Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

During your online audition, you will play your techniques for our faculty (see requirements in the second paragraph below), sight-read* a short musical excerpt, and complete your aural skills assessment. This assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet with which you will be able to read the examples easily.

Hayes School of Music Bowed String Audition Requirements

The audition consists of at least two solos of the student's choice. These two works should contrast in style or in tempo marking. If desired, the different compositions chosen may be written by one composer (but with different tempo indications), or by different composers. The stylistic differences can represent different historical periods of music as well. Double Bassists may select a Jazz Standard to perform as one of their two solo selections. Please perform the melody, and walk a bass line for one chorus. Use of a backing track such as iRealPro is acceptable. Soloing for one chorus is optional.

The literature chosen will allow the student to demonstrate their present level of performance skills. Each student will prepare a two-octave or a three-octave scale (with arpeggio for violin and viola students only) that represents her/his current level of skill, and that reflects the student's level of attention to intonation and shifting technique.

The student may elect to perform a non-classical selection as a third solo in the audition. This could be a selection of jazz, folk, traditional, or any other sort of non-classical music that represents the student's musical interests and skills. (This is optional and is not a requirement.) Prospective Bass majors may also demonstrate their musical abilities on electric bass for this optional third piece.

The student may also elect to perform an étude or technical study that reflects their current level of technical skill, although this is not required.

For questions regarding these requirements, please contact Dr. Eric Koontz at koontzee@appstate.edu, Coordinator of the String Area. The Hayes School of Music string faculty can advise aspiring music students with suggestions and information about repertoire to be performed in the audition.

During your online audition, you will play your technique requirements for our faculty (see Technique Requirements section below), sight-read* a short musical excerpt, and complete your aural skills assessment This will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet where you will be able to read the examples easily.

You will have the opportunity to meet our brass faculty during your online audition to learn more about the degree programs and the brass performance area. Please reach out at any time if you have any questions.

Repertoire

Students will prepare and perform:

  • A longer piece of the applicant's choice that demonstrates a variety of skills (lyrical, technical, and expressive playing) that best showcase the applicant's performance abilities.
    Or
  • Two individual shorter pieces (or two movements of a multi-movement work) of the applicant's choice that demonstrates a variety of skills (lyrical, technical, and expressive playing) that best showcase the applicant's performance abilities.

Either choice is acceptable for your video recording. Please see the "Suggested audition music" listed below.*

*Suggested audition music is as follows. Compositions by a BIPOC or a female composers are encouraged as well:


Trumpet

Concerti: Haydn or Hummel (1st Mvts), Arutiunian, Pakhmutova; Sonati: (1st Mvts): Kennan, Hindemith, Stevens; Single movement works: Goedicke/Concert Etude, Handel/Fitzgerald/Aria con Variazioni, Arban or Clarke Cornet solos; Unaccompanied works: Hailstork/Var. for Trumpet, Ketting/Intrada; Etudes: Charlier, Arban, Small; any All-District/All-State audition piece (11-12) or works of equal difficulty.

Please contact Dr. James Stokes, Professor of Trumpet and Co-Director of the Performance Degree Program, with any questions about repertoire choices: stokesjm@appstate.edu


Horn

Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto #1, Mvt. 1.; Franz Strauss: Horn Concerto, Op. 8, Mvt. 1. W.A. Mozart: Rondo from Horn Quintet in Eb major, K. 407; for technique, choose any etude from Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies for Horn.
Please contact Dr. Karen Robertson, Professor of Horn, with any questions about repertoire choices: robrtsnkl@appstate.edu


Trombone

Andante et Allegro, Barat; Two Latin Dances, Bernofsky; Concertino Op.4, David; Concerto, Grondahl; Morceau Symphonique, Guilmant; Concerto, Rimsky-Korsakov; Cavatine, Saint-Saens; Concertino, Wilborn; Melodious Etudes, Bordogni/Rochut, any All-District/All-State audition piece, or a piece that similarly exhibits your musical strengths.

