The Department of Fine and Performing at Loyola University Chicago houses the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. We are located primarily in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on Loyola's north-side Chicago Lakeshore Campus. We accept submissions related to our programs and the Ralph Arnold Gallery,
Thank you for your interest in the Music Program at Loyola University Chicago.
Application to the Music Major is a two-part process: an application for admission to the University and an application to audition for the major. If you have not completed the general application, please do so here.
There are four audition dates for prospective Music Majors entering in the 2020-2021 academic year:
- Friday, November 8, 2019
- Saturday, February 8, 2020
- Friday, February 21, 2020
- Friday, March 27, 2020
The main audition for the Music Major is on Saturday, February 8, 2019. Auditions will also be held on November 8, 2019, February 21, 2020 and March 27, 2020 or via video.
Prospective Music Majors are highly encouraged to attend the February 8 audition if possible. Representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid will be in attendance, and tours and an opportunity to meet the music faculty and current students will be more readily available. To be eligible for music scholarships, students must audition before March 1, 2020, preferably in person. Please visit our scholarship page for more information.
All students seeking admission to the Music Major must audition.
Audition Dates and Times
The February 8, 2020 audition schedule is as follows:
- 9:00am - Check In (Mundelein Center Info Desk)
- 9:30am - Welcome Remarks from the DFPA Chairperson (Palm Court)
- 9:45am - Welcome Remarks from the Music Faculty (Music Hall)
- 10:30am - Auditions Begin (Music Hall)
- 1:00pm - End of Day
* Details, and final schedule will be emailed to you by February 1. Individual audition times will be available during check-in on the day of the audition.
The November 8, 2019, February 21, 2020 and March 27, 2020 audition schedule is as follows:
- 12:00-1:15pm - Check In (Mundelein Center Info Desk)
- 1:30pm - Welcome Remarks from the Music Faculty (Music Hall)
- 2:00pm - Auditions Begin (Music Hall)
* Details, and final schedule will be emailed to you one week prior to your audition. Individual audition times will be available during check-in on the day of the audition.
To submit a video audition: complete this application and then upload a high quality video to YouTube or Vimeo following the repertoire guidelines below. Please submit your video audition by April 1, 2020. Once your video is ready for review, simply email the URL to Anthony Molinaro, Director of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org. As long as your Music Major application is complete, and you have been accepted to the University, you can expect to hear back from us within two weeks.
Voice: (including students auditioning for the Vocal Performance or Sacred Music Concentration) - two contrasting songs, with at least one in a foreign language. An accompanist will be provided.
Instrumentalists: two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire. All instrumental auditions are unaccompanied.
Jazz Studies Concentration:
- Saxophone / Trumpet / Trombone / Piano / Guitar / Vibraphone - Two contrasting pieces from the standard jazz repertoire including a 12-bar blues in F or Bb. Pianists, guitarists, and vibraphonists should demonstrate ability to play both melodic material and chord voicings. Applicants are welcome to bring play-along tracks (please have your music on a CD or a mobile device with a cord. We will not have bluetooth speakers available).
- Bass - Applicants should demonstrate an ability to walk a bass line for a 12-bar blues (in the key of Bb or F) and for Bb rhythm changes (the chord progression to “I Got Rhythm”). Please prepare one additional piece of your choice. Applicants are welcome to bring play-along tracks (please have your music on a CD or a mobile device with a cord. We will not have bluetooth speakers available).
- Drum Set - Applicants should demonstrate basic time-keeping ability in the following styles at a variety of tempos: swing, bossa-nova, straight 8th Latin, rock/funk.
For questions regarding your application or the audition schedule, please contact the DFPA at email@example.com or 773.508.7510.
Note that Faculty development funds are competitive and limited. There is an annual call for proposals each April for projects for the upcoming year academic year. The majority of funding is issued from that call, but please do apply for funding if opportunities present themselves outside of the primary funding cycle.
We will do what we can to support your scholarship, research and faculty development.
Funds are primarily intended for full-time faculty, but staff and part-time faculty are welcome to submit requests.
The Ralph Arnold Gallery produces four group exhibitions a year and focuses on local and regional artists and curators. Alongside exhibitions, we offer programming opportunities aimed towards Loyola students and the Chicago community at large. We accept submissions from regional curators and local individual artists to be considered for group exhibitions. Curators may not include themselves in exhibition proposals.
Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and exhibitions are planned a minimum of a year in advance. Proposals are archived for future consideration.