Audition Repertoire

Keyboard  Percussion  Strings  Voice  Woodwinds/Brass Jazz

Keyboard Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Music Education, Music Business, or Bachelor of Arts
    • Two contrasting works of an appropriately advanced difficulty level, ideally from two different historical eras, performed from memory.
  • Performance
    • Three contrasting works of an appropriately advanced difficulty level, ideally from three different historical eras, performed from memory.

 

Graduate Students

Four complete contrasting works of an appropriately advanced difficulty level, ideally one each from the Baroque through Modern eras, performed from memory.

 

Percussion Audition Requirements

 All students should plan to perform solos on the instruments below.  Example pieces are listed.

Concert Snare:

  • An etude from The Solo Snare Drummer by Vic Firth
  • Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone

Rudimental Snare:

  • Any solo by Marty Hurley, Mitch Markovitch, Art Cappio, Charley Wilcoxon, or John Pratt
  • The Rudimental Cookbook (Ed Freytag)

Keyboards (two and/or four mallets):

  • Yellow After the Rain (Mitchell Peters)
  • Spanish Dance (Kai Stensgaard)
  • Two Mexican Dances (Gordon Stout)
  • Three Preludes (Ney Rosauro)
  • Furioso and Valse in D Minor (2 mallets) (Earl Hatch)
  • Any ragtime solo by George Hamilton Green (2 mallets)

Timpani

  • Sonata for Timpani (John Beck)
  • Raga No. 1 (William Cahn)
  • Eight Solos for 4 Timpani (Elliott Carter)

All state audition material can be used if you desire, but we do encourage all auditionees to try to learn something new on keyboard. There are MANY other solos that can be used - the above are just common suggestions for students to consider.

In addition, knowledge of rudiments, scales, and timpani tuning is helpful. Sight reading on snare and keyboard will also be given.

 

Strings Audition Requirements

Prospective String Graduate Students who are interested in auditioning for the Patti Johnson Wilson Graduate Fellowships in String Orchestral Performance should click here for program specific audition requirements.

Violin

Undergraduate (Major/Minor) Performance Major

  • Two contrasting solo works
    • One can be a movement from a concerto or a work for violin/piano or violin/orchestra
    • One can be a movement from one of the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach or another comparable Baroque-era work for violin
    • Alternative and non-classical repertoire also will be accepted.  Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark if you have questions about what you want to play.

Undergraduate Music Education or Music Industry Major

  • Two contrasting pieces of music or one piece with contrasting sections (style/tempo)
  • Non-classical music is welcome.
  • Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark if you have questions about what you want to play.

Graduate

  • Two contrasting movements of one of the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach
  • A movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza, if applicable) or a work for violin and orchestra
  • A piece of your choice

Viola

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • Two contrasting solo works
    • One can be a movement from a concerto or a work for viola/piano or viola/orchestra
    • One can be a movement from one of the Six Solo Cello Suites (arr. for viola), BWV 1007-1012, by J.S. Bach or another comparable Baroque-era work for viola
    • Alternative and non-classical repertoire also will be accepted.  Please email Dr. Jackie Skara if you have questions about what you want to play.

Undergraduate Music Education or Music Industry Major

  • Two contrasting pieces of music or one piece with contrasting sections (style/tempo)
  • Non-classical music is welcome.
  • Please email Dr. Jackie Skara if you have questions about what you want to play.

Graduate

  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Solo Cello Suites (arr. for viola), BWV 1007-1012, by J.S. Bach or from the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (arr. for viola), BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of a standard viola concerto (including cadenza, if applicable) or a work for viola and orchestra
  • A piece of your choice


Cello

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • A movement of a standard concerto, including the cadenza, if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 by J.S. Bach
  • One Popper etude of the applicant's choosing

Graduate

  • A movement of a standard concerto, including the cadenza, if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 by J.S. Bach
  • One etude of the applicant's choosing (examples: Popper, Piatti, Duport)


Bass

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Capuzzi, Dragonetti, or similar pieces OR two contrasting movements of a baroque sonata, such as Eccles, Marcello or Bach
  • All major and minor scales in two octaves
  • Orchestral excerpt: Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 3 (Trio; mm. 140-218)

Graduate

  • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Bottesini, Koussevitzky or Vanhal, to be played from memory
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral literature


Non-Music Major (for scholarship consideration; all instruments)

  • Two contrasting solo works or one longer work with two contrasting sections

 

Vocal Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

  • Two memorized works from the classical vocal repertoire (no pop, broadway or contemporary Christian): At least one selection must be in either Italian, German, Spanish or French.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on poise, excellent pitch, proper breathing, phrasing, expression and tone.
  • Sight reading (music literacy) is an important aspect of the audition at OSU. Each applicant will be asked to sight read two excerpts.*Bring a copy of music for the accompanist. (An accompanist is provided, but the applicant is expected to bring a copy of the score.)