Please contact Dr. Joseph Brown, Assistant Professor of Trombone, with any questions about repertoire choices: brownja9@appstate.edu


Bass Trombone

Rhapsody, Hidas; Cameos, Jacob; Concerto in One Movement, Lebedev; Concerto Allegro, Lebedev; Concertino Basso, Lieb; Concerto for Bass Trombone, Raum; Melodious Etudes, Bordogni/Rochut (read down one octave); any All-District/All-State audition piece, or a piece that similarly exhibits your musical strengths.

Please contact Dr. Joseph Brown, Assistant Professor of Trombone, with any questions about repertoire choices: brownja9@appstate.edu


Euphonium

Beautiful Colorado (Joseph De Luca), Rhapsody for Euphonium (James Curnow), a selection from the Concert & Contest Collection (compiled by H. Voxman) or piece of comparable difficulty.
Please contact Dr. Beth Wiese, Assistant Professor of Euphonium and Tuba with any questions about repertoire choices: wieseba@appstate.edu


Tuba

Concerto No. 1 (Alexander Lebedev), Suite for Tuba (Don Haddad -- any movement), a selection from the Concert & Contest Collection (compiled by H. Voxman) or piece of comparable difficulty.
Please contact Dr. Beth Wiese, Assistant Professor of Euphonium and Tuba with any questions about repertoire choices: wieseba@appstate.edu


Technique Requirements

Scales

The applicant will prepare major scales (up to 4 flats: F, Bb, Eb, Ab, 4 sharps: G, D, A, E and C) and a chromatic scale (2 octaves). Scales will be randomly selected by the audition committee for performance in the live audition (or online recording). Suggested audition tempos: Quarter = 76-92. Please use the following NCBA scale PDFs listed below for the audition. Scales should be performed from memory.:

Sight-reading

The applicant will be asked to perform a short intermediate level sight-reading piece (Grade level IV; 4 sharps/4 flats; 4/4, 3/4, 6/8.). Accurate rhythm, pitch, and music expressiveness are minimal expectations of a good sight-reading performance.

 

During your online audition, you will have a brief interview with the faculty, sight-read* a short musical excerpt written in standard notation, and complete your aural skills assessment, which will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet where you will be able to read the examples easily.

Entrance into Hayes School of Music degree programs as a guitar major is competitive. The available openings in the guitar class are usually filled after the February auditions. A limited number of scholarships are available to guitarists. Students should plan to audition between January and February to be considered for these.

All guitarists who are auditioning to be music majors must have and demonstrate music reading skills. Auditionees will be expected to sight-read a single line passage in 4/4, 3/4, or 6/8 time using simple and dotted note values.

Suggested audition music is as follows:

Performance Major

Two pieces of contrasting styles from the standard classic guitar repertoire, including works of Villa Lobos, Ponce, Giuliani, Bach, Sor, etc. Selections may also be taken from the Royal Conservatory Series (published by Frederick Harris Music), level 3 or higher.

Music Industry Studies Major

Two prepared pieces, at least one of which must be learned from written music in standard notation (NOT tablature). Classical guitar is an option, NOT a requirement for Music Industries. Students may complete all of their requirements for the Music Industry Studies degree in jazz guitar, and may audition with plectrum/steel string/electric style guitar. Some sight-reading of unprepared material will be required as well (see above). Students are advised to audition in either classical or jazz styles, but not both.

For prospective students interested in focusing on jazz guitar studies at ASU, it is strongly suggested that they choose jazz material for their two prepared audition pieces. Jazz standards, bebop tunes, bossa nova, jazz waltzes, contemporary modern jazz (etc) are solid choices as they make up the standard jazz repertoire (examples can be found in the Hal Leonard Real Book Series, Aebersold Play-along series or from one of the Berklee Press publications (such William Leavitt's Melodic Rhythms for Guitar), etc. Any questions regarding the suitability of jazz-related material should be directed to Professor Andy Page well in advance of the audition date. This material should demonstrate the applicant's melodic interpretation, comping and improvisation skills. If applicable, a backing-track CD may be used along with your audition. In lieu of a (preferred) physical CD, the applicant must provide the means to playback a digital recording.

