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Graduate Instrumental Auditions

Applications for the 2023-2024 audition season are now open!

We are offering two audition opportunities for instrumental students during the 2023-2024 audition cycle:

  1. On-site at the Bass Music Center
  2. Recorded Auditions via Acceptd

All applicants must submit an audition application via Acceptd. Submitting your university application before your audition is encouraged, but not required.

If auditioning via Acceptd Audition Room, please review this page to learn more on audio/visual recommendations.

Candidates auditioning for Spring 2024 must complete their audition no later than Nov. 15. To receive priority scholarship and graduate assistantship consideration for Fall 2024, your audition must be completed by March 1, 2024.

*To schedule an alternate date in-person audition, select "alternate date in-person" as audition preference in the Acceptd application.

Email questions regarding the audition process to [email protected]


Candidates will be asked to perform the following:

  • 1st movement of the Mozart G or D concerto, including cadenza
  • 1 movement of a 20th or 21st century sonata
  • 1 piece of your choice
  • 3 orchestral excerpts chosen from the following:
    • Daphnis and Chloe, Symphonic Metamorphosis, Brahms #4, Leonore #3, Mendelssohn's Scherzo, or Carnival of the Animals


Candidates will be asked to perform the following:

  • Three contrasting works, or movements from larger works, including at least one selection from the 20th or 21st century (e.g. Mozart exposition, a movement from a sonata, the second movement of Stravinsky’s Three Pieces). A substantial etude may be used as one of the three selections.
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts


  • Major, harmonic minor, and chromatic scales (full range)
  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire
    • Examples: Desenclos Prelude, Cadence, et Final, Husa Elegie et Rondeau, Noda Maï, Decruck Sonate, Tomasi Concerto, or equivalent
  • One contemporary piece composed after 1980
    • Examples: Dundee Star Bits, Lauba Neuf Études, Garrop Tantrum, Yoshimatsu Fuzzy Bird Sonata, Shrude Kantada, or equivalent
  • Applicants are highly encouraged to correspond with Dr. Joshua Heaney ([email protected]) about repertoire selections.

Oboe and Bassoon

Candidates are required to perform four pieces of varied styles and periods. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument.

All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Taped accompaniments are not allowed.

Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba

Candidates are required to perform two pieces of varied styles and periods. 2-5 standard orchestral excerpts are also required for trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba. 2-5 standard band excerpts are required for euphonium.


Candidates are required to perform the following:

  • An outer movement from a major concerto written after 1775, preferably from the Romantic, Modern, or Contemporary Periods.
  • A movement of an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach.
  • A contrasting work of choice. This selection must be either a sonata, showpiece, or caprice. An additional movement from a major concerto or solo Bach will not fulfill this requirement. Applicants may only perform caprices by Fiorillo, Rode, Dont, or Paganini.


Candidates are required to perform three works from the standard viola repertoire selected from the following:

  • A movement from a major concerto.
  • A movement from the Bach Cello Suites (transcribed for viola).
  • A movement from a major sonata.
  • A contrasting work that is considered to be from the standard viola solo repertoire. This may include a viola solo work, a concert piece, or a solo movement from unaccompanied works.

Memorization is encouraged except for sonatas.


Candidates must perform works of contrasting style that demonstrate technical skill and musicianship. The following three categories are required:

  • The exposition of a standard concerto
  • Two movements from a Bach suite
  • An additional contrasting work such as: a virtuosic étude by Popper, Grützmacher, Servais or a caprice by Piatti or Franchomme, a work or movement of a work from the 20th or 21st century, a movement from a major sonata, a showpiece, or a lyrical piece

For questions about audition repertoire or about the cello program, please contact Professor Emily Stoops at [email protected] .


Candidates must perform two contrasting pieces that demonstrate technical skill and musicianship. Selections may be made from:

  • A movement from a concerto. Concertos by composers include, but are not limited to, Capuzzi, Dragonetti, Dittersdorf, Bottesini, Koussevitzky.
  • A contrasting work that is considered to be from the standard double bass repertoire. This may include a movement from a sonata, a concert piece, or a movement from a Bach Cello Suite.
  • An etude found in studies such as Sturm, Storch-Hrabe, Lee, or Simandl 30 Etudes.
  • A standard orchestral excerpt (e.g., Beethoven 9 recitative, Beethoven 5 trio, Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Mozart 40 mvt. 1, Brahms 1 mvt. 1).

