Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Admission

Audition Requirements

Submit an audition application no later than two (2) weeks before the audition date. In addition to the requirements below, all auditions will include a brief interview with faculty members regarding prior musical (and music teaching for B.M.E. candidates), experiences, and future artistic, academic and occupational goals.

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  • Voice

    All music should be performed from memory.

    Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Performer Diploma

    • 2-3 songs/arias of contrasting styles and periods. English and at least one foreign language needs to be represented with your repertoire selections.

    Master of Music, Artist Diploma

    • 4-6 pieces of contrasting styles and periods, representing all 4 major singing
    • languages which should include:
    • One opera or oratorio aria, with recitative where applicable
    • At least two pieces in two different foreign languages
    • At least one selection from the 20th/21st centuries
    • All arias to be sung in the original key and language.
  • Piano

    All music should be performed from memory.

    B.A., B.M.E.

    • First movement of a Classical sonata or sonatina
    • A work of the performer’s choice from the 19th or 20th century

    B.M.

    • One prelude and fugue from J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier
    • First movement of a Classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
    • A romantic work demonstrating considerable technical ability

    M.M., A.D., P.D.

    • Three contrasting major works representing different styles and periods
  • Strings

    B.A.

    • Two three-octave scales
    • Two contrasting works (may include etudes)

    B.M.E.

    • Two three-octave scales
    • One movement of solo Bach
    • First movement of a major concerto including cadenzas where appropriate

    B.M.

    • Three-octave scales in all major and minor keys
    • At least one of the works below should be performed from memory:
      • One movement of solo Bach
      • First movement of a major concerto including cadenzas where appropriate
      •  A contrasting work (may be an etude)
    • Cello applicants must prepare an etude by Popper

    M.M., P.D.

    • Two contrasting movements of solo Bach (performed from memory)
    • First movement of a major concerto including cadenzas where appropriate
    • A virtuoso display piece such as:
      • Violin - a Paganini Caprice or showpiece by Wieniawski or Sarasate
      • Viola - a work by Paganini or a virtuosic work from the Primrose Library
      • Cello - a single virtuosic work or a sonata of the performer’s choice

    A.D.

    • Two contrasting movements of solo Bach (performed from memory)
    • An entire major concerto including cadenzas where appropriate (performed from
    • memory)
    • A virtuoso display piece such as:
      • Violin - a Paganini Caprice or showpiece by Wieniawski or Sarasate
      • Viola - a work by Paganini or a virtuosic work from the Primrose Library
      • Cello - a single virtuosic work or a sonata of the applicant's choice
  • Brass and Woodwinds

    All Degrees

    • Two major and minor scales through 4 sharps/4 flats; 16th notes; quarter = 88-96;
    • two octaves ascending and descending
    • Chromatic scale; ascending and descending; full range of the instrument
    • Two contrasting prepared works that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency
    • Suggested/example repertoire may be found in the Indiana State School Music

    Association Group 1 solo lists located in the respective Brass and Woodwind Solo and Ensemble Manuals available here:
    http://www.issma.net/semanuals.php

  • Percussion

    All Degrees

    • Two prepared works or etudes,
      • one being performed on a mallet instrument (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone)
      • and the other on snare drum or timpani.

    Suggested/example repertoire may be found in the Indiana State School Music Association Group 1 solo lists located in the Percussion Solo and Ensemble Manual available here: http://www.issma.net/semanuals.php

  • Composition

    B.M.

    • Portfolio of two works.
    • Recordings on CD or online (cued to the sections desired), if available
    • Performance (instrumental/vocal) audition at the Bachelor of Arts level

    M.M., P.D.

    • Undergraduate paper on theory/composition
    • Portfolio of four to six works for different ensembles, including at least one or orchestra
    • Recordings on CD or online (cued to the sections desired)
  • Guitar

    B.A.

    • Two-octave scales (major and minor), taken from the Segovia Scales collection
    • Arpeggios: Basic R. H.patterns such as pima, pimami, pimamimi
    • Two solo pieces taken from guitar or lute literature

    B.M.

    • Demonstrated mastery of basic literature and playing techniques such as bar chords, harmonics, arpeggios, rest and free strokes
    • Three-octave scales (major and minor), taken from the Segovia Scales collection played using alternate rest strokes and different accentuations (e.g. 2/4, 3⁄4, 4/4, 5/8)
    • Three pieces selected from the different style periods shown below.It is recommended that the chosen material be easily mastered, thus leaving room for musical expression, e.g. phrasing, articulation, dynamics. One of the chosen pieces, however, should present a challenge to the current playing ability of the performer.
      • Renaissance: Milan, Pavanas; short piece by Dowland, or equivalent
      • Baroque: de Visée, Suite in D Minor; Logy, Suite in A Minor; Bach, Prelude in D Minor, or equivalent
      • Classical: Sor, Carcassi, or Giuliani Etudes; Carulli Sonatas
      • Romantic: short piece by Tárrega (e.g. Lagrima, Mazurka in G, Adelita, etc.)
      • Contemporary: Ponce Preludes; Brouwer Etudes

    M.M.

    • Mastery of the technical requirements outlined for the B.M. Three advanced pieces, one taken from each of the following style periods:
      • Baroque: One suite movement of J.S. Bach
      • Classical: Giulani, Sonata, Op.15 (movement 1), Grande Ouverture; Sor, Op. 15; Mozart Variations, or equivalent
      • Romantic or Contemporary: Tárrega, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Berkley, Britten, Albeniz, Granados, Pujol, etc.
    • These are general recommendations. Applicants are encouraged to also choose other similar composers and/or pieces.
  • Jazz Guitar

    All Degrees

    • Two-octave scales (major and blues) in any key
    • Basic bar chords in any key in the following qualities: Major/Minor triads, Dominant 7th, Major 7th, Minor 7th
    • Brief example of a 12-bar blues involving chords (with no chart)
    • Two non-blues solo pieces (may be solo or accompanied by a play along CD) one in which just the head (melody) is performed and the other is performed as head in/solo/head out