Bachelor of Music Performance (BMP)

  • Three memorized works from the classical vocal repertoire (no pop, broadway or contemporary Christian):At least one selection must be in either Italian, German, Spanish or French.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on poise, excellent pitch, proper breathing, phrasing, expression and tone.
  • Sight reading (music literacy) is an important aspect of the audition at OSU. Each applicant will be asked to sight read two excerpts.*Bring a copy of music for the accompanist. (An accompanist is provided, but the applicant is expected to bring a copy of the score.)

Bachelor of Science in Music Industry (BS)

  • One memorized work is required for the audition:Applicants will be evaluated on poise, excellent pitch, proper breathing, phrasing, expression and tone.
    The selection can be from the Broadway, folk song or pop repertoire.
  • Each applicant will be asked to sight read two excerpts*Bring a copy of music for the accompanist. (An accompanist is provided, but the applicant is expected to bring a copy of the score.) No recorded accompaniment tracks are allowed.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

  • Two memorized works from the classical vocal repertoire (no pop, broadway or contemporary Christian):At least one selection must be in either Italian, German, Spanish or French.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on poise, excellent pitch, proper breathing, phrasing, expression and tone.
  • Sight reading (music literacy) is an important aspect of the audition at OSU. Each applicant will be asked to sight read two excerpts.*Bring a copy of music for the accompanist. (An accompanist is provided, but the applicant is expected to bring a copy of the score.)

 

Woodwind & Brass Audition Requirements

Flute Oboe Clarinet Saxophone Bassoon
French Horn Trumpet Trombone Euphonium Tuba
Marching Band Only (Non-music majors)       

 

Flute Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

Students auditioning for an undergraduate degree should prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and will be expected to play major scales. You should choose repertoire that showcases both your technical and musical ability. Possible examples of repertoire include (but are not limited to):

  • A movement from a Mozart Concerto (G major or D major)
  • A movement from a Bach Sonata
  • A piece from the "French Composers" book
  • A movement from a major sonata or concerto (i.e. Poulenc, Nielsen, Prokofiev, etc.)
  • An appropriate etude (Andersen Op. 30, 33, 15; Paganini; etc.)
  • All-State audition repertoire

Graduate Students

Students auditioning for a graduate degree should prepare the first movement of a Mozart Concerto, plus two pieces of contrasting styles (see above), and 4 standard orchestral excerpts. It is expected that auditioning graduate students will be prepared to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios.

If you have questions about repertoire, please email Dr. Murphy.

 

Oboe Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

Students auditioning for an undergraduate degree should prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and will be expected to play major scales. You should choose repertoire that showcases both your technical and musical ability. One of these works may be an etude. All-state audition etudes are also appropriate. Possible examples of repertoire include (but are not limited to):

Solos:

  • Britten, Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
  • Cimarosa, Concerto
  • Händel, Sonata
  • Haydn, Concerto
  • Hindemith, Sonata
  • Marcello, Concerto
  • Mozart, Concerto
  • Poulenc, Sonata
  • Saint-Saëns, Sonata
  • Schumann, Three Romances

Etudes:

  • Barrett, Melodies or Grand Studies
  • Ferling, 48 Etudes

Basic knowledge of reed making is recommended, but not required for admission.

Graduate Students

Students auditioning for a graduate degree should prepare two pieces of contrasting styles. One must be a movement from a concerto and one must be a movement from a sonata (see list above). As well, please be prepared to perform 4 standard orchestral excerpts. It is expected that auditioning graduate students will be prepared to play all major and minor scales.

Advanced knowledge of reed making is required for admission.

Please contact Dr. Andrew W. Parker if you have questions about your audition repertoire.

