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Music Auditions

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.

Auditions for new students entering in August 2020 will be held on the following dates:

  • November 22-23;  Registration and warm-ups begin at 9:00 am on Saturday.  Auditions begin at 10:00 am.  Included will be interviews with faculty, music theory and piano placement, and Q&A for parents.  Optional - arrive on campus 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon.  Dinner with a host student,  attend a performance by Octavia!.  Stay overnight with a student before auditions in the morning. 
  • February 15-16;  Registration and warm-ups begin 9:00 am Saturday.  Auditions begin at 10:00.  Included will be interviews with faculty, music theory and piano placement, and Q&A for parents.  Optional - for students wishing to participate in Scholar's Day:  Dinner with a host student,  attend Choral Concert with guest artist Derek Ragin.  Stay overnight with a student. 
  • Feb 29;  Registration and warm-ups begin at 9:00 am. Auditions begin at 10:00 am.

Students wishing to be admitted to the music program should submit a Music Audition Registration and may apply for a music scholarship.  Application deadline for scholarships and admittance to the program is April 15, 2020.   You must audition to be considered for acceptance into the music program.

Contact Dr. Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas at for more details regarding applications and audition information. 

Schedule an Audition
To schedule an audition, 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

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