||Compositions may be selected from among the following composers: Bach; one movement of a sonata by Haydn,
Mozart, or Beethoven; a work by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms; a work by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok,
Applicants for the bachelor of science degree in music education are urged, but not required to play from memory.
Applicants for the bachelor of art in music degree are expected to play at least two compositions for their
audition, at least one of which must be from memory. One of these two must be selected from the above list and
the other can be the applicant's own choice.
||Prospective students should be prepared to demonstrate keyboard proficiency on organ and piano. Individuals should prepare a contrapuntal work, such as a Prelude and Fugue by Bach, and a musical selection of a romantic or contemporary nature for the organ. You will need to demonstrate proficiency of all major and minor scales
and arpeggios on the piano. A keyboard proficiency of a piano major is expected.
Prospective students should prepare two musical selections from different genres. Music appropriate for the audition includes art songs; folk songs; arias from an opera or oratorio; solos from a musical theatre production or jazz tradition.
All selections should be memorized and performed with piano accompaniment. You may bring your own accompanist, or one can be provided for you if you send your musical selections ahead of time.
At least one of the selections should be sung in English; the other selection can be in English or a foreign language, such as Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, or Latin.
Pop music and singing a voice part from a choral work are not preferred for this audition.
Show command of basic material such as major and minor scales, triads, and 7th chords.
Play an etude
that shows highest technical level the student is capable of playing (a study from the Rose 32 Studies would be
Play a solo from the standard literature for the instrument which illustrates both technical and
musical ability of the student (e.g., Von Weber, Concertino, op. 26; Rabound, Solo de Concours; Messager, Solo de
Sustained tones and lip slurs, utilizing the major portion of the playing register of the instrument.
major scales in the following keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, G, D, A, and E. Correct fingering as shown in any standard
method book should be used.
French horn players should be familiar with the double horn and should know the
Bb horn, as well as, the F horn fingerings.
Baritone players should play in bass clef.
A solo exhibiting the highest
ability level attained. A movement from a concerto or sonata, a district band try out solo, or similar piece is
Demonstrate a knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios encompassing at least two octaves
with various bowing styles.
Show competence in position playing and shifting.
Play an etude which illustrates
the student's highest technical level. Example: Mazas, Kreutzer, Dont, Lee, Dotzauer, Schroedder, Simandl.
Perform a sonata or concerto movement. Example: Accolay, Bach, Corelli, Handel, Hindemith, Kabalevsky, Marcello,
Mozart, Vivaldi, Wieniawski.
String Bass majors also study Electric Bass—
- Play major scales and arpeggios, two
- Ability to read bass parts for stage and jazz band.
- Play the melody and two-beat bass line from any
popular music composition (e.g., Miles Davis, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Richard Rodgers, Charlie Parker, Johnny
Mercer). Tape recorded accompaniment may be used.
- Perform one major and one minor Segovia
- Demonstrate knowledge with basic major, minor, and dominant 7th chords.
- Play major and minor two octave arpeggios (all keys).
- Perform a piece by Bach,
Sor, Giulani, Carcassi, etc. Bring printed copy of your music in standard
notation (no tabs).
- Demonstrate sight reading ability (quarter and eight note
rhythms in 1st position)
- Perform two-octave major and minor scales
- Demonstrate knowledge of Major 7, minor 7, and dominant 7th chords.
- Play major and minor two octave arpeggios.
- Play chords and melody for a jazz
standard (e.g., Davis, Porter, Parker, Ellington). Bring printed copy of
your music in standard notation (no tabs).
- Demonstrate sight reading ability (
quarter and eight note rhythms in 1st position).
Prospective students should be prepared to demonstrate
their proficiency on at least two of the following performance mediums. Auditions on keyboard percussion instruments
are strongly recommended. Recorded
accompaniments may be used.
Snare Drum or Multiple Percussion
a solo selection (rudimental or concert)
Scales in all keys
a solo or orchestral repertoire selection
fundamental skills including tuning ability
a solo or symphonic repertoire selection