Graduate Auditions

General Guidelines

  • All graduate performance applicants must audition. In most instrument areas, accompanists are not required. Please check with the individual professor or the Secretary to the Graduate Coordinator to schedule your audition day and time.
  • It is helpful if Doctoral applicants bring the Performance Experience Form (PDF) to their audition or include with their recorded audition.
  • A portfolio review is required for music composition, theory, music education, and musicology.
  • On the audition day applicants are encouraged to take the placement tests in history and theory (multiple choice; each test takes about 45 minutes). There are no set times for these tests; arrangements are made by calling or emailing the secretary of the graduate coordinator (765-285-5502; lelliott@bsu.edu).

More information is available in the Graduate Music Handbook:

See below for specific repertoire recommendations.

Instrumental Auditions
Voice Auditions
Conducting Auditions

Instrumental Auditions

Bassoon:
Audition requirements for MM, Artist Diploma, or DA in bassoon performance:

  • Mozart: Concerto, K. 191, mvts. I & II (entire movements)
  • A contrasting work (entire work if multiple movements)
  • One melodic etude (from Milde, Jancourt, Orefici or equivalent)
  • Orchestral excerpts: Ravel, Bolero; Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas; Tchaikovsky,
  • Symphony No. 4, mvt. 2 solo; Mozart, Marriage of Figaro, mm. 1-24.

Clarinet:
Audition requirements for MM, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Arts:

  • Mozart--Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Mvt. 1 Exposition
  • One movement from a 20th century (or later) work
  • Orchestral excerpts (all parts are for 1st clarinet): Beethoven--Symphony 6, Mvt. 1, mm. 474-492; Mvt. 2, mm.68-77; Berlioz--Symphonie fantastique, Mvt. 3, three measures after 43-44; Mendelssohn--"Scherzo" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opening through letter B; Rimsky-Korsakov--Capriccio Espagnol--Mvt. 1

Flute:

Audition requirements for MM, Artist Diploma, or DA in Flute performance:

  • Mozart: Flute Concerto, K. 313 or , mvts. I (Exposition, Development, and Cadenza) & II 
  • A modern work (20th or 21st century piece) of your choice
  • A Baroque work of your choice (a couple of contrasting mvts. if a multi-mvt piece).
  • Orchestral excerpts: 
    • Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, flute solo – 3 mm after [176] to 2 mm after [179]
    • Brahms - Symphony No. 4, Op.98, mvt. IV, flute solo – mm 93 - 105
    • Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis, mvt. III, Andantino flute solo
    • Mendelssohn - “Scherzo” from Midsummer Night Dream – 2 mm before [P] to the end 
    • Beethoven - Leonore Overture #3, flute solo – 29th m of [E] for 33 bars      

Contact Dr. Watanabe for the audition date and time.      

Bring a resume detailing applicant’s performing and teaching experience and a current repertoire list (including studies/etudes, solos, orchestral excerpts and chamber music).

Oboe:

  • Mozart Concerto for Oboe, KV 314, movement I, with cadenza;
  • A solo piece of your choice from the Baroque, Romantic, or Contemporary period;
  • Two contrasting etudes from Barret, Grand Etudes from A Complete Method for the Oboe, or Ferling, 48 Famous Studies;
  • Four orchestral first oboe parts (complete): Beethoven, Symphony No. 3; Brahms, Violin Concerto; Rossini, La scala di seta; and Strauss, Don Juan.

Horn:

  • Mozart Concerto No. 4, 1st mvt. with cadenza
  • Romantic-era work (one movement if a multi-movement piece)
  • One movement from a 20th century (or later) work
  • Orchestral excerpts: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 - slow movement solo; Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 - low tutti solo; Beethoven Symphony No. 3 - Scherzo (Trio), 2nd horn; Till Eulenspiegel - first horn opening call

Guitar:

  • Technique: Scales and arpeggios
  • Repertoire (select from the following): Berkeley: Sonatina, Ponce: Sonata, Variations on Folia de Espana, Villa-lobos: complete Etudes, Henze: Drei Tentos, Britten: Nocturnal, Martin: Four Short Pieces, Rodrigo: Concierto.

Harp:

  • MM and MA - Applicants should prepare a 30 minute program, with at least two contrasting works from different style periods. All works must be performed from memory.
  • DA - Applicants should prepare a 45 minute program, with at least three contrasting works from different style periods. All works must be performed from memory.
  • Artist Diploma - Applicants should prepare a 45 minute program, with at least three contrasting works from different style periods. All works must be performed from memory.

Organ:

 

  • A program of approximately 30 minutes including a major work by J. S. Bach, a work from the 19th century, and a work from the 20th century. An assessment will be made of sight-reading and service-playing skills.

