Audition Requirements

for Admissions and Scholarships


The Department of Music offers merit-based awards up to full tuition. Consideration for these scholarship is based on your audition.

View the scholarship application process.

Two contrasting pieces: one to demonstrate your technical mastery of your instrument, and one that is more lyrical and expressive.

French Horn Repertoire

  1. The first movement of Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 K.417, Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 K.495, Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 Op.11, or equivalent solo.
  2. A technical étude from Kopprasch or equivalent.
  3. French Horn excerpt recommendations: Two orchestral excerpts from the following list (available at hornexcerpts.org).
    • Beethoven Symphony 3
    • Brahms Symphony 1
    • Brahms Symphony 3
    • Dvořák Cello Concerto
    • Mendelssohn Nocturne
    • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel (opening)
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony 4
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony 5
    • Wagner Short Call

Trombone

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, submit a DVD or CD recording.

Technique
  1. Scales: Perform all major scales in two octaves (within the normal range of the instrument) in sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩= 96 m.m. or faster.
  2. Sight-reading (for those performing live auditions).
Repertoire
  1. Two contrasting solos or solo movements, to demonstrate:
    • Technical facility: a technical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of technical skills such as range, slide technique, rapid articulation, and flexibility.
    • Lyricism: a contrasting lyrical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of musicality, expressiveness, and legato.
  2. If you are interested in the Jazz Studies program, be prepared to play the following:
    • The head from a traditional jazz tune (Charlie Parker Omnibook, Traditional Bebop Heads, or a comparable source may be used).
    • A lead chart from a big band tune. Range is not as important as an appropriate style.
    • A solo demonstrating your improvisation skills. Please provide a play-along CD. You may use your stereo.

*Suggested audition pieces include Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique; Barat, Andante et Allegro; Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto; Saint-Saens, Cavatine; Galliard, Sonata No. 1; Marcello, Sonata in A Minor; David, Concerto; Serocki, Sonatina.

Trumpet

Scholarship money is available for music majors and non-majors. Live audition is strongly preferred. Video audition may be submitted as well in rare instances so long as the video clearly shows the embouchure and posture of the candidate.

Trumpet Admissions Audition Requirements:

Perform two contrasting pieces, one lyrical, one technical.

  • If you choose to perform your selections from solo literature, please choose from the following composers: Arban, Arutunian, Balay, Bernstein, Bohme, Brandt, Clarke, Dello Joio, Enesco, Ewazen, Gabaye, Gaubert, Godicke, Handel, Hansen, Haydn, Hindemith, Hummel, Jolivet, Kennan, Mendez, Persichetti, Reed, Ropartz, Stevens.
  • If you choose to to perform etudes, please choose from the following etude books: Bordogni, Bousquet, Brandt, Charlier, Goldman, Longinotti, Nagel.
Trumpet Scholarship Audition Requirements:
  1. Perform one Etude from the Bordogni Vocalises (see "Melodious Etudes for Trumpet: Selected form the Vocalises of Marco Bordogni," compiled and edited by Larry Clark and Sean O'Loughlin).
  2. Perform one of the following etudes:
    • Theo Charlier, "Trente-Six Etudes Transcendantes."
    • Choose #2, #4, #6, or #13.
  3. Perform one of the following:
    • Vassily Brandt, "Etudes for Trumpet."
    • Choose #1, #2, #4, or #11.
  4. Perform one of the following:
    • Arutunian, Concerto for Trumpet.
    • Brandt, Concertpiece #1.
    • Chance, Credo.
    • Dello Joio, Sonata for Trumpet, any movement.
    • Enesco, Legend.
    • Ewazen, Sonata for Trumpet, any movement.
    • Godicke, Concert Etude.
    • Godicke, Concerto for Trumpet.
    • Haydn, Concerto for Trumpet, any movement.
    • Hindemith, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, any movement.
    • Hummel, Concerto for Trumpet, any movement.
    • Jolivet, Air de Bravoure
    • Kennan, Sonata for Trumpet, any movement.
    • Stevens, Sonata for Trumpet, any movement.
  5. Perform all of the following Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Stravinsky, Petruchka
      • Ballerina Dance and Valse, 1947 version.
      • Play the Valse from 140 to the Grand Pause, and from 149-151.
    • Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
      • Play the opening.
    • Respighi, Pines of Rome
      • Off-stage solo
    • Optional: Mahler, Symphony #5
      • First Movement

Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate dance, melodic contour, beauty of tone, and profound awareness of how their part relates to the whole.

