All Undergraduate/Transfer/Graduate Students

Acceptance by the University is required before an audition can be scheduled. See below for procedures, scholarship deadlines, and 2014-2015 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. Contact MTD department 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, Click Here

2014-2015 Auditions

If you would like to schedule an audition for the 2014-2015 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. Paulette Merchel - Theatre Degree Programs (  

Dr. Anita Gadberry - Music Therapy Program (

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


Special Audition Days

Please click on date to schedule an audition


STRINGS:  Saturday, November 8, 2014
(part of Senior String Celebration)
VOICE / PIANO / ORGAN:  Saturday, January 24, 2015
WINDS / PERCUSSION:  Saturday, January 31, 2015
(part of Senior Wind Band Celebration)
VOICE:  Saturday, February 21, 2015


General Audition Days:

2014-2015 Dates: Please click on date to schedule an audition.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015




FULL-DAY AUDITION EXPERIENCE FOR MUSIC MAJORS (see dates below): As part of the audition process, prospective students may choose to spend a full day with us. The day's schedule will include meeting faculty and current students, and may also include a complimentary private lesson with a member of our faculty, as well as other events.

January 24 & February 21 Special Audition Days
In addition to signing up for an audition slot, we welcome you to sign up for a sample voice lesson with a member of our faculty. If your schedule allows, please plan to include all of the following events in your visit:
  • 9:00-1:00 Audition Slots - Please sign up for a time slot by clicking on Audition Calendar links above.
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch in the Marywood cafeteria with members of the faculty for all auditioning singers and their parents or guests.
  • 2:15-3:15 Question-and-answer session with current Marywood students.
  • 3:20-5:00 If you would like, you may sign up for a complimentary twenty-minute private lesson with a member of our faculty.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, Coordinator of Voice and Keyboard Studies, at:                                 

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.


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Perform two contrasting works demonstrating technical skills and musicianship (see below for suggested repertoire by instrument). Applicants may bring an accompanist. Request for University accompanist can be made when scheduling the audition. Memorization of audition pieces is strongly recommended.

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 component (bring comfortable clothes and shoes). Theatre students will audition/interview with the program director.

MA in music education: Audition required. Applicants take department entrance exams in music theory and music history. Contact department chair to schedule graduate entrance exams.



Skills Assessment

Sight-Singing and Piano Sight-Reading: (during audition):
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 qualified applicants. Please note the scholarship eligibility cut-off dates when scheduling an audition.

Click Here for more Scholarship Information

Suggested audition repertoire (by instrument)


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

              *BA Music (Musical theatre) degree applicants should choose musical theatre selections



  • 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

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

  • 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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