Department of Music Auditions
All potential music majors and minors must successfully audition on a chosen instrument or as a vocalist. Students may audition in more than one area, but priority should be given to the strongest performing medium. Regardless of the intended area of concentration (Vocal Studies, Piano Studies, Jazz Studies, Commercial Music/Composition, Church Music, or General Music), an audition is required of all prospective students. All music majors and minors must declare a primary performing instrument. The same audition is also required for admission as a music minor. Prospective students should arrange to attend one of the available music audition dates on the Clark Atlanta University campus or to submit a quality recording at least two weeks prior to one of the audition dates, if they are unable to travel to Atlanta. Opportunities for audition by Skype or YouTube may be available in some instances, but this must be confirmed in advance. Students should note that all taped auditions shall count towards provisional acceptance. An on-campus, in-person audition will be required for full acceptance into the Music Department.
Students should submit a letter of intent via e-mail and arrange an interview with an appropriate music faculty member no later than 30 days prior to the planned audition date. Audition times and locations will be confirmed via e-mail or snail-mail shortly thereafter. Appropriate faculty members include the department chair, the coordinator of the appropriate concentration program of study, the faculty member who teaches the instrument/voice that the student wishes to study, and an ensemble director. Students should learn the name(s) of the teacher(s) of the instrument(s) that they wish to study.
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Students who schedule auditions according to the audition schedule will have the advantage of taking the theory placement test and receiving their results early, guaranteeing appropriate placement prior to registration (see below). Furthermore, students who audition either one or two semesters prior to entering the university and who qualify will have the added advantage of early consideration for departmental Music Scholarships. Qualified students who audition late (after March for fall semester, after October for spring semester) cannot be guaranteed scholarship aid. Priority for aid will go to students who audition early. Qualified students who audition late will be offered scholarships if funds remain.
Friday 18 October 2019
Friday 24 January 2020
Friday 27 March 2020
Friday 16 Oct 2020
Friday 22 Jan 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
*The October dates are subject to change for all lower brass instruments. Therefore, all lower brass students who plan to audition in October must contact the Coordinator of Lower Brass to confirm an audition date.
Applicants must perform two songs or arias from contrasting style periods. One should be in English (from the 20th century) and the other should be in a standard foreign language (Italian, German, or French). The student is advised to prepare for the audition with the help of a professional coach, as diction, style, technique, intonation, and some sight singing are among the skills that will be assessed. Piano accompaniment is required, and applicants are permitted to bring their own accompanists. If you cannot bring an accompanist, then you must send the piano music to the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at least two weeks in advance of the audition. The applicant must pay a fee of $20 to the accompanist upon arrival, prior to the audition.
Technique: major and minor scales and arpeggios in all keys, hands together, one octave apart, typically 4 octaves ascending and descending in sixteenth notes (4 notes per quarter note beat). The applicant may also perform selected exercises from previous exercise books or special exercises assigned by your previous teacher (Czerny or others are acceptable).
Sight Reading: two unannounced very short pieces.
Repertoire: three contrasting works, performed from memory. Works should represent at least three of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and/or 20th Century. Examples of types of repertoire are as follows:
Baroque: a Two-part or Three-part Invention or Prelude and Fugue from the Well-tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach or comparable work;
Classical: a movement from a sonata by either Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven, or comparable;
Romantic: an entry-level work by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, etc.
Impressionistic: an entry-level work by Debussy or comparable;
20th Century: D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev, B. Bartok, S. Joplin, G. Gershwin,
S. Coleridge-Taylor, R. N. Dett, W. G. Still, H. Swanson, M. Bonds, E. Lecuona, or comparable.
It is recommended that one of the chosen works be by J. S. Bach. It is also highly recommended that you prepare for the audition with the help of a professional piano teacher. If more information is needed, contact the Coordinator of Piano Studies.
Violin: one etude by Kreutzer, Rode, Dancla, or Campagnoli, or one capriccio from Wieniawski; one movement from a Bach solo sonata/partita; one movement from Mozart concertos No, 2 or 3, or the first movement from a standard violin concerto.
Viola: an etude by Rode or Kreutzer; and either one movement of a Bach suite OR one movement of a standard sonata or concerto.
Cello: one etude by Dupont, Piatti, Popper, or an equivalent work; two movements from a Bach Suite; and one movement from a concerto.
String Bass: two contrasting works as follows: either two etudes or two contrasting movements from a large-scale work (i.e. a concerto or sonata).
