Bass School of Music  
Undergraduate Instrumental Auditions

Instrumental Music Education, Instrumental Performance, Music Business-Instrumental Emphasis, Composition-Instrumental 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.