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Auditions

All Applicants to the Cali School of Music must follow the application & audition process as outlined below. Any deviation from these steps may result in a delay to your audition and decision timeline.

We understand that applying to college involves a great deal of information. To help, the Cali School has put together an application worksheet. While reviewing all of the information below, use this worksheet to capture the details that are specific to you.

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Step One: Review the Requirements & Repertoire

Every applicant to the Cali School of music must complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice. Certain applicants will also be required to complete an interview or portfolio review as part of the requirements for their chosen major.

First, review the program requirements for your chosen major below. Then review the repertoire for your primary instrument.  Please review all information thoroughly.

Program Requirements

Performance
Instrumental & Vocal
Undergrad & Grad

All performance applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice.

No interview or portfolio review is needed for performance applicants.


Music Education – School & Community Settings
Instrumental & Vocal
Undergrad & Grad

All School & Community Settings (music education) & Post-Baccalaureate Certification applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice.

In addition, applicants must complete an interview with a member of our music education faculty.

*Master of Arts in Teaching Certification (MAT) & Master of Arts (MA) applicants do not have to audition. However, they must contact Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo, the Graduate Education Coordinator, via email to schedule an interview once their application is submitted.

Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo – delorenzol@montclair.edu


Music Therapy
Instrumental & Vocal
Undergrad & Grad

All Music Therapy applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice.

In addition, applicants must complete an interview with a member of our music therapy faculty. During the interview, you will be required to complete the following:

Undergraduate candidates – sing one song from any genre of music while self-accompanying on either piano or guitar.

Graduate candidates – sing two songs from any genre of music while self-accompanying one song on piano, and the other on guitar.

Use of basic block chords to support the harmonies of the song – rather than a precise, written accompaniment – is fully acceptable.


Music Composition & Theory
Instrumental & Vocal
Undergrad & Grad

All Music Composition & Theory applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice.

In addition, applicants must complete an interview with a member of our faculty and present a portfolio with the components listed below.

Composers:  a portfolio including at least three (3) compositions. These may be original works or arrangements, but should exhibit the use of several different instruments or voices – especially in combinations of two or more. Recordings of at least two of your submitted compositions is strongly encouraged.

Theorists: a portfolio of analyses of at least three (3) works by three composers from different time periods.


Jazz Studies & Jazz Education
Instrumental & Vocal
Undergrad

Jazz Studies: all jazz studies applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice. No interview is required for jazz studies applicants.

Jazz Education: all jazz education applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice. Additionally, Jazz Education applicants are required to complete an interview with a member of our music education faculty.

*Note – Jazz Education applicants will select “School & Community Settings” as their major of choice on all forms. The audition registration form will allow you to further specify “Jazz Education” as your chosen program.

All applicants to the above jazz programs should review the audition repertoire linked below – under “Jazz Instrumental/Voice Requirements”.

Jazz Audition Repertoire

Audition Repertoire

Audition repertoire varies by academic level, your chosen program, and your instrument or voice.

Use the links below to navigate to the requirements for your academic level and then review the repertoire for your primary instrument or voice.

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire
Graduate Audition Repertoire

 

Step Two: Apply to Montclair State University

Once you have reviewed the program & audition requirements, you are ready to apply to the university!

All prospective students must submit an application to Montclair State University, following the guidelines set by the admissions office relative to your intended academic level – undergraduate/transfer or graduate.

Apply – Freshman and Transfer Applicants

First time freshmen and transfer applicants will apply through the undergraduate office of admissions. Click the link below to navigate to the undergraduate admissions page for important information, resources, and the official MSU application.

Admissions – Undergraduate & Transfer

Please note – the Cali School oversees the audition process, whereas the admissions office oversees the application process. Any questions regarding the university application and required documents (transcripts, essay, resume, etc.) should be addressed to the undergraduate admissions office.

Apply – Graduate Applicants

Graduate & Artist Diploma applicants will apply through the graduate office of admissions. Click the link below to navigate to the graduate admissions page for important information, resources, and the official MSU application.

Admissions – Graduate

Please note – the Cali School oversees the audition process, whereas the admissions office oversees the application process. Any questions regarding the university application and required documents (transcripts, essay, resume, etc.) should be addressed to the graduate admissions office.

Current MSU Students – Change of Major

Current MSU students, who have completed at least one semester of study and wish to change their major to music, are considered internal transfer applicants.

Internal transfer applicants do not need to submit an application to the university, but are required to register for and complete an audition. To gain access to the private audition registration link, you must send an email to the Audition Coordinator.

Linsay Setzer – Cali School Audition Coordinator
setzerl@montclair.edu

 

Step Three: Audition

The first step in completing your audition is to register for an audition date and method. Please thoroughly review the information below for the audition registration process, audition dates, and deadlines. Registering for an audition is mandatory for all applicants.

Audition Registration

Audition registration is done by the applicant, online. Only applicants who have submitted their university application will have access to the audition registration form through a private link.

Undergraduates & Transfers: You will receive an email within 24 hours of submitting your university application. This email will include the link to the audition registration page, where you will choose an audition date & method, then complete the form that follows. If you do not receive an email 24 hours after submitting your application, please be sure to check your spam folder.

