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2021-22 Audition and Interview Information

An email schedule of your audition/interview day will be sent after your application is submitted and your events are scheduled. Because of faculty availability and the high volume of applicants, we are unable to honor special requests for particular times on these days. Please put your first choice date on your calendar and allow the entire day for your auditions, interviews, events and tours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. for instrumental/piano and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. for voice). Pay special attention to the application deadlines and audition requirements for your specific program of interest.

Once your schedule has been sent, a $15 change fee applies if you request to change your date or time. A $65 fee applies if you choose a recorded audition.

Music Audition/Interview Dates + Audition Repertoire

Please find audition and interview dates listed next to the name of your area below. The November date is for spring admission only. January and February dates are for fall admission. Please put your first choice date on your calendar. 

Auditions and interviews are available on-campus, and we encourage you to attend one of these live days to fully experience ASU's programs. Alternatively, you may attend a virtual interview on a virtual date (auditions will be submitted beforehand as a recorded audition in your application). Note which dates are virtual below. 

All music applicants are required to complete either an audition, interview or both to be considered for a music major. The audition will be evaluated for technical and musical proficiency.

Bassoon – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Bassoon – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to Prepare for Your Audition:

Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, and music minor)

  • Scales: All major scales (three octaves for B-flat and C; two octaves for all others).
  • Two contrasting etudes from Weissenborn: 50 Advanced Studies or one etude from Milde: Concert Studies, Vol. 1.
  • One selection from the list below:
    • A movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Hummel)
    • A movement from a standard sonata (Hindemith, Saint-Säens, Telemann, Hurlstone, Cascarino)
    • A single movement work in its entirety (Elgar: Romance, Pierné: Solo de Concerto, Op. 35 or Prelude de Concert, Bourdeau: Premier Solo, Osborne: Rhapsody) or a similar composition.
    • Specific repertoire questions should be addressed to Dr. Micklich, the bassoon professor (Albie.Micklich@asu.edu).

Performance Majors

  • Scales: All major scales (three octaves for B-flat and C; two octaves for all others).
  • One Milde etude from Concert Studies, Vol. 1.
  • One selection from the list below:
    • A fast movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Hummel)
    • A fast movement from a sonata (Hindemith, Saint-Säens, Telemann, Hurlstone, Tansman, Cascarino)
    • A single movement work in its entirety (Elgar: Romance, Pierné: Solo de Concerto, Op. 35 or Prelude de Concert, Bourdeau: Premier Solo, Osborne: Rhapsody) or a similar composition.
    • Specific repertoire questions should be addressed to Dr. Micklich, the bassoon professor (Albie.Micklich@asu.edu).

For Recorded Auditions 
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Bassoon applicants only need to record 4 major scales of their choosing. Please prepare all other materials as specified above.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions and play your instrument.

 

Cello – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Cello – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (TLandsc@asu.edu). 

What to Prepare for Your Audition:
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor). Piano accompaniment is not required. You should prepare the following:

  • An etude.
  • Two works contrasting in tempo and style.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions and answer interview questions such as: 

  • "Tell us about your musical background and interest."
  • "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?"
  • "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"
Please be prepared to ask questions and answer interview questions such as:

"Tell us about your musical background and interest."
"What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?"
"Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"

Clarinet – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Clarinet – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to Prepare for Your Audition:

Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor)

    • Scales: All major scales, range from low E to high G (all 2 octaves; E, F, F#, and G with 3 octaves). Some knowledge of minor scales and major scales in thirds (one octave).
    • Ability to perform etudes contained in such materials as Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Book 2, edited by David Hite, published by Southern Music, and Rose’s 32 Etudes.
    • Audition should consist of contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature and/or the above etudes. One of your selections may be an original piece or improvisation.

Performance Majors

    • Scales: All major scales, range from low E to high G (all 2 octaves; E, F, F#, and G with 3 octaves). Ability to perform minor scales in at least one form, range from low E to high G and major scales in thirds (one octave).
    • Some knowledge of dominant 7th chords.
    • Ability to perform etudes contained in such materials as Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Book 2, edited by David Hite, published by Southern Music, and Rose’s 32 Etudes.
    • Audition should consist of contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature and/or the above etudes. Standard literature should be representative of works such as:
      • Weber: Concertos or Concertino
      • Mozart: Concerto
      • Brahms: Sonatas
      • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
      • 20th-century works such as Stravinsky: Three Pieces
      • You may choose an original piece or improvisation for your contrasting selection. It should highlight your creative work and command of the instrument.

For Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Please record all scales. Accompaniment is not required for your repertoire recording. 

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask the faculty questions, to answer interview questions, and to sight-read on your instrument.

Composition Prescreening + Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Composition Prescreening + Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

To be considered for an interview, the composition program requires a prescreening portfolio to be uploaded to the music application. Refer to "Recordings + Portfolios" for technical specifications. Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2020-21 admission year.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Three to five of the applicant's most representative works demonstrating proficiency in a variety of genres or styles. Recent works are preferred. Contrasting works are recommended.
  • Materials should include scores in PDF format, or if your work is not notation-based, include a description of how your work was realized.
  • We recommend that you also include audio and/or video documentation of your pieces. Computer generated recordings are acceptable.

Interview:

Applicants who pass the prescreening are scheduled for an interview with the composition faculty. In the event that you are not selected for an interview, you may apply for another music degree.

Composition applicants are not required to perform an audition to be considered for admission to the composition program. If you wish to take lessons in your main instrument, you must complete an audition and follow those audition repertoire guidelines.

Virtual Interviews:

The faculty understands it is not always possible to interview in person. Applicants are urged to visit campus to partake in all audition day activities, meet the faculty, and tour the facilities and campus.

Double Bass – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Double Bass – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. 

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Catalin.Rotaru@asu.edu). 

What to Prepare for Your Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor). Piano accompaniment is not required. You should prepare the following:

  • An etude exemplifying the applicant's technical ability.
  • Two works (or movements) contrasting in tempo and style.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

 

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions and answer interview questions such as: 

  • "Tell us about your musical background and interest."
  • "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?"
  • "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"

Jazz Applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz bass, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

Euphonium – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Euphonium – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

What to Prepare for Your Audition (Euphonium majors and minors)

Piano accompaniment is not required. Auditions are 15 minutes and you should prepare the following:

  • Perform one technical and one lyrical solo or etude or combination of your choice

  • Additional demonstrations or samples of your work as a musician are encouraged and welcomed (jazz, composition, other styles of music, instrument double, other)

  • Sightreading and major scales two octaves

Interview questions will include though are not limited to:

  1. What are your career goals?

  2. In what way do you see yourself sharing music with your community?

  3. What type of collaborations have you experienced? What types can you imagine?

  4. Describe yourself as a member of the euphonium/tuba studio. What are your primary and secondary skill sets?

  5. Describe yourself in three words.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

If you will be submitting a recorded audition, please submit a video recording and include the same repertoire as listed for the live auditions. No accompaniment is required.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions, answer interview questions, and complete sight-reading and a scale quiz.

Flute – (On-Campus: Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Flute – (On-Campus: Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The flute studio only accepts applications for fall admission. No openings are available for spring admission.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). Piano accompaniment is strongly recommended but not required. You should record the following:

  • Scales: All major and minor scales, preferably more than two octaves in range.
  • One technical etude or study of your choice.
  • J.S. Bach: One movement from any sonata.
  • One work for solo, unaccompanied flute, or one movement from a standard concerto.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

For recorded auditions, there is no need to record all major and minor scales. Please record a full chromatic scale from the lowest note to highest note, all slurred, in lieu of major and minor scales.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask the faculty questions, to answer interview questions (such as why you play the flute and what your goals are), and to play scales, audition material excerpts, or sight-read on your instrument.

Guitar – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22)

Guitar – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Ji.Yeon.Kim@asu.edu). 

What to Prepare for Your Audition
Prior private instruction from a qualified classical guitar teacher is strongly advised. You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor). You may be asked to sight-read a short piece to be selected at the time of the audition.

  • Etudes: Two etudes of your choice.
  • Three solo works demonstrating different musical styles and techniques at an intermediate level.  

