Auditions

AUDITION DATES FOR THE 2014-2015

Voice / Piano / All other instruments:
January 24, 2014
February 28, 2014
March 21, 2014

Winds and Percussion:
November 22, 2013  (All-Star Instrumental Symposium)
February 13-15, 2014   (Festival of Winds and Percussion)

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AUDITION MATERIALS, REPERTOIRE, REQUIREMENTS

The following recommendations are a guide in the selection of appropriate material to prepare for the audition. Please contact the faculty member identified at the end of each listing should you need additional repertoire suggestions.

Flute Saxophone Violin Tuba
Oboe Horn Viola Euphonium
Clarinet Trumpet Cello Percussion
Bassoon Trombone String Bass  
Ensembles   Piano Voice

 

Flute

Scales: All major scales (three octaves where practical); chromatic scale
Prepared: Two contrasting etudes or two contrasting solo movements to demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship.
Solos: Sonatas-Handel, Telemann, J.S. Bach, Poulenc, Hindemith, Martinu, Muczynski, LaMontaine; Concertos-Vivaldi, Mozart (G and D major), Quantz; Ibert; Other-Morlacchi/Swiss Shepherd, Godard/Suite, Op. 116, Doppler/Hungarian Pastorale Fantasie, Pessard/Bolero or Andalouse, Block/Suite Modale, Muczynski/Three Pieces, Griffes/Poem, Honegger/Danse de la Chevre, Hoover/Kokopeli
Etudes: Cavally-Melodious & Progressive Studies; Voxman-Selected Studies; Platanov-30 Studies; Andersen-24 Etudes
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read.
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Oboe

Scales: All major scales (two octaves where practical)
Prepared: Two contrasting etudes or two contrasting solo movements to demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship.
Solos: Sonatas-Telemann, Mozart, Handel, Hindemith; Concertos-Marcello, Cimarosa, Handel, Mozart
Etudes: Barret-Oboe Methods (or Gekeler Book 2); Ferling-48 Famous Studies for Oboe and Saxophone
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Bassoon

Scales: All major scales throughout the range of the instrument
Prepared: Two contrasting movements from the sonata or concerto repertoire to demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship.
Solos: Sonatas-Marcello, Galliard, Vivaldi, Concertos: Mozart (B-flat, K. 191), Weber (F major or Andante & Rondo Ongarese), Vivaldi (A minor or E minor)
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Clarinet

Scales: All major scales (two octaves where practical); chromatic scale
Prepared: A solo with contrasting sections/movements or contrasting etudes to demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship
Solos: Stamitz-Concerto No. 3; von Weber-Concertino, Op. 26; Vaughan Williams-Six Studies in English Folksong; Voxman-Concert & Contest Collection
Etudes: Hite-Melodious and Progressive Studies for Clarinet, Book 1; Rose-32 Etudes for Clarinet; Voxman-Selected Studies for Clarinet
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Saxophone

Scales: All major and minor scales through the full range of the instrument
Prepared: A standard solo with contrasting sections/movements or two contrasting etudes to demonstrate tone, technique, and musicianship
Solos: Creston, Glazounov, Milhaud, Ibert
Etudes: Ferling, Voxman, Mule
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Horn

Scales: All major scales (two octaves where practical)
Prepared: Two contrasting movements from the standard solo literature for horn to demonstrate tone, technique and musicianship
Solos: Mozart-any Concerto or Concert Rondo; Strauss-Nocturno; Cook-Rondo in B-flat
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Trumpet

Scales: All major scales (two octaves where practical) performed at varying tempi, articulation, and dynamics; chromatic scale
Prepared: Two contrasting selections from the standard solo literature, one emphasizing lyrical interpretation and another emphasizing technical control
Solos: Arutunian-Concerto; Haydn-Concerto; Hummel-Concerto; Kennan-Sonata; Hindemith-Sonata; Clarke or Arban-Carnival of Venice; Balay-Petite Piece Concertante; Barat-Fantasia in E-flat; Ropartz-Andante and Allegro; Handel/Fitzgerald-Aria con variazione; Corelli/Fitzgerald-Sonata VIII; Goedicke-Concert Etude
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Trombone

