Music Certificate

Audition Dates for 2019-2020

Application and Audition/Interview Deadline: March 1

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Music Certificate Program is a one-year course of instruction designed for advanced, non-degree students wishing to pursue intense and concentrated musical study in conducting, instrumental performance, vocal performance and composition at the pre-master’s or post-master’s level. Prerequisite for enrollment is a bachelor’s degree or an acceptable diploma in music or its equivalent.

Major programmatic emphasis is placed on the development of solo and ensemble skills. Minimum residency of two semesters (summers excluded) at Bowling Green State University is required with 12 hours of earned credit in music courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and show satisfactory performance at semester examination juries. A solo recital or concerto performance with orchestra or major musical composition is required. A major operatic role may substitute for the recital at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Although the Music Certificate Program is open to all qualified students, the program attracts many international musicians. Past certificate candidates include musicians from all over the world, including China, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela. International students may enroll in English courses in addition to the 12 credit-hour requirement. Although acceptance into the Certificate Program does not automatically constitute admission to the Graduate College, many certificate students have successfully continued their studies as graduate candidates at BGSU. A maximum of nine credits may be transferred upon petition to other graduate programs in the College of Musical Arts if the candidate is unconditionally admitted to a master’s degree program.

Materials concerning details about the Music Certificate Program at BGSU may be received upon request.

Jazz

  • Jazz Saxophone: Performance of a “standard” or “American songbook” composition complete with melody and improvised choruses. The instrumentalist should expect to perform this composition with one or more of the jazz faculty acting as rhythm accompanists. Additionally, jazz-style sight-reading will be required, and the auditioning student should expect inquiry by the jazz faculty into knowledge of jazz repertoire and experiences in the field. If the candidate has experience in woodwind doubling, he/she should demonstrate this instrumentally to the jazz faculty.
  • Jazz Trumpet/Trombone: Performance of a “standard” or “American songbook” composition complete with melody and improvised choruses. The instrumentalist should expect to perform this composition with one or more of the jazz faculty acting as rhythm accompanists. Additionally, jazz-style sight-reading will be required, and the auditioning student should expect inquiry by the jazz faculty into knowledge of jazz repertoire and experiences in the field. 
  • Jazz Piano: Performance of a “standard” or “American songbook” composition complete with melody and improvised choruses, with the linear and chordal approach common to a jazz piano performance. The instrumentalist should expect to perform this composition with one or more of the jazz faculty acting as rhythm accompanists. A pianist might also be asked to perform a solo composition. Additionally, jazz-style sight-reading will be required, and the auditioning student should expect inquiry by the jazz faculty into knowledge of jazz repertoire and experiences in the field.
  • Jazz Guitar: Performance of a “standard” or “American songbook” composition complete with melody and improvised choruses, with the linear and chordal approach common to a jazz guitar performance. The instrumentalist should expect to perform this composition with one or more of the jazz faculty acting as rhythm accompanists. A guitarist might also be asked to perform a solo composition. Additionally, jazz-style sight-reading will be required, and the auditioning student should expect inquiry by the jazz faculty into knowledge of jazz repertoire and experiences in the field.
  • Jazz Double Bass: Same as above. Additionally, the double bassist will be asked to play examples of various “grooves” representative of specific jazz rhythmic styles.
  • Jazz Drums: Drummers will be asked to demonstrate various “grooves” representative of specific jazz rhythmic styles. The candidate may be asked to perform these rhythmic styles with a jazz faculty rhythm performer. Additionally, sight-reading of a big-band chart will be required, and the auditioning student should expect inquiry by the jazz faculty into knowledge of jazz repertoire and experiences in the field.