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LVC Music Department Offers Advice for Students Attending Music Audition Days
10.22.13 |
The Lebanon Valley College Music Department will hold music audition days on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Jan. 18. All prospective music, music education, music business, music recording technology, or music performance students are required to complete an audition as part of the application process.

A complete audition includes visiting with the department chair or program director to discuss the degree plan, a performance of prepared selections, scale playing, sight reading, and an ear training and sight singing aptitude assessment.

Prospective students are able to schedule auditions on weekdays during regular business hours, but weekend dates have been added for students whose schedules might not allow weekday visits.

According to Dr. Johannes Dietrich, weekend auditions provide several unique opportunities. In addition to performing an audition, prospective students are able to attend a concert by current LVC music students, take a campus tour, and enjoy lunch.

Dr. Dietrich, who has facilitated many auditions as a faculty member and director of the LVC Symphony Orchestra, looks for students who are prepared and confident in their audition selections.

“I always encourage students to come with music they feel comfortable performing. We would much rather hear a singer perform an easier piece and do it really well than to do something that is too hard for them,” he said.

In addition to a well-prepared performance, Dietrich and other faculty look for students who are able to demonstrate proficiency in several core activities during the ear training and sight singing portion of the audition. Core activities include being able to match pitch, sing back a simple melody that is played on the piano, sing a major scale and a familiar melody like “Happy Birthday,” and sing a notated melody at sight.

Jeff Dundore ’17, a music recording technology major, attended a weekend music audition day last year, and suggested that prospective students perform a familiar piece.

“I played my district band audition piece, which I had been working on for a year and a half, so there was much less stress to cram and practice before the audition day,” he said.

Dundore acknowledged that performance anxiety could affect an audition, but can be avoided by rehearsal.

“Prepare a piece, prepare as many scales and you can master, and practice them as much as possible. In the end, your confidence will probably win over your nervousness,” he said.

Applications for the Nov. 2 audition day are due Oct. 25 and can be accessed at www.lvc.edu/admission/audition-day.aspx. Voice or instrument-specific audition requirements and additional tips for preparation can be found at www.lvc.edu/music/audition.aspx


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