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.
The main audition for the Music Major is on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Auditions will also be held on February 22, March 29, or via video, but students are highly encouraged to attend the February 2 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, 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 2, 2019 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)
* Details, including your audition time, will be emailed to you by January 25.
The February 22, 2019 and March 29, 2019 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, including your audition time, will be emailed to you one week prior to your audition.
To submit a video audition: complete this application and then upload a high quality video to YouTube following the repertoire guidelines below. Please submit your video audition by April 1, 2019. 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.
Thank you for your interest in Loyola University Chicago’s Bachelor of Arts in Dance. We are happy that you will be joining us for an in-person audition.
To be considered for the dance major at Loyola University Chicago, dancers must attend an audition on our Lake Shore Campus in Chicago. If you are unable to attend the primary audition for the major you may choose the alternate date listed.
Please remember - acceptance to the Dance program is contingent upon acceptance to Loyola University Chicago. For admissions applications and details, click here.
The main audition date for the Dance Major has passed. Perspective majors are encouraged to audition in person during the alternative date on Friday, March 29.
Audition Day Schedule (3/29):
- 1:30pm - 2:15pm: Perspective students and their families meet with Director of Dance - (location TBA)
- 2:45pm - 4:15pm: Ballet Class - Mundelein 409
- 4:30pm - 5:45pm: Showcase of current student choreography and dance research, perspective students and families invited to attend - Mundelein 409
Please be sure to wear appropriate dance attire.
You must complete the application in order to register for Dance Major Auditions.
As part of your audition we request that you submit a solo on video:
- Solo should two-minutes long and choreographed
- May be of any technique or style you choose
- May be composed by the dancer or another choreographer
For audition requirements, please see our website.
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If you are unable to attend the primary audition for the major you may choose the alternate date listed, which is March 29, 2019. Although we prefer in-person auditions, we do recognize that some students, particularly international students, may not be able to attend the audition.
To that end, please see the following instructions for submitting a video submission:
- Ensure you have filled out this application
- Provide the following video sequences of Ballet technique:
- Barre work: Plies in all positions; Tendus from 5th position; Rond de jambe a terre; Fondus with developpes
- Center work: Tendus with pirouettes en dehors; Adagio
- You only need to demonstrate on one side, but should alternate sides for different exercises
A link to your video audition should be added to your application along with a two minute solo of your choosing. You may also send a link to the Director of Dance, Sandra Kaufmann, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the DFPA at email@example.com with any additional questions.
We sincerely look forward to seeing you!
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
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.