Audition Repertoire and Material Submission Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to live auditions/interviews as well as to submissions through SlideRoom (accessed through the Common Application for Dickinson College).
Provide two compositions in contrasting styles representative of a variety of instruments and ensembles for which you have composed, either through SlideRoom (accessed through the Common Application for Dickinson College) or at your interview.
Prepare two pieces in contrasting styles (of college audition-appropriate repertoire) that best represent your current level of playing ability. An accompanist will not be provided for instrumental auditions; instrumentalists may, however, bring their own accompanist.
If you are a jazz player, please submit jazz repertoire. Pop, Bluegrass and Rock repertoire are not appropriate. Also please do not send recordings in which you are one of many tutti members such as an orchestra. If you have questions about studying an instrument at Dickinson or about the audition process, please contact the appropriate faculty member.
Prepare two songs or arias in contrasting styles from the operatic, art song or musical theatre repertoire. Jazz, pop, or rock vocal styles are not accepted. Voice auditions must be accompanied, either by a Dickinson College staff accompanist or the singer’s own accompanist. Singing unaccompanied (a cappella) or with a recording will not be allowed.
Should you choose to audition with a Dickinson College staff accompanist, please send copies of the music at least two weeks prior to your audition to the Academic Dept. Coordinator. Copies may be sent by post or scanned and emailed as pdfs. Accompanists cannot be guaranteed if music is received less than two weeks in advance.
Music History and Theory
Submit a writing sample on a musical topic, either through SlideRoom (accessed through the Common Application for Dickinson College) or at your interview.