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Rebecca Larkin (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)

Audition Dates for the 2014-15 Academic Year

TBA

Priority consideration for music merit scholarships will

 be given to those who audition on or before March 3, 2015.



Entrance Requirements

Students wishing to enter the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in music degree programs must fulfill the admission requirements of Ohio Wesleyan University and demonstrate acceptable performance facility by an audition. It is recommended that students appear in person for the audition; however, an audition tape may be submitted. Auditions for music merit scholarships must be performed on campus.

Students who do not audition prior to arriving on campus and express an interest in a music degree program may opt to participate in the exploratory start music major program. This allows a student a ‘test run’ of the program the first semester. The jury at the end of the first semester serves as an audition into the program. Students interested in hearing more about this option should contact the music office prior to the first day of classes in August.

Audition Form

This form must be completed and submitted.

Detailed Audition Information by Area

Composition | Piano/Organ/Voice | Strings | Brass | Woodwinds | Percussion

Composition

Lam KhoaPlease submit a music composition portfolio of three works. Include recordings of at least two of the submitted works if possible. MIDI realizations are acceptable.

You may either submit hard copies of scores and recordings or send them electronically.styles. These need not be memorized.

Piano/Organ/Voice

Piano

Annie Spain (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)All candidates should be prepared with major and minor scales and arpeggios (four octaves). An audition for a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance should include a Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier by Bach; two contrasting movements from a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 or 2); and a representative composition from the nineteenth or twentieth century. All works must be performed from memory. A short sight-reading test will be given.

An audition for the Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Education should consist of a two-part invention by Bach (or similar level of difficulty) and compositions in two other contrasting styles. These need not be memorized.

Organ Liza Blakeslee (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)(1) Prelude and Fugue by Bach (one of the “Eight Little” or a comparable work), (2) Chorale Prelude by Bach, Buxtehude, et cetera, (3) Work in a contrasting style.
Voice Jessica Spafford A candidate must sing from memory two contrasting selections chosen from songs and arias of the 17th and 18th centuries; art songs from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; arias from operas or oratorios when suitable for the singer’s level of advancement. It is preferred that one of these selections be in a language other than English. Popular songs including Broadway and religious popular songs are not appropriate.

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Strings

Violin
  1. Violin (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with various bowings.
  2. One etude by Mazas, Dont, Rode or similar study.
  3. A short piece or a movement of a sonata.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

In addition to the above, candidates must perform:

  1. Any one movement from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas or partitas.
  2. A movement from any concerto in the standard repertoire.
Viola
  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with various bowings.
  2. One etude by Mazas, Rode, Campagnoli, Fuchs, or similar study.
  3. A short piece or a movement of a sonata.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

In addition to the above, candidates must perform:

  1. One movement from any Bach solo suite (originally for cello) or sonata or partita (originally for violin).
  2. A movement from any concerto in the standard repertoire.
Violoncello
  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with various bowings.
  2. One etude by Popper, Du Port, Klengel, or similar study.
  3. A short piece or a movement of a sonata.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

In addition to the above, candidates must perform:

  1. One movement from any Bach solo suite.
  2. A movement from any concerto in the standard repertoire.
Double Bass
  1. String Bass (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Major and minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves.
  2. One etude by Simandl, Hrabe, Storch, Rabbath, or similar study.
  3. A short piece or movement of a sonata.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

In addition to the above, candidates must perform:

  1. One movement from any Bach solo cello suite or gamba sonata.
  2. A movement from any concerto in the standard repertoire.
Guitar

Rob O'Neal (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)(Classical Emphasis - minor)

  1. Major and minor scales in two octaves.
  2. Two contrasting movements of pieces from the solo repertoire that demonstrate the student’s current performance level. The following pieces are suggested: Milan 6 Pavanas; Bach Prelude in D Minor, BWV 999 or Bouree in E Minor, BWV 996; Guiliani Allegro Vivace, Op. 111, Part 2; Sor Twenty Studies; Tarrega Adelita; Villa-Lobos Preludes and Etudes.

(Jazz Emphasis - minor)

  1. Major and minor scales in two octaves.
  2. Perform the melody, improvise, and comp the chord changes to two contrasting jazz composition (those auditioning should provide their own play-along recording). It is recommended that one selection be a 12-Bar Blues piece (i.e. Billie’s Bounce). The following pieces are suggested:
    • Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, All Blues, My Funny Valentine, Summertime, Take the “A” Train, or Green Dolphin Street.
  3. Sight reading, including chord changes in swing and Latin styles.

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Brass

The audition should consist of: (1) two selected etudes and one solo, and (2) major scales and the chromatic scale (from memory).

Sources of Audition Materials (recommended, not required)

Trumpet Trumpets (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)State Solo lists; Brandy, Vassily 34 Studies (ed. Nagel or Vacchiano); Concone-Sawyer Lyrical Studies.
Horn in F
  1. Horn (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)One or more movements from a standard concerto (e.g. Mozart or Strauss).
  2. Saint Saens, Morceau de Concert, Dukas: Villanelle
  3. Etudes by Belloli, Gallay (Op. 32, 43, 57), Kling, or Kopprasch.
 
