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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.


Mandatory Meeting for
ALL Music Majors

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Recital Hall (DFAC 1240).  New freshmen, transfer students and all students registered for MUS 1103—Recital Attendance are required to attend this meeting.  PLEASE NOTE: This will be the first meeting of MUS 1103.

Music Theory/Aural Training Diagnostic Exams

All incoming freshmen will take a placement exam on the first day of classes on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall (DFAC 1240).  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 18 (Friday) 3-5pm and August 22 (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. Bowman (

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 Drs. Bowman or 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 21, 2017 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 22:  Auditions for Rhythm Section and Trumpet

Wednesday, August 23: Auditions for Trombones and Saxophone

Monday, August 28:  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
DFAC 1360
Paul Johnston, director
T/TH:  2:00 - 3:15 pm
DFAC 1360 
Paul Johnston, coach
Rehearsals to be scheduled

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 21, 2017  and conclude on Wednesday evening, August 23.  Please sign-up for a 10-minute audition time slot at Doudna Fine Arts Center RM 2425.  Be sure to sign up for the time blocked out for your instrument only!   All auditions will be heard by Drs. Rossi and Neal and the appropriate applied studio teacher.

Students auditioning should prepare:

  • Audition excerpts selected for each instrument. Click here to access the fall 2017 ensemble audition selections, which will be made available on June 1, 2017.  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. Richard Rossi or Dr. Alicia Neal.

Fall 2017 Welcome Letter from Dr. Rossi for Eastern Symphony Orchestra (Coming Soon!)

Fall 2017 Instrumental Ensemble Audition Schedule 

Date Time Instument  Location
Monday, Aug. 21 8:00 - 9:50 am Flute/Picc 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  11:00 - 11:50 am Flute/Picc 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  12:30 - 1:50 pm Percussion 1680 (Percussion Lab)
  3:00 - 3:50 pm Students with schedule conflicts 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  3:50 - 4:50 pm Horn 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  4:50 pm Bassoon 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  5:00 - 6:30 pm Clarinet 2425 (Rossi Studio)
Tuesday, Aug. 22 8:00 - 8:30 am Percussion 1680 (Percussion Lab)
  8:30 - 10:20 am Trombone 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  10:30 - 11:30 am Tuba 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  11:30 am - 12:30 pm Oboe 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  12:30 - 1:00 pm Students with schedule conflicts 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  1:00 - 2:40 pm Trumpet 2425 (Rossi Studio)
  2:50 - 3:50 pm Euphonium 0355 (Neal Studio)
  4:15 pm Concert Band Meeting 1550
 Wednesday, Aug. 23 8:00 - 9:40 am Saxophone 0355 (Neal Studio)
  12:00 pm WS Principal Player Meeting 1550
  6:00 - 8:30 pm Strings 2425 (Rossi Studio)
 Friday, Aug. 25 12:00 pm First WS rehearsal 1550


Concert Band (a non-auditioned ensemble) Informational Meeting

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 4:15 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 23rd regarding ensemble placements and additional information. The first Concert Band rehearsal will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 3:30 pm-4:45pm 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 13, 2017. 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 Dr. Benjamin Druffel.

Vocal Placement for Choral Ensembles

ALL SINGERS (music majors, minors and non-majors) will meet on the first day of school for an IMPORTANT informational meeting on Monday, August 21st at 1:00pm in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. This will also 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 Dr. Rossi will listen to every student for vocal placement.  You should sign up for a time slot outside of their office doors (DFAC 2425) as soon as possible upon arriving to campus. 

2017 Choral Ensemble Welcome Letter from Dr. Rossi (coming soon!)

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

Vocal placement will take place on Wednesday & Thursday ONLY (Aug. 23rd & 24th) from 11:00 am–5:00 pm in Dr. Rossi’s office, DFAC 2425.

Those interested in Concert Choir (MUS 0230A) 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. If interested, let me know upon entering my office. (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 0231A) 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.)

Applied Voice Placement Auditions

Music minors and non-majors who are interested in voice lessons need to audition on Monday, Aug. 21st or Tuesday, Aug. 22nd 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 Prof. Andrea Pope.

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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