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
Auditions for new students entering in August 2022 will be held on the following dates:

  • November 13 Registration and warm-ups begin 9:00 am. Auditions begin at 10:00. Included will be interviews with faculty, music theory and piano placement, and Q&A for parents.
  • February 18 Registration and warm-ups begin 4:00 pm. Auditions begin at 5:00. Included will be interviews with faculty, music theory and piano placement, and Q&A for parents.
  • February 19 Registration and warm-ups begin at 9:00 am. Auditions begin at 10:00 am.  Included will be interviews with faculty, music theory and piano placement, and Q&A for parents.
  • March 5 Registration and warm-ups begin at 9:00 am. Auditions begin at 10:00 am.  Included will be interviews with faculty, music theory and piano placement, and Q&A for parents.
  • If you are unable to make any of the above dates and need to schedule a private audition please contact the department administrative assistant Julia Laird at jslaird@meredith.edu.

Students wishing to pursue a music major or minor should submit a Music Audition Registration and may apply for a music scholarship as well. You may submit your essay for scholarship application at a later date.  Application deadline for scholarships and admittance to the program is April 15, 2022.  You must audition to be considered for acceptance into the music program.  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.

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

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 do not affect admission. They are used primarily for planning the next year’s theory classes according to students’ abilities.

Audition Requirements

Live accompaniment preferred.  An accompanist will be provided, although you may bring your own accompanist if you wish.

Piano
Play three works of contrasting character that are a representation of your best work, and an accurate reflection of your background and areas of interest.

  • At least two of your selections should be classical works from the baroque, classical, romantic, and/or 20th-21st century eras.
  • If you have a background in jazz or popular styles, one of the works may be chosen to demonstrate your skill in those areas. 
  • At least two of the works you choose should be memorized.
  • The audition will include an assessment of technical skills such as scales, chord progressions, arpeggios, and sight reading.

Strings
Be prepared to play:

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

Voice

  • Prepare two songs of contrasting nature which will show you to your best advantage.
  • Both should be memorized

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.

Organ
Play three pieces, including:

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

Contact Information
Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas
Head, Music Department
104 Wainwright
(919) 760-8536
jornellas@meredith.edu
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