Trombone
  1. Trombone (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Works by Galliard (sonatas, any two contrasting movements), Grafe Concerto for Trombone, Guilmant Morceau Symphonique, or Barat Andanta et Allegro.
  2. Etudes by Bordogni-Rochut (Melodious Etudes, volume 1), or Kopprasch (Sixty Studies for Trombone, any).
Euphonium
  1. Euphonium (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)One or more movements of a Baroque sonata typical of the following: Galliard Sonata no. 1 or no. 5 (arr. for trombone), Marcello Sonata in C Major (arr. for trombone), Corelli Sonata in F Major (arr. for trombone).
  2. A Romantic work typical of the following: Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, Saint-Saens Morceau de Concert, or Schostakovich Four Preludes.
  3. A modern work typical of the following: Barat Introduction and Serenade, Guilmant Morceau Symphonic, Haddad Suite for Baritone, Presser Sonatina, Ropartz Andante and Allegro, Clark Bride of the Waves.
Tuba
  1. Tuba (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)One or more movements of a Baroque work typical of the following: Bach Air and Bouree, Marcello Sonata in C Major, Telemann Sonata in F Major, Corelli.
  2. A Classic or Romantic work typical of the following: Beethoven Variations on a Theme by Handel, Mozart Concerto No. 3 for horn, Chopin Preludes, op. 28.
  3. A modern work typical of the following: Haddad Suite for Tuba, Presser Minute Sketches, Frackenpohl Concertino, Bartles Scherzo for Tuba, Barat Introduction and Serenade (trombone), McKay Sonata for Trombone, White Lyric Suite (slow and fast movements).

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Woodwinds

The following list serves only as a guideline in each of the major areas and is not intended to limit the audition repertoire. All materials performed in the audition should be consistent with the student’s technical and musical level of advancement.

The audition should consist of: (1) one selected etude and one solo, and (2) major scales and the chromatic scale (from memory).

Flute
  1. Flute (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Etude. a) Andersen; b) Berbiguier; c) Gariboldi
  2. Solo. a) Handel or J.S. Bach Sonatas (any movement); b) Mozart Concerto in G or D (any movement); c) Hindemith Sonata; d) Chaminade Concertino.
Oboe
  1. Oboe (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)
    Two contrasting works taken from the standard oboe repertoire
  2. A standard study from  Barret Oboe Method or Ferling, 48 Studies for Oboe
Clarinet
  1. Clarinet (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Etude. a) Rose 40 - Book I; b) Cavallini; c) Rose Etudes.
  2. Solo. a) Mozart Concerto (any movement); b) Hindemith Sonata; c) Schumann Fantasy Pieces; d) Finzi 5 Bagatelles; e) Vaughn Williams 6 Studies in English Folk Song.
Bassoon
  1. Bassoon (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Etude. a) Weissenborn Studies, p. 8; b) Milde Concert Studies, op. 26, Book I; c) Jancourt 26 Studies, op. 15.
  2. Solo. a) Mozart Concerto in Bb (any movement); b) Vivaldi Concerto (any); c) Danzi Concerto in F; d) Galliard Sonatas.
Saxophone
  1. Saxophone (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Etude. a) Ferling; b) DeVille; C) Salviani; d) Iasili.
  2. Solo. a) Bozza-Aria; b) Creston Sonata, op. 19 (any movement); c) Ibert Aria or Concertino de Camera; d) Heiden Sonata.

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Percussion

Percussion (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)

Percussionists are required to audition on both snare drum and mallet percussion. Additionally, students should prepare audition material in one additional area (timpani or drumset). Students may audition on all instruments if desired. The books and pieces on this list are recommendations, not requirements. Other equivalent material may be substituted for audition repertoire.                

 

 

 

Snare Drum Snare Performance (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Rudiments: Multiple bounce roll, double stroke roll, paradiddle, flam, flam tap, single drag. Concert Etude or Solo (to be performed with multiple bounce rolls): (Peters) “Intermediate Snare Drum Studies”, any etude #1-32; (Cirone) “Portraits in Rhythm”, any etude; (Benson) “Three Dances for Solo Snare Drum”, any 2 movements. Optional Rudimental Solo or Etude: (Wilcoxon) “The All American Drummer”, any etude; Contest solos.

Mallet Instruments

Mallet Percussion (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Scales: All major scales, two octaves; Chromatic scale, 2 Mallet Solo: (Hatch) “Furioso and Valse in d minor” (Green) any xylophone rag (Zivkovic) “Funny Xylophone”, any solo. Optional 4 Mallet Solo: (Quartier) “Image” any solo (Zivkovic) “Funny Marimba” any solo (Peters) “Waves” or “Sea Refractions.”

Timpani

Timpani (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)Any brief solo or etude. Tuning must also be demonstrated.

Drumset

Drumset (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)A prepared solo is not required in the drumset area. Students auditioning in this area should be prepared to demonstrate a variety of styles, to include swing, rock, Latin American styles, and funk.

 

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