Graduates: You will have access to the private audition registration link through your application portal, once your university application has been submitted. Follow the link in your checklist to the audition registration page, where you will choose an audition date & method, then complete the form that follows.

Audition Dates and Methods

Auditions for the Cali School of Music are completed through one of two methods.

Live Audition – applicants will complete their audition on campus, in person, with our faculty. You may choose your audition date, but the designated time of your audition & interview will be scheduled for you. Your audition day schedule will be emailed to you about 1 (one) week prior to your chosen audition date. Auditions will take place within the times listed for each date below.

Video Audition – applicants will submit video recordings of the required repertoire to their application portal – through the portfolio section. Instructions for uploading your videos will be sent in a confirmation email once you register for a video audition date. Note – submitting videos does not automatically register you for an audition or guarantee review. You must register for a video audition date to be considered. Your chosen video audition date will act as the deadline for your submission.

When registering for an audition, please only choose one audition method & date. You can review the available audition dates below.

For Spring 2022 Entry

Friday, November 5th 2021
2pm-5pm – Live & Video Auditions
*reserved for transfer and graduate students only

For Fall 2022 Entry

Friday, February 4th 2022
2pm-5pm – Live Audition Only

Saturday, February 5th 2022
9am-5pm – Live & Video Auditions

Friday, February 18th, 2022
2pm-5pm – Live Audition Only

Saturday, February 19th, 2022
9am-5pm – Live & Video Auditions

Friday, May 13th 2022
9am-2pm – Live & Video Auditions
*reserved for transfer and graduate students only

Audition Deadlines

Please be aware of the following deadlines for audition registration:

All applicants, regardless of audition method, must register for an audition & have their application submitted & completed with the required materials (transcripts, resume, essay, payments, etc)  2 (two) weeks prior to your chosen audition date. Registration for each audition date will also close 2 weeks prior.

Example: If you choose to audition on February 4th, you must have a completed application and submit the audition registration form by January 21st.

Video Audition Deadline – all applicants submitting videos to fulfill the audition requirements must have their videos uploaded to the portfolio section of their application by 11:59pm the night before the audition date.

Example: If you choose the February 5th video audition date, your videos must be uploaded by 11:59pm on February 4th.

Vaccine and Mask Requirements 2021-2022

To help protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students – all applicants & visitors (including parents, siblings of any age, guardians, etc) who wish to attend a live audition will be required to wear a mask at all times, as well as provide proof of full vaccination. 

Applicants and visitors will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon entering the building, at the audition day registration table. Accepted forms of vaccination proof include:

  • Physical vaccine card with your name on it
  • Digital photo of both sides of your vaccine card
  • Record of your vaccination via the state approved Docket app
  • Another form of official vaccine record with your name on it

Prior to your arrival to campus, visitors must also complete the MSU Hawk Check online. This can be done the morning of your audition. All individual visitors must complete the Hawk Check separately.

If you are feeling unwell, experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, or come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 up to 14 days before your audition, please stay home.

Any applicant who is unvaccinated at the time of their audition – for any personal, medical, or religious reason – is welcome to complete their audition via video submission, following the video audition guidelines.

Any visitor who is accompanying an applicant to their audition, who is unvaccinated at the time of the audition – for any personal, medical, or religious reason – is welcome to drop the applicant off at the Cali Building and pick them up upon completion of their audition day events.

More Info

Financial Aid and Scholarship

Aid may be available through the Cali School, pending a successful audition. You do not need to apply to be considered. Eligible students will be contacted by the Director of the Cali School after an audition has been completed.

Applicants to The John J. Cali School of Music may also qualify for one of the scholarships, grants and/or other sources of financial aid offered by the University.  The following resources may be of help:

University Office of Financial Aid

Graduate School Financial Information

Outside Scholarships and Scholarship Search Engines

FAQs

Below are some of the most common inquiries we receive surrounding the audition process. If your question is not answered, please feel free to reach out to the Audition Coordinator, listed in the ‘Contact Us’ box below.

Additionally, please note that the office of admissions for your chosen level of study handles all things related to the University application. Questions regarding the application, submitting materials, transcripts, recommendation letters, etc. – should be addressed to the admissions office related to your level of study.

Do I need to submit a separate application for Montclair State University and the John J. Cali School of Music?

No, you only need to submit one application to the University. Once you select ‘music’ as your program of choice, the application will auto-add a questionnaire for the Cali School.

Do I need to submit anything to the portfolio section of my application?

The portfolio section of your application is used by the Cali School to review video submissions, or by the Composition & Theory Faculty to review your portfolio requirements. If you are not auditioning via video submission or applying to the Composition/Theory program, you do not need to utilize the portfolio.

When is the deadline to submit my application/supplemental materials?

Your application, supplemental materials, and audition registration all need to be completed 2 weeks prior to your chosen audition date.

For further information, please see the “Audition Deadlines” box above, under Step 3.

What is the difference between the Music Education – Classical Focus, and the Music Education – Jazz Focus? 

