Music and Musical Theater Audition Guidelines

Students applying for admission to the Music or Musical Theater programs at JSC must submit a recorded audition (or a link to an online recording of their work) along with a completed audition form. These materials are in addition to the general college application for admissions.

  • All recorded materials must be labeled with
  • The applicant’s name
  • The program to which he/she is applying, and
  • The applicant’s  primary instrument

Materials should be submitted by March 1 for fall admission or November 15 for spring admission.

Students seeking a decision during one of the college’s Early Admissions Day programs must submit audition materials one week prior to the program they are attending. Specific requirements are outlined below.

Musical Theater Applicants

Submit an audio-visual format (DVD or link to online video) audition with at least 7 to 10 minutes of footage, including one 60- to 90-second monologue and two songs of contrasting style and tempo (any genre acceptable, but at least one from standard musical-theater repertoire). All material must be clearly introduced, and all songs must be memorized and accompanied. Karaoke tracks will not be considered.

Classical Music Track Applicants (all degree options):

    Voice applicants: Submit an audio-visual format (DVD or link to online video) with 7 to 10 minutes of music, including at least two complete selections of contrasting style and tempo. All selections must be memorized and accompanied, and one selection should be in a foreign language. Students may perform selections from the standard vocal and art song repertoire, the musical theater repertoire, and/or the folk song repertoire. Pop & Rock selections will not be considered for Classical track applicants.

  • Instrumental applicants: Submit either an audio-visual format (DVD or link to online resource) or an
    audio only format (CD or link to online resource) with 7-10 minutes of recorded music, including at least two complete selections representing contrasting style and tempo. (A sonata movement, etude, etc., along with a contrasting piece that displays technical and artistic skills, are acceptable options.

    • PERCUSSIONISTS should demonstrate their ability on at least two percussion media; i.e., Snare, Timpani, Mallets, ethnic instruments including hand-drums, etc. Pop & Rock selections will not be considered for the Classical Track Applicants.

Jazz/Contemporary Music Track Applicants (all degree options)

  • Voice and Instrumental applicants: Submit an audio-visual format (DVD or link to online resource) or an audio only format (CD or link to online resource) with 7 to 10 minutes of recorded music, including three selections in EACH of the following categories:
  • One medium-tempo tune such as “All the Things You Are,” “Out of Nowhere,” “Have You Met Miss Jones,” or a similar selection;
  • One ballad such as “Body and Soul,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “I Can’t Get Started” or a similar selection;
  • One piece that represents your preferred individual style in a jazz or contemporary idiom. An original composition is acceptable.