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The Department of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Department of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, one of the most distinguished and acclaimed institutions for the study of music, known for the highest standards in music education, music business and technology, music performance, creativity and community outreach. Simply stated, we educate future Performers, Educators and Entrepreneurs. The hallmark of any great university is its faculty. Our music faculty distinguishes themselves as performers, conductors, music entrepreneurs. They regularly perform, conduct music ensembles and give masterclasses throughout the USA, Europe, Russia and China. The faculty also includes worldacclaimed researchers in the fields of Music Theory and Music Education. Major music institutions throughout the United States, Europe and China are currently using books written by faculty members in our department. What makes this faculty unique is not just their passion for performance, teaching and research but the mentoring they provide for their students; they inspire all students to excel in their chosen field. At Millersville we create opportunities to develop student’s entrepreneurial, performance, and creative skills; skills to enable them become musical leaders in their communities.

Dr. MĂ­cheĂĄl B. Houlahan Chairperson and Professor


CREATING TOMORROW’S PEFORMERS, EDUCATORS ENTREPRENEURS Tyler Hart In my time at Millersville, I have experienced every point of the Music Triangle. As an educator, I share my art by teaching other vocal and percussion students. I also share my art through performance. My training is a great asset and has helped me to obtain many theater roles and percussion performing opportunities. In addition, Millersville has helped me develop the networking skills necessary to succeed.

Brittany Mazzurco I chose the Music Business and Technologies program for two reasons. One, I know I will learn the skills to help me achieve my dream job - managing recording artists. Two, these same skills will allow me to manage my own career in the future. Whether I end up managing someone else’s career or my own, I know Millersville’s unique combination of a degree that is both music and business intensive will allow me to be successful in the recording industry.

Paulino Contreras Not only has Millersville’s music department given me the opportunity to refine my skills in performing, but it has also exposed me to several other fields in the work of music and music education. With so many options and an amazing faculty to guide you, success and failure are merely options depending on how high your expectations of yourself are. 3

ABOUT US The Department of Music is located on Millersville University’s beautiful central Pennsylvania campus, in close proximity to some of the major music centers of the eastern seaboard, including Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. U.S. News & World Report, in its annual college ranking for 2012, ranked Millersville University in the top 100 of Best Regional Universities in the North. The report reviews quality of education, recognizes academically rigorous liberal arts curriculum, class size and student-to-faculty ratio, among others. Enjoying a reputation as a leader within Pennsylvania, the Department of Music at Millersville University attributes its impeccable record for placing its graduates in prominent teaching and music business positions to the nurturing relationships students enjoy with our faculty. Leading scholars, performers, educators and the teaching faculty within the department provide and foster leadership by example, establish musical standards through performance and engage students to develop independent, critical-thinking skills that not only prepare them for successful careers, but also for lifelong learning. Mentorship and apprenticeship are at the center of how music students at Millersville learn. For six of their eight semesters before graduating, music education students observe and teach at all levels of the K-12 vocal and instrumental music curriculum. This experience helps form the foundation upon which the music education curriculum is built. Music 4

business students have the opportunity to interact with some of the country’s leading professionals through campus lectures and the two internships they experience as a core element to the music business curriculum. The formal and informal design of the program helps provide professional work experience and establish professional contacts within the fields of arts administration and the music industry. Through strong partnerships with such prestigious local organizations as the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and OperaLancaster, music majors at Millersville enjoy unprecedented opportunities to perform and to experience their profession. Additionally, voice majors have the opportunity of performing as Choral Scholars at various churches. Motivated students experience many opportunities to challenge themselves further academically. Examples include the acclaimed Honors College, where students engage our most senior faculty in small group discussions, our expansive International Study Abroad programs in which students experience other cultures and travel throughout the world, and MU Online, where Internet technology enhances access to a broad scope of courses and information. A nurturing and supportive faculty, outstanding students and academic and real-life work experience coupled with a beautiful and secure environment, all add up to the music department of Millersville University. Come explore the musician within you!


