Audition Requirements

The School of Music will provide accompanists for voice auditions. No accompaniment is required or expected for classical instrumental auditions. Applicants to the jazz program should provide play along tracks on either CD or MP3.

The School of Music audition requirements are as follows:


Classical Guitarauditions must include two solo works. Suitable selections include, but are not limited to, works from the Royal Conservatory series volumes 4 and up, or studies by Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer. The first four scales from the Segovia edition of diatonic major and minor scales, or other fingerings of scales in two and three octaves are also required.


Percussion auditions must demonstrate proficiency on timpani, snare drum and a mallet instrument - marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone. Snare Drum: Prepare an etude, such as Etude in 5/4 from Modern School for Snare Drum by Morris Goldenberg, or any from the Delecluse: 12 Etudes for Snare Drum. Also be prepared to demonstrate concert rolls at all volume levels. Mallet: Prepare a four-mallet solo piece, for example Rain Dance by Alice Gomez, Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters or another similar piece, or a two-mallet etude from Modern School for Marimba, Xylophone and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg. Timpani: Prepare one piece for timpani, for example Exercise 72 from Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman or a similar piece.


Piano auditions will last 10-15 minutes, and must include two solo works representative of the baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic or contemporary periods. Music must be memorized. The audition will also include performance of scales and tonic arpeggios in four octaves, both hands together, in the keys of the pieces to be performed. Sight-reading will also be assessed at the audition. You must bring a typed list of your audition program in the order you will be performing to the audition.


String auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.


Voice auditions must demonstrate clear diction, accurate pitch, acceptable tone quality, breath control, a concept of phrasing, and an ability to communicate through song. All singers must have two (2) solo songs in contrasting styles chosen from baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary art song repertory, one of which would preferably be in English. (Audition repertory could include English and Italian art songs, German and French art songs, oratorio and opera aria, and contemporary English art songs.) All music performed must be memorized, and an accompanist will be provided.


Woodwind and Brass auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.


Audition Requirements for Jazz Performance


Jazz Bass applicants must play three jazz tunes (two of which should be written transcriptions) of contrasting styles including one blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. You should also be prepared to “walk” a full chorus on swing tunes.


Jazz Guitarists must play Major scales in 5 positions and Dorian and Mixolydian scales in 2 positions. Applicants will also be asked to play one chord melody and perform two jazz standards of contrasting styles demonstrating melody, comping and improvisation (see tune list below for suggestions). Please provide the audition panel with play-along tracks on either CD or MP3; playback equipment will be provided for your audition. Applicants should also be prepared to sight-read chord charts and single note melodies.


All other instruments (except Jazz Guitar and Bass) must prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).


Guitarists and Pianists should be prepared to “comp” the chords on their prepared pieces. Drummers are expected to demonstrate a variety of styles in the jazz idiom (swing, latin, jazz waltz, shuffle, rock and funk).


All instruments (excluding drum set) are expected to play all major, dorian, and mixolydian scales and arpeggios and will be asked to sight-read. Please provide the audition panel with play along tracks on either CD or MP3. There will be a speaker provided for playback.


Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Take the A Train
Lover Man
Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa

What’s New
Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland

Body and Soul


Portfolio Requirements for Composition (B.A. in Music)


Questions regarding the application and audition process can be directed to the In addition to completing an audition on a principal applied instrument following the requirements detailed above, applicants to the B.A. in Music with a concentration in composition must submit a portfolio consisting of 2 to 3 compositions representing your best work, and demonstrating substance and variety. A CD of performances or MIDI realizations of the works is recommended, but not required. Composition portfolios must be submitted in hard copy along with this application by the deadlines for your desired audition date. NOTE: The B.A. in Music: Composition is intended for students writing classical concert-hall music and is not intended for the pursuit of rock, pop, folk, jazz, contemporary Christian, or hip-hop styles.


Questions regarding the application and audition process can be directed to the College of the Arts Office of Admissions, 770-423-6614.

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