For jazz audition requirements, please see "Jazz Trumpet" and/or "Lead Trumpet" in the Jazz Section below.

Tuba and Euphonium

Tuba and Euphonium scholarships are available for both music majors and non-majors. Live auditions are preferred. Contact Brother Moore to schedule. DVD or YouTube is acceptable if a live audition is not possible. Accompaniment is not required.

Audition Requirements for Admissions and Scholarships: Two contrasting solos or solo movements, to demonstrate:

  1. Technical facility: a technical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of technical skills such as range, slide technique, rapid articulation, and flexibility.
  2. Lyricism: a contrasting lyrical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of musicality, expressiveness, and legato.

For additional information or repertoire suggestions, contact Brother Moore directly at moorem@byui.edu, or at 208-496-4969. BYU-Idaho Tuba/Euphonium Facebook Page.

Saxophone

Transcription or étude selected from the following or equivalent:

  • A transcription you have done of a notable jazz saxophonist. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Alto: Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Gerald Albright
    • Tenor: Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer
    • Baritone: Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, Ronnie Cuber, Nick Brignola
  • Charlie Parker Omni Book
  • Jim Snidero Jazz Conception
  • Lennie Niehaus Advanced Jazz ConceptionBob Mintzer Blues and Jazz Etudes, Blues and Funk Etudes, or 12 Contemporary Etudes

Improvisation with a backup track (such as Jamey Aebersold or Hal Leonard), sample tunes include but are not limited to:

  • Technical facility: a technical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of technical skills such as range, slide technique, rapid articulation, and flexibility.
    • All of Me
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Doxy
    • Killer Joe
    • Work Song
    • Satin Doll
    • Take the "A" Train
  • Scales and arpeggios: all major scales full range (root up to F or F-sharp, down to low B-flat or B, back to root), eighth notes at MM=120, foundational jazz articulation (tongue the upbeat, slur to the downbeat); arpeggios full range 13571, foundational jazz articulation.

Sources include:

For more information contact: Dr. Mark Watkins, 208-496-4976, watkinsm@byui.edu

Jazz Trumpet

Jazz Trumpet Admissions Audition Requirements:

Perform two tunes of your choice, by memory, with a live rhythm section.

Jazz Trumpet Scholarship Audition Requirements:

Perform, by memory, one blues, one songbook standard, and one transcription, selected from the list below. Applicants will be asked to perform the head of each tune selection in multiple keys.

Blues:
  • Blue Monk
  • Blues for Bill Basie
  • Centerpiece
  • Parker's Mood
  • Play the Blues and Go
  • Sandu
  • Stormy Monday Blues
  • Straight, No Chaser
  • Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  • When Will the Blues Leave
Songbook Standard:
  • All the Things You Are
  • Body and Soul
  • Cherokee
  • Darn That Dream
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • I Thought About You
  • It Could Happen to You
  • Mood Indigo
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Rhythm Changes (Oleo, Cottontail, or I Got Rhythm)
  • Stella by Starlight
  • There Is No Greater Love
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • The Very Thought of You
Transcription:
  • Perform, by memory, the entirety of a solo (the solo must be at least 2 choruses of a standard or 4 choruses of a blues) that you learned by ear. Choose from the artists listed below:
    • Louis Armstrong
    • Chet Baker
    • Clifford Brown
    • Miles Davis
    • Kenny Dorham
    • Sweets Edison
    • Dizzy Gillespie
    • Roy Hargrove
    • Ingrid Jensen
    • Thad Jones
    • Booker Little
    • John McNeil
    • Blue Mitchell
    • Lee Morgan
    • Tommy Turrentine
    • Scott Wendholt

Preference will be given to those candidates who play with the deepest groove, who show evidence of an emotional/spiritual understanding of the blues in their playing, who demonstrate harmonic integrity, and who have the courage to play what they hear, rather than what they know.

Candidates interested in scholarship are advised to audition in person.

Lead Trumpet Scholarship Audition Requirements:

Perform the lead part, in its entirety, to the following charts, found in the Basie-Nestico Lead Trumpet Book.

  • Basie Straight-Ahead
  • Magic Flea

Jazz Trombone

Students interested in the Jazz Studies program on trombone should be prepared to play the following:

  • The head from a traditional jazz tune (Charlie Parker Omnibook, Traditional Bebop Heads, or a comparable source may be used).
  • A lead chart from a big band tune. Range is not as important as an appropriate style.
  • A solo demonstrating your improvisation skills. Please provide a play-along CD. You may use your stereo.

