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Instrumental Audition Requirements
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Instrumental Audition Requirements 

Instrumental Audition Requirements

Brass, Woodwind, and Piano
Please bring at least three copies of all music to be performed. Prepare three chromatically adjacent major scales (i.e. E-flat, E, and F), your chromatic scale, and one brief etude or solo excerpt. All scales must be played with a metronome as eighth notes at mm=120. You will be asked to sight read about 16 measures of music. After you perform, there will be a very brief “tell us about you” session.

Percussion
Please bring at least three copies of all music to be performed. Prepare a rudimental solo or etude, and all major rudiments on snare. You will be asked to sight read about 16 measures of music on snare. Also prepare three chromatically adjacent major scales in two octaves (i.e. E-flat, E, and F), your chromatic scale, and one brief etude or solo excerpt. All scales must be played with a metronome as eighth notes at mm=120. You will be asked to sight read about 16 measures of music on a mallet instrument. After you perform, there will be a very brief “tell us about you” session.

Additional Requirements for Music Majors

Two letters of recommendation are required. The first letter should be from an ensemble director. The second may be from another teacher, coach, minister, etc.. We request that these instructors speak frankly about your strengths and limitations as a performer and student. Both letters should be sent to Philip Kern at least one week before your audition.

Need an Accompanist?

Performing with or without accompaniment will not affect your audition results. We recommend auditioning without an accompanist if possible in order to minimize the number of potential problems on audition day. If you absolutely need an accompanist, please send a copy of the accompaniments to Philip Kern at the address above, at least two weeks before your audition. We cannot accommodate accompanist requests later than two weeks prior to your audition.