This program, sponsored by the Music Department and Music Honor Society, provides opportunities for new students to engage with upper classmen, music faculty, and the Lancaster arts community before the semester even begins. Students do not need to be an intended music major to participate.

First-year student participants arrive to campus early and settle in before the rest of the first-year students. Musicians can complete the audition process for instrumental and choral ensembles without the stress of fitting in practice time during general orientation.

If the student desires, they can also participate in a free one-on-one coaching session with a faculty member and/or an upper-classman musician before music ensemble auditions. If you would like more than one lesson (for example, if you play multiple instruments,) you can pay an extra $25 for each additional lesson with a faculty member.

Instrumental auditions are 10 minutes in length. For the audition, performers are asked to prepare a piece that they feel comfortable with and to prepare major scales, up to three sharps and three flats, in as many octaves as they are interested in playing.

Vocal auditions will include exercises to assess vocal range and quality, aural skills, and sight-reading ability. Prepared songs will be welcome, but are not required.

Note: International students cannot attend music pre-orientation due to international student orientation occurring at the same time.

Due to COVID19 restictions in the state of Pennsylvania, Music Pre-Orientation will not be held in 2020.

The fee is $80 payable by credit card. Sign up here.

 The deadline is Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Tentative Pre-Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 26
1-4:30 p.m. Check-in, Move-in
4:30 p.m. Alma Mater Concert
5 p.m. Ice Cream Social; Parents Good-byes
6 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Ice Breakers
7:30 p.m. Student Recital
8:30 p.m. Game Night

Thursday, August 27
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Tour of downtown Lancaster
12:30 p.m. Barbecue with Music Department
2 p.m. Coachings scheduled; free time available
6:30 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Movie

Friday, August 28
9 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Tours of campus, practice times available
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. Auditions begin, Jam session
6:30 p.m. Leave for Norcross residence
7 p.m. Dinner at Norcross residence
9 p.m. Games

Saturday, August 29
9:30 a.m. Optional breakfast
***F&M First Year Orientation Begins***