Millersville University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 5



MUSIC EDUCATION The Music Education program is based on the premise that the strongest musicians should be teaching music. To this end, the degree in Music Education is designed to develop and foster the highest level of musicianship while providing the student with depth in subject matter, appropriate techniques in methodology and an extensive variety of field experiences.

The experiences culminate with a semester-long student teaching assignment, including elementary, secondary, instrumental and vocal experiences. The Millersville University music department recognizes the National Standards of Music Education, and its program is designed so that students will be able to meet those standards in an educational setting. Through a curriculum designed to create the finest teachers and musicians, Music Education students at Millersville University become knowledgeable in theory and solfege, and develop functional piano, keyboard and vocal skills. They become accomplished performers on their major instruments through the one-on-one guidance provided by a distinguished artist faculty member and mentor. Students gather knowledge of Western and non-Western music traditions. They develop a command of quality materials, resources and technology, and gain a working knowledge of methodologies, such as K贸d谩ly, Orff, Dalcroze and Gordon through the development and execution of quality K-12 lesson plans. Millersville University graduates demonstrate knowledge and use of classroom, band and orchestral instruments and can integrate compositional skills in the classroom. In addition to classroom learning, students in the Music Education program receive extensive experience in University performing ensembles, and have the opportunity to become members of professional organizations, such as the Music Educators National Conference. Guest speakers address practical issues facing music educators, and frequent lectures and discussions by successful educators provide valuable insight into the art of professional education. 7




Millersville University uniquely combines both recording and music business classes into one major. Students in the MB&T program at Millersville University participate in the “Creative Campus� program as performers, entrepreneurs and educators, interact with visiting professionals, and participate in real-world projects. Millersville University offers a bachelor of arts degree in music and liberal arts with Music Business and Technologies and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Millersville University offers classes that focus on both commercial and popular studies and arts administration studies. Students will develop skills in areas such as contract negotiation, interpretation of copyright law, licensing agreements, concert promotion, grant proposal writing, event planning, fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, promotion and professional communication.

INDIVIDUALIZED COURSEWORK Music Business and Technology track majors combine courses from both the music and the business departments. The student majoring in professional music will enter into an advising relationship with departmental staff, designate an area of concentration for major study and create an individual plan for course work. The student will learn the skills, concepts and methodologies necessary to develop proficiency in the designated area of concentration typical of that found in the professional music industry. Toward the end of the degree, students will complete a final project, a capstone experience, with online portfolio documentation.


MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Students in the MB&T program will create and produce recordings and successfully complete recording projects typical of those found in contemporary professional recording and production environments.

INTERNSHIPS Students at Millersville University are required to experience two internships. Students are encouraged to find a local internship and a national internship to broaden their spectrum of the music business.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC The Bachelor of Arts in Music program at Millersville University provides the student with a broad comprehension of the integral role of music in society. To prepare students for graduate study and/or a career in the arts, a working knowledge of American music and Western art music is developed, including history, literature and sources in art and vernacular traditions. Through an examination of grammar, structure and relationship to other arts within their cultural context, students gain an understanding of diverse musical traditions. Research into areas of specific interest is encouraged beyond the classroom and students are challenged to make music through analysis, composition, improvisation and performance. A student striving for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music learns how to identify related concepts in the curriculum, including historical, theoretical, pedagogical and practical, then applies them throughout the discipline. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills and a competency in working with musical technology. Knowledge of music history with both written and oral communication is fostered and students are expected to attain a high level of performance on their major instruments. 9

MINOR IN MUSIC The Music Minor is designed for students majoring in fields other than music who are interested in further developing their performance skills on an instrument or voice. Courses, in addition to private lessons, are designed to reinforce the overall musical background of the student. The Minor in Music is not intended as professional preparation for a career in music, but for personal enrichment. Admission to the program is offered by audition to students with a strong musical background. In addition to courses in their major, Music Minors take required and elective music courses and receive many of the same benefits as music majors, including private instruction and opportunities for positions in Millersville University’s top performing ensembles. ENTREPRENEURIAL MINOR Students will learn to identify resources and tools to translate opportunities into sustainable solutions, formulate business plans and develop ethical orientations to build informed decisions, strategies and relationships. The entrepreneurship minor will require students to complete a minimum of 18 credits, which includes an introductory seminar on entrepreneurial thinking, two core courses, a practicum and a capstone course on business skills for entrepreneurs.





