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Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

Some applied studios at MSU require specific material to be performed for an entrance/scholarship audition.  When in doubt, please contact the appropriate faculty member.

Clarinet Studio

Two pieces or movements of contrasting style will be performed by the student, followed by sight-reading.  See below for examples of appropriate literature:

  • Gerald Finzi Five Bagatelles
  • Niels Gade Fantasy Pieces
  • Jean-Xavier Lefevre Sonata No. 1
  • Carl Stamitz Concerto No. 3 in B-flat
  • Carl Maria von Weber Concertino, op. 26
  • Other standard literature, as appropriate.  An accompanist is not required. 
Please contact Dr. Andrew Allen with any questions.



Saxophone Studio

Two pieces or movements of contrasting style will be performed by the student, followed by sight-reading.  See below for appropriate examples of literature:

  • Paul Creston Sonata
  • Henry Eccles/arr. Rascher Sonata
  • J. F. Fasch/arr. Rascher Sonata
  • Alexander Glazunov Concerto
  • Bernhard Heiden Sonata
  • Other standard literature, as appropriate. 

Demonstration of jazz improvisation skills is highly recommended, and maybe be chosen from any of the Jamey Aebersold play-alongs. An accompanist is not required. 

Please contact Dr. Andrew Allen with any questions.
 

Percussion Studio

Students are required prepare a total of three (3) audition etudes, one for each instrument area: snare drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani. The following collections are only suggestions for audition repertoire – comparable material may be used for the audition. Auditioning on drum set is optional, but encouraged!

Snare Drum (required):
A concert-style snare drum etude from one of the following suggested collections:

  • Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters
  • Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
  • Contemporary Studies for Snare Drum by Fred Albright
Students will be asked to sight-read a snare drum excerpt.


Keyboard Percussion (required):

A two- or four-mallet etude or solo from one of the following suggested collections:

  • Masterworks for Mallets by Beth Gottlieb
  • Masterpieces for Marimba by Thomas McMillan
  • Marimba: Technique through Music by Mark Ford
  • Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters
  • Rain Dance by Alice Gomez and Marilyn Rife
Students will be asked to sight-read a two-mallet keyboard excerpt.


Timpani (required):
An etude from one of the following suggested collections:

  • Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman
  • Pedal to the Kettle by Kirk Gay
  • Concepts for Timpani by John Beck
Students will be asked to demonstrate a basic timpani tuning.


Drum Set (optional but encouraged):
Prepare a variety of standard musical styles/grooves. For example:

  • Swing
  • Latin (Bossa, Samba, etc.)
  • Rock

Students will be asked to demonstrate each style, and then to “trade fours” (four measures of time followed by four measures of solo).

Please contact Dr. Gordon Hicken with any questions.


Voice Auditions

Students who are auditioning for Voice scholarships will perform two accompanied vocal pieces. The faculty prefer that you prepare one piece in English and a second piece in a language other than English. If two English pieces are offered, the two pieces should be of contrasting styles.

To verify that your literature is appropriate or have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Don Maxwell or Dr. Dale Heidebrecht in the Voice Department. An accompanist will be provided at the scheduled audition times.