The Cali School offers one complete degree in Music Education (School & Community Settings). However, students may choose between the Classical Focus – where your primary instrument & ensemble studies will be based around classical repertoire, or the Jazz Focus – where your primary instrument & ensemble studies will be based around jazz repertoire.

While your application will reflect Music Education – School & Community Settings for either option, there are clarifying questions on the audition registration form that will allow you to make a choice. Additionally, the repertoire and audition process will differ for each focus. Please be sure to review the requirements under “Music Education” for the classical focus, and those listed under “Jazz Studies & Jazz Education” for the Jazz focus under Step 1.

Do you offer music minors?

At this time, we do not offer minors in music.

How do I register for an audition?

Audition registration is completed online, only after you submit your application. You will have access to the private audition registration link either via email, or through your application portal.

For further information, please see the “Audition Registration” box under Step 3.

Are there pre-screenings?

At this time, there are no pre-screenings for any of the programs at the Cali School.

Can I audition for two programs at the same audition?

At this time, we are no longer accepting dual consideration at the same audition date. However, students are permitted to re-audition for another program, or on another instrument, after their initial audition.

Do I need to take placements tests at the audition?

No, placement tests are not part of the audition process. Pending a successful audition and acceptance of an offer of admission, students will receive emails with the links to placement tests for aural skills and theory classes only. Your results will not affect your admission, but are simply used to ensure you are placed into the correct course levels.

I chose my audition date, but I haven’t received my time yet. When will I get that?

Audition & Interview times are scheduled by the audition coordinator and will be sent in a confirmation email about 1-2 weeks prior to your chosen audition date.

Do I need to bring my own instrument?

All Instrumentalists are expected to bring their own instrument, except for percussionists. If you do not own your primary instrument, or need access to one because of travel, please reach out to the Audition Coordinator to see if we can supply you with an instrument for your audition.

Do I need to bring an accompanist?

No, you do not need an accompanist. Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform on their primary instrument without an accompanist; vocalists will be provided with an accompanist from our faculty and are expected to bring copies of their music to the audition.

If you are auditioning with video submissions, you may choose to perform solo or provide your own accompanist or backing tracks. Please ensure your voice/instrument is not overpowered by the accompaniment.

Can I submit a video instead of a live audition?

Yes. While we prefer for all applicants to audition in person, we understand that some students may have religious, travel, or alternative conflicts on our offered audition dates. Video auditions will be one of the options students can register for once they receive access to the private audition registration page.

How do I submit an audition video?

Once you register for one of the video audition dates, you will receive a confirmation email that outlines the directions for uploading your video submission.

Do I need to register for an audition if I am submitting a video?

Yes, all applicants must register for an audition regardless of audition medium, degree level, or choice.

What if I can’t attend any of the scheduled audition dates but still wish to audition in person?

If you are not able to attend any of the scheduled audition dates, please reach out to the Audition Coordinator for alternative options.

If I don’t pass my audition, what are my options?

Incoming students may audition up to three separate times for the Cali School. If you do not pass your initial audition, you are welcome to reach out to the audition coordinator and request to register for a future audition date. Or, if you feel you need more time to prepare for another audition, you may enter the University undeclared/undecided (pending academic acceptance) and audition to transfer into Cali as a change of major during your first semester, or at the end of your first year.

Events for Prospective Students

Tours

The University offers both in person & virtual tours of the campus. These are run through the undergraduate admissions office, and can be scheduled online. For more information regarding a campus visit & tour, please follow the link below.

Campus Tour Info

The Cali School, located in Chapin Hall, is not included on the University’s Campus Tour. Applicants who visit for a live audition are welcome to tour the building on their own, as time allows during your audition day schedule. We invite all others interested in viewing the Cali School facilities to review our virtual tour below.

Cali School – Virtual Tour

 

Shadow Days

Interested applicants to the Cali School are able to participate in a shadow day. Shadow days allow you to be paired with current students in the program that most interests you, while immersing yourself in what it means to be a Cali School music major for the day. Shadow days are scheduled and set up with the coordinator for each instrument or area. Please see the list of coordinators below to contact if you are interested in setting up a shadow day.

Lori McCann – Vocal
mccannl@montclair.edu

Kathryn Lockwood – Strings
lockwoodka@montclair.edu

Don Batchelder – Brass
batchelderd@montclair.edu

TBD – Woodwinds

David Witten – Keyboard
wittend@montclair.edu

Barry Centanni – Percussion
centannib@montclair.edu

Oren Fader – Guitar
fadero@montclair.edu

Oscar Perez – Jazz
perezo@montclair.edu

Marissa Silverman – Music Education
silvermanm@montclair.edu

Brian Abrams – Music Therapy
abramsb@montclair.edu

Aaron Helgeson – Theory/Composition
helgesona@montclair.edu

Contact Us

Questions regarding the application, application deadline/process, and required supplemental materials should be directed to the admissions office appropriate for your level of application – undergraduate/graduate. 

Questions regarding the audition process & audition registration can be directed to the Audition Coordinator:

Linsay Setzer
Audition Coordinator
setzerl@montclair.edu