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Music Auditions & Scholarship Information



Audition Dates for the 2016-17 academic year:

Schedule your personal music audition or join us on:

Saturday, October 29

Saturday, January 21

Monday, February 20 (Music Discover Day)

Friday, March 31

Friday, April 21

 Click here to register: Music Audition Form


Auditions for Scholarship Consideration

  • Scholarships up to $5,000 are available to music majors and non-music majors who demonstrate exceptional potential as musicians. Those applying for a scholarship need to have their audition completed by April 1 of the entering year.

  • Scholarships will be renewed annually provided the student continues participation in a major ensemble, takes applied lessons, remains a full-time student in good standing at Malone University, and shows progress on the auditioned instrument based on fall and spring juries and teacher recommendations.

  • Half of each award will be credited to the student's account each semester.

  • Scholarship nominees will be given two weeks after notification to accept the award.



Auditions for Music Majors

Auditions for the Music, Music Education, Music Production, and Music Ministry majors should be completed prior to May 1 of the entering year. Music Production majors must also submit a one to two page statement outlining their experience in music production. A recording of work done is also recommended.

  • All students pursuing a Music, Music Education, Music Production, and Music Ministry major will need to schedule an audition with the Music Department faculty prior to beginning classes.

  • All Music, Music Education, Music Ministry and Music Production majors are required to take the Theory Placement Exam and the Keyboard Placement Exam before beginning classes. These exams can be scheduled the same day as your audition.

  •  If you have auditioned for scholarship consideration, a second audition will not be necessary for the music majors. An additional audition may be necessary for placement or ensemble participation.

Individual audition appointments can be scheduled with the following faculty members:

  • Cynthia Wohlschlager, M.M., lecturer in music  – Voice auditions – 330-471-8324 or pjbuyfpuyntre+znybar+rqh.

  • Michael Benson, D.M.A., assistant professor of music – Piano auditions – 330-471-8357 or zorafba+znybar+rqh.

  • Steven Grimo, D.M.A., associate professor of music – Instrumental auditions - 330-471-8219 or ftevzb+znybar+rqh.



Auditions for Ensemble Participation

  • Auditions for acceptance into Malone Marching Band or Symphonic Band should be completed by August 15 of the entering year.

  • Voice Placement Auditions for University Chorale and Chamber Choir will take place during freshman orientation.

  • If you have auditioned for one of the music majors or for scholarship consideration, you may have to audition again for ensemble participation and placement.

  • Membership granted into the above mentioned ensembles is for the entire academic year.



Audition Information and Deadlines

  • For scholarship consideration: April 1

  • Music Major: May 1

  • Acceptance into Marching Band and Symphonic Band: August 15

  • Acceptance into University Chorale or Chamber Choir: Freshman Orientation Week


Auditions will take place in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts.


Each scholarship applicant will have an interview/audition with the music faculty, lasting approximately fifteen minutes. The Theory Placement Exam and the Keyboard Placement Exam (for potential music majors) can be administered at this time to determine placement for theory and keyboard classes.


If your audition requires accompaniment, you may bring your own accompanist. If this is not possible, notify the music office when you schedule your audition and an accompanist will be provided. Music for the staff accompanist must be received one week prior to the audition day to Mary Haines at zunvarf+znybar+rqh or fax to 330-471-8477.

Audition Repertoire

The following is a list of repertoire that is considered appropriate for a college audition. Sight-reading will be included. Call the Fine Arts office at 330-471-8231 if you're unsure if your selection is appropriate.


  • A composition from the Baroque Era (Bach, Scarlatti, etc.)
  • One movement from a Classical Sonata or Sonatina (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Clementi, Kuhlau)
  • A composition from the Romantic Era (Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin) or a 20th Century composition (Debussy, Kabalevsky, Bartok, Gershwin, etc.)
  • At least one of the above should be memorized
  • Major and minor scales and chords


  • A piano audition is required - follow the above guidelines for the piano audition
  • An organ selection may be performed


  • Perform a classical art song in a foreign language
  • Perform a 20th Century English art song or musical theater selection
  • All music is to be memorized


  • A solo selected from the OMEA contest list or the equivalent
  • One etude or technical study
  • Major scales, chromatic scales and arpeggios


  • A solo on at least one of the following:
  1. snare drum
  2. timpani
  3. mallets
  • Sight reading on snare drum and mallets


    • A solo from the Classical Literature
    • A solo of your choice
    • Major and Minor scales and arpeggios

Click here to register: Music Audition Form

If you have any further questions, please call the Fine Arts Office at 330-471-8231 or email zunvarf+znybar+rqh  and we will be happy to assist you.

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