Undergraduate Classical Auditions

The audition requirements on this page are for the following degree programs:

B.M. in Classical Performance
B.M. in Music Education, Classical Performance Track
B.M. in Music Management, Classical Performance Track
B.M. in Sound Engineering Arts, Classical Performance Track

For all B.M. degree programs an in-person performance audition is required. Applicants will also complete placement tests in theory, keyboard skills, and aural skills on scheduled audition dates. The complete evaluation of your audition by the music faculty is the most important factor in granting admission to the department.

Information regarding the audition will be sent to you upon receipt of your music department application.

baritone sax player

Audition Requirements

Woodwinds and Brass:

  • all major scales, two octaves preferred
  • chromatic scale, full range of instrument preferred
  • at least two solo pieces that demonstrate different time periods (e.g., Baroque and Modern) or contrasting styles and tempos. A single movement of a piece such as a sonata or concerto may be used.
  • sight reading
  • applicant will be asked to sing brief tonal pitch patterns after hearing them played on the piano

Percussion

Students auditioning for the Bachelor in Music programs are required to prepare snare drum and mallet percussion. Although it is not required, students who are able to do so should also be prepared to prepare a piece for timpani.

  • Snare drum: demonstrate standard rudiments; one rudimental solo (e.g. Wilcoxen or Pratt) or one concert solo (e.g. Cirone or Goldenburg)
  • Mallets: all major scales, two octaves; a two-mallet or four-mallet solo
  • Timpani: short solo or excerpt from band or orchestral repertoire
  • sight reading
  • applicant will be asked to sing brief tonal pitch patterns after hearing them played on the piano

Voice

The audition program must be performed by memory with piano accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided if you do not choose to bring your own.

Prospective Music Education, Music Management and Sound Engineering majors are required to sing two art songs and/or arias from the classical literature. One of the selections must be in English. Preferred languages for the second selection are Italian or English or a song in your native language if other than English. Choral excerpts and music theater pieces or other forms of popular music are not acceptable for this audition.

Prospective Classical Performance majors are required to perform three art songs and/or arias from the classical literature. One of the selections must be in English, the second piece in English or Italian or in your native language if other than English, and the third in a language of your choice. No more than two of the three pieces may be in English. One music theater piece may be included in the audition; choral excerpts or other forms of popular music are not acceptable.

Suggestions for appropriate repertoire include

  • English art songs or arias by composers such as Barber, Britten, Copland, Quilter, Rorem, Purcell
  • Early Italian songs and arias (available in many printed collections)
  • Arias by composers such as Handel or Mozart.

Piano

Classical Performance:

  • all major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • sight-reading
  • a Three-Part Invention, a Prelude and Fugue or equivalent by J. S. Bach
  • a complete sonata or set of variations by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • a work by a Romantic or Contemporary composer.

All pieces must be memorized

Music Education, Music Management and Sound Engineering Arts:

  • all major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • sight-reading
  • a Two-Part Invention by J. S. Bach or equivalent
  • a first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (except Op. 27, No. 2 in C# minor)
  • a work by a Romantic or Contemporary composer.

At least one selection must be memorized

Guitar

  • Segovia major scales
  • one etude by either Sor (Segovia edition), Carcassi or Aguado.
  • two concert pieces of the student's own choosing from preBaroque (DeVisee, Sanz, Milan, etc.), Baroque (Bach, Weiss, etc.) or Romantic Spanish (Tarrega, Llobet)

Strings

  • all major scales
  • two contrasting movements from a solo piece, a sonata, or a concerto of the student’s own choosing. The two selections should be of contrasting style and tempo
  • sight reading

Please direct any questions about auditions or audition repertoire or requirements to MusicAdmissions@wpunj.edu.