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for Music Study Approval (intended majors only)
for Music Scholarship Consideration

Music Audition Days are open to all freshman applicants – intended majors and non-majors, alike. Music Scholarship amounts and recipients will be determined by instrument need, student skill, intended major, and intended level of music participation.

2019-2020 Furman Music Auditions

On-Campus Auditions
Your Furman Music Audition will be held between 8:30am and 5:30pm on the Friday or Saturday of one of the weekends listed below. You will be able to indicate your preferred date on your audition registration. As a part of your audition experience, we invite you to attend a Friday night performance, which highlights some of the department's finest musicians. Tickets are complimentary for you and your family and guests.

  • January Audition Day
    January 24th & 25th, 2020
    Registration Deadline: December 15th, 2019
  • February Audition Day
    February 28th & 29th, 2020
    Registration Deadline: January 26th, 2020

Audition Registration Steps

#1 - REVIEW AUDITION CRITERIA
See what is expected for your instrument and discuss that criteria with your teacher. Scroll down to review audition criteria by instrument. Students are able to audition on up to two instruments. Students are also welcome to submit a composition portfolio to be considered for a music composition scholarship.

#2 - SUBMIT YOUR ADMISSIONS APPLICATION 
Students must first gain access to their Online Status Page before registering for an audition. Upon submitting their admissions application, students will receive a confirmation email with a link to access their Online Status Page, where they will find the Music Audition Day registration link.

#3 - REGISTER FOR YOUR AUDITION 
Log into your Online Status Page, to which you gained access upon submitting your Admissions Application. There you will find the Music Audition Day registration link. Please note that at the end of the Audition Day Registration form you will be required to upload your music resume. This should be a 1-2-page document listing your music experience, honors, awards, major performances, major/recent repertoire, ensemble memberships. Include the names and titles of recent music teachers (last 3-4 years).

#4 - REQUEST LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Though not required for admission to the university, Furman Music requires that students attending an audition day submit at least one letter of recommendation from a current of recent music instructor. The more, the better! Music Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by one of the methods listed below at least two weeks prior to a student's audition.

Letters of Recommendation may be submitted:
Suggestions:
  1. Ask early! Share your college goals with your recommenders. 
  2. Communicate the deadline to submit their letter of recommendation.
  3. Supply your recommender with the contact information listed above.  They may wish to submit their recommendation to the Furman Music Department directly.
  4. Don't forget to thank them!

Recorded Auditions 

It is preferred that students attend an on-campus Audition Day whenever possible for them. However, if distance or unavoidable conflict prevents you from joining us for one of the audition days, we encourage you to submit a Recorded Audition. During the on-campus Music Audition Days, students are required to complete a music theory placement test as a part of your audition. Students submitting a recorded audition as intended music majors will be required complete a make-up theory placement test when then move onto campus in the fall. 

Recorded Audition Submission Deadline: February 2nd, 2020 

Recorded Audition Registration Steps 

#1 - REVIEW AUDITION CRITERIA 
See what is expected for your instrument and discuss that criteria with your teacher. Scroll down to review audition criteria by instrument. Students are able to audition on up to two instruments. Students are also welcome to submit a composition portfolio to be considered for a music composition scholarship. 

#2 - SUBMIT YOUR ADMISSIONS APPLICATION 
Students must first gain access to their Online Status Page before registering for a recorded audition. Upon submitting their admissions application, students will receive a confirmation email with a link to access their Online Status Page, where they will find the Music Recorded Audition registration link. 

#3 - REGISTER FOR YOUR RECORDED AUDITION
Log into your Online Status Page, to which you gained access upon submitting your Admissions Application. There you will find the Recorded Audition registration link. Please note that at the end of the Recorded Audition registration form you will be required to upload your music resume. This should be a 1-2-page document listing your music experience, honors, awards, major performances, major/recent repertoire, ensemble memberships. Include the names and titles of recent music teachers (last 3-4 years). 