Piano:
For all degree patterns a live audition is highly encouraged, but a recorded audition will be accepted.

Doctor of Arts in Piano Performance; Artist Diploma in Music Performance; Doctor of Arts in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying

  • A solo program (memorized) of approximately 60 minutes in length with at least 3 contrasting styles represented. For the DA in Chamber Music and Accompanying, a 45 minute program containing any combination of chamber music/accompanying and 20 minutes of solo repertoire.
  • A recording of collaborative playing which is at least 15 minutes in length. (This applies only to the applicant in chamber music/accompanying.)

Doctor of Arts Secondary Area in Piano Performance

  • A solo program (memorized) of approximately 30 minutes in length with at least 3 contrasting styles represented.
  • Sight-reading.

Doctor of Arts Secondary Area in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying

  • A program consisting of solo (memorized) and/or chamber music of approximately 30 minutes in length with at least 3 contrasting styles represented.
  • Sight-reading.

Master of Music in Piano Performance

  • A solo program of approximately 60 minutes in length with at least 3 contrasting styles represented.
  • Sight-reading.

Master of Music in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying

  • A 45 minute program containing any combination of chamber music/accompanying literature and 20 minutes of solo repertoire.
  • Sight-reading.
  • A recording of collaborative playing which is at least 15 minutes in length. (This applies only to the applicant in chamber music/accompanying.)

Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy

  • A solo program (memorized) of approximately 30 minutes in length with at least 3 contrasting styles represented.
  • Sight-reading.
  • A one-hour videotape or DVD of a teaching demonstration of private and/or group piano instruction. The recording may include one class/lesson or it may be multiple teaching experiences.

Violin

  • Movement of a standard concerto
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • A contrasting selection of choice

Viola

  • Movement of a standard concerto
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • A contrasting selection of choice

Cello

  • Movement of a standard concerto (If Elgar is chosen, 2nd or 4th movements only)
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • A contrasting selection of choice

Bass

  • Two movements from a Bach unaccompanied suite
  • Movement of a standard bass concerto or sonata
  • Free choice of two orchestral excerpts
  • Major or minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves

All other instruments:

  • For master's applicants, a live audition consisting of 20-30 minutes of music is encouraged, with at least two contrasting works from different style periods.
  • For doctoral applicants, a live audition consisting of 30-45 minutes of music is preferred, with at least three contrasting works from different style periods.
  • For the Artist Diploma, a live audition consisting of 30-45 minutes of music is preferred, with at least three contrasting works from different style periods.

Voice Auditions

  • Audition repertoire must include selections representing different musical styles and four languages (English, French, German and Italian) and include at least one aria from an opera or oratorio. All audition repertoire must be memorized, with a total length of approximately 20 minutes for the M.M. program and 30 minutes for the D.A. and Artist Diploma programs. All audition repertoire should be listed on the audition evaluation form.
  • An applicant may bring his/her own pianist. Please set up a rehearsal time with the music graduate office if you need to have a pianist provided. The accompanying fee is $35, payable to the pianist at the time of the audition.

Conducting Auditions

Band Conducting:

  • Arrangements for the live audition are made with the assistance of the band conducting faculty and the graduate coordinator. The piece, chosen by the faculty, is usually a work currently being worked on by the ensemble. In preparation for the live audition the following items should be submitted:
  • A 15-20 minute video tape of the conductor, filmed from the back or side of the stage, with an unobstructed view and the camera stationary
  • Résumé and list of works performed
  • Cover letter, letters of reference.

Choral Conducting:

  • Invitations to audition in person will be extended based on the submitted application materials. Arrangements for a live audition are made with director of choral activities in consultation with the graduate coordinator.  
  • Audition components: 
    • Conduct assigned repertoire with one of our choral ensembles (approximately 20 minutes). The music selected is typically repertoire currently being rehearsed by the choir. 
    •  Interview with choral faculty (30-45 minutes) is likely to include:
      • vocalizing 
      • assessment of aural skills 
      • assessment of piano skills experience or aptitude in foreign languages 
      • knowledge of choral repertoire 

Orchestral Conducting;

  • Arrangements for the live audition are made with the assistance of the orchestra conducting faculty and the graduate coordinator in music. The piece, chosen by the faculty, is usually a work currently being worked on by the orchestra. In preparation for the live audition the following items should be submitted:
  • A 15-20 minute video tape of the conductor, filmed from the back or side of the stage, with an unobstructed view and the camera stationary
  • Résumé and list of works performed
  • Cover letter, letters of reference.
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