From a 41-unit Clavinova digital piano laboratory to a Disklavier performance-reproducing concert grand piano, to a state-of-the-art recording studio and performance spaces, Millersville University’s new Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center is a true, premiere performing arts center for arts learning in the 21st century. DIGITAL PIANO LABORATORY The installation of the new Clavinova digital piano lab makes Millersville University’s Yamaha Piano Laboratory the country’s largest. The Clavinova is a multipurpose platform providing traditional piano instruction, multi-track sequencing and Internet connectivity. Elements of the new pianos replace traditional classroom pianos, while offering vastly wider access to 21st-century teaching methods and materials. All Clavinova’s are equipped with a Mini Mac computer, monitor, and wireless keyboard and mouse. This enables the recording and composing students to work with Midi files and Protools to arrange music and edit tracks.

DISKLAVIER The Yamaha DCFX Disklavier’s RemoteLive technology enables a pianist to perform in one location and have his or her keystrokes and pedal movements transmitted live, in real time, to other networked Disklavier pianos anywhere in the world. Combining perfectly synchronized video and audio plus MIDI broadcast from a single location to multiple locations.

THE WARE CENTER Millersville University’s newly acquired building in downtown Lancaster fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Students with an interest in Music Business & Technology will forge new alliances and create new opportunities as they use the city as a laboratory for ideas and an “incubator” for creative work. Downtown performances and lectures are accommodated in a rich acoustical and engaging environment. Master classes, some in conjunction with renowned visiting artists, are housed in this venue as well. Faculty and student work will be highlighted in: 11



THE CHORAL PROGRAM reflects the high standards of the University community and the music department. Each year, Millersville’s choirs perform a wide variety of challenging, stimulating and exciting repertoires, singing both on and off campus in concerts, tours, University events and at the annual holiday concert. Membership in all ensembles is by audition. KEYSTONE SINGERS is our most demanding choral ensemble with regards to time and repertoire. Numbering about 26, this group serves as the vocal chamber ensemble of Millersville University. The Keystone Singers performs music from the entire canon of Western choral music. Beyond musical talent and ability, we seek members with the desire and artistic work ethic to make music at the highest level. For only the bold of heart, the Keystone Singers is a musically rewarding experience that students will carry with them far beyond their years at Millersville. This year, together with choirs from regional colleges and the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, Keystone Singers will perform Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. THE UNIVERSITY CHOIR is the largest ensemble at Millersville. A mixed ensemble of both men and women, the choir numbers around 80-100 singers and sings music from the vast history of the choral repertoire, focusing on masterpieces and modern composers. Performing widely on campus and in the greater community, past appearances have included conventions and festivals across central and western Pennsylvania, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the University Orchestra, and collaborative efforts with groups such as the Bethlehem Bach Choir in a performance of J.S. Bach’s “B Minor Mass.” In addition to these choral masterworks, the University Choir premieres a new work each year, specifically written for them.


CANTILENA, WOMEN’S CHOIR is a select group of approximately 24-30 women’s voices. Cantilena means “song,” specifically a work with a lovely, lyrical line, and is a perfect description for the finely sculpted sound these ladies produce. Founded in 2000 as the Millersville University Women’s Choir, Cantilena has given acclaimed performances both on and off campus, performing on music series and on tour throughout the region. There is a strong bond that forms among members of this choir which transcends music and often develops into lifelong friendships. MARAUDER MEN’S GLEE CLUB is the newest vocal ensemble at Millersville University. It was conceived as part of the great tradition of men’s collegiate singing. The club’s repertoire includes works written especially for them. The Marauder spirit is alive and well and the quality of the music speaks to the dedication of its members. The club’s motto, Semper fratres (always brothers), speaks to the sense of community that is a common feature in all our choral ensembles.

