Audition Repertoire


Keyboard  Percussion  Strings  Voice  Woodwinds/Brass

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

Graduate Students

  • Two contrasting movements of a Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006) by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza[s], if extant)
  • A piece of your choice
  • Some portion of the audition must be played from memory.
  • Examples of Representative Concerti, Graduate Level
    • Concerto No. 2 - Béla Bartók
    • Concerto in D - Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Concerto - Alban Berg
    • Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 - Johannes Brahms
    • Concerti Nos. 1 or 2 - Sergei Prokofiev
    • Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6 - Niccolo Paganini
    • Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 - Jean Sibelius
    • Concerto in D Major - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Other works are also acceptable. Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark to confirm.

Undergraduate Students - Performance Major or Music Education Major

  • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza, if extant)
  • Two contrasting movements of a Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006) by J.S. Bach
  • Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level
    • Concerto No. 1 in G Minor - Max Bruch
    • Concerto, Op. 14 - Samuel Barber
    • Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
    • Concerti Nos. 3, 4, or 5 - W.A. Mozart
    • Concerti Nos. 4 or 5 - Henri Vieuxtemps
    • Concerto No. 2 in D Minor - Henryk Wieniawski
    • Other works are also acceptable. Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark to confirm.

Undergraduate Students - Bachelor of Arts, Music Business, Minor, or Non-Music Major (applying for a merit-based scholarship)

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice

 

Viola

Graduate Students

  • Two contrasting movements from a Suite for Solo Viola (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of a standard viola concerto (with cadenza, if extant)
  • A piece of your choice
  • Some portion of the audition must be played from memory.
  • Examples of Representative Concerti, Graduate Level
    • Concerto - Béla Bartók
    • Der Swanendreher - Paul Hindemith
    • Concerto - William Walton
    • Other works are also acceptable. Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark to confirm.

Undergraduate Students - Major or Minor

  • Two contrasting movements from a Suite for Solo Viola (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement from a standard viola concerto (including cadenza, if extant)
  • Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level
    • Concerto - Ivan Handoshkin
    • Concerto in B Minor - Handel-Casadesus
    • Concerto in D - Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    • Concerto in D, Op. 1 - Anton Stamitz
    • Concerto in C Minor - J.C. Bach/Casadesus
    • Other works are also acceptable. Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark to confirm.

Undergraduate Students - Non-Major (applying for a merit-based scholarship)

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice

 

Cello

Graduate Students

  • A movement of a standard concerto including the cadenza if applicable
  • The prelude and one additional movement from the six Bach suites
  • One Popper etude of the applicant's choosing

Undergraduate Students - Major or Minor

  • A movement of a standard concert including the cadenza if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements from the six Bach suites
  • One Popper etude of the applicant's choosing

 Undergraduate Students - Non-Major (applying for a merit-based scholarship)

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice

 

Bass

Graduate Students

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

Undergraduate Students

  • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Capuzzi, Dragonetti, or similar pieces OR 2 contrasting movements of a baroque sonata, such as Eccles, Marcello, or Bach
  • All major and minor scales in 2 octaves
  • Orchestral excerpt: Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 3 Trio (mm. 140-218)

 

Vocal Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business, Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • 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 can certainly bring his/her own.)

Bachelor of Music Performance

  • 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 can certainly bring his/her own.)

 

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. Broffitt Kunzer.

 

Oboe Audition Requirements

All major scales with arpeggios are recommended, but not required for admission. Prepare two works of contrasting tempo and style. One of these works may be an etude. All-state audition etudes are also appropriate. Examples of audition repertoire may 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. Contact Melissa Bosma 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 concerting 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. Ryan Gardner.

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.

 

Euphonium Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • A melodious etude (to demonstrate sound and musicianship)
  • A technical study (to demonstrate facility on their instrument)

Or

  • Any solo of their choice (accompaniment is not required)

Recommended Etude Books:

  • Rochut - Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol. 1
  • Voxman - Selected Studies for Baritone

Recommended Solos:

  • Barat - Andante and Allegro
  • Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo
  • Curnow - Rhapsody for Euphonium
  • Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique
  • Marcello - Sonata in F Major
  • Mozart - Bassoon Concerto

Graduate Students

  • Two contrasting solos (accompaniment is not required)
  • Several band excerpts

If you have any questions regarding auditions, please contact Professor Kunzer.

 

Tuba Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • A melodious etude (to demonstrate sound and musicianship)
  • A technical study (to demonstrate facility on their instrument)

Or

  • Any solo of their choice (accompaniment is not required)

Recommended Etude Books:

  • Bordogni - Complete Vocalises for Tuba
  • Blazevich - 70 Advanced Studies for Tuba
  • Kopprasch - 60 Selected Studies for Tuba

Recommended Solos:

  • Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo
  • Gregson - Concerto
  • Haddad - Suite
  • Hartley - Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba
  • Hindemith - Sonata
  • Marcello - Sonata in F Major

Graduate Students

  • Two contrasting solos (accompaniment is not required)
  • Several band or orchestral excerpts

If you have any questions regarding auditions, please contact Professor Kunzer.

 

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.