Organ

Auditions for admission (and scholarship, if applicable) my be played at any time on campus by making arrangements with Dr. Kerr. If distance precludes a campus visit, then the audition may be submitted by DVD or You Tube link. Be sure that the video shows both the organ keyboards as well as the pedalboard. A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified non-music majors to study the organ.

The audition for Admission should include the following elements:

  1. Play an organ work of J. S. Bach, a work from another period, and a hymn.
  2. At the piano, play one major and one minor scale in parallel motion (four octaves) and contrary motion (two octaves) in sixteenth notes; quarter note = 80.
  3. Students with no organ background but strong piano skills can be considered for admission to an organ major by performing a keyboard work of J.S. Bach and a significant work from another period on the piano.

The audition for Scholarship should include the following elements:

  1. Play an larger-scale organ work of J. S. Bach (for instance, other than the so-called Eight Little Preludes and Fugues) or a large scale Bach chorale, a work from the standard organ repertoire from the 19th or 20th centuries, and a hymn.
  2. At the piano, play one major and one minor scale in parallel motion (four octaves) and contrary motion (two octaves) in sixteenth notes; quarter note = 92.

Piano

Include in your audition the following memorized repertoire:

  1. Prelude and Fugue from “Well-Tempered Clavier” by J.S. Bach
  2. Allegro movement from a Classical sonata (generally first or last movement)
  3. Significant selection from the 19th or 20th century

Percussion students must submit a recorded DVD demonstrating abilities in as many of the following categories as possible. Students may choose to perform one or more of the following at the audition site. However, the student will need to provide any instruments and/or mallets needed.

Snare Drum

Select an etude that includes rolls, flams, drags, and good dynamic contrast. Good concert style should be demonstrated using buzz (closed) rolls and performing with appropriate equipment for orchestral snare drum performance. Suggested method books: Cirone Portraits in Rhythm, Whaley Recital Solos for Snare Drum.

Mallet Percussion

Select a solo or etude that demonstrates your technique and musicianship to best advantage. Suggested method books for two-mallet: Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone or Whaley Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player. Suggested two mallet solos: Tanner Sonata for Marimba, Kreisler "Tambourin Chinois." Suggested method book for four-mallet: Howarth, "Simply Four". Suggested solos: Musser Etude, Op. 6, No. 9; Musser Etude, Op. 6, No. 10; Peters "Yellow After the Rain;" Peters "Waves." Vibes solos: Molenhof, "Music of the Day", Molenhof, "Vibe Songs."

Timpani

Select a solo or etude that demonstrates a variety of articulations, rolls, and dynamics and that includes tuning changes.

Suggested method books:

  • Firth The Solo Timpanist
  • Friese-Lepak Timpani Method
  • Hinger Virtuoso Timpanist

Suggested solos:

  • Muczinski ”Three Designs for Three Timpani”
  • Kraft ”Variations for King George”

Drum Set

  1. Demonstrate ability to play a variety of styles - swing, big band, fusion, rock, and Latin.
  2. Perform a solo that demonstrates your technique/abilities to best advantage. Suggested solos: Houliff Drum Set Solos, Bruford When in Doubt, Roll!
  3. Demonstrate ability to play brushes, trade fours in any or all of the above styles, and to read figures from a big band chart or lead sheet.

Scholarships for String players are available for music majors and non-music majors. Live audition is preferred, but recorded YouTube submissions are also acceptable.

Violin

Admission and Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Two major and two minor scales, three octaves. Please demonstrate both fast and slow tempos.
  2. Play a ten-minute program consisting of two contrasting solo pieces: one fast and technical, the other slow. A movement of unaccompanied Bach is strongly encouraged as one of the two selections.

Viola

Admission and Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Two major and two minor scales, three octaves. Please demonstrate both fast and slow tempos.
  2. Play a ten-minute program consisting of two contrasting solo pieces: one fast and technical, the other slow.

Cello

Admission and Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Two major and two minor scales, three octaves. Please demonstrate both fast and slow tempos.
  2. Play a ten-minute program consisting of two contrasting solo pieces: one fast and technical, the other slow.

String Bass

Admission and Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Two-octaves scales: E major, E melodic minor, F major, and B-flat major.
  2. Three-octave scales: G Major and G melodic minor.
  3. Play a ten-minute program consisting of two contrasting solo pieces: one fast and technical, the other slow.

