Music, Theatre, and Dance: New Students / Auditions

All Undergraduate & Transfer Students

Acceptance by the University is required before an audition can be scheduled. See below for procedures, scholarship deadlines, and 2019-2020 audition dates.

  • Apply to University. (click “Admissions” for further information).
  • FAFSA Deadlines for financial aid: February 15 (fall entry) and November 1 (spring entry).
  • For talent scholarship consideration, auditions must be completed by March 1.
  • DVD audition submissions are possible in certain circumstances. Contact the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance for details.
  • Transfer students must complete a minimum 30 credits in music courses at Marywood. Transfer students in education must have GPA 3.0 minimum for acceptance.
  • Freshmen education majors must have SAT 970 minimum score (Math/Reading combined)

Marywood University Scholarships and Talent Awards

It is not too late to schedule an audition for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please contact one of the faculty members below if you are interested in auditioning. Thank you!


2019-2020 Auditions

If you would like to schedule an audition for the 2019-2020 academic year, please click on one of the dates listed below.

If you have questions, please contact one of the program directors via email:  

Dr. Rick Hoffenberg - Vocal and Keyboard Studies  (

Dr. David Romines - Winds / Strings / Percussion  (  

Dr. Eun Sil Suh - Music Therapy Program  (

Sr. Joan McCusker - Music Education Program  (

Audition requests should be made at least two weeks prior to audition date. Applicants will receive confirmation by return email.

All Special Audition and General Audition days are for prospective music education, music therapy, and music performance majors. Prospective musical theater majors are welcome to sign up for any vocal audition day (special or general).          




2019-2020 Dates: Please click on a date to schedule an audition.

Saturday, February 29, 2020            (Winds, Strings, & Percussion)


The Audition Day

Appropriate professional attire is expected. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Practice rooms are available for warm up. Bring one typewritten copy of your audition program to give to faculty judges (list all audition selections).

NOTE: Please bring musical scores for audition committee. Due to copyright laws, please do not photocopy.

Arriving for your Audition 

Parking is available in the lot next to the Sette-LaVerghetta Perfoming Arts Center (SLC). Parking passes are available through Erin Reese, the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department administrative assistant. 

Most auditions will be held in Room 220 of the Sette LaVerghetta Center. Percussion auditions are held on the first floor in Rm. 104 and Percussion studio rooms.

Directions & Campus Map

Winter Weather Advisory for Auditions

Please check the university home page for all information regarding closure for snow/ice conditions.

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General Guidelines for All Auditions

For Musical Arts

  • BM music education; music therapy; music performance
  • BA musical theatre

Perform two contrasting works demonstrating technical skills and musicianship (see below for suggested repertoire by instrument). An accompanist will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own accompanist if you prefer. Memorization of audition pieces is strongly recommended.

For Music Therapy

Music Therapy applicants will have an opportunity meet with Dr. Eun Sil Suh, Director for Music Therapy. 

For Theatre Arts 

Musical theatre majors must audition in voice, acting, and dance.

Students majoring in theatre, arts administration with primary concentration in theatre, or theatre education should contact Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, Co-Chair of Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, about an audition or interview. Applicants can choose an acting audition or an interview with presentation/portfolio of production work (technical designs, stage manager’s book, letters of testimony from professional/faculty director).

Theatre Auditions

Voice (for Musical Theatre Majors only)

           Musical theatre applicants should bring two contrasting musical theatre selections, or one classical piece and one musical theatre selection.

Dance (for Musical Theatre Majors only)

To evaluate your proficiency in dance or movement, a member of the dance faculty will work with you on patterns of movement and assess your potential as a student of dance.

 Acting  (for Musical Theatre Majors and Theatre Majors whose strength is in performance)

To evaluate your acting skill, please prepare a 2-4 minute memorized monologue from a published play. Select a piece that is appropriate for your age and ability. The theatre evaluator will be looking for a truthful and believable representation of the character. Show him/her through your voice and body that you understand the character’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. You may also be asked to do a cold reading from a script.

 Non-performance (for Theatre Majors whose strength is in production work)

If you have exhibited a talent for non-performing aspects of theatre such as stage management, design, skills in technical production, be prepared to show a portfolio of your work (pictures, designs, production books, DVDs) or to discuss your theatre experiences. If your strength is performing, and you have accrued experience in technical production, you may also bring material to demonstrate your versatility.

Do I Need to Audition?

BM music education, music therapy, music performance; BA arts admin/music; and BA music (musical theatre) must audition. Musical theatre audition includes acting and dance components (bring comfortable clothes and shoes). Theatre students will audition/interview with the program director.


Skills Assessment

Sight-Singing and Piano Sight-Reading

Evaluation of vocal sight-singing and piano skills for placement in music theory (aural skills and keyboard) 

Written Theory placement test

Identify music terms and symbols; key signatures, scales; common intervals and major/minor triads


During the audition, applicants will have the opportunity to meet with respective degree program director.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Marywood University scholarship funds are available to students majoring in music and in theatre. Presidential and Endowed Scholarships from the University, as well as Talent Scholarships, are awarded to select applicants. Please note the scholarship eligibility cut-off dates when scheduling an audition.

Scholarship Information

Suggested audition repertoire (by instrument)


  1. Art song (in Italian, French, or German)
  2. Contemporary classical or folk selection in English


  • Piano

              Two contrasting works from different compositional periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary)

  • Organ
  1. Classical work from standard organ repertoire
  2. Two verses of a traditional hymn: (1) include appropriate introduction; (2) first verse played as written; second verse may be a re-harmonization or improvisation based on first verse
  3. Technique exercises (facility on manuals and pedals)

Woodwinds & Brass

  • Flute; Clarinet; Saxophone; Oboe; Bassoon
  • Trumpet; French Horn; Trombone; Euphonium/Tuba
  1. Two contrasting audition excerpts (technical v. lyrical skills) from standard winds repertoire Audition selections 3-5 minutes length. Excerpts may be major concerto, sonata, or solo work
  2. Major/minor scales (2-octaves) with articulations as determined by audition committee


Applicants should bring drum sticks and mallets and demonstrate proficiency on multiple instruments.

  • Snare Drum: Concert-style snare drum solo demonstrating concert rolls, flams, ruffs
  • Drum Set (Optional): drum set proficiency in swing, rock, & Latin styles
  • Keyboard Percussion/Mallets: Two-mallet solo from standard repertoire required (Optional: four-mallet solo demonstrating skill level)
  • Timpani: Timpani solo on at least two timpani, including rolls. Demonstrate ability to tune timpani from a given piano reference pitch


  • Violin; Viola; Cello; Harp; Double Bass
  1. Two stylistically contrasting movements (technical v. lyrical) from standard classical repertoire demonstrating performance skills as soloist
  2. Major/minor scales (2-octaves)
  • Acoustic Guitar
  1. Two stylistically contrasting solo pieces from standard classical repertoire
  2. Major/minor scales (melodic minor form, 2- or 3-octaves)
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  1. Two contrasting jazz pieces, melody
  2. An improvised bass line and bass solo
  3. Major/minor scales, arpeggios (2-octaves)

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