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EIU Department of Music

New & Returning Students

Welcome to the EIU Department of Music!  

Whether you are a new or returning student, we are so happy to have you joining us and hope you find your college experience as a musician at EIU second to none. 

This page serves to help you get organized for your arrival on campus and know what will be expected of you in the first few weeks of classes.  When you arrive on campus on Move-In Day (or earlier, if you join the Panther Marching Band), it's a great time to familiarize yourself with the Doudna Fine Arts Center and find where your classes, lessons and rehearsals will be held.

Department Meeting and Ice Cream Social

Monday, August 24th  at 2:00 pm in the Recital Hall (DFAC 1240).  All music students should attend this meeting and learn more about plans for the upcoming school year.  The meeting will be followed by an Ice Cream Social!

Music Theory/Aural Training Diagnostic Exams

All incoming freshmen will take a placement exam on the first day of classes on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall (DFAC 1210).  Results of this exam will determine placement in either Music Theory Rudiments (MUS 0541) or Comprehensive Musicianship I (MUS 1501).  

Click below to access the audio files for the Sample Aural Skills/Dictation Practice Placement Exam.

 I-1 Interval  I-2 Interval  I-3 Interval      
 II-1 Triad  II-2 Triad  II-3 Triad
 III-A Rhythm       III-B Rhythm       
 IV-A Melody  IV-B Melody  

Placement Exams for Transfer Students

All incoming transfer students with college-level music theory/aural skills/music history experience will complete a placement exam before the beginning of the academic year.  For incoming transfer students, this document describes the process for placing students into various levels of Comprehensive Musicianship based on their previous skill and experience in theory and aural training.

Sample Transfer Exams:

    I.A. Melodic Dictation       II.B. Melodic Dictation         III.A Melodic Dictation       IV.A. Melodic Dictation   
  I.B. Harmonic Dictation   II.B Harmonic Dictation   III.B. Harmonic Dictation   IV.B. Harmonic Dictation


  • Please scan and record (singing exam) your exams and email them to Dr. Eckert at  Dr. Eckert will provide specific feedback and suggestions for how to best prepare for the actual exam.
  • Placement exams will take place the weekend before classes begin or on the first day of classes.  Dr. Stefan Eckert will contact all transfer students to schedule a time for the placement exam(s).
  • If you have questions or need to reschedule a time for your placement exam, please contact Dr. Stefan Eckert ( 

Applied Piano and Piano Class Placement Auditions

Music majors are required to take two semesters of Functional Skills in Piano: MUS 2203 (offered only in Fall semester) and MUS 2204 (offered only in Spring). Those interested in developing their keyboard abilities beyond this primary level may enroll in Introductory Piano: MUS 0060 (any semester; dependent on faculty availability).

Piano Auditions are held on Friday, August 21 (Friday) 3-5pm and August 25 (Tuesday) 3-5pm for students wishing to have their piano requirements waived and/or enroll in the upper piano course (MUS 0060). Interested students should sign up outside of DFAC 2351 for a 10-minute audition. 

For more information, contact Dr. Cayres (

To test out of MUS 2203 please prepare the following:

  • Major scales and arpeggios in the keys of C, G, D, A, E, B, F, F#, and C#.  Hands separately, three octaves up and down.
  • Solo repertoire selection, at the minimum level of a Moonlit Shores.
  • Harmonize #3 and #4 on P. 131 of Alfred Group Piano for Adults.  Use the I—IV64—V65—I chord progressions in the left hand harmonization.  

To test out of both MUS 2203 and MUS 2204 please prepare the following:

  • All Major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios.  Hands separately, two octaves up and down.
  • Solo repertoire selection at a level comparable to pp. 340-346 in Alfred Group Piano for Adults.  
  • One sight reading example at the difficulty level of p. 311 in Alfred Group Piano for Adults.  
  • Choral warm-up pattern, ascending and descending through all major keys.  The linked scores provides an example of an appropriate warm-up patter.  See Dr. Gregorich for approval of an alternate pattern.
  • One harmonization on p. 280 of Alfred Group Piano for Adults in any two keys and in two versions: RH melody/LH accompaniment, RH accompaniment/LH melody
  • One improvised harmonization of a familiar tune upon request (Mary Had a Little Lamb, Happy Birthday, etc.)

Jazz Informational Meeting

Students interested in performing with any jazz group should attend the Jazz meeting on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the jazz/choir rehearsal hall, DFAC 1360.  At this meeting we will distribute a short excerpt for you to prepare for the audition.  If you are interested in playing in a combo, please also prepare a jazz standard (head and improvised solo choruses).  If you are interested in playing in a group, but cannot attend this meeting, please contact Dr. Fagaly or Mr. Johnston.

  • Tuesday, August 20:  Auditions for Rhythm Section and Trumpet
  • Wednesday, August 21: Auditions for Trombones and Saxophone
  • Monday, August 26:  Rehearsals Begin

Jazz Ensemble
(MUS 0220)

Jazz Lab Band
(MUS 0221)

Jazz Combos

  • Sam Fagaly, director  
  • MWF:  3:00-3:50 pm; Th: 12:30 - 1:45 pm
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  • Paul Johnston,  director
  • T/TH:  2:00 - 3:15 pm
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  •  Paul Johnston, coach    
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Questions should be directed to Dr. Sam Fagaly at 581-6628.

Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Concert Band COMBINED Auditions

All string, woodwind, brass, and percussion MUSIC MAJORS must audition for participation in the orchestra and bands. Non-music majors are also welcomed to audition for Wind Symphony and Eastern Symphony Orchestra.  Auditions begin on Monday, August 24, 2020 and conclude on Wednesday evening, September 2nd.  Please sign up for a 10-minute audition time slot on the bulletin board outside of Room 1550 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center.  Be sure to sign up for the time blocked out for your instrument only!   All auditions will be heard by Prof. Commanday and the appropriate applied studio teacher.

Students auditioning should prepare:

  • Audition excerpts selected for each instrument. Click here to access the audition selections for each instrument.  Please print out and prepare the selection appropriate for your instrument.   
  • All 12 major scales
  • An ascending chromatic scale, demonstrating the full range of the instrument
  • Sight-reading will be provided. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Alicia Neal.

Fall 2020 Welcome Letter for Eastern Symphony Orchestra (Coming Soon!)

Fall 2020 Instrumental Ensemble Audition Schedule (TENTATIVE SCHEDULE)

 Date  Time  Instument   Location
 Monday, Aug. 24 11:00 am - 12:50 pm  Saxophone  Dr. Fagaly's Office; DFAC 2512
   3:00 pm - 3:50 pm  Euphonium  Dr. Kelsick's Office; DFAC 0345
 Tuesday, Aug. 25  8:00 am - 8:30 am  Tuba  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   8:30 am - 11:00 am  Flute  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   11:30 am - 1:20 pm  Percussion  DFAC 1680 (Percussion Studio)
   1:40 pm - 2:30 pm  Students with Scheduling Conflicts  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   2:30 pm - 3:10 pm  Oboe  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   4:10 pm - 6:00 pm  Clarinet  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   6:00 pm - 6:40 pm Students with Scheduling Conflicts  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
 Wednesday, Aug. 26  8:00 am - 9:30 am  Trombone  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   11:40 am - 12:00 pm  Bassoon  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   12:00 pm - 12:30 pm  Tuba  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   12:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Trumpet  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343
   3:10 pm - 4:20 pm  Horn  Prof. Commanday's Office; DFAC 1343


Concert Band (a non-auditioned ensemble) Informational Meeting

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 3:30 pm in DFAC 1550.  All non-music majors as well as music majors are welcome!  If you are a music major and you auditioned for ensemble placement you do not need to attend this meeting. Instead, look for an email late in the day on Wednesday, August 26th regarding ensemble placements and additional information. The first Concert Band rehearsal will take place on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 3:30 pm-4:45 pm in Doudna 1550.  Questions? Please e-mail Dr. Alicia Neal.

*Additional information about EIU Bands can be found here.

Panther Marching Band Preseason Camp

Preseason Camp is required of all members in the Panther Marching Band and will begin on Sunday, August 16, 2020. All prospective participants should visit the PMB website at for details, updates, and important information.  Students who wish to participate in the Panther Marching Band may contact Prof. Boggs.

Choral Ensemble Informational Meeting

ALL SINGERS (music majors, minors and non-majors) will meet on Tuesday, August 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Choral/Jazz Rehearsal Room (DFAC 1360). This meeting will be an opportunity to answer any questions or concerns that you may have, including what to expect during your vocal placement. During the first week of school every vocal student will do a vocal placement.  Students should sign up for a time slot outside of Doudna 2425 as soon as possible upon arriving to campus. 

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Rossi for more information

Concert Choir, University Mixed Chorus, and Camerata Singers Vocal Placement 

Vocal placement will take place on Wednesday & Thursday ONLY (Aug. 25 & 26, 2020) from 10:00 5m–3:00 pm for music majors and from 4:00 - 8:00 pm for non-music majors.  The auditions will take place in Dr. Rossi's office (DFAC 2425).

Those interested in Concert Choir (MUS 0230) should sign up for two 5-minute slots. Camerata Singers (MUS 0233-001), an early music ensemble, is also being offered and singers are selected from Concert Choir members. If interested, let Dr. Rossi know at the beginning of your audition. (Voice majors and minors are expected to have a prepared solo.  All other students may bring a solo or may choose from the selections of hymns, carols and familiar songs that will be posted on my office door.)

Those interested in University Mixed Chorus (MUS 0231) should sign up for one 5-minute slot for a vocal placement.

Visit for additional information. (see Incoming and Returning Student Letter at the bottom of the EIU Choral page.)

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Rossi for more information.

Applied Voice Placement Auditions

Music minors and non-majors who are interested in voice lessons need to audition on Monday or Tuesday, Aug. 24-25, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 pm in DFAC 2427.  Students should prepare one song and bring music. For further information and to set up an audition time, please contact Dr. Julie Park.

Instrument Rental

The Department of Music has a limited number of wind and brass instruments available for rental to students interested in participating in music ensembles.  The non-refundable fee for rental of the instrument will be as follows:

  • $225 per year for Music Majors renting their primary instrument.
  • $60 per semester for Music Minors renting their primary instrument and for Music Majors renting a secondary instrument.
  • $40 per semester for Non-Music Majors or Non-Music Minors, and for all Athletic Bands.

This fee supports the annual cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep of instrument.  Please contact Dr. Alicia Neal for additional information.

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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