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Auditions

The School of Music requires an entrance audition for the following programs:

  • BMus (performance, music education, music therapy) 
  • BA with applied emphasis
  • Music minor (applied)
  • Music PSEO

2021 Auditions & COVID-19

All auditions for the spring and fall 2021 terms will be conducted via video recording. Recorded auditions are to be submitted with the School of Music application by the application deadline.

The guidelines for recorded auditions are as follows:

  1. Recorded auditions must be submitted in the Portfolio section of the School of Music application by the application deadline. The application will accept links to video-sharing platforms YouTube and Vimeo,  as well as direct video file uploads up to 500 MB. Please ensure any video uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo is "unlisted" with the comment feature turned off.
  2. Follow the audition repertoire requirements for your instrument (below) and direct questions about the audition and repertoire requirements to the faculty of the instrument you wish to study.
  3. Please use professional quality recording equipment. Personal devices with high-quality sound and video capabilities are also acceptable, so long as the image is steady and the audio is clear without background interruptions.
  4. Recordings must be made within the past 12 months. No editing of the video is permitted. Each selection must be performed from beginning to end in one take and include both video and audio content. 

Audition repertoire requirements by instrument:

**Please direct questions about audition repertoire requirements to the faculty of your instrument area.**

Flute

Flute Audition Requirements

  • Two Contrasting Pieces of your choice (10 minutes of music in total)

  • All Major scales and Minor scales in all forms (natural, melodic and harmonic)

Saxophone

Audition Requirements

  1. Two contrasting etudes (one slow, one fast)
  2. One complete solo work from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Milhaud, Heiden, Desenclos, Eccles, Glazunov, Ibert, Maurice, Bozza, Tomasi, etc.)
Woodwinds - oboe, clarinet, bassoon

Audition Requirements

Prepare two selections or movements that contrast in tempo and style, one of which may be a representative etude. An accompanist is neither required nor provided.

Flutists and saxophonists, please see specific flute and saxophone repertoire requirements.

High Brass - horn, trumpet

Horn Audition Requirements

Candidates should prepare two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire. This may include solos, etudes, and/or orchestral excerpts. Examples of standard repertoire are listed below. Audition material should represent the candidate’s best playing. The audition may also include major scales and sight-reading.

Etudes: Kopprasch, Kling, Gallay, Maxime-Alphonse

Solo Repertoire:

  • Mozart: Concertos No. 1-4
  • Franz Strauss: Nocturno; Concerto No. 1
  • Richard Strauss: Concerto No.1
  • Saint-Saens: Morceau de Concert
  • Gliere: Intermezzo; Nocturne, Romance
  • Glazunov: Reverie
  • Optional: Orchestral Excerpts such as:
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Scherzo Trio (Horn 2)
  • Brahms Symphony No. 3, mvt. 3 (Horn 1)
  • Shostakovich Symphony 5, 1stmvt low tutti section (Horn 1)
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, mvt 2, Andante Cantabile (Horn 1solo)

Trumpet Audition Requirements

  • 2 contrasting etudes from Charlier, Brandt, Arban Characteristic, or equivalent
  • 2 contrasting solos or movements from a standard concerto or sonata (e.g. Haydn, Hummel, Kennan, Balay, Ropartz, Hindemith, or equivalent)
  • Play 3 contrasting standard orchestral excerpts (examples below, but not limited to this list)
    • Respighi: Pines of Rome (off stage)
    • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (opening Promenade)
    • Beethoven: Leonore No. 3 (off stage call)
    • Bizet: Carmen (Prelude)
    • Copland: Outdoor Overture (mm 16-34).
  • Most excerpts can be found on orchestraexcerpts.com
  • 2 major scales, 2 octaves with arpeggio, applicant’s choice
  • An accompanist is neither required nor provided.
Low Brass - trombone, euphonium, tuba

Audition Requirements

All audition repertoire must be confirmed via email by the appropriate low brass faculty member at least one month before the application deadline:

Trombone (Tenor and Bass): Tom Ashworth |  Euphonium: John Tranter | Tuba: Steven Campbell

Note: All prospective low brass students are encouraged to contact the appropriate faculty member to arrange a lesson in the months prior to the audition. There is no charge for the lesson. 

