Music at Mary Baldwin offers flexibility not often found in larger institutions. Students have the opportunity to pursue all aspects of music including performance, education, and arts management. With a large number of on-campus and local opportunities to get involved, students can apply their knowledge in hands-on experiences.

Music Majors complete the Performing Arts Major with Music Concentration. Music is also one of the main components of MBU’s Shakespeare and Performing Arts track — an accelerated degree program with special networking and collaborative opportunities.  Mary Baldwin also offers a minor in music.

Why study music at Mary Baldwin University?

  • all courses, lessons, and ensembles are open to all qualified Mary Baldwin students, not just music majors and minors
  • music students have many performance opportunities every semester
  • we have two concert series and bring internationally-acclaimed artists to campus every semester—and their concerts are free for MBU students!
  • we take students to see performances off-campus every year (such as to Kennedy Center)
  • our choral ensembles go on tour every year and perform regularly on and off campus
  • string players have the opportunity to perform with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, where they have the unique experience of performing alongside community members, students from other schools, and professionals
  • the VWIL band is a fun experience that is open to all MBU students!
  • we have one of the few arts administration programs in the country at the undergraduate level

 

 

Anointed Voices of Praise is Mary Baldwin’s student-directed, traveling, music ministry of traditional and contemporary gospel music. This group knows how to bring the house down in a way you won’t forget!

Baldwin Charm
 is our auditioned, pop a cappella group, selected from the Mary Baldwin Choir.  They perform regularly on and off-campus.  And don’t miss this year’s Jam!

Bella Voce
 is for those who enjoy “a polyphonic part-song originating in the 14th century, which is marked by secular text and a freely imitative style and counterpoint” (per Webster’s). AKA: beautiful madrigal or chamber music by select members of the Mary Baldwin Choir.

Mary Baldwin Choir
 sings. A lot. And beautifully. As a collective of soloist-caliber vocalists, the choir shares the joy of music in concert, at major campus events, and on tour.

VWIL Band

The VWIL marching band is made up of VWIL Cadets as well as non-cadets. The band participates in monthly parades, honor ceremonies, and special celebrations including annual parades include the Staunton and Lexington Christmas parades and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. The band has marched in three gubernatorial parades.
These on-campus concerts, by award-winning musicians, are free for all Mary Baldwin students!

 

 

 

 

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Music at Mary Baldwin University—Audition Information Sheet

Keyboard

  • Prospective piano majors or minors should perform two contrasting pieces from two different periods. (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th-century)
  • Memorization is required.
  • Specific repertoire is not required; however, students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact the Department of Music well in advance of their audition date.

Voice

  • Prospective voice majors or minors should perform two contrasting pieces from the standard art song/recital repertoire. Traditional American/British folk song and spiritual arrangements are allowed.
  • Memorization is required.
  • At least one selection must be in English. Specific repertoire is not required; however, students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact the Department of Music well in advance of their audition date. You will also find a list below of representative recommended vocal anthologies from which audition repertoire may be selected. The list is intended as a guide and is not exclusive.
  • When listing repertoire on the audition application form, please include the key of each selection and the collection in which the piece is found. If a student’s accompanist is not able to attend the audition, an accompanist will be provided if advance notice is given. No recorded accompaniments are allowed.
  • Representative Anthologies for Vocal Repertoire
    • The “First and Second Book” Series Joan Boytim ed.; Hal Leonard, publisher
    • 24 Italian Songs and Arias G. Schirmer, publisher
    • 26 Italian Songs and Arias John Paton, ed.; Alfred, publisher
    • Pathways of Song LaForge, ed.; Warner Bros., publisher
    • Folk Songs for Solo Singers Alfred, publisher
    • 36 Solos for Young Singers Joan Boytim, ed.; Hal Leonard, publisher
    • Adventures in Singing Ware, ed.; McGraw Hill, publisher
    • Foundations in Singing Christy/Paton, ed.; Brown and Benchmark, publishers
    • Basics of Singing Schmidt, ed.; Schirmer Books
    • Classical Contest Solos Hal Leonard, publisher

Instrumental—Strings

  • Prospective string majors or minors should prepare two contrasting works for their instrument that demonstrate tone, technique and musicality. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact the Department of Music well in advance of their audition date.
  • Performance with an accompanist is not required.
  • In addition, students should be prepared to play scales.

Instrumental—Winds

  • Prospective majors or minors should prepare two contrasting works for their instrument that demonstrate tone, technique and musicality. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact the Department of Music well in advance of their audition date.
  • Performance with an accompanist is not required.
  • Students will also be expected to sight-read.

Contact Information:

Dr. Lise Keiter, Music Department Chair
Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 887-7193, lkeiter@marybaldwin.edu

 

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