Entrance and Scholarship Auditions

2019-2020 Music Auditions

All students who are interested in becoming a music major or minor for the 2019-2020 school year, must audition during the primary audition dates listed below. Students who complete an audition during our primary audition dates are automatically eligible for scholarship consideration.

Non music majors and minors are eligible for music scholarships by completing an audition during the primary audition dates below. Non majors or minors who receive a scholarship must participate in major ensemble and private lessons according to the policies of their area of study during the 2019-2020 school year.

Primary Audition Dates

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019

Satellite Auditions

Hosted in Spokane and Vancouver, WA. Dates posted in October, 2018.

General Audition Information

2018-2019 School Term

We are no longer holding open auditions for the 2018-2019 school term. If you are a student hoping to begin a music major or minor during winter or spring 2019, please email Lee Anne Frahn.

Scheduling an Audition

All auditions are scheduled through our online audition request form. Students should provide a regularly checked email as this is the primary point of contact till a university email has been assigned through enrollment confirmation.

Live Audition Location

Live auditions will be held in various rooms in the Performing Arts Center (PA, PAC) during all primary audition dates. Students will be emailed an audition packet along with their audition time and date. This packet will provide more information regarding parking, travel recommendations and a map of our building. Please visit our campus map site for more information regarding parking, accessibility and directions.

Satellite Auditions

We will be hosting satellite auditions in Spokane and Vancouver, WA during February 2019. These dates will be posted in October 2018.

Audition Request and Timeline of Results

After the submission of an audition request, students will receive an official email from Lee Anne Frahn indicating the date and time of their audition. Students are then required to confirm that information to officially reserve their time slot. If a student has submitted a request and has not received an official email within one full week, they should contact Lee Anne Frahn. Students may receive an email from a faculty member requesting preference of a time slot. These students will also receive an official email from which they are required to confirm their audition request.

After the audition has been completed, students will receive an official email from Lee Anne Frahn regarding their audition results and degree status. Students will be asked to confirm their intention to enroll in the music major or minor. Please note, our confirmation deadline will be before the general university deadline of May 1st. This allows us to grant the studio placement to students who are wait listed in a timely manner before the enrollment deadline. The timeline for audition results depends on the audition area and is dependent on the amount of auditions, competition, and studio availability. We will officially notify students of their audition results within one week of our last primary audition date. Students could, however, receive audition results during the entire primary audition season.

Audition Cancellation

If a student must cancel their audition at any time, they must email Lee Anne Frahn to request an audition cancellation. If requested, we will do our best to schedule an audition on the next available date on a space available basis.

Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

Although we strongly encourage all students to participate in live auditions, we do accept video and audio online submissions in lieu of a live audition for entrance and scholarship consideration. Each area has specific policies regarding video vs. audio recorded submissions. Please review those policies before submitting an online audition. Online submissions will be due by 5 p.m. on the last primary audition date. Online submissions sent in after our primary audition dates will not be eligible for scholarship and will be considered on a space available basis.  Please email Lee Anne Frahn for questions regarding recorded submissions.

Composition Requirements

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. Prospective students will be notified of their acceptance into the program once they are accepted into the Department of Music based on instrumental or vocal auditions. Please contact Bruce Hamilton for more information regarding the portfolio or composition program.

Non-Major/Minor Scholarship Eligibility

All students not pursuing a music major or minor may eligible to receive a music scholarship by completing an audition during our primary audition dates. Auditions held or submitted past our primary audition dates will not be eligible for a music scholarship. All non majors or minors who receive a music scholarship must commit to registering for applied lessons and major ensemble every quarter during the academic year they are receiving the scholarship according to the appropriate area guidelines.

Ensemble Participation and Auditions

Students intending to participate in only music ensembles should visit our Ensemble Auditions page. All must majors must additionally complete an ensemble audition in September before school begins. Music minors who wish to participate in an ensemble or are registered in applied lessons must complete an ensemble audition.

Audition Requirements

Students should use the following information to craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Feel free to reach out the appropriate area coordinator regarding audition requirements and/or repertoire

Area Coordinators

Brass Requirements

Brass Audition Request Form

Horn

  1. 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"
  2. One technical etude from Kopprasch "60 Selected Studies" (or the equivalent)
  3. Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  4. Sight-reading may be requested at the audition

Trumpet

  1. 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
  2. Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  3. Sight-reading may be requested at the audition

Tenor/Bass Trombone & Euphonium

  1. Two or three studies from “Melodious Études” by Rochut, Book I (bass trombone should play one octave lower where feasible)
  2. One etude from Studies 1 - 10 of the Blazhevich Clef Studies, in either C, F or G Major
  3. Five selected studies from the Arban Method, Book 1
  4. Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  5. Sight-reading may be requested at the audition

Tuba

  1. Any two of the first four solos in “Solos for the Tuba Player” by Wekselblatt
  2. First movement of Haddad “Suite for Tuba”
  3. First ten studies from the “Studies for BB♭ Tuba” by Tyrell
  4. Major and minor scales through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible)
  5. Sight-reading may be requested at the audition

Brass Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

The brass area will only accept video submissions with the following requirements:

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)

Percussion Requirements/Percussion Concentration

Please visit the percussion auditions page for further instructions

Snare Drum (Required)

  1. 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments –performed from memory
  2. Orchestral/concert snare drum etude or solo (Whaley, Cirone, Delecluse)
  3. Rudimental-style etude or solo (Campbell, Freytag, Pratt)

Mallet Percussion- vibraphone, marimba or xylophone (Required)

  1. Major Scales and Arpeggios (2-octaves in all 12 keys) performed from memory
  2. Two-mallet solo or etude
  3. Four-Mallet solo or etude

Timpani (Required)

  1. 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)

  1. 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)

  1. Play several standard grooves at various tempos: swing, mambo, bossa nova, rock, funk, etc.
  2. Trade fours at a medium swing tempo
  3. Written out drumset solo, etude, or transcription
  4. I will also accept a video recording of a live performance with a school jazz ensemble

Percussion Requirements/Drumset Concentration

Snare Drum (Required)

  1. Closed buzz roll performed soft-loud-soft
  2. Double-stroke open roll performed slow-fast-slow
  3. Snare drum etude or solo (Cirone, Freytag, Pratt, Whaley, Wilcoxen)

Drum Set (Required)

  1. Demonstrate the following styles at various tempos: swing, mambo, bossa nova, samba, rock/funk
  2. Trade four bars of solo with four bars of swing time at a medium tempo (32 bars)
  3. Written out drumset solo, etude, or transcription
  4. You may also submit a video recording of a live performance with a school jazz ensemble

Mallet Percussion-vibraphone, marimba or xylophone (Required)- may be performed at the piano

  1. Chromatic scale (2 octaves)
  2. Major scales and arpeggios in the following keys: C, G, D, A, F Bb, Eb (2-octaves)
  3. Two-mallet solo or etude (optional)

Percussion Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

The Percussion area will only accept video submissions for audition consideration.
Please visit the percussion auditions page for further instructions

Piano Requirements

Piano Audition Request Form

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 or 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, new wave or personal compositions etc...
  • Sight-reading will be evaluated
    • This evaluation does not weigh into the decision of admission

Piano Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

The piano will accept only video recorded submissions for audition consideration.
 

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Strings Requirements

Strings Audition Request Form

Cello

  1. 3 or 4 octave scales.
  2. Etude by Popper or similar.
  3. 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. 1 etude from Nanny’s “Complete Methods” book 1 OR solo of candidate’s choice.
  2. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (1 Mozart).
  3. Scales through half, 1st & 2nd positions.

Harp

  1. 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.
  2. Major and melodic minor scales.
  3. Sightreading.

Viola

  1. 3 octave scale of your choice.
  2. 1 movement of Bach Solo Suite.
  3. 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

Violin

  1. One movement of a Solo Sonata or Partita, of J.S. Bach,
  2. One Major Concerto OR Virtuoso Work 1 Major Concerto
    • Concerto Examples: Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, et al,
    • Virtuoso Examples Havanaise-Introduction and Rondo Capriciosso of Saint-Saens, Polonaise Brillante of Wieniawski, Zapateado of Sarasate, or Tzigane by Ravel, et al.
  3. One Etude: any of the etudes/caprices of Kreutzer, Rode, Fiorillo, Dont (op. 35) Gavinies, Paganini, Wieniawski ( opus 10) or Ernst.
  4. One scale of your choice. Either three or four octaves at a moderate tempo, six to eight notes per bow.
  5. One major and relative minor arpeggio of your choice, three or four octaves

Strings Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

The strings area will accept both video and audition recorded submissions; video is preferred.

Guitar Requirements

Guitar Audition Request Form

  1. Prepare two contrasting pieces from "Solo Guitar Playing" Book 1 (Noad) or "100 Graded Studies" (Noad) form.
  2. Scales- two octaves, any key (I and m) major and minor
  3. Reading-easy pieces through 5th position

Guitar Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

Online Submission: students are strongly encouraged to attend live auditions. If unable to attend please contact Professor David Feingold

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Voice Requirements

An accompanist will be provided.

 Please prepare two memorized pieces of contrasting style, from classical or classical folk song repertoire.

  • The classic style may be an aria or art song.
  • We encourage one piece in a foreign language.

Voice Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

The voice area will accept both video and audio recordings for audition consideration.

Woodwind Requirements

Bassoon

  1. 2 Weissenborn or Advanced Rubank études
  2. Bassoon solo of choice (e.g., Galliard Sonata, Telemann Sonata in f minor, Hindemith Sonata, Weber Concerto, etc)

Clarinet

  1. Two contrasting etudes from “32 Studies” by Cyrille Rose
  2. Clarinet solo of choice (e.g., Hindemith Sonata, Saint-Saens Sonata, Poulenc Sonata, Osborne Rhapsody, Stravinsky 3 Pieces, etc.

Flute

  1. Two contrasting etudes from "Melodious and Progressive Studies", Book one, revised by Robert Cavally
  2. Flute solo of choice (e.g., Telemann Sonata, Faure Fantaisie, Mozart Concerto in D, Hindemith Sonata, etc.)   

Oboe

  1. Any study from the Barret Oboe Method or the 48 Ferling Studies
  2. 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.)

Saxophone

  1. Two studies from Ferling 48 Famous Studies, Rubank Selected Studies, Klose 25 Exercises or Niehaus Jazz Studies
  2. Saxophone solo of choice (e.g., Glazounov Concerto, Ibert Concertino de Camera, Villa-Lobos Fantasia, Bozza Aria, Ibert Aria, etc.)

Woodwind Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

The woodwind area will accept both video and audition recordings for audition consideration.
 
Content to include in videos and recordings:
  • Intro: Begin by stating full name, and repertoire that will be performed
  • Solo and Etudes (from suggested repertoire)
    • Each selection may be recorded separately

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Music 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.