Audition Day Preparation

  • Auditioning students should be prepared to demonstrate the technical skills applicable to their area of performance, such as scales and vocalization.
  • Students will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces of music unless noted. Representative pieces can be studies, etudes, Class A contest solos, etc.
Strings - Two pieces in contrasting style - A three octave major scale of your choice - A three octave melodic minor scale of your choice - Sight-reading
 
Woodwind & Brass - Two pieces in contrasting style- one more technical and one more lyrical - Sight-reading - Several scales: major, minor, and/or chromatic
 
Voice - Two pieces in contrasting style - one in English and one in a foreign language - Sight-reading, tonal and rhythmic memory exercises
 
Piano -
Memorization is required for all repertoire presented at audition. 
    Graduate (MM: Music Education):
    1. A Bach Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or a Bach Partita/Suite.
    2. A movement or movements from a classical sonata (excluding Beethoven Op.49 and Mozart K. 545)
    3. A Romantic work of advanced difficulty.
    4. An Impressionistic or 20th/21st Century work of advanced difficulty.
    5. Sight-reading
     
    Undergraduate:
     
    Applicants for the Applied Performance track:
    1. A Bach Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier.
    2. One movement of a Classical sonata (excluding Beethoven Op.49 and Mozart K. 545)
    3. A Romantic work or a 20/21st Century work of advanced difficulty.
    4. Sight-reading
    Applicants for Bachelor of Arts, Music Education track:
    1. A Bach Prelude and Fugue from Well-Tempered Clavier or a Two/Three Part Invention
    2. One movement of a Classical sonata (excluding Beethoven Op.49 and Mozart K. 545)
    3. A Romantic work and/or a 20th Century work of early advanced difficulty to advanced difficulty.
    4. Sight-reading
     Applicants for elective study or music minor track:
    1. Perform 2 contrasting pieces of moderate difficulty from the Baroque, Classical and/or Romantic periods. 
Percussion -  Perform a solo on two of the four core instrument categories listed below. If auditioning for scholarships, please perform on three of the four categories. 1. Snare Drum - concert or rudimental (both would be preferred). 2. Keyboard Percussion (marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone - 2 or 4 Mallets).  3.Timpani - also demonstrate abiliity to tune the drums to given pitches. 4. Drum set - a. play time in several styles including rock, swing, funk, various Latin styles.  b. trade 4's in your chosen styles. c. play an improvised solo with a clear   beginning and ending.  Sight reading is required on snare drum and keyboard percussion.  Knowledge of scales and arpeggios is expected on keyboard instruments.  Perform open and closed rolls and other standard rudiments on snare drum.
 
Guitar - Two Jazz pieces of contrasting style, one medium-tempo and one up-tempo including a melody statement, comping and an improvised chorus on each tune - Demonstration of any other style (classical or rock for example) - Sight reading.