For prospective students interested in focusing on classical guitar studies at ASU, two classical pieces as described for Performance major auditions are acceptable, Royal Conservatory series (published by Frederick Harris Music) level 1 or higher. Any questions regarding the suitability of classical style material should be directed to Dr. Doug James well in advance of the audition date.

Music Education Major

As described above in Performance Major, with selections from the Royal Conservatory Series (published by Frederick Harris Music) Level 2 is also acceptable.

Music Therapy Major

Guitarists applying to the Music Therapy program may audition in either classical or jazz style as described above for Music Industries Studies and Music Education.

All Majors

Please consult with Professors James or Page before the audition if in doubt of the suitability of any audition pieces. Questions regarding classical pieces should be directed to Dr. Doug James, jazz-related questions to Professor Andy Page.

Piano Auditions

During your online audition, you will sight-read* a short musical excerpt and complete your aural skills assessment. This assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading. Our faculty will then have a brief conversation with you so that we can get to know you better.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet where you will be able to read the examples easily.

Repertoire and Technique Requirements

Three contrasting pieces from the following historical style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Twentieth/Twenty-First Centuries. Music Industry Studies auditioners may present only two pieces. We encourage repertoire by traditionally under-represented composers. Memorization, while encouraged, is not required except for Piano Performance majors, who must have all pieces memorized. All auditioners should prepare two scales of their choice, four-octaves hands together. The online audition will also include a sight reading portion.

If you have any questions about repertoire selection, please contact Dr. Rodney Reynerson, Professor of Piano by email or phone (828-262-6466) for assistance.

During your online audition, our faculty will administer your aural skills assessment. This assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading. Then, we will have a brief conversation so that we can get to know you better.

All intended Organ principals in all major programs should follow these requirements. Non-organists who wish to major in Sacred Music will audition for the studio of their intended principal instrument. Organ audition requirements include:

  • Any solo organ composition by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Böhm, de Grigny, or F. Couperin. May include any or all movements of multi-movement works.
  • Two additional solo organ compositions in contrasting styles to the above. Choices may be made from but need not be limited to:
  • post-Bach German style (Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Reger, Brahms, Schroeder, Walcha, Distler, Heiller, etc.);
  • French Symphonic style (Franck, Widor, Vierne, Dupré, Guilmant, Dubois, Gigout, Boëllmann, Langlais, Messiaen, etc.);
  • Victorian and later British styles (Vaughan Williams, Willan, Howells, Whitlock, Mathias, etc.);
  • any American composer.
  • Feel free to choose from the concert repertoire as well as from music intended for worship settings. Works by women and composers of color are always welcome.
  • One standard hymn tune of your choice: may be played as if to be sung, may be a solo arrangement by any composer, or may be improvised.

Please contact Dr. Joby Bell, Professor of Organ by email or by phone (828-262-6467) at any time with questions.

Please have your snare drum and drum pad ready to use for your online audition. If you have a mallet instrument please have that ready to use as well. During your online audition, you will have a brief interview with various faculty and graduate students from the percussion area, sight-read* some musical excerpts, and complete your aural skills assessment. This assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet where you will be able to read the examples easily.

Each prospective student is required to prepare and submit a video recording of one solo or etude on at least two of the three percussion instruments:

  • snare drum
  • mallet keyboard
  • timpani

Preparing and video recording drumset is an option as well but not required. If you are doing so, demonstrate basic grooves for one to two minutes including: swing (medium tempo) trading 4's with yourself, bossa, samba, and waltz. Audition drumset solos can be found in Contemporary Drumset Solos by Murray Houllif.

If performing on:

  • snare drum: video record performing two rudiments: open double stroke roll from slow to fast and video record the buzz (crushed) roll from soft to loud to soft again in about 30 seconds.
  • mallet keyboard: video record performing an Eb major scale and A major scale. Both scales need to be two octaves in length with eighth notes at a metronome marking of at least 60 beats per minute.

