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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - INSTRUMENTAL

Thank you for your interest in applying to the LACHSA Music Department!  Please review the following requirements for applying to our department.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The requirements below are subject to change.

  • All 2021 campus activities including tours and auditions are subject to change due to COVID-19 guidelines.

IMPORTANT DATES

February 5, 2021:

  • Online Application Submission Due Date

  • Pre-Screen Audition Videos​ Due Date

March 21, 2021:

  • Callback Auditions

April 9, 2021:

  • Decision Letters Emailed

OVERVIEW 

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE

Start preparing your two audition pieces of music. Fully complete and submit the LACHSA online application by February 5, 2021.

STEP TWO

Record videos of you performing your two pieces of music following the guidelines below. Submit your video recordings by Friday, February 5, 2021. 

STEP THREE

A limited number of applicants will be invited to a live* callback audition at LACHSA on March 21, 2021. If granted a callback, see requirements below.

Please allow ample time to upload your online application. Late or incomplete online applications will not be considered. The time and scheduling of auditions and callbacks is determined by the department and requests for specific audition times or dates cannot be accommodated. 

PLEASE NOTE - Auditions and callbacks are granted only if all general requirements for attending LACHSA have been met.

*All 2021 campus activities including tours and auditions are subject to change due to Covid 19 guidelines.

PRE-SCREEN VIDEOS

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

WHAT TO PLAY

Two (2) selections:

  • Each applicant will perform two (2) contrasting pieces or movements that are representative of technical ability.

  • Each applicant will Include a selection or movement in a SLOW tempo AND one in a LIVELY tempo.

 

*Percussion applicants have specific requirements outlined below.

HOW TO PERFORM

  • Dress nicely, as for an interview. 

  • Your face and body should be clearly seen. No one else should be in the video.

  • State your name and title at of the piece the beginning of each piece.

  • No other instruments or pre-recorded tracks should accompany your piece.

HOW TO RECORD AND UPLOAD

  • Camera must be in a fixed position. 

  • Record song in a single take from start to finish. Do not edit tracks/videos together.

  • Shoot in a well-lit, indoor location in the spirit of a recital or audition.

*PERCUSSION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (click to expand)


All percussion applicants must show techincal ability in mallets, snare drum and timpani: Mallets Demonstrate proficiency of the following rudiments:

  • Any meodic minor scale - 2 octaves
  • Chromatic scale - 2 octaves
Snare Drum Demonstrate proficiency of the following rudiments:
  • Flam Accent
  • Flam Tap
  • 9 Stroke Roll
  • 5 Stroke Roll
  • Long Roll
  • Double Paradiddle
  • Prepare Page 44 of the Modern School for Snare Drum by Morris Goldenberg
Timpani Demonstrate proficiency of the following rudiments:
  • Prepare page 8 of Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist by Garwood Whaley





VIDEO DISCLAIMER: Applicants MAY NOT submit professional video recordings. Smart phone videos are preferred. Professional recordings will be disqualified - professional editing of any type is strictly prohibited and will disqualify your application.

CALLBACK

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

After successfully submitting the LACHSA application and pre-screen audition video, a limited number of applicants will be invited to participate in a live* callback audition. During the callbacks, applicants will be asked to:

  • Perform the same piece(s) of music they submitted in pre-screen videos


  • Perform scales on their instrument
 (select your instrument in the drop-down menu below for specific requirements)

  • Demonstrate sight reading


  • Participate in a short interview with music faculty



*On campus activities are subject to change based of Covid-19 regulations.

CLASSICAL PIANO (callback only)


  • All Major and Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves)




CLASSICAL WOODWINDS & BRASS (callback only)


  • All Major scales, 2 octaves
  • Any 2-octave minor scale
  • Chromatic scale, 2 octaves




CLASSICAL STRINGS (callback only)


Violin/Viola

  • Any 3-octave major scale
  • Any melodic minor scale, 3 octaves
Cello
  • C major scale-3 octaves
  • C melodic minor scale-3 octaves
Bass
  • F major scale, 2 octaves
  • F melodic minor scale, 2 octaves





CALLBACK

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS BY INSTRUMENT

For department-specific questions, please reach out to the Music Department Chair, Michael Powers at powers_michael@lacoe.edu. For general admissions-related questions, please reach out to the Admissions Coordinator, Felicia Cain at lachsa_admissions@lacoe.edu.

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