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Audition Requirements

Requirements are listed below by area of audition: Please bring two copies of your prepared pieces (Photocopies are permitted)

KEYBOARD

  1. Keyboard students should be prepared to play all Major and minor scales and arpeggios in multiple octaves, know chords and their inversions, as well as be able to play a I-IV-V7-I progression in both Major and minor keys.
  2. Keyboard students should prepare two pieces from different compositions from the standard solo repertoire that show a contrast in style, one fast and the other slow and lyrical. Typical repertorie could include a works by Bach (and Two or Three part Invention, or a Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a movement from a Classical Sonata (Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven), several small character pieces or one large scale work from the Romantic era (Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Liszt) a representative work from the Impressionist composers Debussy or Ravel, or works from the 20th and 21st Century by composers such as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Copland, Barber, or Liebermann (to name a few).
  3. Sight-reading will be required.

GUITAR 

Students auditioning for entrance into the guitar program need to prepare the following materials:

  1. Two (2) contrasting pieces.  The pieces can be from any time period and genre.
  2. One piece showcasing finger style technique is encouraged but not required.
  3. C major scale played in first position.
  4. First position major and minor chords.

STRINGS
String students should prepare two pieces from different compositions from the standard solo repertoire that show a contrast in style, one fast and the other slow and lyrical. (Two single movement works are also acceptable.) Sight-reading will be required.

DOUBLE BASS/ELECTRIC BASS
Electric Bass students should prepare Tenor Madness by Thelonius Monk (Melody and walking bassline at 110-150bpm). Also short prepared pieces in Funk, Rock and Latin styles (soloing in one of them). Double Bass students should have one prepared arco piece.

VOICE
Voice students should prepare two songs in contrasting styles from classical or musical theater repertory. One should be in English and the other can be in a foreign language, but this is not required. Please bring copies of your music to your audition, unless you are bringing your own accompanist.

LOW BRASS

  1. Major scales through five sharps or flats.  Chromatic scale (beginning on any note over the full range of the instrument).
  2. Applicants are required to perform literature showcasing their lyrical and technical abilities.  This may be in the form of a single solo with contrasting movements OR multiple etudes exhibiting proper techniques.  Below are suggested solos and etude books (by instrument);  however, applicants amy choose other published pieces.
  3. Sight-reading 

        Trombone - Suggested solo literature:                                      Suggested Etude Books:
                Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique                        C. Kopprasch, Sixty Selected Studies for Trombone
                Barat, Andante et Allegro                                   Rochut, Melodious Etudes Vol. 1
                Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto                                Tyrell, 40 Progressive Studies
                Saint-Saens, Cavatine                                        Rubank, Advanced Studies Volume 1
                Bernstein, Elegy for Mippy II
                Galliard, Sonata No. 1 

         Euphonium - Suggested Solo Literature:                                   Suggested Etude Books:
                Barat, Introduction and Dance                             C. Kopprasch, Sixty Selected Studies for Trombone
                Curnow, Rhapsody                                              Rochut, Melodious Etudes Vol. 1
                DeLuca, Beautiful Colorado                                  Tyrell, 40 Progressive Studies
                Galliard, Sonata (any movement)                         Rubank, Advanced Studies Volume 1
                Haddad, Suite for Baritone
                Mozart, Concert Rondo (from Bassoon Concerto k. 191)
                Telemann, Sonata (any movement)

         Tuba - Suggested Solo Literature:                                            Suggested Etude Books:
                Bach, Air and Bouree                                            Fink, Studies in Legato
                Barat, Introduction and Dance for Tuba                  H.W. Tyrell, 40 Advanced Studies
                Haddad, Suite for Tuba (any movement)                Marco Bordogni, 43 Bel Canto Studies
                Telemann, Adagio and Allegro                                Blazhevich, 70 Studies book 1
                Marcello, Sonata in f minor (any movement)           C. Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies
                Lebedev, Concerto in One Movement 

 

 

WINDS
Candidates in the wind area should prepare two selections that demonstrate contrasting styles, one fast and technical and the other slow and lyrical. These can include etudes as well as solo pieces. The all-state or region band solo is also acceptable. (Two single movement works or individual movements from multiple movement works are acceptable.) All Major scales should be prepared; sight-reading will be required. Accompaniment is not required. Note: If you choose to use accompaniment (not required), please send copies of your music at least two weeks in advance, unless you are bringing your own accompanist.

PERCUSSION
Suggested audition material for each of the four required areas:
Those interested should prepare music that will best demonstrate your proficiency on the following instruments: snare drum, keyboard, timpani, and drumset. Sight-reading will be expected on snare drum and keyboard percussion as well. Below is a list of suggested repertoire for each area:

Keyboard Percussion (Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone)
• Selected Etudes from Modern School for the Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg
• Rain Dance by Alice Gomez
• Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters
• Rhythm Song by Paul Smadbeck
• Any Xylophone rag by George Hamilton Green
• Appropriate All-State Etudes or State Solo & Ensemble list repertoire is also acceptable.
*In addition to your prepared material, you will be asked to sight-read a short mallet excerpt.

Snare Drum
• Concert (required)
o Etude from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
o Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
o 12 Etudes for Snare Drum by Jacques Delécluse
o Appropriate All-State Etudes or State Solo & Ensemble list repertoire is also acceptable.

• Rudimental (optional
o Rudimental Cookbook by Edward Freytag
o Aptitude- A Conversation in Snare Soloing by Various Artists
o Nine French American Rudimental Solos by Joseph Tompkins
*In addition to your prepared material, you will be asked to sight-read a short concert snare drum excerpt.

Timpani
• Tune timpani to a given pitch
• Etudes for Timpani by Vic Firth
• Fundamental Solos for Timpani by Mitchell Peters
• Appropriate All-State Etudes or State Solo & Ensemble list repertoire is also acceptable.

Drumset
Demonstration of the following musical styles: Rock, Swing, Latin, and Funk.