Request for Nordan Young Artist Award Audition (for students entering TCU AS FRESHMEN IN FALL 2018)

The NORDAN Scholarship is an exclusive award, open to entering freshmen vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers of superior talent, who have chosen to major in music.  NORDAN winners receive a four-year, FULL TUITION AWARD.  Applicants are required to complete the online Audition Request Application and upload a preliminary video performance for review in order to be considered for a live audition. 

NORDAN awardees in music will be considered for full tuition awards provided they submit the Free Application of Financial Student Aid (FAFSA - required for US citizens) and the CSS Profile by February 1, 2018. Visit the TCU Office of Financial Aid for more information.

A completed online Audition Request Application with a preliminary video performance must be submitted to the School of Music by December 1, 2017. Following screening, successful applicants will be notified by December 20, 2017 by mail of their eligibility to perform during the on-campus auditions. These final auditions will be held at TCU on January 13, 2018, and must be performed in person.

Students not chosen to participate in the NORDAN Auditions are encouraged to audition on other January, and February audition days for School of Music acceptance/scholarships or for ensemble scholarship awards in their area of study.

REMINDER: Acceptance as a music major requires the completion of both the School of Music online Audition Request Application and the standard TCU Undergraduate Student Application (including teacher and counselor evaluations). However, one audition will suffice for both acceptance as a major and consideration for music scholarships. Both applications procedures must be submitted by February 1, 2018 Music Scholarships will be considered by live audition until February 24, 2018; applicants must complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application before an audition time can be scheduled.  Notification of standard TCU Admission will be sent by April 1, 2018.

Music applicants interested in an earlier admission response are strongly encouraged to complete both application procedures above before the TCU Early Action deadline of November 1, 2017.  TCU Early Action provides application review and nonbinding University notification by January 1, 2018, while allowing applicants to decide by May 1, 2018 (National Candidate Reply Date) to attend TCU.  TCU Early Action combined with the NORDAN January 13, 2018 Audition Day ensures a comprehensive admission decision by February 15, 2018.

For the NORDAN Scholarship Award, you are required to upload a preliminary video performance when completing the online Audition Request Application.

How to create a quality prescreen media recording.

For the NORDAN, you will need to prepare repertoire chosen from:

For Pianists, three pieces as follows:

  • One prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach
  • One movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • One representative work from either the Romantic Period (e.g. Chopin, Brahms, Schumann) or the 20th century

For Organists, two pieces as follows:

  • One Bach work
  • One composition from the 19th or 20th century

Instrumentalists (other than percussion):

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected)


  • Please see this page under Percussion for detailed information.

For SINGERS, FOUR SONGS as follows:

  • One selection in English
  • One selection should be an aria from an opera or oratorio, please include the recitative if applicable
  • Two selections in a foreign language


Composers should submit several compositions demonstrating considerable ability and achievement in creative work. Audio/video files of these compositions can be submitted online to complete the Audition Request Application. Please contact Dr. Blaise Ferrandino about submitting printed scores.


An accompanist will be provided for the audition by request or you may bring your own if you wish. Music must be submitted to the School of Music Office no later than ten days prior to the audition. Prerecorded accompaniments are not permitted.

Take me to the online Audition Request Application. A $30 application fee is required.
If you are unable to complete the online Audition Request Application, please contact Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions, by email at d.alenius@tcu.edu or calling 817-257-4742.