 

Clarinet Audition Requirements

  • Chromatic scale: three octaves beginning on low E (slurred)
  • All major scales: two octaves (slurred). Recommended, but not required.
  • Two contrasting selections that best demonstrate your musicianship and technique. You must select one movement from the standard clarinet repertoire (works by Mozart, Weber, Poulenc, Hindemith, Stamitz, Cahuzac, Brahms, Osborne, Rabaud, JeanJean, Finzi, for example). Then, you must choose a contrasting etude (Rose, Uhl, All-State etudes). Please contact Professor Babette Belter if you have any questions concerning appropriate repertoire selection.
  • You may be asked to sight-read a short passage during your audition.

**Please note: All bass clarinetists should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency on B-flat soprano clarinet at the time of their audition.

 

Saxophone Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Prepare all major scales demonstrating the complete normal range of the instrument.
  • Perform one etude from one of the following etude books: 48 Famous Studies by Ferling18 Studies after BerbiguierSelected Studies by Voxman, or an etude of similar scope and difficulty.
  • Perform one of the following works or a major work of similar scope and difficulty (individual movements are acceptable):
    • Bonneau, Suite
    • Bozza, Improvisation et Caprice
    • Bozza, Impromptu et Danse
    • Creston, Sonata
    • Creston, Concerto
    • Decruck, Sonate
    • Dubois, Concerto
    • Ibert, Concertino da Camera
    • Debussy, Rhapsody
    • Eccles/Raschér, Sonata
    • Francaix, Cinq Danses Exotiques
    • Glazunov, Concerto
    • Hindemith, Sonata
    • Heiden, Sonata
    • Maurice, Tableaux de Provence
    • Milhaud, Scaramouche
    • Noda, Improvisation I
    • Schumann/Hemke, Three Romances
    • Vaughan Williams, Six Studies in English Folk Song
    • Villa Lobos, Fantasia

Graduate Students

  • Prepare all major, natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales and arpeggios demonstrating the complete normal range of the instrument.
  • Perform one etude from one of the following etude books: 28 Studies after the Modes of Oliver Messaien by Guy Lacour, Nouvelles Etudes Variees by Jean-Marie Londeix, or 53 Studies by Marcel Mule.
  • Perform two of the following works or major works of similar scope and difficulty:
    • Albright, Sonata
    • Bassett, Duo Concertante
    • Berio, Sequenza IXb or VIIb
    • Bolcom, Lilith
    • Constant, Musique de Concert
    • Denisov, Sonate
    • Desenclos, Prelude, Cadence et Finale
    • Feld, Sonata for alto saxophone and piano
    • FinneyConcerto
    • Gotkovsky, Variations Pathetiques
    • Harbison, San Antonio
    • Husa, Concerto
    • Husa, Elegie et Rondeau
    • Larsson, Konsert
    • Lauba, Neuf Etudes/Steady Study on the Boogie
    • Lennon, Distances Within Me
    • Lennon, Symphonic Rhapsody
    • Martin, Ballade
    • Maslanka, Sonata
    • Robert, Cadenza
    • Rossé, Le Frene Egaré
    • Sancan, Lamento and Rondo
    • Stockhausen, In Friendship
    • Swerts, Klonos
    • Wuorinen, Divertimento

 

Bassoon Audition Requirements

  • All major scales, of which B-flat, B, and C will be 3 octaves
  • Chromatic scale, full range
  • 3 contrasting movements representing at least two composers
  • At least two of the movements must be from solo pieces and one may be an etude

 

French Horn Audition Requirements

Audition material is flexible, but it should demonstrate your very best in both technical and lyrical playing. If you have any questions about suitable repertoire, please contact Lanette López Compton. You may choose from the following:

  • All-State Audition Material
  • Standard Solo Horn Repertoire
  • Standard Orchestral Excerpts
  • Technical and Lyrical Etudes

Knowledge and fluency in all major scales and arpeggios is recommended but not required. You may be asked to sight-read a short melodic passage or etude during your auditions.

 

Trumpet Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

Audition material is flexible, but it should demonstrate your very best in both technical and lyrical playing.

Suitable repertoire includes the following:

  • Standard Solo Trumpet Repertoire (i.e. Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian, Hindemith, Kennan, Stevens, Tomasi)
  • Technical and Lyrical Etudes (i.e. Wurm, Charlier, Brandt, Goldman, Bitsch)
  • Standard Orchestral Excerpts
  • All-State Etudes

Please prepare a solo of your choice and a contrasting etude. You will also be required to sight-read. Those interested in the Bachelor of Music in Performance are encouraged to prepare 3-5 standard orchestral excerpts. If you have any questions about suitable repertoire, please contact Dr. Joseph Cooper.

