Auditions

Program Entrance/Scholarship Auditions

(This information is for departmental admission and scholarship auditions. Ensemble auditions are held in the 3 days before fall quarter of each year. Ensemble auditions are open to all Western Washington University students, regardless of major.)

Please read all the information on this page before continuing. When you have finished reading this page, select your performance area from the the list below Read all of the information for your performance area. At the bottom of each performance area section, there is a link to the audition request form. You must complete the audition request form to schedule a departmental audition.
 
An audition on your main instrument/voice is required to enter the WWU Music Program.  You will also be considered for scholarships if you audition on one of the indicated dates.  More information on what is required can be found below.

Departmental Audition Dates - All Performance Areas

Auditions for Fall 2017 will be held:

  • Friday, February 10th, 2017
  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017
  • Friday, March 3rd, 2017
  • Saturday, March 4th, 2017


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The Music Department at Western encourages all students who are interested in becoming a Music Major or Minor to audition for the program during their senior year in High School. Those positioning for scholarship consideration should attend to the specific audition dates for performing area. Students can contact the appropriate Area Coordinator about electronic submissions if unable to travel to campus for a live audition.

Acceptance into the Department of Music is achieved through the entrance audition. There are minimum standards for acceptance on each instrument and voice. Students who meet these standards are accepted as enrollment capacity allows. Some students who nearly meet the standards may be accepted on probationary status. In addition to the literature listed in the corresponding performance area, students may elect to perform any work which is of a similar (or greater) level of difficulty.

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Brass and Percussion Audition Requirements

Piano Audition Requirements

String and Guitar Audition Requirements

Voice Audition Requirements

Woodwind Audition Requirements

Additional Requirements for Composition Majors

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Brass and Percussion Audition Requirements

Students should use the below information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Consultation with private instructor will also help students to prepare a quality audition. Students are NOT REQUIRED to play all of the repertoire below. These are suggested guidelines to help you prepare your audition. Also see tips on how to prepare excerpts.

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.

For questions please contact:

Gustavo Camacho, Brass Area Coordinator

Patrick Roulet, Percussion Area Coordinator

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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.

For questions, please contact:

Milica Jelača Jovanović, Piano Area Coordinator

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String and Guitar Audition Requirements:

Students should use the below information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Consultation with private instructor will also help students to prepare a quality audition. Students are NOT REQUIRED to play all of the repertoire below. These are suggested guidelines to help you prepare your audition. Also see tips on how to prepare excerpts.

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.

For questions, contact:

Walter Schwede, String Area Coordinator

David Feingold, Guitar Area Coordinator

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Voice Audition Requirements

Singers are expected to prepare two songs of contrasting styles from the classical (art song or aria) or folk song repertoire. At least one song in a language other than English is strongly recommended (i.e. Italian, German, French, or Spanish). Both songs should be memorized and music should be organized in a three-ring binder. An accompanist will be provided.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Amber Sudduth Bone, Director of Vocal Pedagogy and Opera

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Woodwind Audition Requirements

Students should use the below information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Consultation with private instructor will also help students to prepare a quality audition. Students are NOT REQUIRED to play all of the repertoire below. These are suggested guidelines to help you prepare your audition. Also see tips on how to prepare excerpts.

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.)

For questions please contact:

Lisa McCarthy, Woodwind Area Coordinator

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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 Professor Lesley Sommer 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.

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 3 days before fall quarter begins each year and have slightly different requirements.  Please review the information by following the link below.