The music program requires a short personal essay, two letters of recommendation, and a live audition as part of the music admission process. The essay and letters of recommendation required for the music program are separate from the university admission process.
All candidates are urged to audition in person at Virginia Tech on one of the dates indicated. If you live in state and are unable to attend one of the audition dates listed, you may request permission to submit a pre-recorded DVD video recording by contacting Michele Klawitter and the audition committee will consider your request. If you live out of state and are unable to attend one of the audition dates listed, you may submit a pre-recorded DVD video recording without the requirement of committee approval. Please contact Michele Klawitter to obtain further instructions on how to submit your out of state DVD video recording.
Audition/Interview Dates for Prospective 2015-2016 Music Majors:
- Monday, November 10, 2014 (early admissions only)
- January 2015 (VT Honor Band) for winds and percussion
- Saturday, February 07, 2015 for piano, voice, and strings
- Saturday, February 14, 2015 for winds and percussion
- Monday, February 16, 2015 for all instruments and voice
Only auditions that take place before March 1 will be considered for scholarships.
Requesting an Audition
All prospective freshmen and transfer music major students must complete the following steps:
- Complete an application to Virginia Tech by January 15
- Complete and submit the Music Admissions form or download the form to mail-in.
- Two letters of recommendation should be mailed at least two weeks prior to your requested audition date via email to Michele Klawitter.
- Additionally, please submit a brief essay describing your involvement in music as well as your objectives and professional aspirations via email to Michele Klawitter.
- Composition Majors: If you are choosing composition as your major, please send a portfolio of your most recent compositions to Michele Klawitter.
You may also mail the forms to:
School of Performing Arts (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Henderson Hall, Room 245
Blacksburg, VA 24061
ALL FORMS (either mailed or on-line) MUST BE RECEIVED TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE DESIRED AUDITION DATE.
Once your audition request is processed, you will receive an email with your time and instructions 1-2 weeks prior to your audition date.
We recommend that you also search the Virginia Tech Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for additional scholarship and financial aid information.
All candidates: please choose your audition repertoire carefully, following the guidelines listed below. Each audition will take 12-15 minutes.
- Woodwind and Brass players should prepare movements of sonatas, concertos, or other solo concert pieces, and may include an etude as part of their audition program. Faculty may request scales and/or sight-reading as part of the audition.
- Pianists should prepare at least two works chosen from each of the following options below:
1. Baroque OR Classical
2. Romantic OR later
If more than two works are offered, they may be chosen from the remaining two options. Faculty may request scales and/or sight-reading as part of the audition.
- Vocalists are required to prepare three pieces - at least one selection should be in Italian, French, or German, and one in English. These two compositions must be classical art songs or arias in contrasting styles. The third selection may be from a Broadway musical, or can be another classical work. Faculty may request sight-reading as part of the audition.
Percussionists should include musical selections from each of the three primary percussion instruments: snare drum (rudiments, a concert etude, and a rudimental etude), mallet instruments (scales, arpeggios, a 2-mallet etude or solo and a 4-mallet solo), and timpani. Though not required, the applicant may also choose to audition additionally on drum set. Please see the Recommended Percussion Repertoire for repertoire suggestions in each of these areas. Faculty may request scales and/or sight-reading as part of the audition.
String players should prepare at least two contrasting works, one of which should be a movement from a solo suite of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bassist can substitute another Baroque work for the Bach. In addition, an etude may be added if the applicant feels it will help their audition. Scales and/or sight-reading may be requested by the faculty.
Composers should submit at least three original compositions, along with scores, recordings, software, videos, or other media that will best enable an assessment of the work. The compositions need not be long, but they should be varied enough to demonstrate aptitude for this major. Applicants in composition will have an interview in addition to auditioning on their major instrument.
Please Note: Students are encouraged to bring their own accompanists if possible, but the Music Program will probably be able to arrange for an accompanist for singers only if the candidate notifies us and sends his or her music to us at least ten days ahead of the desired audition date.
If you have any questions or would like to request a printed informational packet be mailed to you, please contact Michele Klawitter.