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Music Audition Requirements

Perform a live audition for a music faculty panel. The audition consists of a performance of prepared music and a short sight-reading exercise (except voice students). Please, check the specific instructions for your instrument or voice. We advise that you consult your current music teacher when selecting music for the audition. The total amount of music should not exceed ten minutes.

Accompaniment. If your music has a piano accompaniment, you must perform with piano accompaniment. It is recommended that you bring your own pianist, but if you are unable the Music Department will provide an accompanist for you.

Music Theory Questionnaire. Students come to college with a wide range of preparatory training and learned skills. The purpose of the Music Theory questionnaire is to place incoming musicians into the Music Theory course appropriate to each student's skills and experience in Music. All incoming students complete a Music Theory placement test to assess their knowledge of basic elements of music. This short questionnaire is taken after your performance audition.   

Recommendation Letter. Students must submit a letter of recommendation from their current (or most recent) music teacher (non-traditional students may be exempt from this requirement). This letter may be mailed to the Chair before the audition or hand delivered at the audition.

Required Audition Repertoire

Strings (violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, classical guitar)  

  • Two contrasting pieces or contrasting movements from a multi-movement work. (Compositions from the WSMA class A list may be used. Also for violin, viola and cello, ASTA repertoire level 5 or above may be used)  
  • Two three-octave major scales of your choice.  
  • A Sight-reading exercise  
  • Students who do plan to audition on electric bass will be asked to perform a piece demonstrating music reading skills. Students without upright bass skills will be placed in the preparatory level of string bass instruction.  
  • Guitar players without classical guitar experience should demonstrate music reading skills and expect to be placed in the preparatory level of classical guitar instruction.  


Woodwinds and Brass (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba) 

  • A solo with contrasting Styles and Tempi, or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work, or two selections from different historical style periods.  
  • Play a two octave chromatic scale
  • A Sight-reading exercise 


  • One solo for timpani, snare drum or multiple percussion AND one mallet keyboard work. 
  • Candidates for Jazz Studies should demonstrate idiomatic time keeping in swing, latin, and rock styles.
  • A Sight-reading exercise 


  • A work of at least six minutes in duration, or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work, or two selections from different historical style periods.
  • A Sight-reading exercise 


  • Vocalists are required to perform two selections by memory with piano accompaniment from the art song, operatic, sacred music, or music theater repertoire, with at least one of the selections from the art song repertoire.
  • A Sight-reading exercise
  • For voice students auditioning specifically for the contemporary commercial music track, prepare two contrasting selections from different genres, e.g.:

    Musical theater - legit
    Musical theater - contemporary

    The selections should display who you are as a singer. You can use a karaoke track or piano accompaniment. If you also play acoustic guitar or piano, you may accompany yourself on one of these instruments.
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