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Auditions & Interviews

For health and safety reasons, this year’s audition process will be conducted virtually. To complete the process you will need to:
 
1. Schedule an Audition Interview
Participate in a short interview with the Audition Scholarship Committee through Zoom or on the APSU campus. Click here to schedule your audition interview.
 
2. Submit an Audition Video
  1. View the Repertoire Requirements section below for information about what to record for your audition video. You may also contact any one of our faculty if you have other questions.
  2. Once you have recorded your audition video, save your video to YouTube or a similar sharable format.
  3. Click here to submit the link to video
3. Submit a Recommendation Letter
Ask a music teacher or someone else who can write about your music ability and experiences to submit a letter of recommendation. Send the Online Recommendation Form to your teacher.
 
4. And Don't Forget!
Don't forget to apply for Music Department Named Scholarships! Click here for more information. (The deadline to apply for named scholarships is March 1 so apply early!)
Undergraduate Audition Interview Dates for Fall 2021 Admission 
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021 (scholarship priority)
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 cancelled
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021 (scholarship priority)
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021 (scholarship priority)
 
You will receive an email from the Music Department about your audition acceptance.
 
You will receive additional information about your scholarship from the University Financial Aid Office. You will be able to see music performance scholarships along with any other University, State, or Federal aid you may have been awarded.
 
It is strongly encouraged and in the student's best interest to audition interview on one of the audition dates set by the Department of Music. Students must audition interview for scholarships prior to enrolling as a full-time freshman or transfer student, generally before April 1 for the following Fall semester.

 

 


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 Robert Eason

 

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 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 the music office.

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 Interview

After submitting your request, you will be notified by a member of the Scholarship Committee of the date and time of your audition interview.

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

Due to COVID-19 precautions, you may schedule your audition interview to be on the APSU Campus or via Zoom.

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 interview, 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?
Do you prefer an on-campus interview or a Zoom interview?
Due to COVID-19 concerns, you may choose to conduct your audition interview via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you approximately 1 week prior to your interview date.
Audition Interview Dates (select one)
Audition interviews will be conducting on the following dates.
Have you applied for admission to APSU?
These scholarships are created by founders and donors for music students only. If you have not yet applied, please visit www.apsu.edu/scholarships
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 interview time range. The committee will make every effort to schedule the auditions within an hour of your request
OPTIONAL SURVEY: How did you learn about APSU Music? (Check all boxes that apply)
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