contrasting pieces from the standard woodwind repertoire. Sight-reading may be required.
Music Therapy Requirements:
1) Perform 2 pieces of contrasting style on primary instrument
2) Improvise and develop a theme on primary instrument
3) Sing 1 piece in folk tradition, accompanying self on either piano or guitar
4) Harmonize chords to familiar melody (ex, happy birthday, twinkle twinkle, coming round the mountain)
5) Demonstrate basic knowledge and performance of I, IV, V progression in various keys on either guitar or piano
6) Demonstrate ability to keep a steady pulse in various time signatures on percussion instrument when accompanying someone on guitar or piano (4/4, ¾, or 6/8)
7) Personal interview with Music Therapy faculty
8) Typed essay on students personal philosophy of music, as applied to a therapeutic setting. Please include any areas of Music Therapy or specific populations you may be interested in working with, and why.
*Items 2-8 will be conducted immediately after primary instrument audition
** Items 2-6 may be administered by Music Therapy faculty and one other faculty member (depending on students’ primary instrument)
***Items 7-8 will be administered only by Music Therapy faculty
Additional Audition Information
Vocal students will be provided an accompanist.
Instrumental students will audition unaccompanied.
A Piano Placement Test and Theory Placement Test will be administered, neither of which influence acceptance.
The audition day will include—in addition to the theory and piano placements tests—a continental breakfast, lunch with the faculty, a student recital and a tour of the college. You will receive notification of your audition times one week prior to your chosen date.
Talent-based scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the faculty and the Director of the Department of Music through the audition process. Any prospective student is eligible to compete for scholarship assistance, regardless of financial status.
Students wishing to apply for financial assistance must also apply to the Director of Financial Aid.