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Audition Preparation: Undergraduates

General Information:

Please see the School of Music General Admissions Information page regarding undergraduate entry into the School of Music.

Undergraduate audition dates and registration are found on the Auditions & Scholarships page.

Audition Repertoire for Entry:

Contact the individual areas for divisions not listed below.

  • Choral/Vocal Division (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Choral and vocal students wishing to enter SFA as a music major (education or performance) must audition for admission to the choral/vocal area. Even though you may be admitted to the university, a vocal audition is required for the School of Music:

    • The audition will consist of two art songs or arias from the standard repertoire. Music from the UIL Vocal Solo Contest or music of the equivalent difficulty and style is the accepted standard.
    • At least one of the two musical selections should be in a foreign language; however, it is permissible to sing both in a foreign language.
    • If needed, a professional accompanist will be furnished.
    • For the audition/registration file, the candidate must submit—prior to the audition date—2 letters of recommendation and a transcript.

    There is no pre-admission audition for music minors or those students wanting to sing in a choir or take voice lessons.

  • Guitar (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Guitar

    Music majors choosing guitar as their major instrument must audition on a nylon string classic guitar using proper technique. Students should be prepared to play major and melodic minor scales through two octaves (preferably the Segovia fingerings, keys C-B). In addition, two pieces of contrasting styles from any of the following; Twenty Five Melodic and Progressive Studies, by M. Carcassi, Twenty Studies, by Fernando Sor, a movement from a Bach or de Visèe Lute suite, or a short work by Francisco Tárrega.

    Jazz Guitar Study

    In addition to fulfilling the classic guitar audition requirements, students who desire to study jazz guitar must demonstrate improvisational skills over a blues progression, have some knowledge of chord extensions, skill in reading a lead sheet, and be able to play a chord melody arrangement of a jazz standard such as Autumn Leaves, Misty, or other approved standard.

  • Instrumentalists (Winds and Percussion) (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    No scholarship awards will be made to any student who has not applied to the university. Students may audition before the application process is complete, but no scholarships will be offered to students who have not applied. There are separate requirements and procedures for the following:

    • Freshman Music majors (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Even though you may be admitted to the university, an audition on your major instrument is required for the School of Music.

      Brass and Woodwind

      These auditions are not accompanied. Perform two pieces or movements in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire (8-minute audition). One-movement works of sufficient length, difficulty and variety may be acceptable; you must contact the SFA professor of your instrument for approval to perform a single-movement work.

      Percussion

      Required Audition Areas:

      • Mallet Instrument: a two-mallet or four-mallet marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone solo (memorization preferred)
      • Snare Drum: a concert style snare drum solo or etude

      Optional Audition Areas (for those doing a private audition with Dr. Meyer on an alternate date):

      • Timpani: concert style solo or etude
      • Multi-Percussion: solo or etude (a DVD of a multi-percussion solo is acceptable)
      • Drumset: demonstrate ability to groove and solo in several styles (i.e., funk, swing, samba, soca, etc.)
      • Scales:12 major, 12 natural minor, 12 harmonic minor, and 12 melodic minor
    • Transfer Music majors (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Even though you may be admitted to the university, an audition on your major instrument is required for the School of Music.

      Brass and Woodwind
      • One piece or movement of a piece. This selection should contain contrasting musical ideas. No accompanist provided or required.
      • At the instructor’s discretion, two (or more) brief movements may be substituted for the above requirement, or an etude may be added to the above requirement.
      • Four scales from each of the following categories: major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor. These will be chosen at random by the audition committee and are to be performed in the format required by the student’s applied professor. Please contact the applied professor for the required scale patterns, number of octaves and tempos. (These vary from studio to studio.)
      Percussion
      • Selected 4-mallet marimba work from memory.
      • Snare drum etude or the equivalent as determined by the instructor.
      • Four scales from each of the following categories: major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor. These will be chosen at random by the audition committee and are to be performed two octaves ascending and descending as consecutive 16th-notes at 90 bpm.
    • Non-majors: Lumberjack Marching Band auditions (optional concert band participation) (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Music majors do not need to do a separate audition for acceptance into LMB.

      See Audition Music on the Lumberjack Marching Band page.

    • Non-majors: Concert Band auditions (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Student must meet SFA admission standards.