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions and answer interview questions such as: 

  • "Tell us about your musical background and interest."
  • "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?"
  • "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz guitar, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

Harp – (By Appointment)

Harp – (By Appointment)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. 

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Charles.Lynch@asu.edu). 

What to Prepare for Your Audition
These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (composition, music education, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). All solos to be performed from memory.

  • Two solos of choice in contrasting style, one of which is a programmatic work from the standard harp repertoire.
  • One Orchestral Cadenza.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

If on-campus, applicants may practice and audition on ASU harps. ASU owns a Lyon & Healy 85 CG.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Horn – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Horn – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Admission into performance programs requires more advanced development of embouchure, articulation, range, tone and flexibility than is required for non-performance programs (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). While orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed. Piano accompaniment is not required. In addition to scales and sight-reading, for the live audition prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting selections. These may be of your choice and of any musical style, but should of comparable overall technical difficulty to selections from the following representative samples:
    • One technical etude such as found in Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies 
    • One lyric etude such as found in Maxime-Alphonse or the Pottag Preparatory Melodies 
    • A movement or movements of a solo work such as Mozart: Concertos, Saint-Saëns: Morceau de Concert, F. Strauss: Nocturno or Concerto, Op. 8, or R. Strauss: Concerto No. 1

Music Performance Minor
The music minor in horn applicant should prepare to perform two contrasting selections for their audition. These may be of your choice and of any musical style, highlighting your development of embouchure, articulation, range, tone and flexibility. Scales and sight-reading will also be required.  Auditions for the music minor are held in-person or virtually on an ad-hoc basis; contact the horn faculty directly to schedule. 

Recorded Auditions (Music Majors)
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Be prepared to do the following in your interview:

  • Discuss your recorded audition.

  • Perform short excerpts of your recorded audition.

  • Play scales at the request of the horn professor.

  • Sight-Read on your instrument.

  • Ask questions about the horn studio.

Jazz Instruments – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Jazz Instruments – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Studio instruction in jazz is only available to jazz majors. Therefore, only applicants applying for the Bachelor of Music in jazz performance, Bachelor of Music in music learning and teaching and Bachelor of Music in music therapy or Bachelor of Arts in music and culture may audition in jazz.

The Bachelor of Music in jazz performance is offered on the following instruments:

  • Double Bass
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Woodwind and string auditions are at the discretion of the jazz studies faculty.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
You should present a well prepared 15 minute audition. The titles suggested in this section illustrate the kind and quality of music appropriate for an audition. Applicants are free to choose a program using music from this list or music of comparable quality. Candidates for all instruments (except for drum set: see separate requirements) should prepare something similar to the following, although not all selections may be heard:

  • Ballad, in tempo (Body and Soul, Lover Man, In a Sentimental Mood, etc.)
  • Jazz Standard, moderate to up-tempo (All the Things You Are, There Will Never Be Another You, There Is No Greater Love, etc.)
  • Rhythm Changes (I Got Rhythm, Anthropology, Oleo, etc.)
  • Straight-Eighth tune, moderate tempo or faster (Blue Bossa, Little Sunflower, etc)
  • 12-Bar Blues, any tempo
  • Play a bebop head from memory (Confirmation, Donna Lee, Ornithology, Scrapple from the Apple, etc.) to demonstrate jazz phrasing and articulation skills.
  • Chords and Scales: In addition, all candidates are expected to have knowledge of and may be called upon to perform, all major and minor scales, and the II–V7–I progression in arpeggiated format (all chords up to the 9th).
  • Original compositions and non-standard repertoire are optional, but acceptable as part of the audition and may be performed or submitted. Please keep in mind that the jazz faculty will not be available to rehearse. Bring 3 photocopies of each selection in lead sheet form.

