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Audition Requirements

Students may be admitted as music majors or minors only after successfully passing an audition. The audition is also used to determine a student’s eligibility for a Music Talent Award. Audition repertoire requirements vary with each performing medium:

Brass

  • Horn: Students auditioning for the horn studio should prepare:
    • A first movement from one of the following concertos: Mozart: Concertos Nos. 2,3 or 4; R. Strauss: Concerto No. 1 or F. Strauss: Concerto, Op. 8 OR Saint-Säens: Morceau de Concert (complete) or Dukas: Vilanelle
    • Any technical-style etude by Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphone, Mueller, Kling or Cugnot
    • All scales (major, minor and chromatic) in two octaves of range.
  • Trumpet: Students will be asked to perform major and chromatic scales and one or more compositions of their choice. Students should be prepared to demonstrate sight reading ability.
  • Trombone: Students will be asked to perform major and chromatic scales and one or more compositions of their choice. Students should be prepared to demonstrate sight reading ability.
  • Tuba/Euphonium:

    Students will be asked to play both major and chromatic scales (preferably two octaves). In addition, they should prepare two contrasting solos and/or etudes (technical and lyrical). All candidates will be given sight-reading and complete a brief personal interview at the audition.

    Suggested Solos—Euphonium
    • Capuzzi—Andante and Rondo
    • Fauré—Apreés un rêve
    • Marcello—Sonata in F Major
    • Rachmaninov—Vocalise
    • Vaughan Williams—Six Studies in English Folksong
    Suggested Solos—Tuba
    • Bach—Air and Bourée
    • Barat—Introduction and Dance
    • Hindemith—Sonate
    • Jacob—Tuba Suite
    • Vivaldi—Sonata No. 3
    • Wilder—Effie Suite

Woodwinds

  • Flute: Students will be asked to perform major, minor and chromatic scales, and two contrasting compositions or movements of their choice. Students should be prepared to demonstrate sight reading ability.
  • Oboe
    • Two contrasting movements from the major solo repertoire (e.g., Mozart "Concert," Haydn "Concerto," Handel "Sonata in c minor, "Saint-Saens "Sonata)
    • Major scales and chromatic scale. Minor scales are strongly encouraged but not required.
    • Sight Reading
  • Bassoon: Students will be asked to perform major, minor and chromatic scales, and two contrasting compositions or movements of their choice. Students should be prepared to demonstrate sight reading ability.
  • Clarinet:
    • Two contrasting etudes by Cavallini (30 Caprices), Rose, Uhl, or Jeanjean
    • At least one major solo of comparable difficulty to Concerti by Mozart, Stamitz or Weber; Sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Bahms, Poulenc or Bernstein; or French conservatory piece (essager, Marty, Rabaud, or Debussy)
    • All major, minor, and chromatic scales
    • Sight Reading
  • Saxophone: Students will be asked to perform major, minor and chromatic scales, and two contrasting compositions or movements of their choice. Students should be prepared to demonstrate sight reading ability.

Composition

Students will be asked to submit two or three original scores (photocopies only), with CD recordings if available. These should be sent prior to the audition for review by the composition faculty. In addition to passing an entrance audition on an instrument/voice, students are also expected to have a high score on their theory placement exam.

Guitar

  • Classical: Students should prepare one movement from an unaccompanied suite (lute, cello, etc.) by J.S. Bach, a second piece by a Spanish or South American composer and a third piece of their choice that best represents their technical and musical abilities. The student should bring the printed music to all three pieces, in standard music notation, to the audition.
  • Jazz: Students should bring a list of jazz and American songbook standards for which they are prepared to play the melody, an improvised solo and comp (all from memory). For these selections, accompaniment will be provided. Students should also prepare an unaccompanied solo arrangement of an American songbook composition. Students may be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of scales, chord voicings and sight-reading. The ability to read standard music notation is required.

Jazz (bass guitar, double bass, percussion, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, voice)

  • Instrumental Jazz:Students will be asked to perform one solo in the jazz idiom which should be representative of their ability and experience with improvisation. The composition or tune should be chosen from American songbook standards, and/or classic jazz repertoire. Students should be prepared to demonstrate improvisation skills and sight reading ability.
  • Vocal Jazz: Students must perform two contrasting songs (American songbook or jazz standards) from memory. For example a ballad (like "Skylark" or "Body and Soul") and a medium tempo selection (like "Cheek to Cheek" or "There is No Greater Love"). You may bring an accompanist with you to your audition, but it is not required. An accompanist will be available to play for your audition for a fee of $10 (cash only) payable directly to the accompanist at the time of your audition. If you utilize our accompanist, you must bring lead sheets of your selections in the key that you will sing them. There will be no rehearsal time. Students are not permitted to use recorded accompaniments. Students should also bring a list of other songs in their repertoire.

