• The following guidelines detail what students who plan to audition to major in music should prepare for that audition. There are specific guidelines for specific instruments, which are detailed below. Click each category for the corresponding information.

    Percussion
    The student should demonstrate his/her highest level of achievement on snare drum and marimba. Sight reading and major scales will be required. Timpani is encouraged for scholarship consideration, but not required.
    • Snare Drum: Rudiments and one selection at the level of any all-state required solo or an etude from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
    • Marimba: A four-mallet marimba solo, One selection at the level of any all-state required solo, or etude from Modern School for Xylophone by Morris Goldenberg
    • Timpani: One selection at the level of any all-state required solo or an etude from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth.
     
    Piano

    Applicants should demonstrate basic technique and show potential for further development. The audition will include demonstration of technical skills (scales and arpeggios), sight-reading, and performance of repertoire selections, which must be played from memory. Repertoire guidelines are listed below by degree program.

    Applicants should bring the following to the audition: a completed audition form (will be sent by the Recruitment Coordinator for the School of Music after the student registers for an audition), a list of all repertoire studied in the last three years, and a letter of recommendation from their current piano teacher.

    Repertoire Guidelines:

    Bachelor of Music in Performance—ALL of the following:
    • One selection representing the Baroque period (comparable to a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach, a sonata by D. Scarlatti, or a comparable work by Rameau or Couperin, etc.)
    • One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert (except shorter dance movements such as a minuets or scherzi)
    • One Romantic work (Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, etc.) OR one work from the 20th or 21st centuries (Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Scriabin, etc.)

    All other degree programs with emphasis in piano—ANY TWO of the following:
    • One selection representing the baroque style (comparable to a two-part invention by J. S. Bach or a movement from a dance suite)
    • One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert (except shorter dance movements such as a minuets or scherzi)
    • One romantic, 20th-century, or 21st-century work of any length
     
    String Instruments (Including Guitar)
    The student should be prepared to play scales in the major keys and the chromatic scale in at least two octaves and should prepare a solo selection from the standard repertory, at the level of an all-state audition piece. The student is expected to demonstrate good basic technique and show potential for further development. Sight-reading will be included in the audition. Additional guidelines for some specific instruments:

    Classical Guitar
    Candidates must prepare two pieces from contrasting style periods; play major scales; play basic chords and play a provided sight-reading example. Classical guitarists admitted to the undergraduate program should demonstrate a degree of technical fluency and musical awareness appropriate to the level of audition literature.
    Commercial Guitar
    The student should have a selection prepared that will demonstrate his or her abilities, featuring melodic and harmonic elements. Pieces from the commercial or church music body of literature would provide appropriate selections. The student with jazz experience may choose to perform one of the following:
    • 12 Bar Blues (ex. “Tenor Madness,” “Billie’s Bounce,” “Blue Monk”)
    • Jazz Standard (ex. “Autumn Leaves,” “All of Me,” “Just Friends”)
    • Latin Jazz (ex. “Blue Bossa,” “Song for My Father,” “The Girl From Ipanema”)

    The student will be expected to perform one or more of the following: major scale, natural minor scale, blues scale, major and/or minor pentatonic scale. The audition will also include sight-reading an excerpt of printed music.
    Harp
    The student should be prepared to play two contrasting works from the standard repertory, e.g., Dussek: Sonatas, Bach-Grandjany: Largo from Violin Sonata No. 6, Dello Joio: Bagatelles.
    Voice
    The student should prepare two memorized selections for the vocal audition. One selection should be from classical vocal literature, such as an art song or an aria from Twenty Four Italian Songs and Arias – Schirmer, Inc., or The First Book of Soprano, Mezzo Soprano/Alto, Tenor, Baritone/Bass Solos – Schirmer, Inc. The second selection may be of the student’s choosing and should be of a contrasting style such as musical theater, folk, gospel, or sacred. Upon request, an accompanist will be provided at the audition, although recorded accompaniments are also acceptable. The student is expected to demonstrate basic vocal technique and to show potential for further development. A sight-reading and ear-training exercise will also be included in the audition.
    Wind Instruments
    The student should be prepared to play scales in the major keys and the chromatic scale in at least two octaves and should prepare a solo selection from the standard repertory, at the level of an all-state audition piece. The student is expected to demonstrate good basic technique and show potential for further development. Sight-reading will be included in the audition.