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Undergraduate Music Audition Requirements
Undergraduate instrumental candidates, including Performance, Education, Composition, Music Business, and Church Music, are encouraged to audition during one of the three national audition weekends, if possible. Instrumentalists who are unable to attend a national audition weekend may audition by appointment or send a recording. For further information regarding instrumental audition requirements, please visit the following link.
UNDERGRADUATE INSTRUMENTAL
Undergraduate voice candidates, including Performance, Music Theatre, Education, Composition, Music Business, and Church Music, who wish to apply for admission to the Bass School of Music must schedule an audition on the Oklahoma City University campus during one of the three national audition weekends or send a recording. For further information regarding vocal audition requirements, please visit the following link.
UNDERGRADUATE VOICE
Undergraduate Instrumental Auditions

Instrumental Music Education, Instrumental Performance, Music Business-Instrumental Emphasis, Composition-Instrumental Emphasis, Church Music-Piano and Organ Emphasis and Bachelor of Arts-Instrumental Emphasis:

Undergraduate Woodwinds

Flute

Applicants should prepare the following:

  • All Major Scales
  • 3 octave chromatic scale
  • 2 solos or movements from a major sonata or concerto demonstrating tone and technical facility
    • Examples:  any piece from "French Music by French Composers",  a Mozart Concerto, Bach or Poulenc Sonata, or solo of comparable difficulty level

Non-music major applicants should prepare the following:

  • All Major scales
  • 3 octave chromatic scale
  • 1 piece demonstrating tone and technical abilities

Clarinet

Applications should prepare the following:

  • All Major scales (three octave where possible)
  • Chromatic scale (three octaves)
  • Sightreading
  • Two contrasting selections from the following:  All-State etudes, Etudes from Rose 32, and 40 books, Concertos of Weber, including the Concertino, Mozart, Copland, Debussy Premier Rhapsody, Poulenc Clarinet Sonata, Stravinsky "Three Pieces" or any other major solo piece from the standard repertory 

Oboe, Saxophone and Bassoon

Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument, preferably one fast, technical piece and one slow, lyrical piece. All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Photocopied music and taped accompaniments are not allowed.

Undergraduate Brass

Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba

Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument, preferably one fast, technical piece and one slow, lyrical piece. All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Photocopied music and taped accompaniments are not allowed.

Undergraduate Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp

Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument, preferably one fast, technical piece and one slow, lyrical piece. All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Photocopied music and taped accompaniments are not allowed. 

Undergraduate Percussion Auditions

Applicants should prepare the following:

  • One piece or etude for snare drum
  • One piece or etude for marimba (two mallets or four mallets)
  • One piece or etude for timpani
  • Sight Reading on Snare Drum, Marimba, Timpani
  • Drum set – optional

Undergraduate Piano Auditions

Applicants are required to perform three pieces from memory, selected from the following historical periods:

  • Baroque (e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Rameau, Couperin)
  • Classical (e.g., one movement of a Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven Sonata)
  • Romantic (e.g., Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt)
  • Twentieth Century (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Hindemith, Prokofieff, Copland, Muczynski)

Applicants may be asked to perform all or part of their prepared repertoire.

Undergraduate Organ Auditions

Applicants are required to perform three pieces:

  • One work by J.S. Bach or another Baroque composer
  • One piece by a Romantic or contemporary composer
  • A hymn, prepared as if it were being played for a congregation

Ample time and pistons will be provided for registering pieces and hymn.

Undergraduate Guitar Auditions

Applicants are required to perform two contrasting pieces for classical guitar, equal (or greater) in difficulty to the studies of Sor, Giuliani, Carulli, or Carcassi.

Undergraduate Composition Auditions

Composition auditions require the submission of a portfolio of original compositions and recordings, if available. Students will interview, by appointment, with the Composition faculty. In addition, composition applicants must also audition on their major instrument, according to the guidelines above.

Undergraduate Vocal Auditions

All vocal music must be performed from memory.

Vocal applicants may be asked to sing all or part of their prepared repertoire. Applicants must prepare entire pieces (not 16 bars or a "cut").  

An accompanist will be provided free of charge at the on-campus national audition dates.  In addition to the original music, one copy of the music must be supplied for the accompanist, hole punched and in a three ring binder.  You will meet with the accompanist briefly prior to your scheduled audition time.  Music that has been transposed must be readable.  If you are transposing music, please contact us to discuss the appropriate format for transposed music. 

Taped accompaniments, A Cappella performances, staging, props, and dance are not allowed during the vocal audition, whether live or recorded.  

Vocal Performance and Music Theatre applicants are required to provide a headshot and resume at the audition.

Vocal Music Education*, Music Business-Voice Emphasis, Composition-Voice Emphasis, Church Music-Choral Emphasis, and Bachelor of Arts-Voice Emphasis



Applicants are required to sing two contrasting classical or art songs.
One selection must be in English.

*Applicants for the Choral Music Education program are required to bring a one page resume, which lists the applicant’s age appropriate activities in music teaching such as: school section leader, choral instructor in religious communities, summer teaching activities in camp or other youth programs, volunteer activities, or any other sustained activity that demonstrates an age appropriate interest in teaching or nurturing others. The applicant is also encouraged to list any special recognition or awards that have been received for their musical and/or academic achievements.

Composition Auditions



Composition auditions require the submission of a portfolio of original compositions and recordings, if available. Students will interview, by appointment, with the Composition faculty. In addition, composition applicants must also audition on voice, according to the guidelines above.

Vocal Performance



Applicants must be prepared to sing three classical or art songs:

  • One piece must be in English
  • One piece must be an early Italian piece (e.g., a selection from 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries)
  • One piece of the applicant’s choice

Music Theater



Applicants must be prepared to sing three songs, perform two monologues, and participate in a short dance evaluation:

  • One classical or art song in any language
  • One classic Music Theater piece written prior to 1970
  • One contrasting Music Theater piece of the applicant’s choice
  • Two contrasting monologues*

*The two monologue selections together should not exceed three minutes in total time. The monologues are to come from published plays.  Monologues from musicals, television, or other mediums are not allowed.

Dance Evaluation

All students auditioning for Music Theater must also participate in a dance evaluation. This evaluation will be used to assess your ability to move and potential for continued improvement.  

Applicants will fulfill their OCU dance evaluation by performing the musical theater combo taught at the audition.  Students will be given a warm up and ample time to learn the combination, with options to increase the difficulty as needed.  The audition combination will be performed in small groups.

Recorded audition applications will need to learn our combination as provided online.  The link will be sent to students with their audition confirmation.   

*Please note that previous dance experience is not required for acceptance into the MT tract. Students with previous dance experience will be given the opportunity to make the provided combination more difficult.

Suitable dress for women includes jazz pants, tights, a leotard, dance skirts, or other form fitting clothing. Men may wear tights, jazz pants, shorts, t-shirts, or form fitting sweatpants.  All students should bring jazz shoes and/or character shoes.

Music Theater and Vocal Performance Combined Audition Requirements


Applicants interested in both Music Theater and Vocal Performance must be prepared to sing five songs:

  • One classical or art song in English
  • One classical or art song in early Italian (e.g., a selection from 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries)
  • One classical or art song of the applicant’s choice
  • One Music Theater piece written prior to 1970
  • One contrasting Music Theater piece of the applicant’s choice

Applicants participating in the combined audition must also prepare two contrasting monologues and participate in the dance evaluation.  Please see the above Music Theater audition requirements for more information.