Contact

Marshall Forrester

Marshall Forrester

Professor of Music and Chair, Horton School of Music
P843-863-7967
Emforrester@csuniv.edu

All prospective students are eligible for music scholarships based on successful completion of an audition. All incoming students wishing to audition for the Horton School of Music are eligible to receive scholarships, but only incoming freshman music majors may be awarded the Premiere Scholarship. To register for an audition, please fill out the Music Audition Application. It is recommended students audition for music scholarships during their senior year of high school.

Only video or by appointment auditions will be accepted after February 18, 2020. Incoming freshmen who wish to be eligible for the Premiere audition have to audition in-person or by video submission on or before February 15, 2020. 

Music scholarships are available for majors and nonmajors by audition. Please use the online Music Audition Application form below. At Charleston Southern, your studio lessons will be taught by the full-time performance faculty or other highly qualified adjunct faculty from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra or professional singing organizations.

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Audition Information

Requesting an Audition

To request an audition with the Horton School of Music, please complete the Music Audition Application. After the student has completed the online form, they will receive a confirmation email of receipt of the application within 24-48 business hours. Students will then be asked to submit an initial introductory video. After viewing and evaluating the student’s initial video, the faculty of the Horton School of Music will contact the student with scholarship and/or live audition information. Prospective students can either audition in person (recommended) or by including an unlisted YouTube video with the Music Audition Application submission. Any video audition submission must be of high video and sound quality. Music and Worship Leadership students are permitted to use microphones and sound systems, as long as the sound on the video does not become distorted. If, for any reason, the judging music faculty determines the video submission is not of sufficient quality, students may be asked to resubmit their video audition. Please indicate on the Music Audition Application which audition day (listed above) the student prefers and the time frame in which the student wishes to audition. The student’s requested audition time frame is subject to change according to the availability of time slots.

Each applicant will receive instructions and requirements for the initial introductory video after they submit their Music Audition Application. After viewing and evaluating the student’s initial video, the faculty of the Horton School of Music will contact the student with scholarship and/or live audition information. If there are any questions on audition submission guidelines, please contact us


Dates to Remember

After February 15, 2020, auditions will be held by video or appointment only.


Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment

Prospective music students are required to complete a Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment. Students will complete this assessment at their live-audition, or during their summer Preregistration appointment. This assessment is given in two parts to examine the student’s theory knowledge: written theory skills and aural/sight singing abilities. The assessment will be offered at two separate hour blocks on each live-audition day.  The following resources may be helpful in preparation for the Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment:

We encourage all prospective music students to use these resources to be as successful as possible in the Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment. If there are any questions regarding the requirements of the Musicianship Skills Entrance Assessment, please contact us.

Premiere Scholarship Eligibility

Students who wish to audition for the Premiere scholarship on either of the two days listed above must obtain certain eligibility qualifications. Students must obtain full acceptance into Charleston Southern University, have completed and submitted their FAFSA and submitted the Music Audition Application with its required documents. Completion of all of these items will ensure there is no delay in awarding a scholarship amount to the auditioning student.

Audition Requirements

Students will audition with two selections: (1) one classical (preferably in a foreign language) and (2) either an Art Song in English or a Music Theater selection (a contemporary Christian selection or hymn may be substituted for one of the selections for Music and Worship Leadership students). Each selection should be under four minutes in length and be of contrasting styles. Contemporary songs in strophic form only need to be two to three verses long. Performing from memory is recommended for all students and required for scholarship consideration. An accompanist will be provided if requested in advance, or you may bring your own (Music and Worship Leadership students may also self-accompany on piano or acoustic guitar for one selection if they wish).

Students will audition with two classical repertoires selected from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary (20th Century) in contrasting styles. Performing from memory is highly recommended. Students should also be prepared to play major and minor scales, arpeggio (two-octaves or four-octaves) in the keys of the performing repertoires, and cadences. At the live audition, students should provide original music scores of the repertoires, and prepare one hard copy of the program including composer’s full name, dates of the composer, and full title of the repertoires including movements.

Students will audition with a prepared solo or an etude, or technical exercises, from a standard method book. The prepared solo must exhibit both lyrical and technical ability. An All-State audition solo is also acceptable. Students will be asked to perform the major scales and complete a short sight reading.

Students will audition with a prepared solo or an etude, or technical exercises. The prepared solo must exhibit both lyrical and technical ability. An All-State audition solo is also acceptable. Students will be asked to perform the major scales and complete a short sight reading.

Students will audition with a prepared solo on snare drum, keyboard percussion and timpani. Keyboard percussion will require a two-mallet prepared solo (four-mallet solo is preferred). All major scales are required on mallet instruments only. A short sight reading etude will be required on snare drum, timpani and/or keyboard percussion.

Students should prepare any two works of contrasting styles. Recommend pieces include: Bach-Grandjany, any etude; Bochsa Advanced Etudes Nos. 1 or 10; Handel’s Concerto in B-flat, first movement; Lariviere Etude #1 (scales); Naderman, any sonata; Saint-Saëns Fantaisie; Tournier’s Etude de concert: Au matin or Vers la source dans le bois. Students will also be asked to perform scales and complete a short sight reading.

Students will audition with two prepared solos or excerpts in several contrasting styles which best show the student’s range of technical and musical abilities. Performance from memory is encouraged. The following two octave scales are required: C-Major, G-Major, A-Minor, D-Major, A-Major, A-Minor pentatonic and E-Minor pentatonic. Students will be asked to demonstrate a working knowledge of major and minor chord forms.

Music Scholarship Application