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Auditions

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

Undergraduate Audition Dates for Fall 2014 Entrance

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014

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:

  • 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, 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:

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

III.    Sightreading

For more information, please contact Dr. Zyko.

Clarinet:

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

Please contact Dr. Wang for more specific repertoire.

Saxophone:

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

Please contact Professor Horner for more specific repertoire.

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, please contact Dr. Zyko.

Brass

Horn:

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

Please contact Professor Massinon for more specific repertoire.

Trumpet:

I. Two contrasting pieces: one piece demonstrating techinique (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, please contact Professor Steffen.

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. Vivio 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

I. Three pieces from three contrasting periods representative of the applicant's current technical and musical playing level:

  • 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
  • Classical period: a movement from a Classical sonata or sonatina; Fantasies, Rondos, Theme and Variations, etc. (Beethoven Mozart, Haydn, Clementi, etc.)
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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, please contact Dr. Crane (violin and viola) or Dr. Lara (cello and double 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

Please bring the actual sheet music in a range that is comfortable for you.

I. TWO contrasting short songs:

  • one song in Italian from the standard "24 Italian Songs and Arias" book (i.e., "Nel cor più non mi sento" or "Caro mio ben"); newer editions include "26 Italian Songs and Arias" or "28 Italian Songs and Arias"
  • one song in English (i.e., "Simple Gifts" by Copland; "The Water is Wide," a traditional folk song; a spiritual; a hymn; "Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair" by Niles)
  • and/or one short song in German by Schubert or Schumann.

II. Expect to sing a few warm up exercises to discover your range.
III. Expect to sing a few 5-note unknown tunes to check tonal memory.

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