How to Apply to and Audition for the School of Music, Art, and Theatre
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Create an account with our online admissions system so you can complete an application for our graduate music program—or start one and save your progress to finish it later. Graduate music students typically begin in the fall semester, after auditioning in the previous spring. We encourage you to begin your application early in the academic year before you plan to enroll, but we do accept applications for this program throughout the year.
Along with this convenient online, no-fee application you will need to:
- Provide contact information for three individuals to submit recommendations on your behalf. Then, ask each of them to submit a letter to our Director of Operations.
- Request copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended to be sent to:
North Park University
School of Music, Art, and Theatre
Attn: Rebecca Ryan
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 21
Chicago, IL 60625
If you’ve already started an online application, you can log back into the system to complete it. You can also request more information from our Director of Operations if you’re not quite ready to apply.
Audition and Interview
Graduate Music Auditions: Saturday, February 15, 2020
All graduate candidates are required to audition and interview for acceptance into the program. One graduate audition day in the spring semester is scheduled each year, but you can also arrange individual audition appointments with our director of operations.
Contact Dr. Rebecca Ryan for more information or to schedule an audition.
Vocal Performance Audition Requirements
Select five pieces covering a variety of styles, technical characteristics, and languages. Include at least one art song, one operatic aria, one English selection, and one piece composed after 1900. On the day of your audition, please provide three copies of your resume and audition repertoire list. (Copies of the music are not necessary). An accompanist will be provided.
Collaborative Piano Audition Requirements
Prepare the following six art songs (each in the high key), aria, and one solo piano work of your choice, memorization optional, which demonstrates technique and musicianship.
- “Il pleure dans mon coeur” by Claude Debussy
- “St. Ita’s Vision” by Samuel Barber
- “Nichts” by Richard Strauss
- “Meine Liebe ist grün” by Johannes Brahms
- “Mi chiamano Mimi” from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
- “Mandoline” by Claude Debussy
- “Morgen” by Richard Strauss (measures 1 through the downbeat of measure 16)
The faculty will select two to three of the required six arts songs to be performed with a singer, as well as the aria, unrehearsed. On the day of your audition, please provide three copies of your resume and audition repertoire list. A singer will be provided. Sight-reading will be required.
Scholarships and Tuition
When you apply you should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This, along with your audition, will allow us to consider you for any available graduate music scholarships. Learn more about the School of Music, Art, and Theatre’s graduate tuition and payment options.