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Audition Information

  • Applying to NJCU

    Prospective students must submit an application to both the university and to the Music, Dance and Theatre Department before an audition will be granted. For more details on applying to NJCU, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions page or the Graduate Studies page. The Music, Dance and Theatre Department application can be found in the Forms and Documents section of this page.

    A placement exam is required of all auditionees and is for placement purposes only. NJCU's Music, Dance & Theatre Department will not accept or transfers music credits from other schools until the placement test is taken, and/or comparable knowledge obtained.  Placement exams will be scheduled following your acceptance to the program

    To schedule an audition, please contact the Coordinator for your area of specialty.

    Audition Dates for Spring 2015

    The Music, Dance, and Theatre Department will hold auditions for Brass, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Vocal Studies, and Woodwind performers.  

    • Saturday, February 28, 2015 
    • Saturday, March 21, 2015 

    Please find specific audition requirements below for the following areas of study:


    Dr. Gilles Bernard, Coordinator of Brass Studies
    (201) 200-2081  

    The audition requirements below apply to all brass instruments (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba). 

    Undergraduate applicants should prepare a program that includes the following: 

    • Major scales (two octaves where applicable). 
    • Two contrasting selections.  One selection must be from the solo repertoire; the other one can be an etude. 
    • Sight-reading. 

    Graduate applicants for the M. A. in Music Education should prepare a program that includes the following: 

    • Two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire.  One can be an etude. 

    Graduate applicants for the M. M. in Performance should prepare a program that includes the following:

    • One complete major work from the standard repertoire (sonata, concerto) 
    • One etude 

    For questions concerning the repertoire, contact the area coordinator.




    Dr. Ana María Rosado, Coordinator of Guitar Studies
    (201) 200-2099

    Audition requirements for the guitar program are to be discussed with the coordinator of the program. The audition will comprise classical guitar studies and repertoire as well as scales and other aspects of technique as suitable. Studies by Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Leo Brouwer and Heitor Villa-Lobos will be appropriate.


    Dr. Edward Joffe, Coordinator of Jazz Studies
    (201) 200-3091

    In addition to performing all major and minor scales, the prospective student will be asked to perform selections from the repertoire lists by memory, along with sight-reading. A faculty rhythm section will accompany all performances. A piano, guitar amp, bass amp and drum set will be provided.

    Musical Theatre

    Marc G. Dalio, Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies
    (201) 200-3435

    Applicants must prepare (from memory) two contrasting Musical Theatre pieces, at least one of which should be from standard Musical Theatre Repertoire. Applicants must also prepare a 2 minute monologue from a published play or musical. Candidates may be asked to perform all of the listed material or sections of each. Finally, applicants must perform a movement/dance combination will be taught on the audition date.


    Greg Giannascoli, Coordinator of Percussion Studies
    (201) 200-2021

    Students interested in pursuing a music degree in percussion at New Jersey City University must demonstrate proficiency in one or more areas of percussion: Snare Drum, Keyboard Percussion, and Timpani.

    A personal audition/interview with a member of the NJCU percussion faculty must take place for acceptance into the percussion program. All instruments will be provided and students are expected to supply appropriate sticks, mallets, and music. Audition material should demonstrate contrasting styles, technique, and musicality. Students may choose selections from the acceptable repertoire list.


    Dr. Min Kim, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
    (201) 200-2025

    Undergraduate B.M. applicants must prepare an audition program to be performed from memory. The audition repertoire should include: 

    • One work by Bach that contains a fugue 
    • One complete classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert (except Beethoven sonatas Op. 49 and Op. 79)
    • One 19th century work 
    • One work from the 20th or 21st century 
    • Sight-reading

    Graduate M.M. applicants must prepare a program that is approximately 45 minutes in length. It must be performed by memory and include at least three works representing contrasting styles. Applicants will also be asked to sight-read. 

    Applicants for the B.A. in Music Education, B.A. in Music without specialization,  or B.A. in Music Business must prepare and present an audition program that includes the following (one of these two works must be performed from memory): 

    • One work from Baroque or Classical Period 
    • One work from Romantic or 20th/21st century. 
    • Sight-reading


    Dr. Min Kim, Coordinator of String Studies
    (201) 200-2025

    Applicants are required to prepare two contrasting movements of works at or above the level of these suggested repertoire selections.  All applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to play major and minor scales (minimum of two octaves; three octaves recommended).

    Vocal Studies

    Dr. Donna Connolly, Coordinator of Vocal Studies
    (201) 200-2018

    Undergraduate applicants must prepare two memorized songs, which may be performed from either the classical or Broadway repertoire. One item should be sung in a language foreign to the singer. Candidates may be required to sing only one of the prepared works. Operatic repertoire is not required. Some art song examples are listed below:

    • English:  American folk songs or sacred songs or selections from beginners anthologies
    • Italian: Selections from 26 Italian songs and arias or other Italian collections of the 16th- 19th Centuries, single composer collections such as Donaudy, Tosti, Vivaldi, Scarlatti
    • German: Brief, simpler lieder selections of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn
    • French: Brief, accessible mélodie of Chausson, Chaminade, Faure, Hahn
    • Spanish: Folk song settings of Spanish songs, Granados, de Falla, Rodrigo

    Graduate applicants must prepare three pieces in three languages, one of which must be an aria. All applicants are required to take placement tests in music theory, ear training and keyboard. Auditioners should bring sheet music to the auditions. An accompanist is provided.


    Dr. Min Kim, Coordinator of Woodwinds
    (201) 200-2025

    Each student will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of all major and minor scales performed in different rhythms and articulations. Undergraduate applicants are expected to perform two prepared selections, an etude and a major work from the repertoire list, along with a sight-reading selection. Prospective graduate students are required to perform three prepared selections—an etude and two major works—along with a sight-reading selection from the repertoire list. Applicants for the Master of Music in Multiple Woodwind Performance degree program must choose one selection from two of the four instrumental categories / repertoire provided. (Only one double reed instrument may be chosen.)