Instrumental (non-jazz) Undergraduate Audition Requirements

BASS (DOUBLE BASS)
Be prepared to play 2-3 contrasting solo selections, standard orchestral excerpts, and major and minor scales. You may also be asked to sight-read.

BASSOON
Be prepared to play 2-3 works of contrasting styles. You may be asked to play scales and to sight-read.

CELLO
Be prepared to play 2 or 3  contrasting pieces. Suggested repertoire consists of the following:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • A movement of solo Bach
  • An etude
  • A solo piece or sonata

CLARINET
Be prepared to play 2 works, or movements of works, of contrasting styles. Scales are not required, but you will be asked to sight-read.

EUPHONIUM
Prospective students should perform 2 to 3 selections in contrasting styles from solo literature or études. These selections should demonstrate both expressive and technical dimensions of the student’s playing. Major scales and sight reading may also be asked. Please contact Professor McCanless with any questions about music selection.

FLUTE
Students should play 2 pieces of contrasting styles for the audition, for a total of about 8-10 minutes of music. Be prepared to sight-read and play a few scales.

GUITAR
All prospective guitar students must display the following:

  • Completion of Aaron Shearer's Classic Guitar Technique,Vol.I or a comparable classic guitar method.
  • Preparation of at least 3 contrasting pieces preferably from different historical periods (i.e. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical/Romantic, 20th c./Contemporary). One of the pieces should be etudes by such composers as Aguado, Brouwer, Carcassi, Giuliani, Sor, Tárrega, or Villa-Lobos.
  • Knowledge of applicable technical studies: Giuliani's 120 Right Hand Studies, Segovia's Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, Carlevaro's School of Guitar.
  • Have sufficient sight-reading abilities.

HARP
Be prepared to play 2 pieces of contrasting styles, for a total of 12-15 minutes of playing.

HORN (FRENCH HORN)
Prospective students are required to play 2 pieces of contrasting styles, scales, and to sight-read.

OBOE
Be prepared to play 2-3 works of contrasting styles, such as a Handel Sonata or pieces of comparable difficulty. Students may be asked to play scales and to sight-read.

PERCUSSION
Students should perform works in the following categories that accurately represent their current level of achievement.

Required:
• One 2-Mallet and/or 4-Mallet keyboard work (with or without piano accompaniment)
• Two Snare Drum works (rudimentary and orchestral)
• One Timpani work (2, 3, or 4 Drums)
• Snare Drum Rudiments

Optional:
• One Multiple percussion work
• Drum set: Various styles (Jazz, Bossa Nova, Afro, Cuban, etc.)

Also: Possible sight-reading on all instruments (keyboards, timpani, snare drum)

PIANO
To be admitted as an undergraduate piano major, students should:

  • be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios correctly at a moderately rapid tempo;
  • have the skills to sight read compositions of moderate difficulty; and
  • have already studied such compositions as Bach Inventions, classical sonatas, and works by such composers as Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Bartok, and Kabalevsky.

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

Bach Two or Three Part Invention or suite movement
Movement of a classical sonata
Romantic, Impressionistic, or Twentieth/Twenty-first Century work

They will also be asked to present:

Scales and arpeggios in any major or minor key
Sight reading of an intermediate level work

Students must bring to the audition a Repertoire List including works studied in the past five years.

SAXOPHONE
Be prepared to play 2-3 works, or movements of works, of contrasting styles. Students may be asked to play major and minor scales and to sight-read.

TROMBONE
Tenor Trombone: Proficiency in major scales, 2 octaves; 1 Rochut Melodious Etude; Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant or Concertino by David
Bass Trombone: Proficiency in major scales, 2 octaves; 1 Rochut Melodious Etude (Vol. 1); pick 1 solo: Patrick McCarty Sonata/Lebedev Sonata, Telemann Fantasies

TRUMPET
Prospective students are required to play 2 pieces of contrasting styles, scales, and to sight-read.

TUBA
Prospective students should perform 2 to 3 selections in contrasting styles from solo literature or études. These selections should demonstrate both expressive and technical dimensions of the student’s playing. Major scales and sight reading may also be asked. Please contact Professor McCanless with any questions about music selection.

VIOLA
Be prepared to play:

  • One 3 octave scale (the student may choose the key)
  • One movement from the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites
  • One movement from the standard viola literature that best demonstrates the student’s ability

VIOLIN
To enter the degree program in violin performance, the student should be prepared to perform:

  • A movement of any Bach Sonata or Partita
  • A movement of any Mozart Concerto
  • A movement of any Romantic Violin Concerto

To enter any other degree program, the student should be prepared to perform:

  • Two movements of contrasting styles, one of which should be a movement of unaccompanied Bach