Audition repertoire must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. For the following degrees: BMus music education, BMus music therapy, BA with applied emphasis, and music minor (applied)
    • Movements or sections from two significant solo works. Accompaniment neither provided nor required. Memorization is not required.
  2. For BMus performance
    • Movements or sections from two significant solo works. Accompaniment neither provided nor required.
      AND
    • Three to four standard orchestral excerpts
    • Piano accompaniment is not required
    • Memorization is not required
Guitar

Guitar Audition Requirements

Prepare to perform two contrasting pieces or movements chosen from the following material or similar works of comparable level:

  • Luis de Narvaez: Guardame Las Vacas
  • Luis Milan: Pavans, Fantasias
  • Gaspar Sanz: Pavanas, Canarios
  • J.S. Bach: Prelude BWV 999, Bourree from Lute Suite BWV 996
  • Fernando Sor: Twenty Studies (ed. Segovia) Nos. 1-9
  • Fancisco Tarrega: Lagrima; Estudio En Forme De Minuetto, Adelita, Maria
  • Leo Brouwer: etudes Simples Mos. 1-10
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Preludes

Prepare one diatonic major or minor scale.

Harp

Audition Requirements

Prepare to perform two contrasting pieces at least the level of:

  • Handel - Concerto in Bb, 1st Movement
  • Debussy - First Arabesque
    OR
  • One piece of comparable level plus an orchestral excerpt or cadenza
    OR
  • One piece of comparable level plus an etude such as Bochsa, Pozzoli, or Lariviere.

At least one piece should be memorized.

Organ

Audition Requirements

Applicants should submit a video recording of three compositions for organ of contrasting styles. At least one of these should be a work of J. S. Bach. It is recommended that the prepared compositions be of a level of difficulty commensurate with the applicant's own level of ability and experience. A repertoire list must be submitted to the committee as a separate attachment to the application. Applicants are encouraged to submit a recording of their playing of a service in addition to the above requirement.

Percussion

Audition Requirements

Applicants should perform on snare drum (both rudimental and concert styles), mallet instruments (xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone) and timpani if available. Audition on any other instrument, such as drum set, hand drums, or ethnic percussion is encouraged but not required. If timpani are not available to perform your repertoire of choice, please perform one of the two drum etudes included here with any drums at your disposal (i.e 2 snare drums with snares off, 2 tom-toms, etc), or even two practice pads. This will be aimed at displaying your technical understanding of playing timpani, considering the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 restrictions which do not always allow for people to have access to instruments. In addition, if no timpani are available, please also enclose a recorded version of your singing of the intervals attached after obtaining a reference pitch of A=440 from either a tuning fork or a keyboard instrument. No other reference pitches allowed, and only one A at the start of the sequence of intervals. Applicants should submit a copy of the original score with their application. View the repertoire guidelines for a list of suggested audition materials.

Piano

Piano Audition Requirements

Prepare to perform repertoire that demonstrates your technical command and understanding of different classical musical styles. The repertoire must include:

  • A Bach sinfonia (three-part invention), prelude and fugue, or three or more movements from a suite or partita, one of which must be the courante or gigue
  • A first or last movement plus the slow movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • One work from the 19th or 20th century that is at least three minutes long

All works must be played from memory.

Strings

Strings audition requirements - violin, viola, cello, double bass

Prepare the first or third movement of a major concerto, and one piece in a contrasting style. Both pieces should be performed by memory. An accompanist is neither provided nor required.

Voice

Voice audition requirements

Prepare to sing two contrasting vocal selections from the classical repertoire from memory. Undergraduate applicants are strongly advised to sing only repertoire appropriate to their present vocal and musical abilities. One folk song (arranged for voice with piano accompaniment) or one Musical Theater selection, either contemporary or golden age, can be used to replace one classical selection. Pop, rock, or Christian contemporary selections are not acceptable audition repertoire.

At the beginning of the video, each applicant must clearly state their name, voice type, degree objective, state of residence, titles of selections with composer’s names.

All vocal selections must be accompanied by a piano, chamber ensemble, or orchestra. Pre-recorded piano and CD are allowable.

Admission to the vocal degree programs is determined by demonstration of vocal competence, the number of open studio spaces available any given academic year, and target enrollments determined by the School of Music and College of Liberal Arts.