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Department of Music

Entrance Auditions and Requirements

Admission to the Department of Music is highly competitive. If you intend to apply to the music program you must satisfy all entrance requirements:

  • Admission to Christopher Newport
  • Music Department application
  • Entrance audition
  • Interview
  • Two recommendations by music educators
  • Entrance exams in music theory and ear-training

Entrance Audition

When you come for your audition you will:

  • Perform two works or movements of contrasting style for your instrument; composers should present a portfolio of their works, including recordings, if possible
  • Be tested on your knowledge of music theory and ear-training skills
  • Participate in an interview if you plan to major in composition or music pre-certification

No auditions or CDs will be heard after the final audition date. All scholarships are awarded at the end of the audition cycle. Remember, composers must submit at least one score and a recording, if available.

If you live more than 250 miles away, you may submit a recorded audition, but we strongly recommend a live audition.

Once you have been accepted to the University and the Department of Music, you are automatically eligible for all departmental scholarships.

Audition Dates

  • November 3, 2018
  • January 26, 2019
  • January 27, 2019
  • January 28, 2019
  • February 14, 2019
  • February 15, 2019
  • February 16, 2019
Apply to the Department of Music

Music Major for a Day

Music Major for a Day is offered on the Friday of each audition weekend. You can experience “a day in the life” of a music major by attending classes, rehearsals and by taking a private applied music lesson with one of our faculty. You can also choose to stay overnight in one of our residence halls.

  • November 2, 2018
  • January 25, 2019
  • February 15, 2019

For questions or for more information, please contact Steven Field at steven.field@cnu.edu or (757) 594-8196.

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