Harp: two contrasting standard works from one of the following: an etude (Lariviere, Salzedo, etc.), an orchestral cadenza (Tchaikovsky, Rinsky-Korsakov), a solo of the applicant’s choice.
All string applicants are permitted to bring their own accompanists for works that require piano accompaniment. If you cannot bring an accompanist, then you must send the piano music to the Coordinator of Strings at least two weeks in advance of the audition. The applicant must pay a fee of $20 to the accompanist upon arrival, prior to the audition.
All woodwind students must perform:
- Major scales and arpeggios. Two major scales from the twelve will be chosen by the audition committee.
- The chromatic scale throughout the range of the instrument.
- Repertoire: two compositions of contrasting style.
- Sight reading.
The repertoire lists below are suggestions but may be substituted with compositions of comparable levels of difficulty and styles.
Flute: Anderson – 24 etudes, op. 3; Sonatas by J. S. Bach, G. F. Handle, P. Hindemith,
F. Poulenc; Chaminade – Concerto; Debussy – Syrinx (solo flute); Faure – Fantasie;
Griffes – Poem; Mozart – Concerto in G Major or D Major; Smith, Hale - Three Brevities
Oboe: Barrett – 48 Progressive Melodies; Ferling – 48 Etudes; Handel – Sonatas/Concerto in G Minor; Haydn – Concerto; Hindemith Sonata; Mozart – Oboe Quartet/Concerto; Still – Incantation and Dance
Clarinet: Baermann – Complete Method; Baker, David – Sonata; Hailstork, Adolphus – Three Smiles for Tracy; Messaien – Solo de Concours; Mozart – Concerto, K. 622; Rose – 40 Studies/32 Etudes; Stamitz – Concerto No. 3; Stravinsky – Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet; Weber – Concertino
Bassoon: Baker – Sonata for cello and Piano; Kay, Ulysses – Sonata for Bassoon and Piano; Milde – Scale Studies, Op. 24; Mozart – Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191; Telemann – Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1; Vivaldi – Sonata in E Minor; Weissenborn – 50 Advanced Studies, Op. 8
Saxophone: Bach/Handel Sonatas, transcribed by M. Mule; Berbiguer – 18 Etudes; Creston – Sonata; Glazunov – Concerto; Heiden – Sonata; Ibert – Concertino; Maurice – Tableaux de Provence; Still – Romance; Tillis – Spiritual Fantasy; White – Theme and Variations
All wind applicants are permitted to bring their own accompanists for works that require piano accompaniment. If you cannot bring an accompanist, then you must send the piano music to the Coordinator of Winds at least two weeks in advance of the audition. The applicant must pay a fee of $20 to the accompanist upon arrival, prior to the audition.
Upper Brass (trumpet): Applicant must prepare two works of contrasting style and two etudes of contrasting style. Etudes: Arban, Brandt, or comparable; Repertoire: concerto or sonata movements or comparable (Artunian, Haydn, etc.). The applicant must also perform major and minor scales.
Lower Brass: a minimum of six major scales and arpeggios (two octaves when possible), three minor scales and arpeggios, the chromatic scale based on the range of the instrument, two works in contrasting style (either prepared short etudes or segments of solo works), and four short sight reading selections from the Watkins-Farnum Performance Scale Book).
All brass applicants are permitted to bring their own accompanists for works that require piano accompaniment. If you cannot bring an accompanist, then you must send the piano music to the Coordinator of Lower Brass at least two weeks in advance of the audition. Trumpet applicants should send the piano music to Administrative Secretary of the Music Department. The applicant must pay a fee of $20 to the accompanist upon arrival, prior to the audition.
Snare Drum: Applicant must play all basic standard rudiments (26). Applicant must play one snare drum solo (from State Festival repertoire list)
Keyboards – Marimba or Xylophone: Applicant must perform all major and minor scales and arpeggios (2 octaves). Applicant must perform one marimba or xylophone solo of the applicant’s choosing.
Timpani: Applicant must demonstrate basic muffling and tuning techniques. Applicant must perform one solo of the applicant’s choosing (i.e., etudes from Goodman).
Drum Set: Applicant must play time in several tempi and styles, including Jazz, Rock, and Latin. Applicant must improvise (sticks and brushes).
In addition to the standard classical audition requirements, Jazz Studies applicants must demonstrate improvisation skills on the chosen instrument and prepare at least one work from the standard jazz repertoire.
For more information, contact the Coordinator of Jazz Studies.