THE CONCERT BAND cordially invites all interested woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass players to join our ensemble as regular members. Formerly known as the Millersville University Symphonic Band, the concert band comprises approximately 70 collegiate musicians from all majors on campus. This organization provides concerts dedicated to performance of the finest concert band repertoire, and often features nationally recognized guest performers and conductors. This past year, while organized as the Millersville University Symphonic Band, the ensemble performed works by Malcolm Arnold, Vittorio Giannini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jan van der Roost and others. The goal of our organization is to provide members with the opportunity to pursue their musical interests in a congenial atmosphere. We strive to be “The Band of Choice”: the choice for musicians, special event planners and audiences alike. Musicians from all majors are welcome to join. Auditions are not required for membership, but will take place in order to finalize part assignments. General education credit is available. 13

WIND ENSEMBLE The Wind Ensemble is Millersville University’s select wind and percussion performance group, made up of approximately 45 of the finest brass, woodwind and percussion players at the University. It is devoted entirely to original works for winds and percussion in the belief that the wind ensemble is an important and unique means of musical expression. The goal of every ensemble member is to play to his or her fullest potential, and to help the ensemble play to its fullest potential. Auditions are required for acceptance. The Wind Ensemble performs the finest in advanced contemporary and traditional music for winds and percussion, and often features nationally recognized guest performers and conductors.


ORCHESTRA, conducted by Dr. Vera Volchansky, is an ensemble dedicated to advancing the performance experience of its members and performs at least twice a semester. Performing established repertoire as well as new and interesting music, the orchestra’s concerts will cultivate interdisciplinary connections, building a wide and varied audience. All musicians interested in joining should contact the director at General education credit is available for non-music major Millersville University students. WEST AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM ENSEMBLE is a product of a semester-long perspectives course designed to provide an in-depth analysis of West African culture and history focusing on musical traditions, pedagogical practices and musical aesthetics found in this region of the world. General introduction to the study of West African music and dance, the ethnomusicological approach and classification and symbolism of musical instruments is presented. Moreover, the process of musical innovation and acculturation in West Africa and the impact of technology and the communications media on traditional and contemporary musical styles are examined. A major component of the course is in its practical application of information learned. Students participate in learning traditional West African dance and drumming pieces studied in the classroom, thereby providing a unique opportunity for all students to understand experientially the unique musical styles and cultural aesthetics found throughout the region.

THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ LAB BAND offer all Millersville University students with previous instrumental experience an opportunity to perform in the jazz idiom. Membership is determined through placement auditions. Members of the Jazz Ensemble are selected at the beginning of each fall semester with membership being awarded for one academic year. Jazz Lab Band membership is open each semester according to students’ availability. The Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of musical styles from the jazz and commercial idioms in the big band and combo formats. Performances include both on and off campus concerts each semester, a biannual regional tour and the Jazz Fest De ‘Ville/Jazz Band Workshop events on alternating years. Guest artists, who appear regularly with the band, have included Ernie Watts, John Fedchock, Tom Irvin, Jeff Holmes, Larry McWilliams, Chris Vadala, Byron Stripling, Dean Sorenson, Sherrie Maricle and Nicki Parrot, as well as other regional jazz musicians. General education credit is available. The Jazz Lab Band is a “big band” that provides a means for students to further develop jazz interpretation/reading skills and also become acquainted with basic improvisational practices. Performances are scheduled each semester. THE MARAUDER MARCHING BAND brings to Millersville students the exciting music and spectacular effects of a corps-style collegiate marching band. The band performs at all home football games in addition to periodic appearances at away games and collegiate and high school marching band exhibitions. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major. There are no auditions for instrumentalists; color guards should contact the director for specific audition information. 15


REQUIREMENTS 1. SOLO PERFORMANCE P  resentation of selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery as an instrumentalist or vocalist. Please refer to the Solo Performance Guidelines (pages 18 - 19). S pecific questions about your major performance audition should be directed to the individual instrument instructors.

