Application Process

There are two ways to apply!

Students pursuing degrees in Music, Musical Theatre, or Dance (SMTD) must apply for admission into those programs through an application to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD). Those seeking a degree in Music Business are not required to audition but must submit an application to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance to schedule an interview and music theory placement test. Prospective theatre majors do not need to audition but must interview and prepare a monologue.

For admission into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, students must first be admitted by Anderson University.

For 2020-21, due to Covid-19 restrictions, all auditions will be submitted via video submission. Admission Interviews will be held virtually.

Step 1: Apply to AU

Use the Anderson University Application. It is free and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Step 2: Submit Your Audition

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SMTD's App

Submit a School of Music, Theatre, and Dance application here. Once your application is submitted, email a link of your audition to Michelle Holmes. If an audition is not required for your intended major, your interview will be scheduled on your selected date. A staff member will send an interview schedule to you approximately one week prior to your interview date.

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Submit your audition through Acceptd. If an audition is not required for your intended major, your interview will be scheduled on your selected date. A staff member will send an interview schedule to you approximately one week prior to your interview date.

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Virtual Interview Dates
  • January 22
  • January 29
  • February 19
  • February 26
  • May 7
  • May 14
  • Individual Appointment
Video Audition Submission Deadlines
  • January 15 (Regular Admission)
  • February 15 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)
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Contact Michelle Holmes

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Common Questions

Are there scholarships available to School of Music, Theatre, and Dance incoming students?

Yes. If you audition by Feb 15, you may be eligible for additional music scholarships.

What is the Music Theory Placement Exam and who needs to take it?

This exam covers music fundamentals and is designed to evaluate your preparedness for Music Theory I at Anderson University. It is scored by the music theorist on faculty at AU. Students may be required or recommended to attend Music Theory Camp the week before freshman move-in and may also be asked to take an online music fundamentals course as a requirement for admission.

All incoming Music, Musical Theatre, and Music Business students are required to take the exam.

Can Music Business and Theatre students audition for scholarships?

Yes. Simply submit a music or theatre audition application and audition by Feb 15, and you can also be considered for a School of Music, Theatre, and Dance scholarship.

Information for Auditions

For Dancers

On-campus dance auditions consist of dancers participating in a ballet technique class and a modern technique class. Dancers will also interview with the dance faculty.

For 2020-21, all dance auditions will be submitted via video, and admission interviews will be conducted virtually with the dance faculty. If more than one dancer appears in the video, a clear description of the auditioning dancer must be included. Video auditions should consist of the following:

 Ballet 
Show center work only. All combinations must be demonstrated on both sides. 

  • Adagio (16 counts): Demonstrate balances, classical line, and musicality. The combination should include high leg extensions: devant (front), à la seconde (side), and first arabesque (back). Effacé, croisé, and écarté may all be included. 
  • Pirouette (16 counts): A turn combination demonstrating en dehors pirouettes from fifth and fourth positions and en dedans pirouettes from fourth lunge in passé position. 
  • Petit allegro (16 counts): A quick jump combination including jeté, assemble, and pas de chat. 
  • Grand allegro (16 counts): A large jump combination including temps levé in arabesque, grand jeté, and tour jeté. 
  • From the corner (16 counts): A traveling turn combination including piqué and chaîné turns. 

Modern
Show a center combination (30 to 60 seconds in length) that demonstrates different uses of the torso, level changes, weight-bearing on the hands, and parallel and turn-out leg alignment. Show a traveling combination (30 to 60 seconds in length) that demonstrates large aerial movements such as leaps and jumps with different uses of the torso and facing changes. 

Solo (optional) 
You may want to include a solo (in any dance style) that you feel presents your dancing in its most positive light. The solo or variations should not exceed 2 minutes in length.

For Electric Bass

Bassists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance on electric bass are expected to prepare the following:

  • You must play two major scales. You may select the E major or Eb major scales, or you may select the A major and Ab major scales to play. Please announce the selected scales before you play them. Scales are to be played two octaves when possible. Scales are to be played in ascending and descending order at an even/consistent tempo.
  • One technical study from a standard method book for electric bass
  • One solo chosen by the student that is representative of the player’s experience and ability level
  • These selections must demonstrate the student’s ability to read music notation.

