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    School of Music

  • Guidelines for Specific Auditions

    Voice

    The student should prepare at least two selections for the vocal audition. One selection should be from the traditional 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. 

    Piano

    The student should prepare to play all major scales in four octaves, as well as two selections of contrasting styles from memory. Repertoire should be selected from standard piano literature and represent at least the difficulty level of a Bach two-part invention or the first movement of a sonata by Mozart. Sight-reading will be included in the audition. The student is expected to demonstrate basic technique and show potential for further development. 

    Non-Keyboard 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 classical repertory. The student is expected to demonstrate good basic technique and show potential for further development. Sight-reading will be included in the audition. See additional details for specific instruments.

    Classical Guitar – The student will perform two works from the standard classical guitar literature. One work should be at the level of or comparable to the Six Pavanas by Luis Milán or Prélude No. 2 from Twelve Préludes by Manuel Ponce. One study should be at the level of or comparable to Etude No. 1 (Op. 6, No. 8) from Twenty Studies for the Guitar by Fernando Sor (Andrés Segovia Edition) or Etude Op. 60, No. 1 from Twenty-five Melodious and Progressive Studies by Matteo Carcassi. The student will need to perform the following scales: Two octaves in the keys of C, G, D, A, and E Major, as well as standard chord progressions in the following major keys: C, G, D, A, and E. There will also be sight-reading, both melodic and harmonic.

    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.

    Percussion – The student should demonstrate basic skills on two of the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, and any of the mallet instruments.

    Guidelines for each category are:

    1. Snare Drum: Basic rudiments and one selection at the level of any all-state required solo or an etude from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
    2. Mallets: Major scales and one selection at the level of any all-state required solo or etude from Modern School of Xylophone by Morris Goldenberg
    3. Timpani: Basic tuning skills and one selection at the level of any all-state required solo or an etude from Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman.