College of Performing and Visual Arts
The College of Performing and Visual Arts started out in 1912 as the Music Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. Since the beginning, however, the inspiration to create an independent college was already there, even as far back as 1906 when Dr. Walter O. MacIntire organized the Silliman Band. At that time, Silliman founder and first president Dr. David S. Hibbard already spoke of a vision to establish a music school which he hoped would be established sometime in the second quarter of the Silliman University’s existence. This vision was finally fulfilled upon the arrival of American missionary Geraldine Kate who be came the founding school director and first voice teacher of the Silliman Conservatory of Music which was for mally opened in 1934. It existed as such for seven years until it became known as the School of Music in 1941. With firm foundations in both music and dance, the school became the University’s small wonder. It became the live force of culture in Southern Philippines, attracting students from much of Mindanao and the Visayas. With the addition of the Fine Arts Department of the school of Music became the School of Music and Fine Arts in 1969. Eventually, the School of Music and Fine Arts became the College of Performing Arts which officially opened with the college status in June 2001.
Students seeking admission into the School of Music and Fine Arts must have outstanding musical aptitude and talent and must be ready for the study of music at college level.
Audition General Requirements
a.) The applicant will play two piano pieces of his/her choice, at least one memorized and one with the score. Applied Piano Minor for credit must be on the level of John Thompson’s Grade 2 Book or its equivalent.
b.) Sight-read a piano piece to be given by the jury. On the level of John Thompson’s Grade 2 Book or its equivalent.
c.) Play scales and arpeggios on the piano.
d.) Rote singing and eardictation to be given by the jury.
e.) Sing by sight reading a simple melody to be given by the jury.
Requirements For Majors
Play two pieces of the applicant’s choice on the level of Bach’s Two or Three Part Invention; Haydn’s or Mozart’s Sonata; Chopin’s Waltzes, Nocturnes, Preludes or any of its equivalent.
Sight-read a piano piece to be given by the jury
Voice and Conducting Majors:
Sing a song of the applicant’s choice which will best demonstrate his/her vocal ability
Vocal exercises to be given by the jury to determine voice range and type and the applicant’s sense of pitch.
* Conduct the National Anthem in front of the jury.
* Not applicable to Voice Majors
Present an original composition or arrangement to the jury.
* *Play one piece in any musical instruments.
Music Education Majors:
* * Sing a song of the applicant’s choice or play one piece in any musical instrument.
* * Optional
Please refer to the University Admission Requirement
- BMC (Journalism), Silliman University
- Master of Music in Choral Conducting
- MM - Voice
- MA English/Literary Studies
- BM Composition
- M Fine Arts