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for Music Study Approval (Intended Majors)
for Music Scholarship Consideration

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

HOW:  Verify application deadlines for university admission and music audition registration. After you apply to Furman, your Status Checker will activate and the music audition option will be visible.  Apply for the music audition. Scroll down for details.

 

Audition DATES for Fall Entry 2020

On-Campus Auditions
Students audition on either the Friday or Saturday of their audition weekend.  Saturday families​ are invited to a luncheon hosted by the music faculty. Students must attend the audition designated for their Application Round. When you plan your audition visit, we encourage you to attend the Friday night performance. Tickets are complimentary for you and your family.
Review the audition information and criteria below. If you have additional information, please contact us.
 

Early Decision & Early Action Applicants

Registration Deadline: December 15
  • Friday, January 24 (9:30am - 5:30pm)  -or- 
  • Saturday, January 25 (8:30am – 4:30pm) [Recommended]

  • Regular Decision & Transfer Applicants

    Registration Deadline: January 15​
  • Friday, February 28 (9:30am – 5:30pm)  -or-
  • Saturday, February 29 (8:30am – 4:30pm) [Recommended]​

  • What to Do​

    #1 - READ CRITERIA
    See what is expected for your instrument and discuss that criteria with your teacher. (Scroll down this page.) You may audition in more than one area if you plan to study both areas while at Furman and can perform at a college level on both. Composer and a performer?  One composition scholarship is awarded each year, but a composition portfolio is required for consideration.
     
    #2 - SUBMIT YOUR COMMON APPLICATION
    You will need to complete this step in order to access the music audition registration form.
     
    #3 - REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION DATE
    The registration link will be visible in the on-line Furman Admissions STATUS PAGE once we receive your Admissions Application.
     
    Please note that at the end of the Audition Day Registration form you will be asked 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 RECOMMENDATIONS
    Ask
    your music teacher(s) to write a recommendation.
    At least one Letter of Recommendation from a current or recent past music instructor is required. More is better!

    Letters of Recommendation may be submitted:
    Furman University Music Department
    Attn: Dr. Mark Britt, Department Chair
    3300 Poinsett Hwy
    Greenville SC 29613

    Suggestions:
    1. Ask early! Share your college goals with them and ask if they would be so kind as to please write you a letter of recommendation.  (Don't forget to thank them!)
    2. Give them plenty of notice so they do not feel rushed, but tell them the deadline.
    3. Supply them with our contact information, if needed. They may want to  send the rec directly to us in addition to using the Common App method.  Email: admissions@furman.edu​  

    Recorded Auditions

    We strongly encourage you to audition in person since preference is given to live performers. However, if distance or an unavoidable conflict prevents you from joining us for one of the audition days, complete the audition application and then upload your media files. Videos with good quality image and sound are a must. All selections should meet the Furman Music audition criteria. Intended majors: theory placement tests are required, so plan to take them on the August make-up day the week before classes start.

      Recorded audition media may be submitted:
    • Via the Common Application
    • Via email: admissions@furman.edu
    • Via postal mail:
    • Furman University Music Admissions
      Attn: Coady Shovlain
      3300 Poinsett Hwy
      Greenville SC 29613

      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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