Please note electric bass auditions are for music business majors only.

For Guitarists

Guitarists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on classical guitar and prepare the following:

  • You must play two major scales in the first position. You may select the E major or Eb major scales, or you may select the A major and Ab major scales to play. Please announce the selected scales before you play them. Scales are to be played two octaves when possible. Scales are to be played in ascending and descending order at an even/consistent tempo.
  • One solo demonstrating ability to read staff-based music notation
  • If currently studying classical guitar, one technical study from a book of etudes by Carcassi or Sor or comparable repertoire

Guitarists are encouraged to audition on a nylon string classical guitar. However, guitarists may audition on a steel-string acoustic guitar if a classical guitar is unavailable.

For Harpists

Harpists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on a pedal harp and prepare the following:

  • You must play two major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, at least 3 octaves. You may select the E major or Eb major scales, or you may select the A major and Ab major scales to play. Please announce the selected scales before you play them. Scales are to be played in ascending and descending order at an even/consistent tempo.
  • Two solo pieces in contrasting styles chosen from the classical, romantic, or 20th-century period. Memorization is required.  The level of difficulty should be at or above Chanson Dans la Nuit by Carlos Salzedo, Theme and Variations by G. F. Handel, and Au Matin by Marcel Tournier.
  • A standard orchestral cadenza such as Waltz of the Flowers (with opening arpeggios) or Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov (including the “Fandango Asturiano” movement), or The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten.
For Music Business

Students interested in Music Business: Entrepreneurship, Audio Forensics, Record Production, or Songwriting will submit a School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Admission Application, interview with the music business faculty, and take the Music Theory Placement Test. Admission interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2020-21 application season. The Music Theory Placement Test will be administered electronically.

Music Business students interested in scholarship opportunities are required to submit audition videos no later than February 15, 2021.

For Musical Theatre

For Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre faculty will review your video audition submission. Based upon the outcome, you will be notified via email whether or not you are invited to a virtual “callback” audition/interview.

Overall: Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

Slate: There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Songs: Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces.

One song should be a ballad and one song should be up tempo.
Each song file should be 60-90 seconds.
Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No “a capella” singing.
Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

AUMT Song Requirements:

One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up tempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Monologue: Students should prepare 1-contemporary monologue.

Monologue must be from a published play.
Monologue cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length

AUMT Monologue Requirements:

One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

Dance:

All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.

AUMT Dance Requirements:

30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
No barre. A ballet solo is acceptable.
No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

WILD CARD

AUMT “Wild Card” video is optional:

Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

For Percussionists

Auditions for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance should demonstrate the student’s training and experience in snare drum, timpani, and mallet instruments. The following are repertoire recommendations for each category.

  • Snare drum: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 8 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)
  • Timpani: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 10 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)
  • Mallet Percussion: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 3, 4, 5, 8, or 9 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)

Percussionists may also audition on drum set in addition to the above instruments.

For Pianists

Pianists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to prepare the following:

Repertoire should consist of at least two pieces in contrasting styles, memorized if possible. Pieces from the standard classical piano repertoire are preferred, but you may play whatever you feel shows your best musicianship. Please announce your name, and then introduce your pieces with the title and the composer’s name and tell us how long you have been working on each one. 

Scales should be performed at the highest speed you are able to play with good control and correct fingering and must be played four octaves, hands together. You may play three different scales of your choice, including two major scales and one harmonic minor scale. 

For Singers

Singers auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to prepare the following:

Repertoire should consist of two or three classical songs or arias in contrasting styles appropriate for your voice. Selected repertoire must be appropriate for solo contest. At least one piece should be in English; other song(s) may be sung in a foreign language if you are trained in the singer’s diction for that language. One piece may be chosen from musical theatre. All pieces must be memorized and sung with piano accompaniment. Please announce your name, and then introduce your songs with the title of the song and the composer’s name.

