Audition and Application

All students wishing to declare a BS in Music in any concentration (Music Performance, Music Business, Music Education, Music Theory/Composition, Jazz and Commercial Music, or Music History/Literature) must audition for acceptance into these programs. The BA in Music and the BA in Music Business do not require an audition. 

To set up your audition, please follow the steps below:

1. Request an Audition Packet:

Click the link below and complete the form to request an audition packet:


2. Apply to Hofstra University:

You must complete a formal application to Hofstra University before you may audition. You can apply online now.

3. Schedule an Audition:

Due to the pandemic, all auditions for winter/spring 2020-2021 will occur virtually over the Zoom platform, with students presenting links to prerecorded videos to our faculty jurors. Virtual auditions will be scheduled on the following dates: Saturday, February 6; Saturday, February 13; and Saturday, February 20, 2021. When you receive your audition packet, you will find a URL that will give you access to the Hofstra online audition scheduling request form. 

All auditions must be prerecorded and must be presented as a link or links to a video service (YouTube or similar) on the day of auditions. Links to video files on storage services (Google Drive or similar) will NOT be accepted. Auditionees will also be tested in sight-reading during the Zoom session.

The following instrument-specific guidelines will be in place:


should prepare, from memory, two contrasting songs from the classical repertoire. At least one of the songs must be in one of the following languages: Italian, French, German, or Spanish. A music theater song may be included as a third selection; singers interested in the Jazz & Commercial Music degree may substitute a jazz standard for the third selection. The auditionee's sight reading ability will also be tested. 


should be prepared to play representative compositions from two to three of the following styles (A composition of the appropriate level will also be presented for sight-reading):

  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • 20th Century

Jazz students

(except Singers and Percussionists; please see “Singers” above or “Percussionists” below) should be prepared to play the following:

  • All jazz scales and modes
  • A Blues for improvisation
  • Two jazz standards of their choice
  • A prepared etude or solo transcription.


should prepare to perform on snare, timpani, and mallets; in addition, they may also perform on the drum kit. Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in each area as follows:

  • Snare Drum
    • Perform both following, totaling about three minutes:
      • Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Campbell, Wilcoxon
      • Concert étude. Suggested composers: Peters, Cirone, Délécluse
      • All rolls.
  • Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone - your choice)
    • Perform both following, totaling at least four minutes:
      • Two-mallet solo. Suggested composers: Bach (preferably from Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin OR Suites for Unaccompanied Cello), Kreisler, Bozza (Fourteen Arabesque-Studies for Flute)
      • Four-mallet solo. Suggested composers: Abe, Friedman, Finkel, O’Meara, Peters, Gomez, Stout
  • Timpani
    • Total duration should be about three minutes. One or two études utilizing two, three, or four drums. Demonstrate technical proficiency with pitch matching and interval tuning, rolls, etc. Suggested composers: Firth, Peters, Hochreiner
  • Drum Set
    • Demonstrate various styles. Sight-reading.

All other instrumentalists

should prepare diatonic and chromatic scales, as well as two solos in contrasting styles displaying their (1) technical proficiency and (2) lyrical/ interpretive ability.

Please make sure all correspondence regarding the audition process is with the Department of Music, rather than with Hofstra Admission. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 516-463-5490.

Scholarship Information:

The Department of Music at Hofstra University provides a number of Music Activity Grants, ranging in total value from $5,000 to over $50,000 over a maximum of five (5) years, to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional musical ability. While there are no restrictions as to the performance media, priority will be given to performers most needed by departmental organizations. All prospective students wishing to compete for a Music Activity Grant must be sure to audition before March 15.

Important Dates

Mark Your Calendar

Unified Audition Dates

Saturday, February 6, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Watch Your Mailbox

Decision letters mailed by

Late March/Early April 2021


National Tuition Deposit Deadline

May 1, 2021


Dr. David Fryling
Assistant Chair and Departmental Enrollment Coordinator
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