MUSIC AUDITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, video submissions of auditions for Fall 2021 admission are now being accepted in lieu of a live audition, through the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Please send your submissions to dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu. If you have any questions about the content for your video audition, please contact Colleen Shah at 814-824-2394 or dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu.

Please be sure that you have applied to Mercyhurst (using our free online application) before submitting an audition application. In addition to the Mercyhurst University application and admissions process, students applying to the D’Angelo Department of Music must complete the D'Angelo Department of Music Audition Application.

Performance requirements, separated by degree type, can be found below. Please continue to monitor this page for our upcoming audition guidelines for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2020-2021 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, October 31, 2020, virtually
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020, virtually
  • Saturday, January 23, 2021, virtually or live (TBD)
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021, virtually or live (TBD)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021, virtually or live (TBD)

Audition dates may be individually scheduled if unable to attend the listed dates.

Audition Requirements

B.A. in Music, B.M. in Music Education, and B.M. in Performance Applicants

Voice Applicants

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.

Vocal students will be provided an accompanist.

Hard copies or a scan of the music you will perform must be sent to the D'Angelo Department of Music at least two weeks in advance to allow our staff accompanist to prepare for your audition. You may send it to the department at 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546 or dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu. Other forms of submission (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) can be arranged by contacting the department at 814-824-2394 or dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu.

Strings Applicants

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.

String players will perform unaccompanied.

Woodwinds Applicants

Woodwinds applicants must be prepared to play two contrasting pieces from the standard woodwind repertoire. Applicants may be required to play at least two octave major and minor scales and arpeggios.

Woodwind players will perform unaccompanied.

Brass Applicants

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.

Brass players will perform unaccompanied.

Percussion Applicants

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.

Percussionists will perform unaccompanied.

Guitar Applicants

Guitar applicants will be expected to play major and minor scales and two pieces of contrasting style.

Guitarists will perform unaccompanied.

Piano Applicants

Piano applicants for B.M. in Music Education or B.A. in Music degrees will perform two solo works in contrasting styles, with at least one of these being memorized. They can be chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th/21st Century periods.

Piano applicants for the B.M. in Performance degree will perform three memorized solos in contrasting styles.

All applicants may be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in representative major and minor scales and arpeggios.

B.M. in Music Therapy

Voice Applicants

Voice applicants will be expected to sing from memory two pieces from the standard classical vocal literature; musical theatre repertoire will be considered as well.

Vocalist will be provided an accompanist.

Hard copies or a scan of the music you will perform must be sent to the D'Angelo Department of Music at least two weeks in advance to allow our staff accompanist to prepare for your audition. You may send it to the department at 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546 or dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu. Other forms of submission (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) can be arranged by contacting the department at 814-824-2394 or dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu.

Instrumental Applicants

Instrumental applicants should perform two pieces of contrasting style on your primary instrument, unaccompanied.

Additionally, both Vocal and Instrumental applicants will:

  • Sing two pieces from popular music (1940s-current, any genre) while accompanying yourself on either guitar or piano
  • Interview with the director of the Music Therapy program following your audition
  • Submit an essay regarding your personal philosophy of music, as applied to a therapeutic setting. Please include any areas of Music Therapy or specific patient populations you may be interested in working with while enrolled in our Music Therapy degree, and why. You may submit a hard copy or send it via email to dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu.

B.M. in Composition

B.M. in Composition applicants will be required to show evidence of a strong creative ability, demonstrated through completed works. Applicants should bring scores, and, if possible, CDs of at least two recent compositions to their audition.

Applicants may also submit .mp3 files of live recordings or software graphics scores and .pdf files of scores, to dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu in the case of a long-distance audition.

These may also be submitted prior to an audition, provided the applicant brings hard copies of scores to the audition, and either a CD recording or .mp3s ready to play on the applicant's computer or other device. 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.

Additional Audition Information

A Theory Placement Test will be administered on the day of your audition. It does not influence your acceptance but allows us to best meet the needs of the incoming freshman class. Most communication is via email; please be certain to check yours regularly for specifics regarding your audition, audition time slots, special arrangements, and other critical information.

Scholarships

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 submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid and include Mercyhurst (school code 003297) on their FAFSA.


Contact Us

Colleen Shah
Music Secretary/Music Admissions Coordinator
Office: D'Angelo 15
Phone: 814-824-2394
Email: dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu​​​​​​​