Admission to the Music Department

The Interview

The Music Department requests that all prospective undergraduate, transfer, and teacher certification students interview with the Music Chair or a music faculty advisor. Inquiries may begin at the Music Department, the Admissions Department or the Comenius Center. Although the College Admissions Department and the Comenius Center determine admission to the College, the Music Department determines whether the student is admitted as a music major.

NEW UNDERGRADUATE students should consider the interview a time to ask questions about the various music degrees offered, campus life, performing ensembles, and other questions that help to see that Moravian would be a good fit for their undergraduate pursuits. If possible, bring a parent along - they can be of assistance in our conversation. All new students must also audition. Audition information is in the next section.

TRANSFER UNDERGRADUATE students should bring a copy of their transcript to the interview (an official one must be submitted to Admissions). The interview is a time to begin determining just how many more semesters will be needed for your degree. Transfer students must also audition. Audition information is in the next section.

POST-BACCALAUREATE music education certification candidates must bring copies of transcript(s) to the interview - forwarding your transcript(s) along with a note to the Music Chair before your scheduled interview would save time. Here is a handy tool (check-list of music education requirements) to begin thinking about how your past degree(s) line(s) up with Moravian's music education curriculum: Post-bacc equivalent form!

The Audition

Each music major will demonstrate improvement in a primary performance area while at Moravian College. Therefore, the prospective music student must audition in a primary performance area (vocal or instrumental) to be studied while a music major. Composition majors must also maintain a primary performance area. The prospective music student wishing to study secondary instruments or voice does not audition in any secondary area. Minors and non-majors do not audition. The Music Department does not ask for CDs or DVDs. We prefer an in-person audition.

Except as indicated in the specific requirements listed below, the audition consists of a performance of two pieces in contrasting styles and an individually-administered assessment of aural skills, musicianship, keyboard skills, and music theory. Except as indicated in the specific requirements listed below, the choice of two audition pieces is left to the prospective student. With advance notice, the Music Department can provide an accompanist, for the prospective vocalist who is unable to bring one, or a small CD playback system if a recorded accompaniment is used.

To be eligible for the Music Department Hugo Music-Major Merit Scholarships (must be an entering freshman), students entering in any fall semester must audition on or before the previous mid-January audition weekend (January 16 and 17, 2015).


Audition Process and forms

1. To schedule an audition, contact Cynthia Rommens, Audition Coordinator, in the Music Department (610-861-1650 or 610-861-1651). New and transfer students may also initiate audition inquiries by contacting Admissions (610-861-1325). Post-baccalaureate students may initiate audition inquiries by contacting the Comenius Center (610-861-1400).

2. After you've received an audition date, please fill out the Music Department Information Form and send it to the music department two weeks before your audition date.

3. The college will provide an accompanist for vocal auditions if the music department is notified at least two weeks before the audition. Vocalists should contact the Audition Coordinator and provide the necessary information for their two selections.

4. Instrumental auditions are generally heard without accompaniment.

5. Jazz applicants may bring pre-recorded CDs or an mp3 player for accompaniment. The college will provide amplifiers. The college will provide a 5-piece drumset for prospective drumset majors.

6. Applicants should review the audition requirements in the General Audition Requirements.

Music Major performance concentrations:

  • Bagpipe
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Celtic fiddle
  • Clarinet (all)
  • Composition
  • Double bass, classical
  • Double and Electric bass, jazz
  • Drumset
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French horn
  • Guitar, classical
  • Guitar, jazz
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion, classical
  • Piano, classical
  • Piano, jazz
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone, classical
  • Saxophone, jazz
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet, classical
  • Trumpet, jazz
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice, classical
  • Voice, jazz

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To schedule an audition, or for more information, please contact:

Cynthia Rommens, Audition Coordinator
Moravian College Music Department
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Music Office: 610-861-1650 (or 610-861-1651)
FAX (610) 861-1657