Each year, Carthage offers more than $300,000 in renewable music scholarships to incoming freshmen and transfer students who demonstrate outstanding music potential. Individual scholarships range from $500 to $13,000 and may be offered to music majors, minors, and non-majors.

An audition is required for admittance into the music major or minor, and for scholarship consideration. All students are asked to first submit an application to the Office of Admissions before scheduling an audition. In-person auditions are held on scheduled audition dates before a panel of two or more music faculty members. Students unable to attend the scheduled audition dates may email finearts@carthage.edu to discuss the possibility of an alternate audition date. Auditions take place every February.

To apply for a scholarship, students must sign up for an audition. A confirmation email with details about the audition will be sent once the application form is received and processed. Students should add finearts@carthage.edu to their contacts to ensure they receive all of the information. The confirmation email will be sent within seven days of receiving your application. The confirmation will have details about your audition, so please read and keep this correspondence. 

Prospective music majors, minors, and non-majors must complete an audition in a primary performance area. In-person, on-campus auditions are encouraged for the best scholarship consideration. An accompanist will be provided for all vocal auditions and is available upon request for instrumental auditions.

Auditions for admittance into the major or minor, and for scholarship consideration, are competitive. Therefore, students should prepare music from the standard repertoire that clearly demonstrates their highest level of musical and technical ability, as well as the potential for excellence in music. 

See a list of suggested repertoire arranged by performance area

If you cannot meet on the listed days or times, please explain your situation at the bottom of the application form in the “How Did You Find Out About Us” section. We will work on an alternate appointment over email. Students should add finearts@carthage.edu to their contacts to ensure they receive all of the information.

In the event of a COVID-19 resurgence, masks and social distancing measures will be implemented at the in-person auditions. Details will be communicated via email in either the application confirmation or in a separate message.

BRASS, STRINGS, AND WOODWINDS REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS, MINORS, AND NON-MAJORS

See a list of suggested repertoire arranged by performance area

  • Two selections in a contrasting style from the standard solo repertoire. Two contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto or an advanced etude may be performed in place of one of the contrasting solos.
  • Major scales commensurate with the range of your instrument (four scales will be selected at the audition).
  • There will be a sight-reading exercise at the audition.
Please bring the following items to your audition:
  • A resume noting both your musical and academic accomplishments. 
  • A copy of your music for yourself to perform.
  • A copy of your music for the panel.
  • Let us know on the application form if you’ll need an accompanist. We will have an accompanist on site. If you’ll be using the accompanist, email a copy of your music to finearts@carthage.edu at least one week before your audition date for the accompanist to review. Bring a copy of your music on the day of your audition for the accompanist to use. 
  • Two letters of recommendation. The letters may also be emailed directly to finearts@carthage.edu. We prefer to receive the letters before or at your audition, but will accept them until Feb. 29. 

 

KEYBOARD REQUIREMENTS

All keyboard pieces are to be performed from memory. All applicants will be asked to sight-read a portion from the standard repertoire. The sight-reading excerpts will be selected according to the applicant’s skill level.

Please bring the following items to your audition:
  • A resume noting both your musical and academic accomplishments.
  • A copy of your music for the panel.
  • Your repertoire list.
  • Two letters of recommendation. The letters may also be emailed directly to finearts@carthage.edu. We prefer to receive the letters before or at your audition, but will accept them until Feb. 29.

Keyboard students interested in a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano, and piano pedagogy emphases must prepare:

  • A work by J. S. Bach (at a three-part invention difficulty level) or a prelude and fugue from “The Well-Tempered Clavier.”
  • The first movement of a sonata by Clement, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
  • A work by a Romantic or 20th-century composer; this can be a virtuoso etude.

Keyboard students interested in music education or being a music core major, choose two from three following categories:

  • A two-part invention or another more difficult work by J. S. Bach.
  • A first or last (Allegro) movement of Mozart, Haydn, or early Beethoven sonata (through Opus 28).
  • A shorter piece by a Romantic composer or a composer of the Impressionist school.

Keyboard students interested in being a keyboard minor, choose two from three of the following categories:

  • A two-part invention or another more difficult work by J. S. Bach
  • A first or last (Allegro) movement of Mozart, Haydn, or early Beethoven sonata (though Opus 28)
  • A shorter piece by a Romantic composer or a composer of the impressionist school.

Keyboard students who will be non-majors should prepare:

  • Non-majors should be prepared to play at least one work (three to five minutes) from the standard, classical repertoire (Baroque, Classical or Romantic eras). Applicants are welcome to play additional pieces from the standard classical repertoire, as well as scales and arpeggios as part of their audition if they so choose. Keyboard non-majors may play with a score for the audition, but playing from memory is preferred for best scholarship consideration.

