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Audition Dates for Fall 2014 Admission

November 16, 2013*

February 8, 2014

March 8, 2014

* Auditions for Spring 2014 and early scholarship consideration audition for Fall 2014 admission.

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Submit this application no later than three (3) weeks before the audition date.

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Audition Requirements

Brass and Woodwinds - Strings - Piano - Percussion - Voice - Guitar - Composition

Auditions - Brass and Woodwinds

  1. Scales. All Major keys, minor keys through 3 sharps/3 flats
    1. Major and minor, two octaves, various articulations
    2. 2-octave chromatic, ascending and descending
  2. Two prepared works. Two solos from contrasting style periods, taken from or equivalent to the Indiana State School Music Association Group 1 Solo list or Michigan State Band and Orchestra Rating 4 or 5 Solo list for your instrument.
    1. one slow and expressive
    2. one fast and technically demanding
  3. Sight-reading as chosen by the audition committee

* It is strongly recommended that flute applicants auditioning for entry into the Bachelor of Music in Performance prepare for the audition under the guidance of a private instructor.

Auditions - Strings

B.A.

  1. 2, three-octave scales
  2. 2 contrasting works (may include etudes)
  3. Sight Reading

B.M.

  1. Three-octave scales in all major and minor keys
  2. 1 movement of solo Bach
  3. First movement of a major concerto including cadenzas where appropriate
  4. A contrasting work (may be an etude)
  5. Cello applicants must prepare an etude by Popper

* At least one work from 2, 3 or 4 to be performed from memory

M.M., Artist's and Perfomer's Diplomas

  1. Two contrasting movements of solo Bach
  2. An entire major concerto including cadenzas where appropriate
  3. A virtuoso display piece such as:
    1. Violin - a Paganini Caprice or showpiece by Wieniawski or Sarasate
    2. Viola - a virtuosic work from the Primrose Library
    3. Cello - Chopin Polonaise Brillante (Rose). Works by Popper (excluding etudes) or Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso

* At least one work from b, c or d to be performed from memory

Auditions - Piano

Undergraduate: B.S., B.A., B.M.E.

  1. First movement of a classical sonata or sonatina
  2. A work of student’s choice from 19th or 20th century.

B.M.

  1. One prelude and fugue from J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier
  2. First movement of a classical Sonata. (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  3. A romantic work demonstrating considerable technical accomplishment.

All pieces must be presented from memory

Graduate: M.M., A.D., P.D.

  • All graduate applicants should prepare three contrasting major works representing different styles and periods.
  • All pieces must be presented from memory.

Auditions - Voice

Undergraduate

  1. 10 minutes of music minimum
  2. 2-3 pieces of contrasting styles and periods, at least one in a foreign language

* All pieces must be memorized. Oratorio may be performed with music.

Graduate

  1. 15 minutes of music minimum
  2. 3-6 pieces of contrasting styles and periods, including:
    1. One opera or oratorio aria, with recitative where applicable
    2. At least one German lied
    3. At least two pieces in two different foreign languages
  3. All arias and airs to be sung in the original key and language

* All pieces must be memorized. Oratorio may be performed with music.

Auditions - Percussion

B.S., B.A., B.M.E.

  • Snare Drum
    1. 1 etude or solo – maximum of 2 minutes in length, need not be memorized
    2. Rudiments – demonstrate the following rudiments:
      • Long roll (slow-fast-slow), flam
  • Xylophone-marimba
    1. Scales - 1 major (1 octave)
    2. A short song or prepared solo
  • Timpani*
    1. 1 etude or solo using two drums minimum (four drums preferred) – maximum of 2 minutes in length, need not be memorized
    2. Demonstrate tuning technique
  • Drum Set
    1. Demonstrate 2 music styles you are familiar with
    2. Play along with a recording (should be approved before the audition by the audition committee) Maximum of 2 minutes in length

* Performance on the drum set can be subsituted in place of timpani

B.M.

