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Audition Requirements

Instrumental (Classical)

Prospective majors must audition for the Department of Music.

Following are the general requirements:

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

Percussion (Classical)

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 (Classical)

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 or music business with jazz as private applied lessons 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 (Classical Piano Perfomance)

***All audition repertoire should be approved by the Director of Keyboard Area (Dr. Angela Kim – jekim@siue.edu) prior to the scheduled audition***

  1. Bachelor of Music
    • Perform at least two pieces from memory from two different periods. Selections should equal the difficulty of:
      • Baroque: Bach Inventions, Preludes and Fugues, or Scarlatti Sonatas
      • Classical: One movement of a Mozart, Haydn or early Beethoven sonata
      • Romantic: One movement work of Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, or Rachmaninoff
      • Contemporary: Bartok, Kabalevsky, or Shostakovich
    • Technical Scales
      • Four octaves, major and minor, hands together
      • Arpeggios-four octaves, major and minor, hands together
  2. Masters of Music
  • Perform at least three pieces from memory from three different periods. Selections should equal the difficulty of:
    • Baroque: Bach Preludes and Fugues or Keyboard Suites
    • Classical: One movement of Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven Sonatas (two contrasting movements are recommended)
    • Romantic: One movement work or Sonatas of Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, or Rachmaninoff
    • Contemporary: Bartok, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich, or other published worksfrom the 20thand 21th century piano repertoire
  • Technical Scales
    • Four octaves, major and minor, hands together
    • Arpeggios-four octaves, major and minor, hands together
***If an applicant prepares one piano etude (preferably by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Prokofiev), all scales will be exempt from the audition***
 

Piano (Classical Collaborative Piano)

***All audition repertoire should be approved by the Director of Keyboard Area (Dr. Angela Kim – jekim@siue.edu) prior to the scheduled audition***

  1. Bachelor of Music
    • Perform at least two pieces from memory from two different periods. Selections should equal the difficulty of:
      • Baroque: Bach Inventions, Preludes and Fugues, or Scarlatti Sonatas
      • Classical: One movement of Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven sonata
      • Romantic: One movement work of Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, or Rachmaninoff
      • Contemporary: Bartok, Kabalevsky, or Shostakovich
    • Technical Scales
      • Four octaves, major and minor, hands together
      • Arpeggios-four octaves, major and minor, hands together
  2. Masters of Music
    • Perform at least three pieces that include one solo piece and two collaborative works (must perform both vocal and instrumental) 
    • Solo piece should be performed from memory. Selection should equal the difficulty of standard Classical Sonatas or Romantic one movement works. Please see the performance major audition requirement for repertoire guidelines.
    • You MUST bring your own collaborators to the auditions and there will be no exception
      • Collaborative selections should equal the difficulty of:
        • German Lieder by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, or Wolf
        • French Art Songs by Debussy or Fauré
        • One or more movements of String Sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms
        • Other instrumental collaborative repertoire (Must be approved by the Director of Keyboard Area via email)
      *** For Masters of Music collaborative applicants - If you cannot bring your own collaborators, you must follow the performance major audition requirement***
       

      Strings

      For violin, viola and double bass applicants, please contact Dr. Lenora Anop directly for further information.

      For cello applicants, please contact Dr. Marta Simidtchieva directly for further information

      1. Performance Majors
        • Movement of a standard concerto
        • One or two movements of contrasting solo Bach
        • Three octave major and melodic minor scales
        • Sight reading
      2. Music Education Majors
        • Perform two contrasting solo works
        • Three octave major and melodic minor scales
        • Sight reading
      3. Music Minors
        • Solo of your choice
        • Major and melodic minor scales
        • Sight reading

      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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