If you are applying to Dickinson College and have a serious, ongoing commitment to the art of music, we hope to meet you when you visit Dickinson College. In order to fully appreciate and experience our program, we invite prospective students and their parents to sit in on classes and lessons, attend a concert or rehearsal, and see for themselves what sets Dickinson apart from other liberal-arts programs.
Students intending to declare a music major with performance emphasis at Dickinson College are strongly encouraged to prepare and present an audition for the appropriate faculty member. Auditions give our faculty the opportunity to meet each applicant and to assess a candidate’s strengths and potential for success as a music major. This process is especially important for students who intend to study abroad in their junior year at Dickinson. We also encourage students interested in our composition, theory, and musicology emphases to interview with the appropriate faculty member.
Auditions and interviews are approximately 15-30 minutes long and offer an important opportunity for you to meet our faculty and discuss how music fits into your educational goals.
Results of auditions, whether performed in person (required for consideration for scholarships awarded by Admissions and Financial Aid upon recommendation of the Music Department) or by audio recording submitted through SlideRoom, are confidential and forwarded directly to the College Admissions Committee as a recommendation from the music faculty. It is then up to the committee to factor this recommendation into the student’s various admissions materials. This information is considered in conjunction with your entire application to Dickinson College, and it is the Admissions Office that makes all final decisions in regard to acceptance to the College. The results of your auditions allow the Admissions Office to know more about you and your talents; they do not figure into the need-based financial aid process. As part of your admission application materials, you should clearly indicate your music involvements. For further information on admission or scholarships, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 644-1773 or email@example.com.
Scheduling Live Auditions
How to schedule an audition:
To schedule an audition, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 644-1773 or visit http://www.dickinson.edu/admissions/visit/Schedule/, choose a "day visit" option that works for you, customize your day and then specify your area of concentration (i.e. instrument, voice part) under the comments/requests area. The Office of Admissions will then work in conjunction with the Music Department to schedule this visit. You will receive an automatic confirmation for your visit and will receive your official itinerary upon check-in that day, which will include all of your special requests. Please note: Music Department faculty are not able to accommodate unscheduled auditions.
For specific audition repertory for your instrument, please visit our Instrumental Audition Information page.
For specific audition repertory for vocalists, please visit our Vocal Audition Information page.
Submit two compositions in contrasting styles representative of a variety of instruments and ensembles for which you have composed. Please send scores in pdf format and sound files in mp3 or mp4 format.
Auditioning by Recording
We strongly encourage live auditions, especially for potential majors. If this is impossible, however, you may submit audition materials through SlideRoom (accessed through the Common Application for Dickinson College).