Keyboard

  • Piano: Students will be asked to perform three compositions (preferably from memory) from different historical periods: baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary. Students should be prepared to demonstrate sight reading proficiency.
  • Organ: Students will be asked to perform one piece by J.S. Bach, such as Eight Short Preludes and Fugues or Little Organ Book (Liturgical Year), and one additional piece of their choice. Memorization is optional. Students should be prepared to play at sight a hymn tune in four voice parts and the scale of that tune.

Percussion

Students auditioning for admission into the percussion studio are expected to perform works in two of the areas listed below. The materials listed are representative of appropriate repertoire. For further clarification, contact Dr. Roger B. Schupp at rschupp@bgsu.edu.

  • Snare Drum—Required

    (Choose one selection from the following)

    • Anthony Cirone—Portraits in Rhythm, any etude
    • Jaques Delecluse—Douze Etudes, any etude
    • Warren Benson—Three Dances, one movement
    • Michael Colgrass—Six Unaccompanied Solos, one movement
    • Jay Wannamaker—The Bridgemen, championship corps style solos
    • John Pratt—14 Modern Contest Solos, any solo
    • standard rudiments
    Keyboard—Required

    (Choose one selection from the following)

    • Any four-mallet solo
    • Morris Goldenberg—Modern School for Xylophone, any of the roman numeral etudes
    • Alice Gomez—Rain Dance
    • George Hamilton Green—The Xylophone Rags of George Hamilton Green, any rag
    • Earl Hatch—Furioso and Valse
    • David Maslanka—Variations on Lost Love, My Lady White
    • Mitchell Peters—Yellow AFter the Rain
    • Eric Sammut—any composition
    • Paul Smadbeck—Rhythm Song, Virinia Tate
    • Gordon Stout—Two Mexican Dances, Astral Dance, Wood That Sings
    • All Major Scales—two octaves (minor scales are encouraged)
    Timpani—Optional
    • John Beck—Sonata for Timpani, second or third movement
    • Elliot Carter-Eight Pieces for Four Timpani, "March"
    • George Frock—Seven Solo Dances, opening Toccata
    • Saul Goodman—Goodman Timpani Method, any etude beginning with No. 29
    • Eric Sammut-any composition
    • Jan williams-Variations for Solo Kettledrums, any movement
    • Gordon Stout-Two Mexican Dances, Astral Dance, Wood That Sings
    Multiple Percussion—Optional
    • William Kraft—French Suite, one movement
    • William Kraft—English Suite, one movement
    • Rickey Tagawa—Inspirations Diabolique, one movement
    Drumset—Optional

    (Required for students auditioning for jazz studies)

    • Students will be asked to perform the following styles: Swing (both small band and big band), Latin (of your choosing), Funk and Rock.
    • Students will be asked to sight-read a Big-Band chart of an appropriate difficulty level.
    • Students are encouraged to prepare a written solo of their choosing.

Strings

  • Violin: Students should perform two selections displaying contrasting styles; such as a movement of unaccompanied J.S. Bach and a movement of a standard concerto, standard sonata or concert piece; one demonstrating technical facility and another demonstrating tone production. Consult your teacher for suggestions. In addition, students may be asked to play a three octave scale and sight read.
  • Viola: Students should perform two selections displaying contrasting styles; such as a movement of unaccompanied J.S. Bach and a movement of a standard concerto, standard sonata or concert piece; one demonstrating technical facility and another demonstrating tone production. Consult your teacher for suggestions. In addition, students may be asked to play a three octave scale and sight read.
  • Cello: Students should perform two selections displaying contrasting styles; such as a movement of unaccompanied J.S. Bach and a movement of a standard concerto, standard sonata or concert piece; one demonstrating technical facility and another demonstrating tone production. Consult your teacher for suggestions. In addition students may be asked to play a three octave scale and sight read.
  • Bass: Students should perform two selections displaying contrasting styles; such as a movement of unaccompanied J.S. Bach and a movement of a standard concerto, standard sonata or concert piece; one demonstrating technical facility and another demonstrating tone production. Consult your teacher for suggestions. In addition students may be asked to play a three octave scale and sight read, and/or play one prepared orchestral excerpt of their choice.
  • Harp: Students should perform two selections displaying contrasting styles; one demonstrating technical facility and another demonstrating tone production. Selections may include movements from a standard concerto, duo or solo sonata or a single movement work. Consult your teacher for suggestions.

Voice

(For Jazz Voice, see Jazz Requirements)

Students must perform two songs from memory: one in English and the other in a foreign language (e.g., French, German, Italian or Spanish). The songs may be from any musical period. You may wish to bring an accompanist with you to your audition. If you cannot bring your accompanist, one will be available to play for your audition for a fee of $10 (cash only) payable directly to the accompanist at the time of your audition. Due to the number of vocalists auditioning, there will be no rehearsal time. The voice area does not accept taped or CD accompaniments.