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).

Composers

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.

Instrumentalists

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 accompanists, should they be invited to audition live (Early Decision and Early Action candidates only).

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.

Vocalists

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.

Singers: please attach PDF files of scores needed for live auditions/interviews to your initial SlideRoom submission. Should you be invited to audition live, the scores will be given to faculty pianists who will accompany you in your audition. If you have questions about studying an instrument at Dickinson or about the audition process, please contact Lynn Helding.

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.