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Admission Requirements

An audition, a music theory exam, a keyboard placement exam and a personal interview are required for all students wishing to major in music. These requirements for admission ensure students are placed in the most appropriate classes for their musical development.

2016-2017 Academic Year Auditions
Auditions for the 2017-18 academic year will be held on November 19, 2016, February 4, 2017 and February 19-20, 2017 during Scholars Weekend. Application deadlines for these auditions are January 15. To be considered for a scholarship, you must audition before one the end of February 2017. You must audition to be considered for acceptance into the Music Program.

Schedule an Audition
To schedule an audition, download and complete an Audition Request Form. Applicants who live too far away to audition at Meredith may arrange to send a video or audio recording in lieu of a personal audition. See audition requirements below.

Music Theory Exam
At the time of their audition, students who anticipate majoring in music are also asked to complete a music theory test. The test includes melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aspects of music and its notation. The results of this exam are used primarily for planning the next year’s theory classes according to students’ abilities. 

Audition Requirements

Play three pieces, including:

  • A work from the Baroque era
  • A work from the Classic era
  • A work from either the Romantic or Contemporary era

At least two of the works should be memorized. Scales and arpeggios, as well as some sight-reading, will be included.

Be prepared to play:

  • One three-octave scale
  • One etude
  • One piece of your choosing


Prepare two songs of contrasting nature which will show you to your best advantage.


  • At least one should be classical music
  • Both should be memorized

An accompanist will be provided, although you may bring your own accompanist if you wish

Winds and Percussion
Be prepared to play at least two pieces of contrasting character, and at least one representative technical study/etude of your instrument.

Play three pieces, including:

  • A work of Bach
  • A work by a composer other than Bach
  • A hymn


Erica Rogers, '13

Erica Rogers earned a music degree from Meredith in piano performance - and then made plans to attend law school in the fall.


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Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas
Head, Music Department
104 Wainwright
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(919) 760-8575