Keyboard

Piano

Requirements for all applicants

  • Complete a brief written test of basic music theory skills.
  • Demonstrate aural skills by vocally matching pitches, singing simple intervals, identifying major and minor chords, and sight singing a simple song.
  • Piano applicants playing standard repertoire do not need to send copies of their printed music, but should send a list of their audition pieces.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • Perform four contrasting pieces from a variety of styles. Memorization is required. We encourage those auditioning to consider selecting:
  • a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • a romantic work of 8 minutes or more
  • a work by Bach including a fugue (WTC prelude and fugue or three movements of a suite)
  • a work in any style from the 20th or 21st century, including impressionist, jazz, blues, minimalist, contemporary or original piano works
  • The audition will also include a short sight-reading excerpt.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Education

  • Perform three contrasting pieces on piano from a variety of styles. Memorization is recommended. We encourage those auditioning to consider selecting:
  • a work by Bach
  • a sonata allegro movement by a Classical era (1775-1825) composer such as Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart
  • a third contrasting piece, such as a work from the Romantic era or the 20th or 21st century including impressionist, jazz, blues, minimalist, contemporary or original piano works
  • The audition will also include a short sight-reading excerpt.

Music Minor

  • Perform two contrasting pieces. Memorization is recommended. We encourage those auditioning to consider selecting:
  • a sonata allegro movement by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • a contrasting piece such as a work by Bach or from the 19th, 20th or 21st century, including impressionist, jazz, blues, minimalist, contemporary or original piano works
  • The audition will also include a short sight-reading excerpt.

To schedule an audition or an interview with faculty members please contact Diane MacBeth (or 717-337-6131). For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Amanda Heim, Coordinator for Recruitment, at aheim@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6146.

Organ

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or other composer of the late Baroque period.
  • An organ composition by a 19th-century composer.
  • An organ composition by a 20th-century composer.(One of the above should be a slow/lyrical composition).
  • Sight read a hymn.
  • Memorization is desirable, but not required.

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Music Minor

  • A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or other composer of the late Baroque period.
  • Any composition of a contrasting style period.
  • Sight read a hymn.
  • Memorization is not required.

To schedule an audition or an interview with faculty members please contact Lisa Graham-Herrick, at lgraham@gettysburg.edu (or 717-337-6239). For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Teresa Bowers, at tbowers@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6134.