The most appropriate pieces would be those selected from upper-level state contest literature. Students may select from any of the following categories and collections:

Foreign Language Art Songs:

  • Early Italian art song or aria
  • Suggested collections: 26 Italian Songs & Arias, Alfred; Italian Arias of the Baroque & Classical Eras, Alfred
  • Other foreign language art songs
  • Suggested collections: Anthology of Spanish Song, Hal Leonard; Gateway to German Lieder, Alfred; Favorite German Art Songs, Hal Leonard; The French Song Anthology, Hal Leonard

Art Songs in English:

  • English language art song from the 19th-21st Century
  • Suggested collections: 20th Century Art Songs, G. Schirmer; Songs by 22 Americans, G. Schirmer; Quilter, 55 Songs, Hal Leonard; Any of the “First Book” series, G. Schirmer
  • Early English art song or aria
  • Suggested collections: English Songs, Renaissance to Baroque, Hal Leonard; Purcell, 40 Songs, International Music; Handel, 45 Arias, in 3 Vols, International Music

Songs from Musical Theatre:

  • The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology is an extensive collection of four volumes for each voice range. Each volume contains authentic editions of 30-40 songs in their original keys. The series is published by Hal Leonard.

For 2020-21, all auditions will be submitted via video. Video auditions may use recorded accompaniments. For on-campus auditions, a professional accompanist will be provided, although an auditioning student may bring their own accompanist. Regardless of a particular style or genre, the selections presented should demonstrate the singer’s full range and vocal potential.

For String Instruments

String players (violin, viola, cello, and upright bass) auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on their primary instrument and prepare the following:

Repertoire must consist of two contrasting styles. Selected repertoire must be appropriate for a solo/ensemble contest. Repertoire should demonstrate lyrical/melodic playing, as well as technical facilities. You may select two different pieces, or you may select one solo if it allows you to demonstrate the two contrasting styles of play. Please announce your name, and then announce the title(s) of your repertoire. 

Scales You must play two major scales. You may select the E major or Eb major scales, or you may select the A major and Ab major scales to play. Please announce the selected scales before you play them. Scales are to be played two octaves when possible. Scales are to be played in ascending and descending order at an even/consistent tempo.

For Theatre

For admission into the Theatre program, students will interview with theatre faculty and should prepare one monologue, one minute in length that showcases his/her ability. If a student would like to be considered for a theatre scholarship, he or she should prepare two monologues of contrasting styles.

Monologue Selection: Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Choose a monologue that is well-written from a published play. Avoid monologues from movies, monologue books, musicals, and the internet. Never attempt an audition monologue without reading the entire play and understanding your character in the context of the play.
  • Monologues should have a beginning/middle/end with a journey/discovery/change.
  • Choose a character that is within 5-10 years of your playable age range and material with which you connect. Those for whom you are auditioning are looking for you to create honest relationships with clear circumstances outlined by the playwright.
  • Do not choose monologues that require accents, eccentric characterizations, props, or costumes. Portray one character per monologue. Choose material that is life-affirming and avoid cynical or negative subject matter. Avoid climactic material that requires great depth or intensity of emotions. There is not enough time to achieve these emotional peaks effectively and honestly.
  • A chair will be provided for your use, if you choose to use it.
  • Monologues must be memorized!
For Wind Instruments

Wind players auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on their primary instrument and it is recommended that they prepare the following:

Repertoire must consist of two contrasting styles. Selected repertoire must be appropriate for a solo/ensemble contest. Repertoire should demonstrate lyrical/melodic playing, as well as technical facilities. You may select two different pieces, or you may select one solo if it allows you to demonstrate the two contrasting styles of play. Please announce your name, and then announce the title(s) of your repertoire. 

Scales You must play two major scales. You may select the E major or Eb major scales, or you may select the A major and Ab major scales to play. Please announce the selected scales before you play them. Scales are to be played two octaves when possible. Scales are to be played in ascending and descending order at an even/consistent tempo.