#4 - SUBMIT YOUR RECORDED AUDITION MEDIA FILES 
Videos with good image and sound quality are a must. All selections should meet the Furman Music audition criteria. Recorded Audition media files may be submitted by way of one of the methods listed below. Via email: admissions@furman.edu and furmanmusic@furman.edu Via an online file-sharing platform (dropbox, etc.): Make the link shareable, and email the link to admissions@furman.edu and furmanmusic@furman.edu 

#5 - REQUEST MUSIC LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Though not required for admission to the university, Furman Music requires that students submit at least one letter of recommendation from a current of recent music instructor. The more, the better! Music Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by one of the methods listed below prior to February 2, 2020.

Letters of Recommendation may be submitted:
  • Via the Common Application
  • Via email: admissions@furman.edu and furmanmusic@furman.edu
  • Via postal mail to:
    Furman University Music Department
    Attn:
    Marcella Frese, Program Coordinator
    3300 Poinsett Hwy
    Greenville, SC 29613
Suggestions:
  1. Ask early! Share your college goals with your recommenders. 
  2. Communicate the deadline to submit their letter of recommendation.
  3. Supply your recommender with the contact information listed above.  They may wish to submit their recommendation to the Furman Music Department directly.
  4. Don't forget to thank them!

AUDITION CRITERIA

  • Brass and Woodwinds
      Woodwinds and Brass Music Furman UniversityFor brass and woodwinds auditions, please prepare and perform two contrasting works from the standard solo or etude literature. Total time limit of eight minutes. Excerpts, like those used in all-state auditions, are acceptable. The use of an accompanist is optional and not supplied by the university. The faculty prefer a cappella performances at the auditions. If you bring your own accompanist, please prepare and practice interlude cuts. Additional criteria:
      • You will be asked to sight-read a brief selection
      • The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises
      • Memorization is optional
      • Jazz player? If you are interested in also playing jazz on your audition, please prepare a jazz etude, solo transcription, or plan to play and improvise on a standard tune of your choice.

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Sue Samuels 
      Director of Bands
      Phone: 864.294.3193

      View our faculty roster for a list of all brass and woodwind teachers.


  • Composition
      Composition Music Furman UniversityFurman awards funds each year to an intended composition major. A composition portfolio is required to be considered for this potential four-year scholarship. On the day of your audition, you will be scheduled for a Composition interview in addition to your performance audition and theory placement testing. The faculty will review your information and discuss with you your composition experience to this point, your future goals and opportunities for composition majors.

      How to Apply

      Prepare and submit your composition portfolio at least two weeks prior to the audition date. Portfolio Requirements:
      • A brief cover-letter introducing yourself. Include a brief composition-related resume describing your composition experience to date, music theory knowledge and performing experience.
      • Include print-outs of two or three of your original composition scores, preferably computerized (1 copy each)
      • Include a CD or DVD recording (or sound/video files if emailing) of live performances of the above selections 

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Mark Kilstofte 
      Composition Area Coordinator
      Phone: 864.294.2229


  • Guitar: Classical
      Classical Guitar Music Furman UniversityFor classical guitar auditions, please prepare two full or excerpted contrasting works from the standard solo or etude literature. The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises. Additional criteria:
      • Performance time limit: 10 minutes
      • You will be asked to sight-read a brief section
      • Memorization is optional

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Christopher Hutton, cello professor​
      Phone: 864.294.3067
      Guitar Instructor TBD

  • Guitar: Jazz
      Guitar: Jazz Music Furman UniversityFor jazz guitar auditions, we require you to prepare three brief jazz standards of varying styles. The styles may include blues, ballad, Latin, fusion, or funk, among others. Be prepared to play chords for these tunes as well as improvise a solo within them. Additional criteria:
      • Jazz chart sight-reading and comping will be included
      • The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Matt Olson
      Coordinator of Jazz Studies
      Phone: 864.294.3284
      -or-
      Matt Dingledine
      Instructor of Jazz Guitar


  • Harp
      Harp Music Furman UniversityFor harp, please prepare and perform two full or excerpted contrasting works from the standard solo or etude literature. The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises. Be sure to arrive for climate acclamation and tuning. If needed, a university harp is available. Harp auditions are heard by the orchestral string faculty. Additional criteria:
      • Performance time limit: 10 minutes
      • You will be asked to sight-read a brief section
      • Memorization is optional

