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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Recording and Production

Undergraduate (BM)

  1. ALL applicants must perform a successful audition in an area of study. If your area of study is classical composition, you must submit a portfolio of two scores. If your performance area requires prescreening, you must submit a prescreening recording in addition to items 2 and 3 on this list.
  2. Submit one or more audio recordings that you have engineered all by yourself. The most successful applicants submit stereo mixes of multi-track/multi-microphone recordings involving real musical instruments, as opposed to completely digitally generated music. For example, this might be a recording of a popular song involving drum set, electric bass, electric guitar, synthesizer, and voice, or a jazz tune involving piano, bass, drums, and saxophone. Recordings of classical ensembles using basic stereo microphone pairs are also acceptable but should be supplemented with something more complex like the first two examples. Recordings done in commercial recording studios are discouraged unless there is substantial proof that you are employed as an engineer or currently serve as an intern at that studio and that you were not assisted in production of your submitted recordings.
  3. Submit a 1-2 page technical explanation of how you recorded, mixed, and mastered the recordings. Include a list of microphones and other input devices used. What pressing did you use? Why did you make the mixing decisions you made?
  4. Submit a statement outlining your future plans and reasons for desiring admission to this program. This statement is separate from the essay required by the Common Application and Pioneer Application.

A final interview with the Director of Recording and Production may be required.

Please contact Professor Michael Schulze, Director of Recording and Production, at [email protected] with questions and for more information.