A two-octave scale may also be requested.


Candidates must perform the following:

  • One solo work from the Baroque or Classical period
  • One solo work from the standard harp literature
  • One solo work that represents your artistic musicianship
  • Orchestral excerpt:
    • The cadenza from The Nutcracker "Waltz of the Flowers", Tchaikovsky

Sight reading may also be requested. All solo pieces must be memorized, while sheet music may be used for the orchestral excerpts.

For questions about audition repertoire or about the harp program, please contact Professor Emily Duncan at [email protected].

The OCU Guitar program is a highly competitive program that is a unique synthesis of classical, folk, historical performance, jazz, and popular music. The OCU Graduate Guitar Program is looking for individuals who are driven, collaborative, creative, and versatile. The graduate guitar audition consists of at least 30 minutes of music performed on classical, acoustic, or electric guitar. Additional works (not required) may include original compositions and performances on other plucked string historical or folk instruments such as the lute, theorbo, banjo, and mandolin.

Please provide a resume listing music-related accomplishments and provide links to completed creative projects. (Spotify, podcasts, websites, etc.)

Applicants will be contacted and interviewed by the Guitar faculty upon completion of the Acceptd Application.

Questions about audition repertoire should be directed to Dr. Tommy Dobbs ([email protected]).

Solo Literature

Snare Drum: One etude by Delecluse, Tompkins, Pratt, or Cirone

Marimba (Two Mallets): One solo demonstrating two mallet ability.

  • Examples: J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Bach’s Cello Suites, Gene Koshinski’s “Two” solos, George Hamilton Green’s Xylophone Rags, or something similar

Marimba (Four Mallets): One substantial four-mallet solo.

  • Examples: Druckman, Vinao, Sammut, Abe, Stout, Burritt, or something similar

Timpani: One Solo or Etude

  • Examples: Delecluse, Carter, Hochrainer, Beck, Goodman, Lepak, or something similar

Orchestral Excerpts

Snare Drum: Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (Scheherazade, Lieutenant Kijé, etc.)

Timpani: Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, etc.)

Xylophone: Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (Porgy and Bess, Polka, Exotic Birds, etc.)

Glockenspiel: Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (Magic Flute, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, etc.)

Optional (but encouraged)

Drumset: Medium/Up-tempo swing (time and trading fours), Bossa Nova, Funk, and Samba

World Percussion: Steel Pan solo (pans provided if requested), congas (provided), riq, maracas, various frame drums, etc.
Gear Provided

  • Brass Pearl Philharmonic Snare Drum (4” with REMO Skyntone Head) or Aluminum Pearl Philharmonic Snare Drum (5.5” with REMO M5 Head)
  • Yamaha YM-5104A 5.0 Marimba or Malletech Stiletto 5.0 Marimba
  • Yamaha Dresden and Balanced Action Timpani will be available
  • Adams Alpha Series Xylophone (low C)
  • Yamaha YG-2500 Pedal Glockenspiel (3 1/3 Octave Range)

Graduate Piano

Candidates are required to perform a thirty-minute program representing important works from at least three of the following historical styles:

  • Baroque period (e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Rameau, Couperin)
  • Classical period (e.g., Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart)
  • Romantic period (e.g., Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann)
  • Twentieth century (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Hindemith, Prokofieff, Schoenberg, Copland, Barber)

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

A thirty-minute program should be prepared to include the following:

  • One major work by J.S. Bach or another Baroque composer.
  • Two additional pieces in differing styles from the Romantic period or later (e.g., one lyrical, one virtuosic piece).

Playing from memory is encouraged, but not required. Ample time and pistons will be provided for registering the program.

Candidates will be asked to perform the following:

Primary Instrument: 2 major contrasting works
Secondary Instrument #1: 1 major work
Secondary Instrument #2: 1 minor work or etude



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