Audition Requirements and Format


Live Auditions

Live auditions will be handled by appointment.  To schedule your audition time, at least two weeks prior to your preferred audition date, please contact the Department of Music at 800-535-5494, ext. 7282, or by email at

While on campus for your audition, you can also sit in on any music classes or attend an ensemble rehearsal.  Contact Admissions to arrange a campus tour or visit. 

Recorded Video Auditions

Recorded auditions are preferred to be available by YouTube Link (make it an unlisted video, a type of private video). Here If you are unable to upload to YouTube, a DVD recording may be mailed to:

Concordia University, Nebraska 
Department of Music 
800 N. Columbia Ave. 
Seward, NE 68434

Audition Format

Students may audition for scholarships in multiple areas.

Prepare an audition of not more than 10 minutes according to the following recommendations:

Voice: a classical art song or aria with piano accompaniment. (Foreign language is not required.) Optional – a second song chosen from the vocal jazz repertoire or musical theatre. An accompanist will be provided upon request. See below for accompanist information.

Organ or piano:  two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire.

Brass, woodwinds, strings:  a Solo or Etude demonstrating performance ability. Students should have an accompanist where appropriate. (You are not required to perform a piece that has an accompaniment.). See below for accompanist information.

Percussion:  solo selections with melodic and non-melodic percussion instruments.

Guitar:  one selection from either the classical or folk genre.


Students should have an accompanist where appropriate. (You are not required to perform a piece that has an accompaniment.) Recorded accompaniment is allowed.

You may choose one of the following options:

  • bring your own accompanist;
  • use an accompanist provided by the university. If you choose this option, you must indicate your choice on the application form and send the music so that it is received no later than two weeks before your audition date.