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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. 

Undergraduate Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Entrance

 

Request an Audition

To schedule your audition, please fill out the online audition request form.

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

Woodwinds
Brass
Percussion
Keyboard
Strings
Harp
Guitar
Voice

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

 


Audition Repertoire Requirements by Area

Woodwinds

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:

For more information, please 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:

III.    Sightreading

For more information, please 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

Please contact Dr. Prewitt  for more information.

Saxophone:

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

Please contact the music office for more specific repertoire.

Bassoon:

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

III.    Sightreading

For more information, please contact Dr. Gillick.

Brass

Horn:

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

Please contact Dr. Sienkiewicz for more specific repertoire.

Trumpet:

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

II. Scales and/or lip slurs

For more information, please contact Professor Waugh.

Trombone:

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

Please contact Professor Smith for more specific repertoire.

Tuba and Euphonium:

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

Please contact Dr. Stull for more specific repertoire.

Percussion

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

Please contact Professor Steinquest for more specific repertoire.

Keyboard

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, please contact Professor Glass, Dr. Halbeck, or Dr. Wood.

Orchestral Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass:

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

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

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

Harp

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

Please contact Professor Bressman for more specific repertoire.

Guitar

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

For more information, please contact Dr. Yates.

Voice

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

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