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Auditions

Incoming music majors need to apply both to SVSU and to the department. Audition dates and information are below along with specific information related to auditions for select ensembles. Minors do not need to audition, but must take a music theory assessment. Non-music degree students may participate in ensembles at SVSU.

Audition Information

Auditioning for Entrance into the Department of Music (BA in Music or BA in Music Education)

Remaining auditions for entrance in Fall 2020 will be held by video.

Please submit a video of two contrasting pieces or movements by different composers either with or without accompaniment. Please send them to music@svsu.edu with your full name and the word "Audition" in the title. We award over $100,000 per year in scholarships and will continue to consider you for scholarships awards for incoming students.

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Audition dates for entrance in Fall 2021 will be held on the following dates:

8/27/2020 (also for late entrance for Fall 2020)
11/6/2020
1/15/2021
2/5/2021
2/19/2021
3/5/2021
3/19/2021
 
Please call Tammy Hafner at 989-964-4159 to set your audition date.
 

Adding Music as a Minor

Potential music minors must take a musicianship assessment for admittance into the music minor program. Contact Dr. Brandon Haskett if you wish to become a minor.

Ensembles (available to all students on campus)

  • Wind Ensemble*
  • Concert Band
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Cardinal Singers*
  • Jazz Ensemble*
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Pit Orchestra

*Auditioned

Though not all groups are auditioned for entrance, directors may ask to hear you play individually to ensure that you are placed properly in the ensemble.

Additional Advice

If you would like to be a major or minor but cannot read music (or pass the theory assessment) you should take MUS 117D in the Winter (or alternate Spring) semester, then re-audition or take the theory test late in that Winter semester.  Music 117D is Musical Experience: The Piano, which includes learning to read music and some music theory, and at the same time meets a gen. ed. requirement for category 2.

Be A Music Major For A Day

 

If you are interested in becoming a music major at SVSU, please consider coming to campus and visiting a class, sitting in on a rehearsal, observing a private lesson, taking a private lesson, meeting with a music student, and/or visiting with faculty. Please contact Dr. Brandon Haskett at (989)964-2768 for more information.

Contact Us

music@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4159(989) 964-4159

Department Chair

Brandon Haskett
blhasket@svsu.edu

Office

Arbury Fine Arts Center 222