Auditions

Entrance and Scholarship Auditions

 

Please read all the following information regarding our audition requirements.

This audition acts as your entrance and scholarship consideration for the 2018-2019 school year.
 Please fill out our audition form below, and we look forward to meeting you!

 

2018 Audition Dates:
 
Saturday, January 13th (Spokane, WA)
 
On Campus- Bellingham, WA
Friday, January 19th
Saturday, February 10th
Friday, March 2nd
Saturday, March 3rd
 
 

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Late Auditions
If you have missed our auditions, please contact, Lee Anne Frahn for more information!
Online Submissions

We strongly encourage all students to attend live auditions on campus. Students who cannot attend a live audition can upload a video or audio recording through our online form. Please look at each area for information regarding online submission requirements 

Ensemble Auditions

All music majors and minors must complete an additional ensemble audition in the fall before term begins. Please review the information on our Ensemble Auditions page.

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Area Coordinators

Please feel free to reach out to  your area coordinator regarding audition requirements and/or repertoire.

 
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Audition Requirements

Students should use the following information to help craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. 
 

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Brass Requirements

Online Submissions: will accept only video recordings.
 
Content to include in videos
  • Intro: Begin by stating full name, and repertoire that will be performed
  • Solo and Etudes (from suggested repertoire)
    • Each selection may be recorded separately
  • Scales
    • one major scale of choice (full range)
    • one minor scale of choice (full range)
Horn
  • First or Third movement from any Mozart or Strauss Horn Concerto OR one recital solo such as
    • Dukas "Villanelle"
    • Hindemith "Sonata"
    • Saint-Saens "Morceau de Concert"
    • Beethoven "Sonata for Horn"
  • One technical etude from Kopprasch "60 Selected Studies" (or the equivalent)
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  • Sight-reading may be requested at the audition
Trumpet
  • Two contrasting selections from standard solo repertoire or etudes, one lyric and one technical - please feel free to contact the professor if you are unsure if a selection is appropriate
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  • Sight-reading may be requested at the audition
Tenor/Bass Trombone & Euphonium
  • Two or three studies from “Melodious Études” by Rochut, Book I (bass trombone should play one octave lower where feasible)
  • One etude from Studies 1 - 10 of the Blazhevich Clef Studies, in either C, F or G Major
  • Five selected studies from the Arban Method, Book 1
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  • Sight-reading may be requested at the audition
Tuba
  • Any two of the first four solos in “Solos for the Tuba Player” by Wekselblatt
  • First movement of Haddad “Suite for Tuba”
  • First ten studies from the “Studies for BB♭ Tuba” by Tyrell
  • Major and minor scales through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  • Sight-reading may be requested at the audition

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Percussion Requirements

Online Submission: will accept only video recordings
Please visit the percussion auditions page for further instructions
 
 
Snare Drum (Required)
  • 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments –performed from memory
  • Orchestral/concert snare drum etude or solo (Whaley, Cirone, Delecluse)
  • Rudimental-style etude or solo (Campbell, Freytag, Pratt)
 
Mallet Percussion-vibraphone, marimba or xylophone (required)
  • Major Scales and Arpeggios (2-octaves in all 12 keys) performed from memory
  • Two-mallet solo or etude
  • Four-Mallet solo or etude
 
Timpani (required)
  • Solo or etude for three or more drums (Peters, Rabbio, Whaley, Friese/Lepak, Firth)
    • The timpani at the audition will be Walter Lights with Dresden-style pedals. I do not recommend that you select a work with tuning changes.
    • No solos from Elliot Carter's 8 pieces for solo timpani
 
Multiple Percussion (optional)
  • Solo or etude (Udow, Hollinden, Dietz Campbell/Hill)
    • Keep in mind that you will have limited time to set up the instruments so choose a solo that you can set up quickly and easily. I will also accept a video recording of a multiple percussion performance.
 
Drum Set (optional)
  • Play several standard grooves at various tempos: swing, mambo, bossa nova, rock, funk, etc.
  • Trade fours at a medium swing tempo
  • Written out drumset solo, etude, or transcription
  • I will also accept a video recording of a live performance with a school jazz ensemble

 

See tips on how to prepare excerpts.