 

PERCUSSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS, MINORS, AND NON-MAJORS

  • Two selections in a contrasting style from the standard solo repertoire.
  • Choose TWO of the following areas for your audition: Snare Drum, Keyboard Percussion, or Timpani. (Students with experience in drum set may choose this as a third area in addition to the two required areas).
  • Marimba: Major scales in two octaves (four scales will be selected at the audition).
  • There will be a sight-reading exercise at the audition appropriate to your selected areas.
Please bring the following items to your audition:
  • A resume noting both your musical and academic accomplishments.
  • A copy of your music for yourself to perform.
  • A copy of your music for the panel.
  • Two letters of recommendation. The letters may also be emailed directly to finearts@carthage.edu. We prefer to receive the letters before or at your audition, but will accept them until Feb. 29.

 

VOICE REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS, MINORS, AND NON-MAJORS

All pieces are to be performed by memory.

  • Two memorized selections in a contrasting style from the standard solo repertoire are required.
  • A sight-reading exercise will be part of the audition.
Please bring the following items to your audition:
  • A resume noting both your musical and academic accomplishments.
  • A copy of your music for the accompanist
  • A copy of your music for the panel.
  • Two letters of recommendation. The letters may also be emailed directly to finearts@carthage.edu. We prefer to receive the letters before or at your audition, but will accept them until Feb. 29.

 

MUSIC THEATRE REQUIREMENTS

Music Theatre is a program within the Music Department. There is a separate application form and list of audition requirements on the music theatre website.

Students may audition in a secondary performance area if desired. If auditioning in two areas, please prepare one selection for your secondary instrument/voice in addition to the two selections for your primary instrument/voice. Students are eligible to receive a music scholarship in one area. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who excel in more than one area.

All students will be placed in Keyboard I, Music Theory I, and Aural Skills I unless a placement test is requested.

To request a placement test, email the Music Department co-chairs, Prof. Dimitri Shapovalov and Prof. Edward Kawakami, at music-chair@carthage.edu

Auditions are held in the H. F. Johnson Fine Arts Center (JAC). This building is located south of A. F. Siebert Chapel. The South Upper parking lot is directly south of the JAC. There are two sets of doors on the south side of the building that face the parking lot. Please enter through the southwest set of doors and head straight down the hallway to our check-in desk. Our staff will check you in and direct you to a practice room. View a campus map

If you need to cancel or change your music audition, please email finearts@carthage.edu as soon as possible. This is especially important for cancellations as there may be students on the waiting list who could benefit.

In-person auditions are recommended for best scholarship consideration. The virtual audition option requires the submission of a performance video before February 11, 2023. Zoom interviews will be held on February 11, 2023.*

Virtual requirements for Bass, Strings, and Woodwinds

Submit a video performance of two song selections in a contrasting style from the standard solo repertoire. Two contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto or an advanced etude may be performed in place of one of the contrasting solos.

Complete a Zoom interview with a faculty member.

Instructions for the video submission and interview will be in the confirmation email.

Virtual requirements for Keyboard

Submit a video performance, playing the pieces from memory. Please see the Keyboard Requirements under the In-Person Audition Requirements by Performance Area section for the particular pieces required for your degree selection.

Complete a Zoom interview with a faculty member.

Instructions for the video submission and interview will be in the confirmation email.

Virtual requirements for Percussion

Submit a video performance of two song selections in a contrasting style from the standard solo repertoire. Choose two of the following areas for your audition: Snare Drum, Keyboard Percussion, or Timpani. (Students with experience in drum sets may choose this as the third area in addition to the two required areas).

Complete a Zoom interview with a faculty member.

Instructions for the video submission and interview will be in the confirmation email.

Virtual requirements for Voice

Submit a video performance of two memorized song selections in a contrasting style from the standard solo repertoire.

Complete a Zoom interview with a faculty member (including a sight-reading exercise).

Instructions for the video submission and interview will be in the confirmation email.

Resumes, music copies, and letters of recommendation are required for all virtual auditions.
  • Please email your resume and a .pdf copy of your music to finearts@carthage.edu by Feb. 6, 2023.
  • Music copies should open to a full, 8.5x11 size and should not be shadowed, gray, or out of focus.
  • Letters of recommendation should be emailed to finearts@carthage.edu. The letters may be emailed from the student or directly from the person providing the recommendation. We prefer to receive the letters before Feb. 11 but will accept them through Feb. 28.

*If the February 11 interview date conflicts with your schedule, please contact Heidi at finearts@carthage.edu, and we’ll find an alternate date. Please note that your video submission must be received before the interview takes place.

Questions?

Contact Fine Arts at Carthage by emailing finearts@carthage.edu or call 262-551-5859.