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

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


B-flat scale, three octaves; selected two octave major scales; chromatic scales two-octaves beginning on any pitch; standard solo that demonstrates lyrical and technical ability; excerpts from Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies - #10, 15 and 22

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.


Audition should be performed on a nylon string classical guitar. i and m rest stroke first position major scales (two octaves when appropriate) C, D, E, A, F, Eb, Bb, G; two (2) contrasting solo selections or études performed from memory equal to or exceeding the level of difficulty of repertoire in Grade (Album) 5 of the Toronto Royal Conservatory Repertoire Series - Albums 1-8 - Frederick Harris; Knowledge of major, minor, diminished, augmented, dominant 7th chords; and an ability to read lead sheets. Audition should be performed on a nylon string classical guitar. Guitar principals may be asked to perform in a jazz ensemble.

Last Updated: 05/22/2014