Juries, Repertoire Sheets, & Related Procedures and Requirements

Juries & Repertoire Sheets

Repertoire sheets are MANDATORY for ALL applied/studio students, including composition and conducting, regardless of music major status or not.  Students who do a recital in a semester must also submit repertoire sheets for that semester.

Juries are generally held during the final two weeks of the semester.  Pay careful attention to due dates and sign-up dates, which will be emailed to you and posted around the building by the main music office.  Not paying attention to these notices will not excuse you from missing sign-ups or the repertoire sheet due date.

Who has a jury:

  •   All music majors (and most graduate students) taking private work are required to perform in a jury each semester in their major area.  Exceptions are made only through a teacher's request.
  • Applied juniors/seniors, and music education seniors, preparing independently prepared compositions during that semester, must play a short jury consisting of that selection. 

Who does not have a jury:

  • Music education majors are not required to take a jury during the semester of student teaching internship.
  • Junior and senior majors (and graduate students) playing half or full recitals during a semester will not take a regular jury during that semester.  Exceptions may be made by teacher request.  You may be required to perform an independent piece at jury time, so check with your teacher and see below.

Independently  Prepared Piece:

  • No jury is required in the capstone recital semester. Upon the successful completion of the recital requirement, the primary applied professor, at their discretion, can require the student to prepare an independently learned piece (learned without the express assistance of the professor), to be performed at or near the conclusion of the semester for either studio class or performance seminar.

Repertoire Report for Jury (Jury Sheet):

Jury sheets are MANDATORY for all applied/studio students, including composition and conducting, as per our music accreditation organizations.   

  • Due Date:  The due date for jury sheets is generally during the week before juries, but pay attention to and follow the due dates and reminder emails sent to you by the main office. 
  • Late Sheets and Grading:  Should your repertoire sheets be late due to negligence, waiting until the last minute, etc., it is the policy of the main music office to dock your final applied lesson grade by one grade letter (i.e. from an A- to a B+).   Your jury grade factors into your final applied lesson grade.  A studio grade from your teacher is averaged with the jury grade and/or the recital grade; your jury is worth 40 percent of your grade, and studio work is worth 60 percent.  If your sheets are late, then that final applied grade will be docked, which you don’t want.  No student's final semester grade may be
    submitted without a jury and/or recital grade (if you are performing one).
  • Off-Campus Faculty or 1 Day-A-Week Faculty:   If your professor is only here on day a week (say, a Monday) or is off campus, then you must have your draft typed up for his or her review prior, and have the final version signed by the teacher on his or her last day of lessons before the due date.  Having a teacher only here one day a week will not excuse you should you turn in late repertoire sheets; it is your responsibility to be in communication with him or her in order to ensure that these final versions are turned in by the due date. 
  • Procedure:  Each student must submit a typed and correctly boldfaced draft of his or her jury sheet to the applied lesson teacher.  The sheet is available in 3 different formats here; choose which one works best on your computer:  Jury Sheet Master_F13.rtf; Jury Sheet Master_F13.docx; Jury Sheet Master_F13.doc.  After teacher check, the student will correct and print the record and submit signed
    copies (by both student AND teacher) in accordance with the numbers below.  Your Course Code and Number will be posted on the jury schedule sheet outside the main music office, so use this information on your repertoire sheet.  Boldface and type the other heading information that applies.  In short, follow the directions on the sheets that will be sent to you by the main office.

Instrumental: 4 copies

Keyboard: 4 copies

Not doing a jury: 1 copy

Voice majors/voice lessons: 6 copies

All works or movements selected for jury performance must be indicated as such by the student by typing a J in the code field.  These selections should be made in consultation with the faculty member.

At the jury, the student will choose (from the compositions marked J) the first selection to be performed.

  • Course codes:
    • BSSN:  Bassoon
    • BASS:  Double Bass
    • CONC:  Choral Conducting
    • CONI:  Instrumental Conducting
    • CLAR:  Clarinet
    • COMP:  Composition
    • EUPH:  Euphonium
    • FLUT:  Flute
    • GUIT: Guitar
    • HARP:  Harp
    • HPSC:  Harpsichord
    • HORN:  Horn
    • OBOE:  Oboe
    • ORGN:  Organ
    • PERC:  Percussion
    • PIAN:  Piano [also used for piano proficiencies]
    • SAXP:  Saxophone
    • TRMB:  Trombone
    • TRPT:  Trumpet
    • TUBA:  Tuba
    • VILN:  Violin
    • VCLO:  Cello (Violincello)
    • VOLA:  Viola
    • VOIC:  Voice  [also used for voice proficiencies]

Jury Performance Guidelines

Instrumental (Revised 1986)

A teacher may request a jury of any student in his or her studio.  A student who performs a junior or senior recital is exempt from a jury for that semester, but may be required to present an independently prepared piece to the jury at the discretion of his or her teacher.  Jury members may give written comments to the student’s teacher noting strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for improvement.

