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Auditions

We offer opportunities for students to visit campus, connect with Illinois College community members and audition in front of music faculty.

OVER $100,000 IN MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED TO ILLINOIS COLLEGE STUDENTS EACH YEAR
 All students, regardless of major or minor, are eligible for a music scholarship. Students may audition in person (preferred) or submit an electronic or video audition.  Students must be admitted to the College before auditioning for a Music Scholarship.

Audition Days and Deadlines

Complete the online registration form at least ONE WEEK BEFORE the date you plan to audition.  Students can also request an alternate date, or audition electronically or by video.  See below for specific requirements and instructions.
 
Upcoming Audition Days:   

Register for an Audition Day

Auditions on Alternate Dates: 
Please make every effort to audition on one of our scheduled dates. If you are unable to do so, or if you are traveling a considerable distance for a scheduled campus visit and wish to audition on the same day, we would be more than happy to help you arrange for a personalized time.
 
Request a personalized audition date. Once you submit the form, a member of our staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Video or Electronic Auditions:
Students living outside the United States or outside Illinois may audition by recording. Under special circumstances, this option may also be extended to other students who are unable to attend an in-person audition.
 
Request a electronic audition. Once you submit the form, a member of our staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Audition Procedures and Guidelines

Vocalists:

  • Complete the Music Auditions Online Form and submit before the deadline (above).
  • Prepare two selections:  one art song and one other selection of your choice.  Selections should be memorized.  Each selection must be under five minutes in length. An accompanist will be provided if needed.
  • Sight-sing two or three melodies or complete a tonal memory exercise (note: preference will be given to students who can read music, but awards are not contingent upon sight-reading skill).
  • Complete a short interview with music faculty.
  • Bring at least three copies of sheet music for each selection to your audition. Bring original copies if possible, but photocopies are acceptable.

Instrumentalists:

  • Complete the Music Auditions Online Form and submit before the deadline (above).
  • Prepare two selections:  these may be etudes, solo works, or excerpts, but please choose two pieces of contrasting style.  Selections need not be memorized.  Each selection must be under five minutes in length.  An accompanist will be provided if needed.
  • Play two or three major scales, two octaves up and down (scales will be chosen from key signatures up to four flats or sharps for your instrument).
  • Complete a short interview with music faculty.
  • Bring at least three copies of sheet music for each selection to your audition. Bring original copies if possible, but photocopies are acceptable.

Composers:

  • Complete the Music Auditions Online Form and submit before the deadline (above).
  • Audition on a major instrument or voice - see above procedures.
  • Submit one to three scores with or without recordings (MIDI acceptable). Scores may be e-mailed as PDFs to timothy.kramer@ic.edu or sent via mail to Timothy Kramer, Department of Music, Illinois College, 1101 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, IL 62650.  Observe the deadlines for instrument or voice auditions when submitting scores.
  • Complete a short interview with music faculty.
  • Bring at least three copies of sheet music for each selection to your audition. Bring original copies if possible, but photocopies are acceptable.