Why Audition at Meredith College?
Size: We are large enough to offer many opportunities but small enough to provide individual attention.
Location: Located in the dynamic Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, we are extremely accessible.
People: Our faculty are highly regarded artists and teachers whose performances and classes are constantly praised by the news and media.
Resources: Cultural opportunities abound with the wide variety of offerings of the cities in the area along with those of Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State.
Campus opportunities: Over one hundred concerts, recitals, opera theatre, dance and film programs are given at Meredith each year!
Facilities: A wonderful building with excellent facilities such as a concert hall featuring two recently-acquired Steinway grand pianos.
Auditions for the 2013-2014 academic year will be held on February 17 and 18 and March 16, 2013. Applicants being considered for other Meredith awards and scholarships (e.g., Honors Program, Presidential Scholars) must audition during Scholarship Weekend, on February 17, 2013.
To schedule an audition, please contact the Music Office, or download an Audition Request Form, then fill it in and send it to us and we will be in touch with you soon. Applicants who live too far away to audition at Meredith may arrange to send a video or an 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 theorytest. The test includes melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aspects of music and its notation and is used primarily for planning the next year's theory classes according to students' abilities.
Keyboard Placement Exam
All Meredith undergraduate music majors must complete the piano proficiency exam by the end of their four years. Students are required to take classes in keyboard harmony to prepare for this exam. The keyboard placement diagnostic test is given during the audition process so that students know which classes to sign up for during their first semester at Meredith. This diagnostic test includes scales, harmonization and transposition abilities, as well as simple chorale playing.
Based on auditions, acceptance to Meredith and the Music Department, and the recommendations of the Music faculty, an applicant may be offered a music scholarship. Music scholarship awards will be offered after the March 16, 2013 auditions.
At least two of the works should be memorized. Scales and arpeggios, as well as some sight-reading, will be included.
Winds and Percussion
Note: If you are a prospective organ major, you may audition in piano if you wish. You should do so if you have had little or no prior formal organ instruction.