Applied Music: Solo Performance (MUSC 010)
The Department of Music offers a special program of instruction in solo performance and chamber music. This program is funded by the Marian Anderson Endowment and the Bessie and Harry Bodek Memorial Scholarship fund. Admission to and continuance in this program is determined on the basis of auditions and juries for the Faculty Committee on Applied Music, a standing committee of the Department of Music. The department supports a wide variety of performance traditions and encourages qualified students to apply for instruction in classical, jazz, and world music traditions.
Admission to the Program
The program is open to declared music majors or minors. Successful completion of Music Theory and Musicianship I is a prerequisite for music majors who wish to audition for Music 10. Music minors are normally expected to have successfully completed at least two courses toward the minor and to be currently enrolled in at least one additional music course in order to audition for Music 10 (for additional information regarding the music major or minor, please see the department website http://www.sas.upenn.edu/music/undergrad/index.html). All students seeking admission to Music 10 must demonstrate in an audition that they have already attained an intermediate level of advancement and that they have the musical potential and requisite commitment for continued applied studies. Auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall Semester and may be arranged by contacting the Director of Performance (215-898-8698) or signing up in Dr. Michael Ketner's office, Room 227, in the Music Building. Audition times will be posted here.
Auditions are scheduled in fifteen-minute blocks. Students should bring a completed Music 10 information form to the audition (sent to them once they have sbeen approved for an audition time). Two contrasting works should be prepared for the audition. The Faculty Committee on Applied Music may choose during the audition to hear full movements or request excerpts. Specific recommendations for appropriate audition repertory appear below. Soloists may request an accompanist when signing up for an audition time.
All students who are registered for Music 10 are required to participate in one of the performance activities sponsored by the Department of Music. Normally, instrumentalists perform with the Penn Symphony Orchestra, the Penn Wind Ensemble, the Baroque Ensemble, the Recorder Ensemble, Penn Chamber, or one of the Penn Jazz Combos. Vocalists usually join the University Choir or Ancient Voices. Keyboard players may join any of these ensembles or the University Choral Society. Students may be directed to a specific ensemble by the Faculty Committee on Applied Music. Satisfactory completion of Music 10 is contingent on satisfying the ensemble requirement and unsatisfactory participation (in terms of attendance, preparation, commitment) will be reflected in the student’s final grade.
Students are only allowed to register for Music 10 after a successful audition. The course is a two-semester course beginning in the fall semester, which carries one course unit of credit after the completion of two consecutive semesters. Each semester requires a minimum of ten lessons. A list of approved instructors is available in the music department office. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher, arrange the lesson times, and complete the appropriate paperwork in a timely fashion. Students accepted into a chamber group should be aware that they will not be allowed to drop the class after the second week of classes since this would jeopardize participation in Music 10 for the rest of the ensemble.
Performance Requirements and Grading
All students are required to perform in at least one music department recital. These are scheduled through the Director of Performance. Students should apply well in advance to perform in a recital and must have the approval of their private instructor. Students are also encouraged to perform in the College Houses and at schools in the University City community. Students are required to present a final jury near the end of the spring semester for the Faculty Committee on Applied Music. For solo performers, the grade for the year will be determined by the jury, in consultation with the instructor and director of the performance group in which the student participated. For the final jury, students should prepare three works from different periods that demonstrate a variety of skills and illustrate their musical development over the course of the year. Vocalists must perform in three languages. Students must have an accompanist for all works that require one. A list of accompanists is available in the Music Department office. For chamber music participants, the final jury will consist of an entire work or movements from selected works. The grade for the year will be determined by the jury in consultation with the chamber music coach. Criteria for grading include: preparedness of one's part; willingness to rehearse and positive attitude to learning; and attendance at coachings. Please note that three unexcused missed coachings will result in automatic failure. Absences due to sickness will be excused only with a doctor's note.
Procedure for payment
Normally, students admitted to Music 10 for solo performance will be funded for ten lessons per semester at $70 (a total of $700 per semester). If the student's instructor of choice charges a higher fee, or if the student takes more than ten lessons per semester, the student is responsible for the additional cost. The instructor must complete and return a set of necessary forms directly to our business administrator in order to be paid for lessons.
While there are no set requirements for auditions, students may find the following suggestions helpful in deciding what works they wish to play at the audition. The works chosen should display the range of the student’s technical, musical, and stylistic abilities; demonstrate clearly the student’s level of accomplishment; and display versatility in styles and techniques. Students may also be asked to sight read in the audition. Singers must sing in a foreign language.
- Piano: a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or a three-part invention by Bach, and one or more movements from a Mozart or Beethoven sonata (first movement if only a single movement).
- Strings: the principal movement from a major sonata or concerto and contrasting movements from Bach unaccompanied suites or similar works.
- Winds: etudes of at least intermediate difficulty and one or more movements from a major sonata or concerto (orchestral excerpts are not appropriate for Music 10 auditions).
- Organ: a prelude and fugue by Bach, one or more movements of a sonata, concerto, or other major organ work.
- Voice: an art song in a foreign language and an operatic or oratorio excerpt in a second language.