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Audition Requirements

Instrumental 
Prospective majors who wish to make a string, woodwind, or brass instrument the principal area of classical applied music must audition for the Department of Music.

Following are the requirements:

  • Perform one or more prepared solos
  • Perform major scales
  • Perform sight reading

Note: All prospective students will be asked to sight read at the audition.

Percussion 
Prospective majors who wish to make percussion instruments the principal area of classical applied music must audition for the Department of Music.

Following are the requirements:

Each candidate must perform creditably on snare and one additional category as follows:

  1. Snare Drum
    1. One solo or etude of moderate difficulty
    2. Demonstrate control of the sustained roll at all dynamic levels
    3. Sight reading at a moderately difficult level
  2. Marimba, Xylophone or Vibraphone
    1. One solo or etude of moderate difficulty
    2. Major scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats and the chromatic scale performed from memory 
    3. Sight reading at a moderately difficult level
  3. Timpani
    1. Perform a solo or etude of moderate difficulty B. Demonstrate control of the sustained roll at all dynamic levels
    2. Demonstration of accurate tuning
    3. Sight reading at a moderately difficult level
  4. The candidate may perform a multiple percussion solo or etude in lieu of one of the above requirements.

Voice
Perform two contrasting songs from memory: one in English and the other in a foreign language (e.g., French, German, or Italian). Prospective students also will complete a sight singing exercise as part of the audition. Transfer students should prepare four selections in a variety of musical styles and languages.

Musical Theater
Perform two selections from memory: one from standard musical theater repertoire and the other from standard classical vocal repertoire (e.g., Italian Art Song or similar). Prospective students will also complete a sight singing exercise as part of the audition. Transfer students should prepare four contrasting selections consisting of musical theater and standard classical vocal repertoire. Students auditioning for Musical Theater are also required to present one monologue from memory.

Jazz Instrumental/Vocal 
Prospective majors in jazz performance must audition for the jazz faculty in the Department of Music.

Following are the requirements:
  • Perform and improvise a blues (any key)
  • Optional: Perform and improvise on a (1) standard tune with chord changes (rhythm changes, "Autumn Leaves", etc.); (2) bossa nova (any Jobim, "Blue Bossa", etc.); (3) ballad
  • Demonstrate current scale/chord knowledge
  • Demonstrate current sight reading ability

Bass, piano and guitar players should be prepared to demonstrate accompanying techniques (comping chord changes, walking bass lines, etc.).

Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate the following rhythm feels: (l) swing, (2) latin-samba, (3) bossa nova, (4) ballad. Drummers should bring their own cymbals.

Classical Guitar
Perform one piece (or single movement) from either composer in each group below:

  • J.S. Bach or S.L.Weiss
  • F. Sor or M. Giuliani
  • H. Villa-Lobos or A. Lauro
The overall audition should demonstrate melodic and arpeggio-style playing.

Harp
Perform as listed below:

  • Naderman: Book of Seven Progressive Sonatas, Op. 92 (select any sonata)
  • Grandjany: Petite Suite Classique (select any two movements)
Organ
Perform as listed below:
  • J.S. Bach: Any Choral Prelude or Prelude and Fugue
  • Brahms: Any Chorale Prelude from Op. l22
  • Langlais: Organ Book (No. l-Prelude, No. 5-Musette, or No. l0-Pasticcio)
Piano
Perform as listed below:
  1. Performance Majors
    • Perform at least two pieces from memory from two different periods. Selections should equal the difficulty of:
      • Baroque: Bach Inventions, Preludes and Fugues, French Suites, Scarlatti Sonatas
      • Classical: one movement of a Mozart, Haydn or early Beethoven sonata
      • Romantic: Chopin Mazurkas or Preludes, Short works of Brahms or Schumann
      • Contemporary: Bartok Mikrokosmos or Kabalevsky Sonatina, Shostakovich Fantastic Dances
    • Technical Scales
      • Four octaves, major and minor, hands together
      • Arpeggios-four octaves, major and minor, hands together
  2. Music Education Majors
    • Perform one piece from memory and one with the music from two different periods. Selections should equal the difficulty of such pieces as:
      • Baroque: Bach, Inventions or Little Preludes
      • Classical: One movement of a Clementi Sonatina or the Beethoven Sonata, Op. 49
      • Romantic: The more difficult pieces from the Album for the Young by Schumann, Chopin Mazurkas, Grieg Lyric Pieces, or Brahms Waltzes
      • Contemporary: Prokofieff, Children's Pieces, or Bartok, Mikrokosmos III
    • Technical Scales
      • Two octaves, major and minor, hands together
      • Arpeggios-two octaves, major and minor, hands together

Theory/Composition

Students who wish to major in Theory/Composition follow a two-step audition process:

  • First, each candidate should contact Dr. Archer to arrange a composition audition. This audition consists of submitting the scores for three completed works, with recordings or MIDI demos if available. Normally, this may be done via mail or email.
  • Second, each candidate should schedule an applied audition on his/her instrument or voice. Following that audition, there will be a brief, informal meeting with the Theory/Composition faculty to discuss the student's compositions and professional goals.
More Information

Department of Music
(618) 650-2015

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