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Audition Requirements

Requirements are listed below by area of audition: Please bring two copies of your prepared pieces (Photocopies are permitted)

KEYBOARD
Keyboard students should prepare two pieces from different compositions from the standard solo repertoire that show a contrast in style, one fast and the other slow and lyrical. (Two single movement works are also acceptable.) Sight-reading will be required.

STRINGS
String students should prepare two pieces from different compositions from the standard solo repertoire that show a contrast in style, one fast and the other slow and lyrical. (Two single movement works are also acceptable.) Sight-reading will be required.

DOUBLE BASS/ELECTRIC BASS
Electric Bass students should prepare Tenor Madness by Thelonius Monk (Melody and walking bassline at 110-150bpm). Also short prepared pieces in Funk, Rock and Latin styles (soloing in one of them). Double Bass students should have one prepared arco piece.

VOICE
Voice students should prepare two songs in contrasting styles from classical or musical theater repertory. One should be in English and the other can be in a foreign language, but this is not required. Please send copies of your music at least two weeks in advance, unless you are bringing your own accompanist.

WINDS
Candidates in the wind area should prepare two selections that demonstrate contrasting styles, one fast and technical and the other slow and lyrical. These can include etudes as well as solo pieces. The all-state or region band solo is also acceptable. (Two single movement works or individual movements from multiple movement works are acceptable.) All Major scales should be prepared; sight-reading will be required. Accompaniment is not required. Note: If you choose to use accompaniment (not required), please send copies of your music at least two weeks in advance, unless you are bringing your own accompanist.

PERCUSSION
Suggested audition material for each of the four required areas:
Those interested should prepare music that will best demonstrate your proficiency on the following instruments: snare drum, keyboard, timpani, and drumset. Sight-reading will be expected on snare drum and keyboard percussion as well. Below is a list of suggested repertoire for each area:

Keyboard Percussion (Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone)
• Selected Etudes from Modern School for the Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg
• Rain Dance by Alice Gomez
• Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters
• Rhythm Song by Paul Smadbeck
• Any Xylophone rag by George Hamilton Green
• Appropriate All-State Etudes or State Solo & Ensemble list repertoire is also acceptable.
*In addition to your prepared material, you will be asked to sight-read a short mallet excerpt.

Snare Drum
• Concert (required)
o Etude from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
o Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
o 12 Etudes for Snare Drum by Jacques Delécluse
o Appropriate All-State Etudes or State Solo & Ensemble list repertoire is also acceptable.

• Rudimental (optional
o Rudimental Cookbook by Edward Freytag
o Aptitude- A Conversation in Snare Soloing by Various Artists
o Nine French American Rudimental Solos by Joseph Tompkins
*In addition to your prepared material, you will be asked to sight-read a short concert snare drum excerpt.

Timpani
• Tune timpani to a given pitch
• Etudes for Timpani by Vic Firth
• Fundamental Solos for Timpani by Mitchell Peters
• Appropriate All-State Etudes or State Solo & Ensemble list repertoire is also acceptable.

Drumset
Demonstration of the following musical styles: Rock, Swing, Latin, and Funk.