      These auditions are not accompanied. Perform two pieces or etudes in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire. (UIL solos and All-Region etudes are typical materials.)

  • Keyboard Division (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    1. First or third movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert OR a piece by J.S. Bach or Domenico Scarlatti
    2. One contrasting work from the Romantic era or 20th century
    3. Additional work optional (recommended if considering performance)
    4. Major and minor scales and arpeggios should have been studied 4 octaves (if considering performance)
    5. Sight reading will be tested for leveling purposes
  • Lumberjack Marching Band

  • Sound Recording Technology (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Students who wish to major in sound recording technology (SRT) at SFA should contact  Professor James Adams, director of the SRT program, and arrange an interview prior to March 1st for entry to the following fall semester. Phone/video interviews can be arranged in the event that an in-person interview is not feasible. In addition to the interview, students must prepare and submit a portfolio. The portfolio should include a letter of intent and two letters of recommendation. Optionally, students may submit two audio projects in support of their candidacy—these can be recordings you have made, music you composed and produced electronically, or audio projects that you played a significant role in its creation. Other factors, including test scores and/or GPA, may be considered when making admission decisions. Since SRT majors must also take applied lessons and perform in our ensembles, they should plan to audition in an area of performance (voice, instrument, etc.) by completing the Undergraduate Music Acceptance/Scholarship Application.

    Make sure that you clearly announce at your audition that you are seeking a degree in SRT.

  • Strings (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Violin
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza if one exists)
    • One movement of a sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006) by J. S. Bach

    Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level:

    • Concerto No. 1 in G Minor - Max Bruch
    • Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn
    • Concerti Nos. 3, 4, or 5 - W. A. Mozart
    • Symphony Espagnole - Eduard Lalo
    • Concerto (any) - J.S. Bach
    • Concerto in C major or G major - Franz Joseph Haydn
    Undergraduate Non-Major:

    Two contrasting pieces of your choice

    Viola
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • One movement from a Bach Sonata or Suite
    • The first movement from a standard viola concerto (including cadenza if one exists)

    Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level:

    • Concerto - Johann Baptist Vanhal
    • Concerto in B Minor - Handel-Casadesus
    • Concerto in D - Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    • Concerto in D, Op. 1 - Anton Stamitz
    Undergraduate Non-Major:

    Two contrasting pieces of your choice

    Cello
    • One movement from a Bach Sonata or Suite
    • The first movement from a standard cello concerto (including cadenza if one exists), or other work comparable to difficulty and style.

    Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level

    • Concerto in C major - Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Concerto (any) - Luigi Boccherini
    • Concerto - Bach/Casadesus
    • Concerto (any) - Georg Golterman
    • Concerto (any) - Bernhard Romberg
    • Concerto Nos. 1 or 2 - Camille Saint-Saëns
    Double Bass
    • Two contrasting movements or pieces, such as Eccles, Marcello, or Bach.

    Examples of Representative Concerti and Sonata Movements, Undergraduate Level:

    • Concerto - Antonio Capuzzi
    • Concerto - Domenico Dragonetti
    • Sonata - Henry Eccles
    • Sonata - Benedetto Marcello
    • Sonata - J.S. Bach
    Harp
    • Choice of one cadenza either from Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers or Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol
    • One orchestral excerpt of applicant’s choice
    • Two substantial works of contrasting style (example: Handel Concerto, 1st mov’t, any edition; and one of the following: Grandjany, Automne; Salzedo, Chanson dans la nuit; Hasselman, Nocturne; Tournier, Six Noëls)
    • One sight-reading exercise will be given on day of audition
  • Theory/Composition (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Students who wish to major in composition at SFA should contact Dr. Stephen Lias and set up an interview prior to March 15th in the semester prior to entry into the program. Students should come to this interview with some works already composed and notated, either by hand, or using computer notation software. The style and performing forces are not important, but there should be evidence of creativity, variety, and musical skill. In cases where an interview is not possible, electronic submission of scores and recordings is acceptable. Other factors, including test scores, letters of recommendation, and/or GPA may be considered when making admission decisions. Since composition majors must also take applied lessons and perform in our ensembles, they should plan to audition in an area of performance (voice, instrument, etc.). This will likely happen either on the same day you interview with Dr. Lias, or by video. You do not need to complete the online application for auditions.