Audition Requirements

Violin and Viola

  • One major scale, three octaves, and one melodic minor scale, two octaves
  • One etude such as Wohlfahrt, Dont, Mazas or Kreutzer
  • Two contrasting works or movements of student’s choice

Cello & Bass

  • One major and one minor scale, two or three octaves
  • One etude such as: Schroeder, Lee, Dotzauer, Popper or Duport
  • Two contrasting works or movements (preferably a slow and a fast one) of
    student’s choice


  • Major and minor scales, two octaves, with im, am
  • One piece from the following list:
    • Leo Brouwer: an Etude from Easy Etudes Nos.1-10
    • J.S. Bach: Prelude in D minor, BWV 999
    • Luis Milan: Pavana I
    • F. Poulenc: Sarabande
  • One etude such as Sor Studies or Carcassi Studies, Op. 60
  • One etude performed from memory

Woodwind & Brass

  • Major scales and a chromatic scale, two octaves
  • One All-State required etude or etude of comparable difficulty
  • One solo of regional solo festival level
  • Sight reading


  • Demonstrate abilities in three or more of the following areas:
    • Snare Drum: rudimental and/or concert style solo
    • Keyboard (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, or bells): major scales, two octaves;
      two solos or etudes such as an All-State audition piece
    • Timpani: two solos or etudes; tune intervals
    • Multiple Percussion: one solo
    • Drum Set: play time and solos in jazz, Latin and/or rock styles


  • Two memorized songs chosen from the traditional art song repertoire, folk song arrangements, and sacred songs in English
  • A song in a foreign language is strongly suggested


  • Three contrasting pieces of classical piano literature comparable to that suggested below; C,G,D,A,E, and F major and minor scales – 2 octaves minimum
  • BA in Mus. Ed. Candidates
    • Chopin Preludes or Mazurkas
    • Scarlatti Sonatas; Clementi
    • Kuhlau or Kabalevsky Sonatinas
    • Debussy Children’s Corner.
    • One piece minimum must be memorized
  • BFA Candidates:
    • Chopin Nocturnes Waltzes
    • Movement of a classical Sonata,
    • Debussy Preludes
    •  Two pieces minimum must be memorized.


  • One piece by J.S. Bach or his contemporaries
  • A slow movement from one of the Mendelssohn Sonatas, op. 65
  • A contrasting piece with an active pedal part

Jazz (non-rhythm section)

  • Major scales, two octaves.
  • One blues in a key selected by student. Perform both melody and improvisation. May use play-along recording. Suggested blues include C Jam Blues, Straight No Chaser, Now’s the Time, Sonnymoon for Two, Billie’s Bounce, etc.
  • One jazz standard. Perform both melody and improvisation. May use play-along recording. Suggested standards include Take the A Train, Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Oleo, All The Things You Are, Body and Soul, Summertime, Stella By Starlight, etc.
  • One jazz solo transcription (written out solo performed by a reknowned jazz musician).
  • Solo may be transcribed by student or purchased. Student should consider the style and inflection that is demonstrated by the solo artist.

Jazz (Piano, Bass, and Guitar)

  • Same as above but comp (play harmonies for piano & guitar or walk a bass line)
    for one chorus after playing the melody and before soloing.

Jazz (Drums)

  • Demonstrated the following styles: Swing, shuffle, bossa nova, samba, afro-
    cuban, jazz waltz and ballad with brushes.

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