Harp

Admission and Scholarship Requirements:

  1. One technical study or etude.
  2. Two contrasting solo pieces.

Auditions for voice Admissions and Scholarships:

  1. Sing two memorized contrasting pieces representing your best vocal ability and submit with your online application. Contrasting styles include mood, tempo and languages. Selections should demonstrate your ability to sing in a CLASSICAL style (i.e. art songs or arias).
  2. Sing your best piece first. If you feel your selections do not demonstrate the limits of your range, you may choose to add vocalises at the end of your audition.
  3. In addition to the items listed above, evaluation is based on your ability to sing and communicate accurately. Specific attention should be given to pitches, rhythms, dynamics and other musical elements indicated in the score.
  4. Visiting campus on a campus tour is a wonderful opportunity to listen to the choirs and meet the voice teachers. However, only specially selected applicants will be invited to campus for a live scholarship audition. (Phone or Internet audition may be substituted if distance does not permit a live audition.)

* Vocal awards for continuing students and transfer students are handled somewhat differently than are awards for incoming freshmen. The vocal/choral area does not typically award scholarships to transfer students in their first semester; however, transfer students are eligible, along with all continuing students, for Choral Service Awards. Decisions about these awards are usually made several weeks before the start of each semester.

Flute

Flute Scholarships are available only for students majoring in music. Live audition is preferred, but uploaded recordings are also acceptable.

Admissions Audition Requirements

Two contrasting solo pieces, and two-octave major and minor scales.

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Technique
  1. All major and melodic minor scales, 2 octaves, slurred in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 96
  2. Three octave chromatic scale, single tongued at a tempo of quarter note = 96 or faster.
Repertoire
  1. Two contrasting movements from sonatas of J.S. Bach, Telemann or Handel.
  2. Mozart, Concertos: G, K 313 or D, K 314, first movement, no cadenzas.
  3. A composition that demonstrates tone quality and technical fluency from the 19th century, French conservatory examination piece, or 20th century Sonata.

Oboe

Some limited scholarship funds are available to fine oboists who are not music majors who are willing to take lessons and participate in ensembles. Live on-campus audition is preferred, but youtube and DVD submissions are acceptable.

Admissions Audition Requirements

Technique
  1. All major scales, two octaves (within the normal range of the instrument), in eighth notes, quarter note = 88 or faster. Slurred up and tongued down.
  2. Chromatic scale, full range in eighth notes, quarter note = 88 or faster.
Repertoire
  1. Two contrasting selections from the solo literature that demonstrate tone quality, technical fluency, articulation and musical expression.
  2. Possible audition repertoire includes: Handel Sonatas, Schumann Romances, or All-State Excerpts.

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Same as Admissions requirements.

Clarinet

Scholarships are available to music majors and non-music majors based on a scholarship audition. See requirements below. Live auditions are preferred; YouTube links are also accepted.

Admissions Audition Requirements

Technique
  1. All major scales, two octaves (three when possible), all slurred and all tongued in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 88.
  2. Chromatic scale, three octaves (low E to high E), all slurred and all tongued in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 88.
Repertoire
  1. Two contrasting selections from the solo literature (Grade IV or higher) that demonstrate tone quality, technical fluency, articulation and musical expression.

Scholarship Audition Requirements

Technique
  1. All major scales, two octaves (three when possible), all slurred and all tongued in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 88.
  2. Chromatic scale, three octaves (low E to high E), all slurred and all tongued in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 88.
Repertoire
  1. One movement from a standard clarinet concerto. Weber Concertino, Mozart Concerto, or Weber Concertos preferred.
  2. Rose Etude or All-State Audition Excerpts.

Saxophone

Technique
  1. All major scales, full range, all slurred and all tongued in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 80.
  2. Chromatic scale, low Bb to high F, all slurred and all tongued in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 80.
Repertoire
  • Two contrasting selections from the solo literature (Grade IV or higher) that demonstrate tone quality, technical fluency, articulation and musical expression.

For jazz saxophone audition requirements, please see the Jazz Section above.

Bassoon

Technique
  1. All major scales, full range in eighth notes, quarter note = 88 or faster.
  2. Chromatic scale, three octaves in eighth notes, quarter = 88 or faster.
  3. Sight reading (for those performing onsite auditions).
Repertoire
  • Two contrasting selections from the solo literature (Grade IV or higher) that demonstrate tone quality, technical fluency, articulation and musical expression.