Audition Guidelines

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.

For All Degrees Other Than Commercial 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.
Commercial Percussion Audition Requirements:
Students should prepare a 2-3 minute solo on drum set representing their highest level of achievement. They should be prepared to demonstrate styles such as jazz, bossa nova, samba, and rock. Sight reading will be required, and students should be familiar with the playing styles of a variety of drummers, including Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, as well as influential modern artists (such as various drummers for "Snarky Puppy").

Additional Requirements:

  • 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: Major scales and one selection at the level of any all-state required solo, or etude from Modern School for Xylophone by Morris Goldenberg
  • Sight reading will be required on marimba and snare drum.
*If you wish to perform alternate repertoire for your audition, it must be approved by Dr. Harnsberger.
For Graduate audition requirements, visit the Lee University Percussion Page

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

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.

The student should prepare two memorized, contrasting 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. A suitable second selection would be a contrasting art song, folk song, or Broadway selection. Upon request an accompanist will be provided at the audition. 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.

  • Accompaniment Notes: Upon request, a professional accompanist will be provided. Recorded forms of accompaniment from our approved list are acceptable.
    • Approved forms include high quality instrumental or piano tracks on a CD (preferred) or MP3 audio file on your phone or audio device. (Aux cord provided) Internet and streaming capabilities are not available during the audition. YouTube videos used as accompaniment are NOT allowed. Please clearly label all tracks or have them on an audio playlist by themselves.
    • If requesting a Lee University accompanist, sheet music MUST be supplied. Chord charts or lead sheets will not be accepted. Vocal students are highly discouraged from accompanying themselves, as the committee would prefer that you focus your performance on your voice.

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.

Undergraduate Auditions

  1. Scales
    • All major scales (2 octaves minimum);
    • chromatic scale (3 octaves)
  2. Prepared Music:
    • Two contrasting solos or etudes that demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship.

    Suggested Solos:

    • Sonatas - Handel, Telemann, J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Poulenc, Martinu, Muczynski.
    • Concertos - Vivaldi, Mozart (G or D), Boccherini, Quantz, Ibert.
    • Other - Debussy Syrinx, Godard Suite Op. 116, Bloch Suite Modale, Honegger Danse de la Chèvre, Hoover Kokopeli, any pieces from Flute Music by French Composers (ed. Louis Moyse).

    Suggested Etude Books:

    • Cavally Melodious and Progressive Studies
    • Kohler Romantic Etudes
    • Andersen Op. 15, 33, 41
    • Platanov 30 Studies.

    Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read.

Graduate Auditions

Prepare the following:

  1. Two movements of a Sonata by J.S. Bach
  2. First movement of Mozart Concerto in G or D (no cadenza)
  3. Contrasting Piece (French Conservatory piece, etc.)
  4. Three Orchestral Excerpts (from the books of Jeanne Baxstresser)

Contact: Kristen Holritz, MM, Flute Instructor
Email: kholritz@leeuniversity.edu
Website: kristenholritz.com

Undergraduate Auditions

  1. Scales
    • All major scales. Range: E, F, F-sharp, and G in 3 octaves; all others, 2 octaves;
    • Chromatic scale in 3 octaves.
  2. Prepared Music:
    • Two contrasting solos or etudes that demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship.

    Suggested Solos: (These are just suggestions. You may perform works not listed below. Contact Dr.
    Kies for further suggestions, or if you need help finding any of the sheet music for the below titles)

    • Sachsen-Meiningen, Elisabeth Marie von: Romanze
    • Saint-Saëns, Camille: Sonata, movement I, IV
    • Krähmer, Caroline Schleicher: Sonatine
    • Smith, Alice Mary: Sonata, movement I, II
    • Burgmüller, Norbert: Duo in E-flat Major
    • Decruck, Fernande: Cantilène
    • Tailleferre, Germaine: Trois Danses de la Nouvelle Cythere, or Arabseque
    • Guastavino, Carlos: Tonada y cueca
    • Holmès, Augusta: Fantasy (Solo de Concours)
    • Messager, Andre: Solo de Concours
    • Hoffmeister, Anton: Concerto in B-flat
    • Bottini, Marianna: Concerto in B-flat
    • Krommer, Franz: Concerto in E-flat, Op. 36
    • Weber, Carl Maria von: Concerto I, II, or Concertino
    • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Concerto
    • Kovacs, Béla: Homage a J.S. Bach, Manual de Falla, or Richard Strauss

