Auditions

Entrance and Scholarship Auditions

2018-2019 School Term

Our primary audition dates have passed for the 2018-2019 school term. We are still accepting online audition submissions on a space available basis. Fill out our audition form to submit your online audition.
 

2019-2020 Music Auditions

Audition dates for the 2019-2020 school term will be posted in September 2018. We will offer satellite auditions in Spokane, WA and Vancouver, WA during this time period. Please note; all audition requirements below are subject to change with the announcement of our 2019-2020 audition dates.
 
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Audition Request and Sign-Up

All auditions will be scheduled using our audition request form. Live auditions will be held in the Performing Arts Center (PA,PAC) during primary audition dates.

Audition Confirmation

After the submission of an audition request students will receive an official email from LeeAnne Frahn indicating the date and time of their audition. Students are then required to confirm that audition date and time to officially reserve their slot. If a student has submitted a request and has not received an official email within one full week, they should reach out to LeeAnne.Frahn@wwu.edu Students may receive an email from the area coordinator requesting preference of a time slot. These students will then receive an official email from Lee Anne Frahn and are also required to confirm through that correspondence.

Audition Cancellation

If a student must cancel their audition at any time they must email LeeAnne.Frahn@wwu.edu as soon as possible. If requested, we will do our best to reschedule an audition on the next available audition date.

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Video/Audio Recorded Submissions

Please look at each area for information regarding online video/audition recording submission requirements.  Online submissions will be accepted after our primary audition dates, but will be considered on a space available basis.  Please email LeeAnne.Frahn@wwu.edu for inquiries regarding this policy.
 

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. Non-local students may submit their scores and recordings online. 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. Please contact Dr. Bruce Hamilton for more information regarding the portfolio and beginning the program.

Non-Major/Minor Scholarship Eligibility

All students not pursuing a music major or minor may qualify for 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.

Ensemble Participation and Auditions

Students wanting to participate in only music ensembles should visit our our Ensemble Auditions page. All music majors must complete an additional ensemble audition in September before school begins. Additionally, all minors who with to participate in any ensemble must also participate in our ensemble auditions.

 

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Audition Requirements

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

Area Coordinators

Composition-  Dr. Bruce Hamilton
Percussion - Dr. Patrick Roulet
Voice - Mark Davies
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Brass Requirements

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)

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Percussion

Requirements for 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
 

Requirements for 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

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Piano Requirements

 

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

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, but prefers video.
 
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Guitar Requirements

 
  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 reach out to 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 audition recordings for audition consideration.

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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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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.