Classical Graduate Audition Requirements


  • Students should be prepared to perform 4 works: a complete standard concerto, an etude (such as Popper or Piatti); 2 movements of a solo Bach; and another solo or duo sonata.


  • All: Portfolio of original compositions to be submitted to the theory/composition faculty. Applicants wishing to be considered for Bomhard Fellowships in composition should include works that demonstrate an inclination and ability to write for the human voice.

  • Theory majors must submit a portfolio of work that includes the following: (a) Two papers that incorporate a significant analytical or theoretical component; these may include papers written for courses such as music history and literature. (b) Scores of one or two original compositions, with recordings if available. Applicants who have not studied private composition may submit a composition project written for a theory class. (c) Two samples of harmony and/or counterpoint assignments, preferably one in each area.

  • Interview with members of the composition or theory/composition faculty. This may include an assessment of skills in ear training, sight singing, and piano.

  • At the time of application, students may be asked to provide additional evidence of knowledge of string, woodwind, and brass instruments; written, aural, and keyboard harmony; elementary counterpoint; analysis of musical forms and genres; history and literature of music. (In addition, all graduate students take entrance examinations in music history and in theory/musicianship. These exams are administered just prior to the beginning of the first semester of study.)

  • Graduate applicants in composition and theory do not need to audition on an instrument or voice at the time of application.

Guitar - Classical

  • Must have completed all requirements for undergraduate study as well as an undergraduate degree recital.

  • Appropriate repertoire should include any or all of the following: Lute Suites by J.S. Bach, larger concert works by Mauro Giuliani and Fernando Sor, Preludes and Etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos.


  • At least two movements of a major horn concerto (Mozart, R. Strauss, F. Strauss, Saint-Saens-Morceau, Gliere, Jacob) or of a major work for horn and piano (Beethoven-Sonata, Hindemith Sonate or Schumann-Adagio and Allegro).

  • All majors and minor scales, at least two octaves.

  • Two contrasting etudes that show your level of technical facility. [e.g. German/French; or dramatic/lyrical; or steady/rhapsodic; or predominantly loud/predominantly soft; or staccato/legato]

  • Several orchestral excerpts

  • Sight reading may include transposition


Piano - Classical

To be admitted as a graduate piano major, students should have studied compositions such as Bach Suites and Prelude & Fugues; classical sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; and advanced works by such composers as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Faure, Bartok, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.

At the audition, students will be expected to play three or four pieces of contrasting style including:

  • Bach Prelude & Fugue or English or French Suite
  • Complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • Romantic, Impressionistic, or Twentieth/Twenty-first Century work

Students will also be given a moderately difficult work to sight read.

Students must bring to the audition an extensive Repertoire List of solo and chamber music studied and a copy of any recital programs presented as an undergraduate. Those interested in the pedagogy degree or a Graduate Teaching Assistantship should also provide a video-tape of recent teaching.




  • Have proficiency in all major and minor scales; one Rochut Etude (Vol. 2); one intermediate or advanced Tommy Pederson etude; Rossini Overture to La Gazza Ladra; Schumann Symphony No. 3, fourth movement; Strauss Ein Heldenleben; Wagner "Ride", Ravel Bolero; two contrasting works by Tomasi, Hindemith, Jacob, or Wagenseil.


  • Have proficiency in all major and minor scales; one Rochut Etude (Vol. 2); Bach Suite No. 5 for Cello; Sarabande and orchestral excerpts; Haydn The Creation, No. 26; Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, fourth movement; Rossini Overture to La Gazza Ladra; Schumann Symphony No. 3, fourth movement; Strauss Ein Heldenleben; Wagner "Ride"; two contrasting works by Bozza, Spillman, Vaughan-Williams (Tuba Concerto).



Graduate applicants should include four pieces of contrasting styles. The ability to play different instruments (i.e. C trumpet, B-flat, piccolo, flugel, etc.) will strengthen the audition.


  • One 3 octave scale (the student may choose the key)

  • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites

  • One movement from the standard viola sonata repertoire (e.g. Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Shostakovich, etc.)

  • One movement from the standard viola concerto repertoire (e.g. Handel, Stamitz, Walton, Bartok, etc.)


Repertoire to be presented:
3 art songs (one German Lied, one French mélodie, one American or English art song)
One aria from an opera or oratorio

NOTE: One of the 4 selections presented must be from the 20th century or later.


Please bring a copy of any recital programs presented as an undergraduate and a repertoire list. Audio copies of programs are also welcomed, although not required.

It is strongly recommended that all materials be submitted prior to your audition.

ALL of the materials listed below must be submitted before the School of Music can admit a student or make a scholarship offer.