Reach the heights of performance at Northern Vermont University-Johnson and become a performing arts major. In addition to completing and submitting an application for admission, performing arts majors must also submit an audition recording. Please read the following instructions carefully.
Musical Theater Auditions
Submit an audio-visual format audition with 7-10 minutes of footage, including one 60-90 second monologue and two songs of contrasting style and tempo (any genre is acceptable, but at least one must be from standard musical-theater repertoire). All material must be clearly introduced, and all songs must be memorized and accompanied. Karaoke tracks will not be considered.
Classical Voice Auditions
Submit an audio-visual format with 7-10 minutes of music, including at least two complete selections of contrasting style and tempo. All selections must be memorized and accompanied, and one selection should be in a foreign language. Students may perform selections from the standard vocal and art song repertoire, the musical theater repertoire, and/or the folk song repertoire. Pop and rock selections will not be considered.
Classical Instrumental Auditions
Submit either an audio-visual format OR an audio only format with 7-10 minutes of recorded music, including at least two complete selections representing contrasting style and tempo. A sonata movement, etude, etc., along with a contrasting piece that displays technical and artistic skills, are acceptable options. Pop and rock selections will not be considered.
Percussionists should demonstrate their ability on at least two percussion media - eg. snare, timpani, mallets, ethnic instruments such as hand drums, etc. Again, no pop or rock selections.
Jazz/Contemporary Auditions (voice or instrumental)
Submit an audio-visual format OR an audio only format with 7-10 minutes of recorded music, including selections in EACH of the following categories:
1. One medium-tempo tune such as "All the Things You Are," "Out of Nowhere," "Have You Met Miss Jones," or a similar selection;
2. One ballad such as "Body and Soul," "In a Sentimental Mood," "I Can't Get Started" or a similar selection;
3. One piece that represents your preferred individual style in a jazz or contemporary idiom. An original composition is acceptable.
For all applicants: In addition to your audition tape, please provide a resume of all relevant experience in the arts, a letter of support from a music or theater professional related to your major, and write a personal statement about why you are specifically well suited for your major.
Contact Bethany Plissey, Performing Arts Chair