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Mrs. Anita Burroughs-Price
      Instructor of Harp
      Phone: 864.294.2086


  • Organ
      Organ Music Furman UniversityFor organ auditions, please prepare and perform two contrasting organ solo works with a time limit of 10 minutes total. Auditioning organists will also prepare and perform a single work on the piano (this may be from any historical period). Auditions will include brief pitch matching and aural aptitude exercises. Time for practicing, registration set-up, and warm-up on the audition organ will be scheduled on the day prior to the audition, with a short amount of time available the day of the audition. Dr. Tompkins can be available to assist you with registrations. Auditionees may choose to perform on the 42-stop C.B. Fisk tracker organ in Daniel Chapel or the 29-stop Holtkamp electropneumatic organ in McAlister Auditorium. Please indicate on the music scholarship application form which instrument you wish to perform on. 
      • The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises
      • Memorization is optional but preferred.

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Charles Tompkins
      Organ, Church Music
      Phone: 864.294.2099


  • Percussion
      Percussion Music Furman UniversityFor percussion auditions, please prepare and perform one solo selection in each performance area: keyboard, snare, and timpani. Drum set is optional. Be sure to bring your own sticks or mallets. We will have a snare drum available at the audition, along with four symphonic timpani, a marimba, a vibe and a xylophone. You are welcome to bring your own snare drum. An accompanist is not necessary. Additional criteria:
      • You will be asked to sight-read
      • The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises
      • Memorization is optional
      • Interested in Jazz? Prepare a 2 minute solo containing four varying styles (moderate swing + shuffle, Latin, fusion, funk, etc.). We will supply a 3-tom 2-cymbal jazz kit.

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Omar Carmenates
      Percussion
      Phone: 864.294.2406


  • Piano
      Piano Music Furman UniversityFor piano auditions, please prepare and perform one Sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, and one full or excerpted composition from the Romantic or Contemporary period. An additional Baroque composition would be appreciated, but is not required. Additional criteria:
      • Performance total time limit: 15 minutes
      • Memorization expected
      • You will be asked to sight-read a brief selection
      • The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Derek Parsons
      Piano, Keyboard Area Coordinator
      Phone: 864.294.2099


  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
      Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Music Furman UniversityCandidates for the BM and BME programs should prepare:


      1. One movement from a standard concerto or comparable composition
      2. One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata, partita or suite
      3. An etude or caprice
      4. At least one of these pieces should be memorized.

      Candidates for the BA and non-major programs should prepare two contrasting works from the standard solo literature. Memorization is optional.

      Performance time limit:
      BM/BME: 15 minutes
      BA/Non-Major: 10 minutes

      Jazz player? If you are interested in also playing jazz on your audition, please prepare a jazz etude, solo transcription, or plan to play and improvise on a standard tune of your choice.

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Andy Carlson, Violin
      Phone: 864.294.2219

      Dr. Anna Joiner, Viola
      Phone: 864.294.3199

      Dr. Christopher Hutto​n
      Cello, Bass  (Area Coordinator)
      Phone: 864.294.2019


  • Voice
      Voice Music Furman UniversityFor voice auditions, please prepare and perform two contrasting songs from the art song, oratorio or operatic repertoire. We require vocalists to perform with a piano accompanist. Musical theater songs are not appropriate for this audition. If your accompanist is unable to travel with you, be sure to request our staff accompanist on the form. Our staff accompanist will rehearse with you for 15 minutes and then walk with you to the vocal audition room. There is no charge for the services of our staff accompanist. A recorded accompaniment is not appropriate. Additional criteria:
      • Performance time limit: Six minutes.
      • Memorization expected.
      • You will be asked to sight-read a brief selection
      • The faculty will check your ear training and pitch-matching skills with brief aural aptitude exercises.

      Request an Audition

      See checklist above.  Two to three weeks out we will send you and your parent an e-mail to confirm audition time and other specifics. Keep in mind that we will not be able to schedule you for an audition until your Common Application is received by the university.

      Contact

      Dr. Grant Knox
      Vocal Studies Coordinator
      Phone: 864.294.3034

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