2. VOCAL ASSESSMENT A  ll applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of vocal-aural proficiency in the following manner: A. S ing one of two songs provided on the music department website. Songs may be transposed to another key to accommodate the vocal range of the applicant and will be sung without accompaniment. Copies of the songs are included in the audition information packet sent upon receiving your application and request for audition date. B. E cho/sing the following as modeled on piano: • S ingle pitches (tone matching; within and outside of voice range). Melodic sequences (2-7 pitches). • S ing pitches for minor, major, diminished and augmented triads and dominant 7th chords. All applicants for admission as a Millersville University music major or minor must file a separate application to the Department of Music and schedule an audition for admission. The audition process includes the four components listed above and is performed on scheduled dates (see the back page of the application for audition dates and to schedule an audition). Auditions begin at 9 a.m. on scheduled dates and conclude no later than 1 p.m. Professional attire is expected.


3. MUSIC THEORY EXAM* A  pplicants will demonstrate knowledge of musical notation in both treble and bass clefs with regard to the following: •K  ey signatures and scale construction for major and relative minor keys. • Intervals (minor second through octave). •C  hord construction (minor, major, diminished, augmented and dominant 7th). • Rhythmic notation for simple and compound meters. • * Suggested preparatory material may be found in: Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm & Meter (3rd Edition), by John Clough, Joyce Conley & Claire Boge. (Parts 1-5 & 7) published by W.W. Norton Co. (1999) ISBN# 0-393-97369-7

4. INTERVIEW S tudents entering the Music Education and Music Business programs are required to complete an interview. The interviews, conducted by faculty in their respective fields, aim to provide understanding of students’ motivation for their career choice. Students should prepare to answer the following questions: • Why would you like to enter this field? • What communication and performance skills and abilities do you possess that will prove effective in your chosen field? • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years and in 10 years after college graduation? • What previous experiences will you draw upon to help you as a professional? 17



BASSOON Prepare at least two contrasting technical and melodic movements for your audition such as Bordeau’s “Premier Solo,” David’s “Concertino, Op. 12” and Phillips’ “Concertpiece.” In addition, any of the following scales may be asked of you in your audition: chromatic scale (two octaves from low F to high F) and all major scales in two octaves (with the exception of Cb and B - 1 octave). Please direct questions about your bassoon audition to Prof. Kirstin (Gordon) Myers (

CELLO Applicants should prepare two contrasting works including a movement from one of the “Solo Suites” of Bach and a movement from a sonata or concerto at the level of Eccles, Fauré, Saint-Saens or Vivaldi. Applicants should also prepare an etude from Dotzauer, Lee, Popper or Schroeder that illustrates the student’s highest technical level. Applicants should be prepared to play two- or three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios. Students may be asked to sight-read. Please direct questions about your cello audition to Sara Male (



Present selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery. At least two works (etudes, solos or movements from larger works) of contrasting styles are expected. Major scales and arpeggios are generally required to demonstrate range and technical command. Students may be asked to sight-read. Direct questions about your bass audition to Prof. Don Grabowski (



Perform at least two works (etudes, solos, movements of larger pieces) of contrasting styles demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery. Students may be asked to perform major scales and arpeggios from memory and demonstrate sight-reading. Please prepare intermediate or advanced repertoire such as J.S. Bach’s “Sonata in Eb Major for Flute and Keyboard,” W.A. Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G or D Major,” and any solo from Flute Music by French Composers for Flute and Piano, (Ed. Louis Moyse, Pub. G. Schirmer). Please direct questions about your flute audition to Prof. Joel Behrens (

Perform at least two works (etudes, solos, movements of larger pieces) of contrasting styles demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery. Students may be asked to perform major scales and arpeggios from memory and demonstrate sight-reading. In addition to their classical repertoire, students may opt to perform a jazz or original composition. Please prepare intermediate or advanced repertoire such as Cavallini’s “Adagio-Tarantella,” Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet,” Handel’s “Sonata No. 3” and Rueff‘s “Chanson et Passepied for Saxophone.” Please direct questions about your clarinet or saxophone audition to Dr. Christy Banks (

