Auditions

Entrance and Scholarship Auditions

 

Welcome to the Music Department! We are excited to welcome new students and hope you feel at home here at Western Washington University.

Please read all the following information regarding audition requirements and area coordinators. This audition will act as both your entrance and scholarship consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. To schedule an audition, please fill out our online audition form below, and we look forward to meeting you.

Click here to submit an online audition form.

2018 Audition Dates:

  • Friday, January 19th
  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Friday, March 2nd
  • Saturday, March 3rd
 

Students who cannot attend a live audition can contact their area coordinators regarding an electronic submission. For those who have missed this deadline, please contact our program coordinator, LeeAnne Frahn, for further information.

Due to the sequential nature of our curriculum, students who enter our program mid-year may only be able to register for applied lessons and ensembles within the music department for the remaining academic year.  For further inquires about mid-year entrance auditions and requirements, please contact our program coordinator.

 

Ensemble Placement Auditions

Once you successfully audition into the WWU Music Program, you will need to audition for a major ensemble.  These auditions take place in the three days before fall quarter begins and have slightly different requirements.  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.
 
 
 

Audition Requirements

 

 

Brass and Percussion Audition Requirements

Students should use this information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Students are not required to play all the suggested repertoire.  Please reach out the your area coordinator with any questions regarding repertoire and requirements.
 
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

Percussion

On entering, percussion students should demonstrate proficiency in snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion, and have some experience and ability on drum set and accessory instruments (bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, etc.).       

  • Snare Drum -- The 40 Percussive Arts Society snare drum rudiments, a concert and a rudimental style etude or solo.
  • Timpani -- Demonstrate the ability to tune various intervals and perform an etude or solo using four drums.
  • Keyboard Percussion (Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone) -- Major and minor scales and arpeggios through 4 sharps and 4 flats (2 octaves), an etude or solo utilizing two and/or four mallet techniques.
  • Drum Set (optional) -- Demonstrate knowledge of various contemporary styles (Jazz, Rock, Latin) and the ability to maintain a steady pulse.

 

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Piano Audition Requirements

Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary literature at the level of difficulty or greater than: Bach, “Short Preludes” & “Inventions”; Clementi, Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven “Sonatinas”; Bartok “Mikrokosmos” Books 3 & 4. 

Three pieces of different style periods, all from memory.  Sight-reading required.

 

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String and Guitar Audition Requirements:

Students should use this information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Students are not required to play all the suggested repertoire.  Please reach out the your area coordinator with any questions regarding repertoire and requirements.
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.
Guitar, Classical
  • Scales-two octaves, any key (I and m), major and minor.
  • Reading-easy pieces through 5th position.
  • Prepare two contrasting pieces from “Solo Guitar Playing” Book 1 (Noad) or “100 Graded Studies” (Noad).
Harp
  • Two pieces of different style, memorized, such as 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.

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Voice Audition Requirements

Vocalists are expected to prepare:
  •  Two pieces of contrasting style, from classical or folk song repertoire. The classic style may be an aria or art song.

We strongly recommend that at least one song is in a foreign language (i.e. Italian, German, French, or Spanish).

Both pieces should be memorized with double-sided copies organized in a three-ring binder. An accompanist will be provided. Please reach out to the program coordinator for any additional questions regarding repertoire.
 

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Woodwind Audition Requirements

Students should use this information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Students are not required to play all the suggested repertoire!  Please reach out the your area coordinator with any questions regarding repertoire and requirements!
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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Additional Requirements for Composition Majors

Prospective composition majors must also submit a portfolio of previous work for faculty review. The portfolio should consist of notated score 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.