Undergraduate Audition Requirements
After submitting an application to SOU, apply for admission to our program and consideration for Music scholarships here. You may save your application and return to it at any time. You will be asked to audition to receive scholarship consideration. You may upload your audition or schedule an in-person audition on Saturday, January 26, 2019 and February 2, 2019, at SOU in Ashland, Oregon.
Please be aware that auditions are required only for scholarship consideration. All students are welcome to major in music without auditioning. We encourage all students to audition so they may be considered for a scholarship award.
Select music which best displays your performance level. Perform major scales, at least two octaves, and chromatic scale. Perform two contrasting selections: For example, a fast and a slow etude from the 32 Etudes by C. Rose, a fast and slow movement from a sonata or concerto, etc.
Applicants in guitar and electric bass please contact Dr. Cynthia Hutton - email@example.com.
Demonstrate two octave chromatic scale, ascending and descending. Play one piece that represents your technical and musical level of advancement.
Chromatic scale - to demonstrate range
Etude - preferably one of the Barret erodes to show musicality and/or technique
Solo - preferably two movements of contrasting character
Percussion applicants must perform a concert and/or rudimental snare drum solo, and a 2- or 4-mallet keyboard work. Works should be chosen to best demonstrate the applicant's musical and technical proficiency. Optional: a timpani solo or étude demonstrating musical and technical proficiency; a multi-percussion solo; a drum set solo demonstrating proficiency in jazz, Latin, and popular styles; and/or a hand drum solo demonstrating proficiency in the instrument’s tradition.
There are a few options for the incoming pianists: we offer a more general, Liberal Arts degree with a piano as a major instrument, listed as a BA or BS in Music, and a BM in Piano Performance (or in Music Education). Depending on your desire and abilities, we are willing to accept a wide range of repertoire at our auditions. In the most general terms, a minimum of two (better three) contrasting pieces, representing any two (or more) musical styles from the following:
5) 20th Century
6) Music written after 1980
Please contact Dr. Alexander Tutunov at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific audition questions.
Saxophone applicants must perform all Major scales and Study Number 1 and 2 in C Major from 48 Famous Etudes by Ferling.
Applicants in strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) should contact Dr. Cynthia Hutton - email@example.com.
Trombone, euphonium, and tuba
Applicants in trombone, euphonium, and tuba should prepare two solos of contrasting styles that demonstrate the musical range of the applicant. Etudes are acceptable. Piano accompaniment is encouraged but not required. Additionally, the applicant will be asked to perform at least 2 two-octave major scales to be selected by the auditioning committee. Applicants may be asked to sight-read.
All applicants should prepare two solos of any genre (selections, etudes and non-classical pieces are allowed) that showcase the applicant’s musical range and be prepared to play all major and minor scales. Applicants may be asked to play familiar songs by ear and sight-read.
Applicants should prepare two pieces of contrasting style and/or language. At least one of the selections should be a classical composition (for example an art song or an aria). Performers are expected to sing from memory. An accompanist will be provided upon request. Contact Dr. Paul French with any questions concerning your selections: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please contact us with questions at email@example.com.