If access to most of these percussion instruments is not possible due to COVID-19 please contact: Dr. Rob Falvo, Professor of Percussion, at falvorj@appstate.edu or 828-262-4979.

Audition material for video recording can be found at the following:

  • For snare drum in Method for Snare Drum by Jacques Delecluse, Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone or 14 Modern Contest Solos for Snare Drum by John Pratt.
  • For mallet keyboard - two mallet solos or etudes can be found in Masterworks for Mallets transcribed and arranged by Beth Gottlieb, Xylophone Rags by George Hamilton Green or Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg; four mallet solos can be found in Impressions on Wood by Julie Davila.
  • For timpani in The Artist Timpanist by Duncan Patton, The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth or Timpani Technique for the Virtuoso Timpanist by Fred Hinger.

Pieces on any of the three instruments from other method books or solo literature are also welcomed. Please contact Dr. Rob Falvo at falvorj@appstate.edu with any questions.

All solos and etudes suggested may be purchased from:
Steve Weiss Music
888-659-3477

 

Music Education, Performance, Music Industry Studies, Sacred Music, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition

Prospective students are required to sing from memory two solo selections from standard art song, sacred music, folksong, opera or oratorio repertoire. The selections should be contrasting in style and tempo, and highlight technical proficiency and use of expression. Both should be for voice with piano accompaniment, and we welcome a work written by an underrepresented composer (female composer, composer of color or another underrepresented group) or a new composer. If you have questions or concerns regarding accompaniment, please contact Dr. Meg Stohlmann at stohlmannmm@appstate.edu.

Recommended Repertoire

The anthologies and publishers on this list are only suggestions. Appropriate literature may be found in other sources. If you have an inquiry about a song you would like to use that is not on the list, please contact Dr. Meg Stohlmann at stohlmannmm@appstate.edu

During your audition, we will have a brief conversation about your educational and career goals in music. Finally, you will be evaluated on your skills in tonal memory, and sight reading* of melody and rhythm. Basic piano skills and private voice study are suggested before entering Appalachian, but not required.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet where you will be able to read the examples easily.

During your online audition, you will play your technique requirements for our faculty (see Technique Requirements section under your instrumental area), sight-read* a short musical excerpt, and complete your aural skills assessment. This assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading. You will also have a brief conversation with our faculty so that we can get to know you better.

*Since your sight-reading music will be shared with you during the online audition, it is important to use a computer or a tablet where you will be able to read the examples easily.

Bassoon Audition Requirements

Repertoire
The applicant should prepare a solo (or solos) of their choice that displays contrasting musical styles and tempi. Literature should be chosen that allows the applicant to demonstrate his/her present level of musical development.

Technique Requirements
The applicant will be asked to perform major scales and arpeggios, a chromatic scale demonstrating their full range, and to sight-read appropriate literature.

Please contact Dr. Jon Beebe, Professor of Bassoon by email at beebejp@appstate.edu or by phone (828-262-6460) with any questions.

 

Clarinet Audition Requirements

All applicants are required to audition on the Bb soprano clarinet applicants who wish to focus on the bass clarinet during their studies at Appalachian State University should also prepare repertoire on the bass clarinet, which may be selected from the list below as well. Even if you choose to emphasize the bass clarinet during your studies, you will still be required to study and perform on the soprano clarinet in addition to the bass clarinet.

Please contact Dr. Soo Goh, Assistant Professor of Clarinet by email at gohsk@appstate.edu or by phone (828-262-6134) with any questions.


Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Industry Studies Major

Repertoire
Applicants will play a total of three selections, two selections from Category I and one selection from Category II.

Category I
Selections from Rose 32 Etudes - select one from each list

  • List A
    • 1, 3, 5, 7, 25
  • List B
    • 2, 6, 8, 9, 16

Category II
A piece of your choice. It can be an etude (except those listed above), a movement from a sonata concerto or other solo works. If you have questions about appropriate pieces or would like help choosing your piece, please contact Dr. Soo Goh.

