School of Music Scholarship Auditions


Three chromatically adjacent two-octave major scales; three octave chromatic scale on C or C#; standard solo that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability; sight-reading.

Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

Scales as indicated by all-state requirements; standard solo that demonstrates lyrical and technical ability; sight-reading.

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Three chromatically adjacent major scales; chromatic scales reflective of the performer's ability level; two solo movements or études of moderate difficulty and contrasting styles; sight-reading.


All applicants are encouraged to perform in all, listed major areas (Concert Snare Drum, Timpani, Mallets); drum set is optional, and you may also exhibit proficiency in rudimental snare drumming. The provided repertoire is only a suggestion. Please contact Dr. T. Adam Blackstock if you have any questions concerning appropriate alternatives. All major scales (two octaves) and sight reading are part of the audition.

Concert Snare Drum: Études by Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, etc.

Timpani: Etude or Solo by Carter, Firth, Goodman, Lepak, Whaley, etc.

Mallets: Four-Mallet Solo by Abe, Bach, Burritt, Smadbeck, Stout, etc. (Two-Mallet Études or Solos are acceptable, but Four-Mallet works are encouraged)

Drum set: Optional; demonstrate various styles (Swing, Latin, Funk, etc.)

Rudimental Snare Drum: Optional; solos by Markovich, Pratt, Wilcoxen, etc.


One memorized composition from any genre (art song, musical theatre, opera, oratorio, jazz, hymn, or folk song preferred). Students will be vocalized by a vocal faculty and will be asked to sight-read a simple melody. Students should provide accompaniment music or may sing a cappella.


Two memorized pieces from contrasting periods that feature contrasting styles, tempi, etc. - please provide score for the adjudicator; all major and minor (harmonic) scales in two octaves, including arpeggios and cadences, quarter note = 60; sight-reading.


Perform one or two pieces of your choice demonstrating your technical abilities and musicality. Guitar faculty may ask for the student to demonstrate knowledge of scales, chords, improvisational skills, and sight-reading.

Last Updated: 03/30/2018