GUITAR Choose repertoire that best demonstrates your level of musical and technical mastery. (Remember, it is better to play easier pieces well than to play difficult pieces poorly.) Two works (etudes, solos or movements from larger works) of contrasting styles are expected. The prepared pieces must be classical guitar solos (the melody and supporting parts are all played simultaneously on one guitar). Finger style technique (no pick) on a classical (nylon strings) guitar is expected. Guitar solos by any of the following composers are suggested: Sor, Guiliani, Carcassi, Aguado, Carulli, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Barrios, Brouwer, Dowland, Milan, de Visee and Bach. Applicants should be prepared to play all major scales throughout the range of any position. As an alternate choice for one of the audition pieces perform a piece using a pick that contains both a melody and an accompaniment played at the same time by the person auditioning. An example of such a piece would be a chord-melody style jazz standard. Direct questions about your guitar audition to Prof. Marcia Englar (

FRENCH HORN Present selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery. At least two works (etudes, solos or movements from larger works) of contrasting styles are expected. Major scales and arpeggios are generally required to demonstrate range and technical command. Students may be asked to sight-read. Direct questions about your French horn audition to Prof. Cheryl Staherski (

TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM, TUBA Students should prepare and perform two contrasting works (from etude or solo repertoire) demonstrating lyrical style and expressive capabilities, along with technical mastery. Students may be asked to play scales and/or sight-read. Although optional, students are encouraged to improvise within a jazz or blues idiom. Direct questions about your trombone audition to Prof. John Lemke ( 19



Students should prepare and perform two contrasting works (from etude or solo repertoire) demonstrating lyrical style and expressive capabilities, along with technical mastery. One work may include a suitable jazz-style etude or solo transcription. Applicants will demonstrate technical control and range via a chromatic scale, major scales; slurred and tongued articulations should be included. In addition, students will be asked to sight-read. Direct questions about your trumpet audition to Dr. Keith Wiley (

Present selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery. At least two works (etudes, solos or movements from larger works) of contrasting styles are expected. Major scales and arpeggios are generally required to demonstrate range and technical command. Students may be asked to sight-read. Direct questions about your organ audition to Dr. Ross Ellison (

OBOE Prepare at least two contrasting technical and melodic movements for your audition such as Cimarosa’s “Concerto in C,” Handel’s “Sonatas, No. 1, 2, or 3,” Marcello’s “Concerto in C minor” and Schumann’s “Romance No. 1.” In addition, any of the following scales may be asked of you in your audition: chromatic scale (from low Bb - high F) and all major scales in two octaves (with the exception of Ab, Gb, F#, A, and G - 1 octave). Please direct questions about your oboe audition to Prof. Kirstin (Gordon) Myers (

PERCUSSION Present selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery. At least two works (etudes, solos or movements from larger works) of contrasting styles and performance area (i.e., snare drum, mallets, timpani, ethnic percussion, drum set, accessories) are expected. Major scales and arpeggios, or rudiments, are generally required to demonstrate range and technical command. Students will be asked to sight-read. Direct questions about your percussion audition to James Armstrong (

PIANO All applicants should prepare three contrasting works, two of which must be classical and of at least upper intermediate level (e.g., Bach’s “Two-part Inventions,” Schubert’s “Moments Musicaux”). It is preferable that the works be memorized. The third work may be contemporary, jazz, improvisation or an original composition. Applicants should be prepared to play scales, arpeggios, chords in inversions and/or exercises from Hanon, Czerny and others. Students will be asked to sight-read two contrasting styles. Direct questions about your piano audition to Dr. Anita Renfroe (


VIOLA Present two contrasting works. A fast and slow movement the level of the Telemann “Concerto in G Major” or Bach “Solo Suite No.1” is highly recommended. Students should also be prepared to play all major scales (two octaves) and an etude that highlights their level of technical development. Direct questions about your viola audition to Dr. Madeleine Darmiento (

