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Auditions

An audition appointment can be scheduled by returning an audition request form (DOC) to the department of music office (make sure to return the prospective undergraduate student information form with your audition request form).  If circumstances prevent the presentation of a campus audition on any of these dates, an appointment on an alternative date may be requested or an unedited recording may be submitted. Applicants should prepare for their auditions according to the following guidelines:

Accompanists

All auditionees are welcome to bring an accompanist, but one will be provided if advance notice is given and the music is provided by the student. Performance with an accompanist is required for vocal auditions, but optional for all instrumentalists.

Voice

Prospective voice majors should perform two contrasting pieces from the standard art song/recital repertoire. Memorization is required. One piece should be in a language other than English. Specific repertoire is not required; however, students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Mr. David Castonguay well in advance of their audition date. Auditions are evaluated for quality, potential and musicianship.

Winds

Wind players should prepare at least two contrasting works that demonstrate tone quality, technique and musicality. In addition, students should be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale. The demonstration of basic sight-reading ability is expected. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Christoper White well in advance of their audition date.

Percussion

Please prepare solos representing the following areas of percussion:

Snare Drum

  • 40 International Rudiments - available at www.PAS.org for free
  • Perform one Rudimental snare drum solo or concert solo

Suggested books:

  • Modern Swing Solos for the Advanced Snare Drummer - Wilcoxen
  • 14 Modern Contest Solos - John Pratt
  • Portraits in Rhythm - Anthony Cirone
  • Modern School for Snare Drum - Morris Goldenberg

Mallets

  • All major scales - two octaves with Arpeggios
  • Perform one mallet solo - either two or four mallet (four mallets is encouraged)

Suggested Books/Solos:

  • Recital Pieces for Mallets - Garwood Whaley (Two Mallets)
  • Musser Ab - Clair Omar Musser (Two Mallets)
  • Musser B Major or C Major - Clair Omar Musser (Four Mallets)
  • Yellow After the Rain - Mitchell Peters (Four Mallets)
  • Rain Song - Alice Gomez (Four Mallets)

Timpani

  • Perform one timpani solo

Suggested Books/Solos:

  • Concepts for Timpani - John Beck - Solos in back of book
  • Fundamental Studies for Timpani - Mitchell Peters
  • Triptych Motif - John Beck
  • Sonata for Timpani - John Beck

Additional skills may be demonstrated, such as drum set or hand drums. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Rob Sanderl well in advance of their audition date.

Strings

String players should prepare two contrasting works or movements that demonstrate tone quality, technique and musicianship. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact the music office well in advance of their audition date. Students who wish guidance in choosing appropriate audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Trent well in advance of their audition date.

Guitar

Guitarists should prepare all major scales (two and three octaves with cadences) and two contrasting solos that demonstrate quality of tone, technique and musicality. One piece may be an etude. The demonstration of basic sight-reading ability is expected. Students who would like guidance in choosing appropriate audition materials are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Trent well in advance of their audition date.

Keyboard

Keyboard students should perform two pieces from two different style periods in the standard classical repertoire. Works by Bach, Handel or Scarlatti (Baroque); Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven (Classical); Chopin Schubert or Schumann (Romantic); and Bartok, Debussy or Kabalevsky (20th-century/Contemporary) are suggested. Memorization is required for pianists but not for organists. The demonstration of basic sight-reading ability is expected. Prospective organ majors should have a strong piano background. Previous organ study is not required and students may audition on piano. Students who would like guidance in choosing appropriate audition materials are encouraged to contact Ms. Nitza Kats well in advance of their audition date.

For further information, please contact Al Wojtera.