Students will be asked to play a 3-octave B♭ chromatic scale from low B♭ to the highest B♭, slurred up & down. Two-octave major & minor scales--up to 4 flats/sharps--will be asked; some articulated. Two contrasting styles of music from the traditional bassoon repertoire should be prepared; one to demonstrate your technical facility and the other for lyrical expression. Sight-reading should also be expected.
One movement from the standard concerto repertoire; one movement of unaccompanied Bach; an etude; a four octave major scale and its parallel minor and arpeggios.
Two pieces in contrasting styles, selected from the standard concerto, sonata, or solo repertoire; an etude chosen from the Rose 40 or 32 Studies; major and minor scales; and a chromatic scale. Sight reading may be requested.
Two contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire, including a movement from a Baroque sonata or suite; orchestral excerpts; a three-octave major scale, its relative melodic minor, and arpeggios. In addition, students may elect to perform a transcribed jazz solo or improvise with pre-recorded accompaniment.
The student should select two or three compositions, etudes, or band/orchestral excerpts that demonstrate contrasting styles and the ability to play melodic and technical material. Be able to perform all scales; major, minor (natural, harmonic and melodic), and two octave chromatic scales. Some sight reading may be required.
Three pieces of contrasting styles, which may include movements from concerti, sonatas and solo repertoire; all 2 octave major and minor scales; a 3 octave chromatic scale. Sight-reading may be requested.
An etude by Sor, Carcassi, Brouwer or Villa-Lobos; one movement of Bach; one piece from standard classical guitar literature (may be a movement from a larger work); a three-octave major scale and its parallel minor; three selections from the Giuliani 120 Studies for the Right Hand. Sight-reading may be requested. For students interested in jazz or pursuing the Jazz Emphasis, please refer to the Jazz Audition Guidelines.
Three pieces from the standard harpsichord repertoire, including one by J.S. Bach; or the piano audition.
The first movement of any Mozart Concerto; two contrasting pieces that demonstrate technical facility and melodic expression, one drawn from the standard concerto, sonata, or solo repertoire (e.g. Strauss, Hindemith, Saint-Saens, Gliere) and the other an etude (e.g. Gallay, Kling, Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse) or orchestral excerpt; major, minor, and chromatic scales in two octaves; sight-reading, including transposition (in E-flat or D major) and bass clef, may be requested.
Students interested in demonstrating their jazz talents must perform a complete classical audition on their primary instrument in addition to a separate jazz audition presented at the end of the classical audition and/or at the on-campus "Jazz Jam" (see below). For regional or self-recorded video auditions, the jazz audition must include a jazz etude, solo transcription, or improvisation on a prepared jazz piece selected by the student. Additional requirements are listed along with the classical repertoire requirements for your instrument on this page. Students auditioning at regional audition locations must also improvise to a pre-recorded CD accompaniment (such as the Jamey Aebersold Play-Along series) and provide their own amplification for playback (iPod docking station, portable stereo, etc). Candidates auditioning on the Lawrence campus are required to attend the "Jazz Jam" scheduled from noon to 1:00 pm, where candidates will perform the melody and improvise several solo choruses on any one of the following works: "Tenor Madness" (Sonny Rollins), "Mr. P.C." (John Coltrane), or "Lester Leaps In" (Lester Young). Candidates will be accompanied by a Lawrence student rhythm section and memorization is preferred.
Two solos of contrasting styles, one of which must be sung in English, while the other can be sung in a foreign language or English. An accompanist will be provided on campus; students auditioning at a regional site must provide their own accompanists. Pieces must be sung from memory. A musical skills test that includes pitch-matching, sight-singing, and rhythmic exercises will follow the audition.