VIOLIN Present two contrasting works: a fast and slow movement of a concerto of Bach or Mozart is recommended or a work of comparable difficulty. Students should be prepared to play all major scales (including three octaves G, A, Bb, C) and an etude that highlights their level of technical development. Direct questions about your violin audition to Dr. Vera Volchansky (

VOICE All applicants for the major performance area of voice are required to sing from memory two contrasting classical art songs or arias, one in English and one in a foreign language. Selections from Broadway musicals or other popular genres are not appropriate for this audition. Students must provide their own accompaniment. CD players and tape decks will be available for use with taped accompaniments. Accompanists will not be provided. Direct questions about your vocal audition to Prof. Kristin Sims ( or Dr. Mark A. Boyle ( 21


SUCCESS GUIDE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Q. What criteria are used in evaluating prospective students? A. A  ll students are required to audition on their primary instrument or voice, during which they are assessed on technique, musicianship, and professionalism. All students must also complete a theory-aural skills examination and the vocal assessment. Students entering the music education and music business programs are required to complete an interview in their respective fields. Q. Does a successful audition mean admittance to Millersville University? A. N  o. Admission is contingent upon acceptance by both the Department of Music and the University Office of Admissions. Q. W  hom do I contact regarding financial aid and academic scholarships? A. F or questions concerning financial aid (including loans, work-study, grants-in-aid, etc.), please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly, 717-872-3026. For questions concerning academic scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions directly, 717-872-3371, and the Honors College at 717-872-3571. Q. What should the student wear to the audition/interview? A. Professional attire is expected. Q. What are the academic requirements to be admitted to the Department of Music? A. A  cademic eligibility is evaluated by the Office of Admissions through review of a student’s academic record and SAT/ACT scores. These considerations are paired 22

with the audition results and a recommendation by the Department of Music. Transfer students must bring a current copy of their transcript to the audition. Q. When will I be notified of my audition results? A. A  ll students who audition will be notified of their audition results within two weeks of the audition by the music department. The admissions office will also send a letter notifying you of your University admission status. The admissions office is the only office that can admit any student to Millersville University. Q. W  hat types of music scholarships are available to incoming students? A. A  limited number of music scholarships are available for the most qualified students. All students who have completed a University application are considered for music scholarships upon auditioning. Q. What are the audition requirements? A. A  ll audition requirements can be found on pages 16–17 of this document.

DEPARTMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS A limited number of scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional musical achievement and potential as indicated by their audition performance, vocal/aural skills, and knowledge of theory and their academic achievement (SAT score, class rank/grade point average). Departmental scholarships will be offered on an “on-going” basis. Students must have applied for University admission and have successfully completed an entrance audition in order to be considered for a scholarship.


PERFORMANCE AWARD LOUIS VYNER PERFORMANCE AWARD The Louis Vyner Award in Performance honors the late founder and conductor of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, a pillar in the greater Lancaster musical community. It recognizes excellence in performance (including conducting) as judged by the full-time and adjunct faculty but places this excellence within the context of a broader excellence of a University-oriented view of music as an academic discipline. All applicants must have a 3.0 Q.P.A. in music courses and must have reached junior status in the University as a degree candidate in music by the date of the audition. The award consists of two parts: a cash award, being the annual income from the fund established in 1980 for this purpose from the proceeds of a previous Pittsburgh Symphony residency at Millersville University and a public performance during the senior year with recognition at that time as the Louis Vyner Performance Award winner.

Winner of the 2012 Louis Vyner Performance Award “My time at Millersville as a music education major has thoroughly prepared me for whatever path I may take in the coming years. I have improved upon my performance skills, developed a stronger ear and a deeper sense of musical theory, and have been given an abundance of knowledge regarding pedagogical methods I will need in the future. Getting a chance to play in the Louis Vyner Performance Competition gave me a chance to stretch my musical ability in order to shine amongst my exceptionally talented peers. The music faculty at Millersville University is a team of accomplished, knowledgeable, and helpful individuals who will each equip you toward a successful path after graduation.� 23 Find out more about the Millersville Music Department

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