Technique Requirements

  • Major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios through 4-flats and 4-sharps - scale sheets
  • Chromatic scale - minimum 3 octaves starting on low E
  • Tempo for scales - at a comfortable tempo that you can perform evenly and accurately
  • Sight-reading will be administered during the online audition.


Music Performance Major

Repertoire
Applicants will play a total of three selections, two selections from Category I and one selection from Category II.

Category I
Selections from Rose 32 Etudes - select one from each list

  • List A
    • 1, 3, 5, 7, 25
  • List B
    • 2, 6, 8, 9, 16

Category II
Complete work from the following list (any edition may be used)

  • Carl Maria von Weber - Concerto No. 1 in F minor
  • Carl Maria von Weber - Concertino
  • Francis Poulenc - Clarinet Sonata
  • Augusta Holmès - Fantaisie
  • André Messager - Solo de Concours
  • Other pieces may be performed for your audition with consultation of the faculty. Please contact Dr. Soo Goh.

Technique Requirements

  • All major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios - any form of your choice
  • Chromatic scale - minimum 3 octaves starting on low E
  • Tempo - at a comfortable tempo that you can perform evenly and accurately
  • Sight-reading will be administered during the online audition.


Saxophone Audition Requirements

Please contact Dr. Scott Kallestad, Professor of Saxophone by email at kallestadsd@appstate.edu, by office phone (828) 262-8025), or cell phone (828) 719-0852) with any questions.

Repertoire
Please select three etudes from Himie Voxman's Selected Studies book. Two should include the musical tempos of Allegro, Vivace, or Scherzo. The third example should be Andante or Adagio tempo.

Technique Requirements
Please be prepared to perform the chromatic scale and the major scales as found on the NC All-State 11-12 Alto Saxophone Scales page. They can be downloaded here.


Flute Audition Requirements

Please contact Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, Professor of Flute by email at schneelochna@appstate.edu or by phone (828-262-6447) with any questions.


Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Industry Studies Majors

Repertoire
Solo demonstrating slower/lyrical and faster/technical playing: two movements from the same piece or contrasting movements from two different pieces. If you have questions about appropriate pieces or would like help choosing your piece, please contact Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham

e.g. Sonatas by Telemann, Handel or other pieces from solo compilation books:
Solos for Flute (ed. Peck), 24 Short Concert Pieces (ed. Cavally)

Technique Requirements

  • All Major scales and arpeggios and a three-octave chromatic scale
  • Sight reading excerpt will be administered during the online audition


Music Performance

Repertoire
Solo demonstrating slower/lyrical and faster/technical playing: two movements from the same piece or contrasting movements from two different pieces. If you have questions about appropriate pieces or would like help choosing your piece, please contact Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham

e.g. Bach: Sonatas, Mozart: Concerto in D or G, Poulenc: Sonata, Hindemith: Sonata, selections from Flute Music by French Composers (ed. Moyse)

Technique Requirements

  • All major scales and arpeggios and a three-octave chromatic scale. Harmonic minor scales through 4 flats and sharps.
  • Sight reading excerpt will be administered during the online audition


Oboe Audition Requirements

Please contact Dr. Alicia Chapman, Associate Professor of Oboe by email or by phone (828-262-4898) with any questions.


Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Industry Studies

Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level. Examples of repertoire include:
    • Marcello Concerto
    • Cimarosa Concerto
    • Schumann Romance #3 (Oboe Solos ed. by Jay Arnold)
    • Handel Sonata (#3) in F Major (Oboe Solos ed. by Jay Arnold)

Technique Requirements

  • Chromatic scale, entire range; all major scales and arpeggios
  • Sight-reading will be administered during the online audition


Music Performance

Repertoire

  • Two solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level. Examples of repertoire include:
    • Ferling Etudes
    • Britten Six Metamorphoses (nos. 1 or 3)
    • Hindemith Sonata
    • Handel Sonatas (Oboe Solos ed. by Jay Arnold)
    • Vaughan Williams Concerto

Technique Requirements

  • Chromatic scale, entire range; all major scales and arpeggios
  • Sight-reading will be administered during the online audition