Faculty members who are working with unusual problems of embouchure, bowing, or physical difficulties may request a special excuse from juries for the student to be approved by the instrumental faculty.

Students who plan to change to another major will be graded by the teacher, and will not take a jury, unless the teacher requires it.

  • Selection: Selection of jury pieces should represent your best work and show both technical advancement and musical expressiveness through the selections.  No more than half of the allotted time will be used in hearing the student’s choice. The student’s choice may be accompanied. 
  • Styles: Contrasting styles would be appreciated.
  • Memorization: Memorization is recommended. 
  • The faculty will choose scales, etudes, studies, or pieces marked with a J from the repertoire sheet and hear portions that will indicate your level of competency.
  • Length of juries:  1-2 credit hours = 6 minutes; 3 credit hours = 10 minutes; 4 or more credit hours = 12 minutes


Organ juries are required at the end of each semester by all organ majors, regardless of curriculum or hours of credit sought, and by all non-organ majors earning three or more credits for the particular term.

  • Length of juries:  10 minutes up to 3 hours credit and 15 minutes for 3 or more hours credit.
  • Memorization:  Except at beginning level(s), some memorization is expected: approximately one-third of the repertoire; for church music and music ed majors, an amount determined by the teacher for each student.


  • Selection:  From the pieces studied, the student, in collaboration with his or her teacher, will select for jury performance one work (e.g. Bach P and F) or substantial movement (e.g. sonata first movement) for each credit hour of study up to 4 hours.  Students taking 5 or 6 hours will also perform four works.
  • Styles:  The student should select works in contrasting styles from various periods for jury performance.
  • Memorization:  Preferably all selections will be memorized, but a minimum of two for up to three credit hours and three for 4-6 hours.
  • Procedure:  The student may select his or her first piece.  The jury may decide to hear up to 5 minutes of this piece.  The selection, order, and amount of remaining repertoire will be determined at the jury by the jury chair and other faculty jury members.
  • Length of Jury:  2 credit hours = 10 minutes; 3 credit hours = 12 minutes; 4 or more hours = 15 minutes.

Exceptions:  The above requirements for jury contents do not apply to students in their first semester of study at Houghton (first-years and transfers).  These students will take juries by the type and amount of jury content will be determined by their teachers.  (Revised by Keyboard Faculty, 1986)

Practical Keyboard

  • Practical keyboard students who are not completing their practical keyboard sequence will take final exams during the last regular class period before the final week.  Instructors may request additional faculty to hear these final exams.
  • Practical Keyboard and/or Keyboard Skills students who are completing their practical are required to take a jury final exam during jury time.
  • Selection:  Exam and Jury Contents will be based on syllabus semester exam requirements, along with any further stipulations given by the instructor.
  • Semester Work Records:  Each class Piano and Keyboard Skills student, whether taking a class exam or a jury, must submit a typed and signed Semester Work Record to the instructor one week prior to the end of the semester. Please check with the teacher for exact contents and format of the rough draft before final typing and submission.

Voice (Voice Faculty Action, Fall 1994)

A teacher may request a jury of any student in her or his studio, whether or not that person is a music major.

Memorization:  Repertoire to be offered for jury examination is as follows for each semester:  

  • First year students:

First semester – 2 memorized pieces

Second semester – 4 memorized pieces

  • Sophomores:

First semester – 3 memorized pieces

Second semester – 5 memorized pieces

  • Juniors:

First semester – 4 memorized pieces

Second semester – 6 memorized pieces

  • Seniors:

First semester – 5 jury pieces

Second semester – 6 jury pieces (or recital and an independent piece)

  • Graduate:  Check with your applied teacher.

Selection:  The student will choose the first selection.  The jury panel will then select additional songs from the remaining indicated jury pieces.  In addition, the jury may request any song on the repertoire list not marked with a “P.”  Such selections may be sung with music if not yet memorized.  All students will sing a minimum of two songs and a maximum of four.

Length of jury:  Juries will be approximately 10 minutes in length

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