Graduate Students

Auditions should consist of standard repertoire including two contrasting solos, two contrasting etudes, 3-5 orchestral excerpts, and sight-reading.

 

Trombone Audition Requirements

Audition material is flexible, but it should demonstrate your very best in both technical and lyrical playing. If you have any questions about suitable repertoire, please contact Paul Compton. You may choose from the following:

  • All-State Audition Material
  • Standard Solo Trombone Repertoire
  • Standard Orchestral Excerpts
  • Technical and Lyrical Etudes
  • Jazz Etudes, transcriptions, tunes, and improvisation are encouraged, but should be in addition to classical repertoire, not in place of it.

Knowledge and fluency in all major scales and arpeggios is recommended but not required. You may be asked to sight-read a short melodic passage or etude during your audition.

 

Tuba and Euphonium Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

Prospective undergraduate students must be admitted to Oklahoma State University before they can be accepted into the Greenwood School of Music. Before signing up for an audition, apply to the OSU here.

Once you have completed the application, you may sign up for an audition day/time. (sign up not available until 11/1/19)

Audition repertoire for undergraduate students should include the following:

Bachelor of Music – Education, Bachelor of Arts – Music, and Bachelor of Science with Music Industry:

  •  Two contrasting etudes from standard repertoire. Typically, your most recent all-state audition material is sufficient.

Bachelor of Music – Performance:

  • Two contrasting etudes from standard repertoire. Typically, your most recent all-state audition material is sufficient.
  •  A solo of your choice from the standard repertoire. A few minutes of music is sufficient. If you are playing a larger work (concerto, sonata, etc), only one movement is required.

**The requirements listed here are intentionally open to interpretation. While playing a well-prepared and musical audition is required for consideration, playing music you are comfortable with is preferred. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Robinson with any questions regarding the repertoire you are considering for your audition.

Cowboy Marching Band, non-music majors, and music minor:

  • Please prepare 3-5 minutes of music that demonstrates your ability. Additional information on joining the Cowboy Marching Band may be found here.

 

Graduate Students

  • Prospective graduate students must be admitted to the Oklahoma State University Graduate College before they can be accepted into the Greenwood School of Music. Before signing up for an audition, apply to the OSU Graduate College here.
  • Applicants should be prepared to perform two contrasting solo pieces. Typically, this requirement includes a portion of your most recent undergraduate recital.
  • Applicants should be prepared to perform several band and/or orchestra excerpts. Please consult with your current teacher or Dr. Robinson with any questions about what excerpts you should prepare.

If you have any questions regarding auditions, please contact Dr. Ryan Robinson.

 

Marching Band Only (Non-Music Majors)

Prepare 3-5 minutes worth of music of your choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical abilities as a player. Some appropriate suggestions, but not requirements, may include regional or state audition music, etudes, band music, or solo and ensemble repertoire.

 

Jazz Audition Requirements

 

Undergraduate Students on Jazz Winds, Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, or Jazz Bass (double bass or electric)

  • Play any standard jazz song, from memory, along with iRealPro (melody and then improvise).
  • Play a jazz solo transcription (preferably one you have transcribed yourself)

Or

Play an All State Jazz etude.

  • You will also be asked to sight read.
  • Knowledge of all major scales is highly encouraged.

Graduate Students on Jazz Winds, Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, or Jazz Bass (double bass or electric)

  • Play any standard jazz song along with iRealPro (melody and then improvise).
  • Play a jazz solo transcription that you transcribed yourself.
  • You will also be asked to sight read.

Undergraduate Students on Jazz Drums

  • Play 32 bars of various styles: 4/4 swing, bossa nova, rock. Knowledge of Cuban Jazz drumming styles is also highly encouraged.
  • You may also be asked to sight read.

Graduate Students on Jazz Drums

  • Play 32 bars of various styles, 4/4 swing with sticks and brushes, 3/4 swing waltz, bossa nova, rock/funk, 2-3 & 3-2 Son, Afro Cuban 6/8
  • Play a jazz solo transcription that you transcribed yourself
  • You will also be asked to sight read.

If you have any questions regarding auditions, please contact Dr. Tommy Poole.