Audition Requirements

General Information

  • Total time for all audition pieces should be 10-15 minutes or less.
  • Memorization is strongly recommended for vocal and piano auditions.
  • Memorization is not required for instrumentalists or organists.
  • There will be a short interview (about 5 minutes) following the audition.
  • The faculty at Simpson College prefers a live accompaniment for auditions where an accompaniment is appropriate.  We are pleased to provide an accompanist free of charge to students auditioning for a music scholarship. You do not need to send your music ahead of time.

Auditioning in more than one area

  • A student may audition in more than one area. Prospective music majors who are capable of auditioning in more than one area are encouraged to do so with proper preparation in each area.
  • Total time for all audition pieces should be 15 minutes or less.
  • You should follow the guidelines for your major area and choose 1 piece for your secondary area(s).

Voice Audition

Prepare two or three songs of contrasting styles. Art songs, arias and Broadway or musical comedy selections are acceptable. Original languages are preferred when possible, but English translations are acceptable.

Piano Audition

Prepare two or three pieces of contrasting styles. Standard repertoire by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, etc. as well as 20th Century composers are acceptable.

Organ Audition

Prepare two or three pieces of contrasting styles. Preparation of one hymn and alternate hymn setting is appropriate for the audition, as well as one or two selections of standard organ literature.

Instrumental Audition

Prepare two or three selections of contrasting styles. One selection may be a technical etude. At least one selection should be considered a standard literature piece for your instrument.