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Audition Process

All students seeking a major in music must audition for acceptance into the Department of Music on their major instrument/voice before a panel of music department faculty. We encourage all students to apply to Elmhurst College before auditioning for financial aid purposes.

Audition Dates

Schedule an audition online or if the following dates will not work for you, please contact Gayle Bisesi at to arrange a personal audition appointment.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer auditions are primarily for acceptance into the music department. Students who audition in the summer (June) for the upcoming school year may not be considered for a music scholarship. Example: Someone auditions in June and plans on attending Elmhurst in September.

Summer auditions do not preclude a student from consideration for academic or other scholarships offered by Elmhurst nor does it diminish a student’s eligibility for financial aid from College-sponsored sources.

Music Admissions Contact
For clarification about the audition process, contact the Director of Music Admission, Gayle Bisesi, at or at (630) 617-3524.

General Audition Information
Please see specific instrument for more detailed audition information.

Each student will participate in a brief interview with our director of music admissions and various department faculty to discuss their goals, aspirations, what they will bring to Elmhurst College and receive answers to any questions they may have.

Accompaniment Options

  • Elmhurst College faculty pianist (if requested in advance)
  • Your own pianist
  • CD Track without your instrument present
  • Microphones will not be used

Music for the Faculty Panel
On the day of your audition, please bring four copies of each piece of music you will be playing. These will be distributed to the faculty panel.

Your overall presentation is important.

  • Business casual attire is recommended
  • Jeans, tennis shoes, shorts and t-shirts are not recommended

You will be considered for a scholarship following your audition. The music department provides scholarships to students who demonstrate excellence in performance. Scholarships are determined based on the entrance audition; additional scholarships are awarded to continuing students, and academic scholarships are available through the College’s general admissions office.

For more information about Elmhurst’s overall admission policies and processes, please visit the College's admission web site.

Audition Requirements by Instrument
Classical Guitar
Electric Guitar (Music Business majors only)
Electric Bass (Music Business majors only)
Jazz Studies (Jazz Studies majors only)

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