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Auditions

Students requesting to be an undergraduate music major at APSU must audition and be accepted by the Department of Music prior to declaring the major. This audition for admission will also serve as a scholarship audition only when completed before entering the University. 

Auditions consist of two prepared solos (with additional requirements for some instruments), an interview with music faculty, and the theory diagnostic. Click here for more information about the theory diagnostic. For more specific repertoire requirements, click on your area below. Following your audition, you will be notified of your admission status as a music major.

Undergraduate Audition Dates for Fall 2018 Entrance 

(Priority is given to students who audition before the end of March).

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Repertoire Requirements by Area 

Flute

I. All major scales, two octaves
II.  Two contrasting etudes, pieces, or movements that demonstrate tone, technique and musicianship. Suggested repertoire (or comparable) includes:

  • Etudes: Melodious and Progressive Studies for Flute, Book 1, edited by Robert Cavally
  • Sonatas: Telemann, Handel, Bach, Poulenc, Hindemith
  • Concertos: Vivaldi, Stamitz, Quantz, Mozart
  • Works by: Godard, Doppler, Faure, Gaubert, Griffes

For more information, contact Dr. L. Wolynec.

Oboe

I. All major scales (B-flat, C, D-flat, D should be two octaves)
II. Two contrasting etudes, pieces or movements. Suggested repertoire includes:

  • Etudes: Barret, Ferling
  • Sonatas: Handel, Telemann, Hindemith
  • Concertos: Marcello, Cimarosa, Haydn, Mozart
  • Pieces: Schumann Three Romances, Nielsen Fantasy Pieces

III.    Sightreading

For more information, contact Dr. Gillick.

Clarinet

I. All major scales, two octaves; chromatic scale II. Two contrasting etudes, pieces, or movements that demonstrate tone, technique and musicianship. Suggested repertoire (or comparable) includes:

* Etudes: Rose (32 or 40), Cavallini (30 Caprices), Uhl 48

* Sonatas: Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Bernstein

* Concertos: Weber (Concertino or Concerto 1), Stamitz (Concerto No. 3),

* Works: French Conservatory Piece (Marty, Gaubert, Rabaud), Finzi 5 Bagatelles, Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song, Tartini Concertino (arr. Jacob), Osborne Rhapsody, Stravinsky 3 Pieces, Schumann Fantasy Pieces

For more information, contact Dr. Prewitt

Saxophone

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact James Fusik.

Bassoon

I. All major scales, two octaves
II. Two contrasting etudes, pieces or movements. Suggested repertoire includes:

  • Etudes: Weissenborn, Milde, Gambaro
  • Sonatas: Galliard, Marcello, Hindemith
  • Concertos: Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi

III.    Sightreading

For more information, contact Dr. Gillick.

Horn

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact Dr. Sienkiewicz.

Trumpet

I. Two contrasting pieces: one piece demonstrating technique (something fast) and one piece demonstrating musicality (something slow). Suggested repertoire includes:

  • The Arban's Conservatory Method
  • Solos from your private lessons or ensembles

II. Scales and/or lip slurs

For more information, contact Professor Waugh.

Trombone

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact Professor Smith.

Tuba and Euphonium

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact Dr. Stull.

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact Professor Steinquest.

 

Two contrasting pieces from categories below representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level:

  1. Baroque period: a work from the Baroque period including anything by J. S. Bach including any short piano pieces from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena, the Well-Tempered Clavier, Inventions, Sinfonias, etc.; other composers from the Baroque period
  2. Classical period: a movement from a Classical sonata or sonatina; Fantasies, Rondos, Theme and Variations, etc. (Beethoven Mozart, Haydn, Clementi, etc.)
  3. Romantic period: a work from the Romantic period by composers such as Chopin (Préludes, Nocturnes, other short piano pieces), Schumann (Album for the Young, Scenes from Childhood, other short piano pieces), Brahms (Intermezzos, other short piano pieces), etc.
  4. Modern period: a work from the modern period by composers such as Debussy (Préludes, Children’s Corner, Arabesques, other short piano pieces), Bartók (Mikrokosmos, For Children, other short piano pieces),  Shostakovich (Three Fantastic Dances, Preludes, op. 34, other short piano pieces), Kabalevsky (Variations, Sonatinas, other short piano pieces), Copland (short piano pieces), etc.

For more information, contact Professor Glass, Dr. Halbeck, or Dr. Wood.

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

I. Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level. Suggested repertoire includes:

  • One movement from a standard concerto, showpiece, or solo work demonstrating technical proficiency and/or lyrical expression
  • One movement from an unaccompanied Suite, Sonata, or Partita by J. S. Bach or one standard etude (i.e. Wohlfahrt, Sitt, Mazas, Kreutzer, Dont, Paganini, Rode, Gavinies, Campagnoli, Dotzauer, Duport, Popper, Simandl, etc.); or a contrasting work to the first piece

II. Two- or three- octave scales 
*Students may be asked to demonstrate basic sight-reading skills.

For more information, contact Dr. Crane (violin/viola) or Dr. Berindean (cello/bass).

 

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact Professor Bressman.

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level.

For more information, contact Dr. Yates.

 

Two contrasting pieces representative of the applicant's current technical and musical level. The pieces should be contrasting in either language or style. One piece in a foreign language is preferred, but not required. Most importantly, sing what you sing best.

At the audition, bring the sheet music from which you have practiced - in your most comfortable and preferred range.

For more information, contact Dr. Williams, Dr. Mabry, or Dr. Robinson-Oturu.


Request an Audition

To be admitted as an undergraduate music major at APSU you must audition for the Department of Music. This audition for admission can also serve as a scholarship audition. 

Auditions consist of two prepared solos (with additional requirements for some instruments) and an interview with music faculty. For specific audition requirements, see the information above.

To request an audition, complete the form below.

I intend to enter as a
Do you intend to major in music
If no do you intend to minor in music?
Audition Dates (select one)
Have you applied for admission to APSU
Select any academic scholarships you have been offered
Have you studied privately
List any music honors and awards, All-State or regional state ensembles, honor festivals (e.g. Honor Band). If none, write that here.
Use this space for special accommodations or to request a specific audition time range. The committee will make every effort to schedule the auditions within an hour of your request
After submitting your request, you will be notified by a member of the Scholarship Committee of the date, time, and location of your audition.
OPTIONAL SURVEY: How did you learn about APSU Music? (Check all boxes that apply)
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