Specific Audition Requirements by Area

At Hartt, we continue to move forward with the evolving music industry and offer the commercial music concentration to composition, music management, or music production & technology majors. Our commercial music concentration offers you the chance to continue your pursuit of musical excellence while enhancing your skills to create a career-ready path into the industry.


The applicant in Composition should be prepared to perform three contrasting works performed from memory.

Composers are encouraged to perform both their own work, and at least one work drawn from the Classical /Jazz/non-Western, “other-musics” traditions. A blend of traditions and creative practices is encouraged.

Applicants may audition on any instrument or voice. Works should highlight the composer/performers musicianship and emerging professionalism. Singer/songwriters are encouraged.

An accompanist, if required, can be provided with advance notice. Electronic instruments or other sonic performance media such as: Ableton Live, MAX/MSP, or other laptop-based instruments, are also acceptable.

Acknowledging that not all composers use conventional music notation to create their work, in this category the following types of “scores” are acceptable: lead sheets, lyric/chord outlines, sequencer/standard MIDI files (Logic preferred), audio files, Max/MSP or Processing patches with performance instructions/scripts.

Applicants with specific questions about repertoire or audition format are encouraged to contact Hartt Admissions, which will direct questions to the relevant faculty.

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