    Suggested Etude Books:

    • Galper, Avrahm: Method Book 2
    • Rose, Cyrille: 32 Etudes

    Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read.

Graduate Auditions

  1. Scales
    • All 12 major scales. Range: E, F, F-Sharp, and G in 3 octaves; all others, 2 octaves
    • Melodic and harmonic minor scales. Range: E, F, F-Sharp and G in 3 octaves; all others, 2 octaves
    • Chromatic scale
  2. Prepared Music:
    • Mozart Clarinet Concerto: Movement I
    • A second solo of your choice
  3. Orchestral Excerpts
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning to letter B
    • Beethoven: Symphony 6, First movement: mm. 474 - 492
    • Beethoven: Symphony 6, Second movement: mm. 68-77
    • Brahms: Symphony 3, movement II: beginning through measure 22

Contact: Charlotte Kies, DMA, Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory
Email: ckies@leeuniversity.edu
Website: charlottekies.com

Undergraduate Auditions

  1. Scales
    • All major scales. Range: 3 octaves preferred for Bb and C; all others at least 2 octaves.
    • Chromatic scale - 3 octaves.
  2. Prepared Music:
    • Two contrasting solos, movements, or etudes that demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship.

    Suggested Solos: (These are just suggestions. You may perform works not listed below. Contact the
    instructor if you are unsure of your repertoire choice.)

    • Jenni Brandon, Colored Stones
    • Eugene Bourdeau, Premier Solo for Bassoon and Piano
    • Johann Galliard, any of the Sonatas
    • Adolphus Hailstork, Bassoon Set
    • Paul Hindemith, Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
    • Francisco Mignone, 16 Waltzes for Solo Bassoon
    • Alyssa Morris, Mathematics
    • José Sequiera, Three Études for Bassoon and Piano
    • G.F. Telemann, Sonata in F Minor
    • Concertos of Mozart, Vivaldi, or Weber

    Suggested Etude Books:

    • Ludwig Milde, 25 Studies in Scales and Chords
    • Ludwig Milde, Concert Studies
    • Karel Pivonka, Little Etudes for Bassoon
    • Julius Weissenborn, 50 Advanced Studies

    Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read.

Graduate Auditions

  1. Scales
    • All 12 major scales. Range: Bb, B, C, Db, D in 3 octaves; all others at least 2 octaves
    • Melodic and harmonic minor scales. Range: Bb, B, C, Db, D in 3 octaves; all others at least 2
      octaves
    • Chromatic scale – full range, at least 3 octaves
  2. Prepared Music:
    • Two movements from solo pieces and one étude, for a total of three contrasting works that
      demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship. Works should represent contrasting styles,
      technical demands, tempo, and time period.
    • Contact the instructor if you are unsure of your repertoire choices. It is suggested that at least
      one movement be chosen from the following pieces:
      • Jenni Brandon: Colored Stones
      • Nancy Galbraith: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
      • Adolphus Hailstork: Bassoon Set
      • Alyssa Morris: Mathematics
      • José Siqueira: Three Études for Bassoon and Piano
  3. Orchestral Excerpts

Contact: Staci Spring, DMA, Bassoon Instructor
Email: sspring@leeuniversity.edu
Website: stacispringmusic.com

Undergraduate Admissions

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.

Contact: Alan Wyatt, MM, Associate Professor of Music
Email: awyatt@leeuniversity.edu

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.

Contact: Doug Warner, Professor of Music, Coordinator of Applied Study
Email: warner@leeuniversity.edu

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