Music Applicants

Music Applicants​​

Students desiring to major in music at Grove City College must complete an audition before a faculty committee for acceptance into the music department.

Auditions are held by appointment on Saturday college visitation or test days.

Alternate audition times must be scheduled through the music office. Every effort will be made to schedule your audition at an alternate time if you are coming to campus from a distance. The audition is required for admittance into the Music Department. While an in-person audition is preferred, a high quality DVD may be submitted when time or distance makes an in-person audition impossible. Upon completion of your audition, the Department of Music will notify the Admissions Office that you have performed an audition and whether or not you are being recommended for acceptance by the Department of Music. The Admissions Office makes the final decision on acceptances to the college. No decision will be made on your application by the Admissions Office if you have not completed your audition.

Applications for Grove City College Admission must be received by the Admissions Office November 15 for Early Decision and February 1 for Regular Decision. A personal interview with Admissions is encouraged by the Department of Music.



Upcoming Audition Dates for 2017-18:       

October 9 – Music Major Day
October 28
November 11
November 27
February 19 – President’s Day

There is not a prescribed music solo list for the audition. Musical selections of the standard academic repertoire for your instrument or voice are appropriate. Two or three selections of contrasting style are preferred. The faculty will be looking for an appropriate level of competency and repertoire difficulty for the freshman level, above average musicality and potential for growth. Memorization is encouraged but not mandatory. The performance section of the audition will last approximately 10 minutes. Additional audition activities (described below) will last approximately 20 minutes.

Please download and fill out the Department of Music’s Personal Data Sheet. This form can be brought on the day of the audition or emailed as a word document prior to the audition.


Piano/Organ majors or minors should prepare two selections from the standard classical repertoire. The two selections should be from differing time periods (baroque, classic, romantic, modern). These may include various standard solo forms such as sonatas, etudes, character sketches, preludes, etc. Pianists should also prepare two or three Major scales and their equivalent harmonic minor scales. All scales should be four octaves ascending and descending. For more information contact Dr. Huebert:

Voice majors or minors should be familiar with different styles of vocal literature such as art songs and opera/oratorio. A selection from musical theater may be included as the third selection. Piano accompaniment will be provided for voice auditions if needed, or you may provide your own. For more information contact Dr. Mueller:

Brass/Woodwind/ Percussion/Guitar majors or minors can perform any of the standard solo literature for the particular instrument. Piano accompaniment is not a requirement. For more information on band instruments contact Dr. Pisano:

String majors can perform any of the standard solo literature for the particular instrument. However, Bach Partitas, Sonatas or Suites are encouraged as one of the selections. Piano accompaniment is not a requirement. For more information on string instruments contact Dr. Tedford:

ADDITIONAL AUDITION ACTIVITIES (all students regardless of instrument/voice)
Students auditioning will also be tested in music theory, tonal memory, and rhythmic skills. Tonal memory will consist of a faculty member playing a series of pitches on the piano and the student singing those pitches after one hearing. Rhythmic skills will be checked by having the student tap rhythmic exercises at sight (no pitch). Music Theory skills will be evaluated through a written music theory assessment.

Current GCC music majors will also be available to answer any questions about student life and their experiences in the department and ensembles. Parents are encouraged to attend the audition day, but the audition is for the students and faculty committees only.

Scheduling Auditions and More Information
Additional information about the Department of Music is available by calling the Department Office at 724-458-2084 or emailing Auditions can be scheduled with Dr. Jeffrey Tedford, audition coordinator, at or 724-450-1557. Please email (, FAX 724-458-2164, or bring the Personal Data Sheet to the Music Department on audition day if you have not previously completed the form. In case of poor weather conditions, your interview and audition can be rescheduled.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled audition time so that you are able to warm-up. You will be greeted at room 126 in the upper level of the Pew Fine Arts Center. Additional information will be sent closer to the audition date.

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