Music

Music Auditions

 

Music Audition Information

 

  1. Complete the Department of Music application for each instrument you wish to audition for and return at least three (3) weeks prior to the audition date requested.
     
  2. Acceptance into our music program and scholarship awards are contingent upon acceptance by GVSU. It is best to apply early so that you receive word of your GVSU acceptance by your audition date.

    Audition dates for 2013-2014 are:

    Friday, August 16, 2013
    Saturday, November 23, 2013
    Saturday, January 25, 2014
    Saturday, February 8, 2014
    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Students interested in music scholarships and music honors scholarships are advised to audition early. Honors Scholarship awards are expected to conclude at the March auditions.

     

    Requirements

    Note:  Although we provide excellent accompanists for our enrolled students, accompaniment for instrumental auditions is not expected and is not provided. We will, however provide pianists for auditioning vocalists.  

    Flute

    • All major and minor scales (two octaves) and the chromatic scale (three octaves).
    • Two contrasting solos or movements or one solo and an etude from or comparable to Cavally (ed.) Melodious and Progressive Studies, Books I or II.
    • Sight-reading.

    Oboe

    • All major and minor scales (two octaves).
    • Two contrasting movements from either a Baroque sonata by Handel or Marcello or a comparable work, or one solo and one technical study from Ferling or Barret.
    • Sight-reading.

    Clarinet

    • All major and minor scales (two octaves except E, F, F#, & G, three octaves).
    • Two contrasting solos or concerto movements or one solo and one study from either Rose 40 or Cavallini 30 Caprices.
    • Sight-reading.

    Saxophone

    • Scales:  Chromatic, All Majors, and All Harmonic and Melodic Minors
    • Etudes:  Two contrasting etudes from the Ferling 48 Famous Studies
    • Repertoire: One or two movements or one or two pieces to be selected from the following,
                Alto Saxophone and Piano:
                Glazounov; Concerto
                Creston; Sonata
                Maurice; Tableaux de Provence
                Milhaud;  Scaramouche
                Ibert; Concertino da Camera
                Heiden; Sonata
                Koechlin; Etudes

                Tenor Saxophone and Piano:
                 Villa Lobos; Fantasia
                 Platti / Rousseau; Sonata in G Major
                 Singelee; Adagio et Rondo
                 Demersseman; Premier Solo Andante et Bolero
                 Piazzolla; Histoire du Tango

    • Sight-reading.

    Bassoon

    • All major and minor scales.
    • One movement from a Baroque sonata by Telemann or Vivaldi, and the first movement from either the Mozart Concerto in Bb or the Weber Concerto in F.
    • An etude from Julius Weissenborn 50 Bassoon Studies.
    • Sight-reading.

    Horn

    • All major and minor scales and a two-octave chromatic scale (F-F).
    • One movement of a Mozart concerto or a comparable work.
    • Sight-reading.

    Trumpet

    • Major and minor scales (two octaves).
    • Two solos comparable to Balay Prelude et Ballade, Goedicke Concert Etude or Herbert Clarke The Maid of the Mist, or contrasting movements by Haydn, Hummel, or Arutunian.
    • One technical etude from Arban Complete Method.
    • Sight-reading.

    Tenor Trombone

    • All major and natural minor scales (two octaves).
    • Two solos or contrasting movements from compositions comparable to Guilmant Morceau Symphonique, Barat Andante and Allegro, Galliard Sonatas, or Hindemith Sonata.
    • Sight-reading.

    Bass Trombone

    • All major and natural minor scales (two octaves).
    • Two solos or contrasting movements from compositions comparable to Galliard Sonatas, Hartley Sonata Breve, Hindemith Drei Leichte Stucke, or Jacob Cameos.
    • Sight-reading.

    Euphonium

    • All major and natural scales (two octaves).
    • Two solos or contrasting movements from compositions comparable to Guilmant Morceau Symphonique, Barat Andante and Allegro, or Galliard Sonata.
    • Sight-reading.

    Tuba

    • All major and minor scales (two octaves).
    • Two solos or contrasting movements from compositions comparable to Barat Andante and Allegro, Haddad Suite for Tuba, Hogg Sonatine or Bach Air and Bouree.
    • Sight-reading.

    Percussion

    • Play all major and minor scales on marimba or xylophone.
    • Demonstrate standard rudiments on snare drums, basic rhythms on drum set, and ability to tune timpani.
    • Perform solos from two of the following three groups: (1) rudiment snare, concert snare drum, or multiple percussion; (2) timpani; (3) marimba, xylophone or vibraphone.
    • Sight-reading.

    Violin

    • The first movement of any standard violin concerto.
    • One movement from a solo sonata or Partita by J.S. Bach.
    • All major and minor scales (three octaves).
    • Sight-reading.

    Viola

    • Scales (three octaves) through four sharps and flats.
    • Two contrasting solos or movements, including one from J.S. Bach's unaccompanied cello suites.
    • One etude or technical study.
    • Sight-reading.

    Cello

    • Scales (three octaves) through four sharps and flats.
    • One movement from one of the Bach 6 suites and a movement from a concerto of Haydn or Boccherini, Vivaldi Sonatas, Faure Elegy or comparable literature.
    • Sight reading.

    Double bass

    • Scales (two octaves minimum) through four sharps and four flats.
    • Two solos: one from the Baroque and one from any other period.
    • Sight-reading.

    Guitar (students may major in classical guitar only)

    • Two- and three-octave major and minor scales.
    • Any two studies by Fernando Sor or Matteo Carcassi, or comparable pieces.
    • Sight-reading.

    Harp

    • One technical study from any method
    • One solo or movement from the Romantic or Impressionistic period
    • One Contemporary solo or movement

    Piano

    • All major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios (four octaves).
    • One Baroque work to be chosen from:  A Baroque suite (two contrasting movements); a three-part invention; or a Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier Book I or II (Bach); or a comparable work by another Baroque composer (such as a Scarlatti Sonata).
    • One movement of a Classical sonata by Haydn, Clementi, Hummel, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49 Beethoven).
    • One piece from the Romantic, Impressionistic, or Twentieth Century (for example: Chopin Nocturnes; Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Debussy Preludes, Ginastera Danzas Argentinas, Copland 4 Piano Blues).
    • Memory is expected.
    • Sight-reading.

    Voice (pianist provided upon request) 

    • Three memorized solo works of contrasting nature including:
    • English language art song after 1900
    • One foreign language art song or aria
    • One additional art song or music theatre selection of your choice

    Composition as applied instrument for secondary study. Students must select voice or an instrument as their primary area.

    • For all composition study inquiries please contact Professor Bill Ryan at ryanwi@gvsu.edu

     

    For information on Music Scholarships, a new program of Music Honors Scholarships, and other merit awards, see the Scholarship information or contact the Music Department at (616) 331-3484.

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