  • Snare Drum
    1. 1 etude or solo – maximum of 2 minutes in length, need not be memorized
    2. Rudiments – demonstrate the following rudiments:
      • Long roll (slow-fast-slow), flam
  • Xylophone-marimba
    1. 1 etude or solo – maximum of 2 minutes in length, need not be memorized
    2. Scales – 1 major and 1 minor (your choice, 2 octaves in rhythm of your choice)
  • Timpani*
    1. 1 etude or solo using two drums minimum (four drums preferred) – maximum of 2 minutes in length, need not be memorized
    2. Demonstrate tuning technique
  • Drum Set
    1. Demonstrate 2 music styles you are familiar with
    2. Play along with a recording (should be approved before the audition by the audition committee) Maximum of 2 minutes in length

* Performance on the drum set can be subsituted in place of timpani

Auditions - Guitar

B.S.

The applicant should demonstrate rudimentary playing skills. He or she should prepare two pieces that show knowledge of the basic chords and familiarity with strumming and easy finger style. The pieces can be accompaniments to songs (no singing required, unless the applicant desires so)

B.A.

  1. Technique:
    1. Two-octave scales (major and minor), taken from the Segovia Scales collection.
    2. Arpeggios: Basic R. H.patterns such as pima, pimami, pimamimi
  2. Literature:
    • Two easy solo pieces taken from the guitar or lute literature.

B.M.

General: The applicant should demonstrate mastery of easy literature and basic playing techniques such as scales, bar chords, harmonics, arpeggios, rest- and free-strokes. He or she may select 3 pieces from the different style periods shown below. It is recommended that material is chosen, that is easily mastered, thus leaving room for musical expression, e.g. phrasing, articulation, dynamics. One of the chosen pieces however, should present a challenge to the current playing ability of the applicant.

  1. Technique:
    1. Three-octave scales (major and minor), taken from the Segovia Scales collection. These should be played using alternate rest stroke. Different accentuations e.g. 2/4, 3⁄4, 4/4, 5/8 should be demonstrated.
    2. Arpeggios: can be demonstrated using one of the literature pieces.
  2. Literature:
    1. Renaissance: Milan, Pavanas. Dowland, one of the short pieces such as Mr. Dowland's Midnight, or equivalent
    2. Baroque: De Visée, Suite in D Minor. Logy, Suite in A Minor. Bach, Prelude in D Minor or equivalent.
    3. Classical: Sor, Carcassi, or Giuliani Etudes. Carulli Sonatas.
    4. Romantic: Tárrega: one of the short pieces such as Lagrima, Mazurka in G, Adelita, etc.
    5. Contemporary: Ponce, Preludes. Brouwer, Etudes.

M.M.

  1. Technique: Mastery of the requirements outlined for the B.M.
  2. Literature: One advanced level piece, taken from each of the style periods outlined below.
    1. Baroque: J. S. Bach: One suite movement.
    2. Classical: M. Giulani: 1st movement from Op.15; Grande Ouverture, or equivalent. Sor: Op. 15; Mozart Variations, or equivalent.
    3. Romantic or Contemporary: F. Tárrega, H. Villa-Lobos, M. Ponce; L. Berkley, B. Britten; I. Albeniz, E. Granados; E. Pujol, etc.

* These are general recommendations. Applicants are encouraged to also choose other composers.

Auditions - Composition

B.M.

  1. Portfolio of two works.
  2. Recordings on CD or tapes (cued to the sections desired), if available.
  3. Interview with the faculty.
  4. Performance (instrumental/vocal) audition at the Bachelor of Arts level.

M.M. and Perfomers Diploma

  1. Undergraduate paper on theory/composition.
  2. Portfolio of four to six works for different ensembles, including at least one for orchestra.
  3. Recordings on CD or tapes (cued to the sections desired).
  4. Interview with the faculty.