Auditioning for Music Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in the Music Department at Wagner College. Auditions are required for those applying for admission to the Vocal Performance Major and those seeking a Music Scholarship. Students submitting applications for the Vocal Performance Major and those seeking a Music Scholarship, need to submit their application by the Early Action deadline. For more information on Early Action/Early Decision, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 718-390-3411.

Music Department Audition Day 2020 – Saturday, January 25

Invitations are sent to applicants who have expressed an interest in music and have been cleared to audition. Invited applicants who are unable to attend Audition Day may also request an appointment to audition at an alternate time or may submit recordings in lieu of an on-site audition. Details on appointments and video auditions are included in your audition invitation.

The audition requirements for Wagner’s Theatre program, held on Sunday, February 24, are separate from the Music auditions. Please visit the Theatre audition guidelines page for more details.  Students may audition for both Theatre and Music on Audition Day.

Students may audition as vocalists, instrumentalists, or both, but a Music Scholarship will be awarded in only one specialization. Recipients of Music Scholarships will also receive individual instrumental or vocal lessons. They are also required to participate in a music performance ensemble each semester in order to maintain their scholarship. Assignment to particular instructors and ensembles is by the Music Department after consultation with the student and the ensemble directors.

Vocal Requirements

(please note, an accompanist will be provided)

  1.    Two contrasting musical selections which showcase the best attributes of your vocal skill. Traditional repertoire, such as an aria, art song, operetta selection or musical theatre standard is preferred.  We need to hear selections that demonstrate your lyrical singing ability and your ability to change styles. (i.e. slow lyrical selection and an up-tempo selection) Preferably, one selection should be in a foreign language, but this is not required.
  2.    Vocalization to check range and intonation
  3.    Tonal Memory exercises
  4.    Sight-reading examples
  5.    Discussion with the faculty about your musical goals at Wagner College

Vocal Area questions may be directed to Dr. Juneau at Thomas.Juneau@wagner.edu

Instrumental Requirements 

  1.    Two contrasting musical selections which showcase the best attributes of your Instrumental skill. We need to hear selections that demonstrate your ability to change styles. Students should prepare two short works or excerpts from longer works (i.e. ensemble music).
  2.    Sight-reading examples
  3.    Major and Minor scales

For further information, please contact Prof. Jose Luis Diaz Jr., Director of Bands, (718)390-3135 or Jose.Diaz@wagner.edu