Music scholarship audition requirements

INSTRUMENT AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Woodwinds and brass
  • Two solos (one solo and one etude) or two movements of the same solo that are contrasting in style and appropriate for use in state solo or ensemble contests or All-State auditions. Accompaniment is recommended but not required.
  • 2-octave major scales to be selected from concert D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb
  • 2-octave chromatic scale. Scale memorization not required.
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department
Strings
  • Any standard baroque or classical sonata, or a concerto movement, with keyboard accompaniment
  • A second piece in contrasting style. A technical etude may be substituted.
  • Eb/E major and C or E minor 3-octave scales
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department

Percussion
  • A solo or excerpt demonstrating your playing abilities in at least two of the following areas: snare, keyboard percussion and tympani
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department

Jazz drums
  • A variety of jazz styles and fills
  • In addition, please send a recording of one of your jazz performances. (Send in the mail prior to audition, or bring with you to your audition.)

Jazz bass & jazz guitar
  • Two contrasting jazz pieces
  • In addition, please send a recording of one of your jazz performances. (Send in the mail prior to audition, or bring with you to your audition.)

Harp
  • Two solos that demonstrate your ability as a harpist
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department

Classical guitar
  • Works from any of the five periods of guitar literature (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Spanish Romantic, 20th Century). The pieces should demonstrate your musicianship and technique as a guitarist.
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department

Piano
  • Two standard classical pieces from different composers and styles. Examples: 2-part or 3-part Bach invention; fast movement of a classical sonata or sonatina by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Kuhlau, etc.; a Romantic piece by Chopin, Lizst, Schumann, Brahms, etc.; or Impressionism or 20th-century music. At least one piece must be memorized.
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department

Organ
  • A hymn (4-part preferred, 3-part if less advanced)
  • Two pieces--one based on a hymn or chorale, the other by a Baroque, Romantic or contemporary composer
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department

Voice
  • Two contrasting selections from an art song, opera, oratorio, folk arrangement, or hymnody. It is strongly suggested that you perform one selection in a foreign language and that you perform both selections from memory.
  • A sight-reading example provided by the music department


No taped accompaniments, please.

A faculty accompanist will be present at each audition, but not for rehearsal. If possible, bring your own accompanist. (You do not need to mail your accompaniment music to us unless it is extremely difficult.)