If you are planning to pursue Music or Music Education as a major field of study, you are required to successfully audition and interview with the Department of Music.
Notification of acceptance into the major will be sent directly from the Department of Music. Admission to Hartwick College is independent of admission to the music major.
Students wishing to major in music at Hartwick must audition with one of the Department's Artists-in-Residence. The audition will include a faculty interview which is an excellent way for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us.
Each student must choose at least three musical works from different stylistic periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th century, or 20th century). For vocalists, at least one work should be in a language other than English. Each work chosen should be prepared in its entirety. We will take time during your audition to talk with you to provide an assessment of your current stage of musical development and to give you a sense of how your musical studies would proceed at Hartwick.
Auditions may be scheduled any day during the fall or spring semesters pending faculty availability. To schedule an audition, please fill out this form. Once this form is received you will be contacted by someone in the Department to schedule an audition and interview. If you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must audition and interview before March 1st.
The following materials must be received by the Music Department at least two weeks prior to your audition date:
One letter of recommendation from a qualified music professional
Vocalists - A quality copy of your audition music
Vocalists- You may bring an accompanist or arrange for one to be provided by Department of Music free of charge.
Placement Testing for Required Courses
First-year course work for both the bachelor of arts in Music and bachelor of science in Music Education includes theory, aural skills, and keyboard study. These are areas of concentration that should ideally begin prior to the first semester of college-level coursework.
If you would like specific guidance regarding preparatory work, we can connect you with the appropriate faculty once you have been accepted to the College and our program. Placement testing for these required courses for the major will occur during the first week of classes.
A limited number of competitive scholarships are available to students majoring in Music and Music Education who demonstrate strong performance skills and musicianship in their auditions. Need-based scholarships in the amount of $500 to $5,000 awarded in the freshman year are renewable for the sophomore through senior years. These scholarships are awarded by the Financial Aid Office based on the Department of Music's recommendation following your audition and interview. Scholarship applicants must also be successfully admitted to the College.
Please remember that the Department of Music's application process is separate from the Hartwick College general admissions application.