 

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Piano Requirements

Online Submissions: prefers video submissions, will also accept audio
 
  • Prepare and memorize three contrasting works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary style periods.
    • At least one work should be from the Baroque and Classical Period
    • Minimum level of difficulty: Bach, “Short Preludes” & “Inventions”; Clementi, Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven “Sonatinas”; Bartok “Mikrokosmos” Books 3 & 4. 
    • Contemporary classical pieces only. No pop, rock, or personal compositions etc...
  • Sight-reading will be evaluated
    • This evaluation does not weigh into the decision of admission

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Strings Requirements:

Online Submission: will accept video and audio recordings
 
Violin
  • Scales, either three or four octaves at a moderate tempo, six to eight notes per bow.
  • Arpeggios, three or four octave, both minor and major, three notes per bow.
  • Etudes: any of the etudes/caprices of Kreutzer, Rode, Fiorillo, Dont (op. 35) Gavinies, Paganini, Wieniawski ( opus 10) or Ernst.
  • One movement of a Solo Sonata or Partita, of J.S. Bach, and either a movement of any of the major concertos, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, et al, or, a virtuoso work such as Havanaise-Introduction and Rondo Capriciosso of Saint-Saens, Polonaise Brillante of Wieniawski, Zapateado of Sarasate, or Tzigane by Ravel, et al.
Viola
  • 3 octave scale of your choice.
  • 1 movement of Bach Solo Suite.
  • 1 movement of a Sonata (by Brahms/Clarke/Schubert etc.) or Concerto (by Walton, Bartok, Hindemith, Stamitz, etc.) demonstrating your current level of musicality and technique.
Cello
  • 3 or 4 octave scales.
  • Etude by Popper or similar.
  • Two contrasting works from different stylistic periods.
    • Eg. Bach Solo Suite and Sonata (by Brahms/Grieg/Shostakovich etc.) or Concerto (by Saint-Saens, Lalo, Dvorak, Haydn, etc.) or shorter concert work is also acceptable.
Double Bass
  • 1 etude from Nanny’s “Complete Methods” book 1 OR solo of candidate’s choice.
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (1 Mozart).
  • Scales through half, 1st & 2nd positions.
Harp
  • Two pieces of different style, memorized
    •  Examples; Handel Concerto in B-flat, Haydn Theme & Variations, Pescetti C Major Sonata, Pierne Impromptu Caprice, Debussy First Arabesque, selections from Suite of Eight Dances by Salzedo.
  • Major and melodic minor scales.
  • Sightreading.

 

Guitar Requirements

Online Submission: students are strongly encouraged to attend live auditions. If unable to attend please reach out to Professor David Feingold
 
  • Prepare two contrasting pieces from "Solo Guitar Playing" Book 1 (Noad) or "100 Graded Studies" (Noad) form.
  • Scales- two octaves, any key (I and m) major and minor
  • Reading-easy pieces through 5th position

 

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Voice Requirements

Online Submissions: will accept video and audio recordings
 
  •  Two memorized pieces of contrasting style, from classical or folk song repertoire. The classic style may be an aria or art song.
    • One must be in a foreign language
    • An accompanist will be provided.

 

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Woodwind Requirements

Online Submissions: will accept  video and audio recordings
 
Content to include in videos
  • Intro: Begin by stating full name, and repertoire that will be performed
  • Solo and Etudes (from suggested repertoire)
    • Each selection may be recorded separately
  • Scales
    • one major scale of choice (full range)
    • one minor scale of choice (full range)
Flute
  • Two contrasting etudes from "Melodious and Progressive Studies", Book one, revised by Robert Cavally
  • Flute solo of choice (e.g., Telemann Sonata, Faure Fantaisie, Mozart Concerto in D, Hindemith Sonata, etc.)   
Oboe
  • Any study from the Barret Oboe Method or the 48 Ferling Studies
  • Oboe solo of choice (e.g., Albinoni Concerto in d minor, Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Cimarosa Concerto in C, Nielsen Two Fantasy Pieces, Saint-Saens Sonata, Vaughan Williams Concerto, etc.)
Clarinet
  • Two contrasting etudes from “32 Studies” by Cyrille Rose
  • Clarinet solo of choice (e.g., Hindemith Sonata, Saint-Saens Sonata, Poulenc Sonata, Osborne Rhapsody, Stravinsky 3 Pieces, etc.)
Bassoon
  • 2 Weissenborn or Advanced Rubank études
  • Bassoon solo of choice (e.g., Galliard Sonata, Telemann Sonata in f minor, Hindemith Sonata, Weber Concerto, etc)
Saxophone
  • Two studies from Ferling 48 Famous Studies, Rubank Selected Studies, Klose 25 Exercises or Niehaus Jazz Studies
  • Saxophone solo of choice (e.g., Glazounov Concerto, Ibert Concertino de Camera, Villa-Lobos Fantasia, Bozza Aria, Ibert Aria, etc.)
 

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Composition Requirements

Audition Form

Prospective composition majors must also submit a portfolio of previous work for faculty review. The portfolio should consist of  notated scores and any recordings, live or midi. Non-local students may submit their scores and recordings online. Please contact Dr. Bruce Hamilton to schedule an interview for the same day of your entrance audition. Prospective students will be notified of their acceptance into the composition program once they are accepted into the Department of Music based on instrumental or vocal audition.