Applicants should submit a portfolio of at least three works. At least two of these must be notated in standard music notation, printed double-sided and properly bound (send copies, not originals). Works in a variety of styles and media may be submitted and are encouraged, including concert music, songs and music for film or other media. Recordings on compact disc are also encouraged.
There also will be a meeting of approximately 45 minutes on the scheduled Audition Day for both evaluative and informative purposes. Students should be prepared for a short aural skill exam and be able to discuss their musical interests and possible career objectives.
Applicants for the B.M. Composition degree are also required to audition on an instrument or in voice to determine placement at an appropriate level of applied music study and to assess future participation in ensembles. The student's choice of primary instrument or voice must be indicated on the online scheduling form, as well as all other areas of applied music competency.
If the student's major performance medium is not available at Penn State as an applied area of study (i.e. guitar), one or two other applied study areas must be indicated on the form. In this case, the student must audition not only in their major performance area, but also in each additional applied area indicated. The audition for the area(s) of intended study may take place on campus during the scheduled audition days or by special arrangement.