Audition Information

Organ Requirements

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

 Repertoire: Undergraduate applicants should prepare three works from contrasting historical periods (pre-Classical, preferably a work by Johann Sebastian Bach, Romantic, and Contemporary) and style (balancing virtuosic works with at least one expressive piece). Because preparation time is limited on the audition instrument (C.B. Fisk, Op. 135) it is advisable to bring repertoire that is easily registered.

Time Limit: Auditions are thirty minutes in length, including a brief keyboard skills diagnostic exam. If one wishes to bring a longer program be prepared to shorten at least one work as requested by the faculty (eg., two movements of a Bach trio sonata, without repeats, rather than three movements).

Memorization: Is encouraged but not required for auditions into any of the degree programs.

Diagnostic testing of other keyboard skills: Sight-reading in both homophonic and contrapuntal textures, with pedal, are required for all auditioning students.

The Jacobs School of Music strongly urges all students to audition in person during one of the scheduled audition dates but in exceptional instances will accept a recorded audition (high-quality DVD or similar).

Master of Music (M.M.)
Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Repertoire:Graduate applicants should prepare three works from contrasting historical periods (pre-Classical, preferably a work by Johann Sebastian Bach, Romantic, and Contemporary) and style (balancing virtuosic works with at least one expressive piece). Because preparation time is limited on the audition instrument (C.B. Fisk, Op. 135) it is advisable to bring repertoire that is easily registered.

Time Limit: Auditions are thirty minutes in length, including a brief keyboard skills diagnostic exam. If one wishes to bring a longer program be prepared to shorten at least one work as requested by the faculty (eg., two movements of a Bach trio sonata, without repeats, rather than three movements).

Memorization: Is encouraged but not required for auditions into any of the degree programs.

Diagnostic testing of other keyboard skills: Sight-reading in both homophonic and contrapuntal textures, with pedal, are required for all auditioning students. Prospective graduate students will also be asked to complete brief tests in figured bass, transposition, and modulation.

The Jacobs School of Music strongly urges all students to audition in person during one of the scheduled audition dates but in exceptional instances will accept a recorded audition (high-quality DVD or similar). Please click here for detailed instructions regarding submitting a recording online.

Inquiries for specific information should be directed to the departmental chair, Janette Fishell, at jfishell@indiana.edu. Specific information regarding degree programs, course descriptions and organ specifications can be found on the organ page via links from the Jacobs School of Music homepage.