Scales: All major scales (two or more octaves where practical)
Prepared: Two contrasting selections: one lyrical etude and one solo selection
Solos: Guilmant-Morceau Symphonique; Barat-Andante et Allegro; Pryor-Blue Bells of Scotland; other comparable literature
Etudes: Rochut-Melodious Etudes, Book 1
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Euphonium

Scales: All major scales (two octaves preferred)
Prepared: Two contrasting etudes or two contrasting movements from any published multi-movement solo for euphonium or any solo with contrasting (lyrical/technical) material.
Etudes: Bordogni-Melodious Etudes, Book 1; Tyrell-Advanced Etudes for Euphonium
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Tuba

Scales: All major scales (two octaves preferred)
Prepared: Two contrasting etudes or two contrasting movements from any published multi-movement solo for tuba or any solo with contrasting (lyrical/technical) material.
Etudes: Bordogni-44 Bel Canto Studies or Fink-Studies in Legato; Tyrell-Advanced Etudes for Tuba
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Percussion

A prospective percussion major must audition in three areas: snare drum, keyboard percussion and timpani. A drum set audition is preferred, but not required.

Snare Drum:

Keyboard Percussion:

Timpani:

Drum Set:

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STRING:

Violin

Scales: All majors scales (three octaves preferred), detached and one octave per bow
Prepared:

  1. One etude from the following: Kreutzer 42 Etudes, Dont 24 Etudes and Caprices, Op. 35, or Paganini 24 Caprices
  2. One movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo
  3. One movement from a concerto of your choice


Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Viola

Scales: All majors scales (three octaves preferred), detached and one octave per bow
Prepared:

  1. One etude from the following: Kreutzer 42 Etudes, Dont 24 Etudes and Caprices, Op. 35, or Campagnoli 41 Caprices
  2. One movement form J.S. Bach Gamba Sonata or cello suites
  3. One movement from a concerto of your choice


Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Cello

Scales: All majors scales (three octaves preferred), detached and one octave per bow
Prepared:

  1. One movement from any unaccompanied cello work of J.S. Bach
  2. Two contrasting movements from any pre-classic, classical or romantic concerto


Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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String Bass

Scales: All major scales (two octaves preferred)
Prepared:

  1. One etude from Simandl 30 Etudes for Double Bassæ
  2. Two contrasting movements from a Marcello sonata


Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Piano

Scales: All major and minor scales and arpeggios (four octaves)
Prepared: Two contrasting pieces from the standard piano repertoire (representing two stylistic periods). Selections must be memorized.
Suggested Material: J.S. Bach-any prelude and fugue, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven-any sonata, Chopin-nocturnes, waltzes, impromptus, or mazurkas, Brahms-Klavierstucke, Debussy-preludes
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read
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Voice

Prepare: Music Education Vocal/General Licensure Option: Perform one art song or folk song from memory.
Vocal Performance: Perform two art songs from memory: One song should be in English and one in Italian, German, or French. An accompanist will be provided and the applicant must provide music for the accompanist.
Suggested Material: First/Second Book of Solo Songs [Boytim], Pathways of Songs [LaForge and Earhart], The Young Singer [Fischer], 26 Italian Songs and Arias [Paton],Twenty-four Italian Songs and Arias [G.Schirmer], Folk Songs for Solo Singers [Althouse].
Sight-reading: Be prepared to sight-read.
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Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for acceptance as a music major do not constitute acceptance or placement in University music ensembles (concert bands, choirs, jazz ensembles, orchestras, and other performing organizations). Ensemble auditions take place during the first week of classes each semester or academic year. Some ensembles require students to audition separately for entry. Others require the student to register for the class before the beginning of the academic term. Check with the individual ensemble director for membership information and requirements.

All Tennessee Tech students are encouraged to join a music ensemble, whether or not one is majoring in music. All music majors are required to participate in the appropriate Ensemble of Record during each semester of residency.