Instrument-Specific Requirements

  • Piano and Guitar (strongly encouraged for all other candidates): One of the above required pieces must be performed as an unaccompanied solo
  • Bass: In addition to the above requirements, bassists will be asked to walk bass lines through the progressions of any or all selections.
  • Drum Set: Candidates for drum set will be asked to sight-read big band charts and demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: brush work at a ballad and medium fast swing tempo, Afro Cuban and related grooves (such as mambo, rhumba and bolero), Brazilian bossa nova, samba, contemporary rock, and grooves in 5/4 or 7/4. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate ability to play time, delineate form and improvise over the following types of tunes: blues, rhythm changes (I Got Rhythm, Anthropology, Oleo, etc.), and modal (So What, Impressions, Little Sunflower, etc.). In addition, candidates will be asked to trade 4s, 8s and choruses.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions, answer interview questions and discuss your recorded audition.

Classical Study
If you wish to take classical lessons you must pass a classical studio audition to be eligible to take these lessons while pursuing jazz studies at ASU. To audition in both classical and jazz, indicate this on your music application and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu.

 

Music and Culture Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Music and Culture Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

If you select music and culture as your first-choice major, you will be scheduled for an interview with at least three musicology faculty to establish your potential as a music and culture major.

What to Prepare for your Virtual Interview

  • Faculty will ask you questions about your musical background and interest in music and culture, as well as related creative, research, and interdisciplinary experiences.
  • You will also demonstrate your singing voice, sight-reading of rhythm and pitch on voice or your instrument, and audiation (capacity to sing back accurately) during your interview.
  • Your examples of musicianship may also consist of such areas of your choice as songwriting, composition, improvisation in some style of your choosing, performance art, a documented interdisciplinary installation of your own creation, etc. in a live demonstration or through video-recorded performance.

Students who wish to take studio lessons as part of the music and culture degree must also perform an audition with the studio faculty. Acceptance into any performance studio is at the discretion of the respective studio faculty. Refer to your instrument or voice above for audition repertoire.

Music Learning and Teaching Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Music Learning and Teaching Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

If you select Music Learning and Teaching as your first choice major, then you will be scheduled for an interview with music learning and teaching faculty. In the interview you will be asked questions about your musical background and interest in music teaching, as well as your experience working with people of various ages. You will also be asked to demonstrate your singing voice, rhythmic sense, audiation (singing back), and improvisation. Please bring your primary instrument with you to the interview, if applicable and if possible; there will be additional options available.

Music Learning and Teaching applicants must also perform an audition to be considered for admission. Refer to your instrument or voice above for audition repertoire.

Music Theatre – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Music Theatre – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition should demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

What to Include in Your Application (Music Theatre Majors)

  • Repertoire List: your repertoire list should include all solo repertoire studied. It is not necessary to list choral repertoire unless you were a featured soloist. It is appropriate to list any roles you have performed.
  • Resume: voice performance and music theatre applicants should list any training (voice, acting, dance) and performance experience.
  • Please submit a 60-second "wildcard" video in which you show us something interesting about yourself, artistic or otherwise, that we would not learn from your audition. (Music majors)

What to Prepare for Your Audition

Materials must be memorized. The songs must be performed with live accompaniment unless otherwise specified.

Music Theatre Minor

  • Two full-length (no cuts), contrasting music theatre songs performed from memory, with either recorded or live accompaniment. 
  • One 60-90 second monologue, memorized with clear character choices made. This may be a monologue of your choosing from a published play or musical, or a monologue from an approved list here.

Music Theatre Performance

  • Two complete music theatre songs, whole songs and no cuttings, from contrasting time periods and/or styles demonstrating versatility, vocal quality and range. 
  • Monologue: One monologue speech, memorized with clear character choices made, 60-90 seconds in length.
    • Choose from one of the following options: A monologue of your choosing from a published play or musical, or a monologue from an approved list here.
  • Dance Assessment: You will be taught two brief combinations on the day of the audition.
    • Wear comfortable movement or dance attire and character shoes that are easy to move in. Dressing rooms are available in which to change before and after the dance audition. The dance call will take place prior to the singing audition.
  • If opting to submit a recorded audition instead of attending on-campus, refer to the recorded audition section below.

Accompaniment for Live Auditions
ASU accompanists are available for on-campus auditions for music majors. If you are using the ASU accompanist: Within 48 hours of receiving your Audition Schedule email, you must confirm your schedule and submit the titles, composer names and keys of your audition repertoire. There will be a link in your Audition Schedule email to the form where you can enter your repertoire. 

On the day of your audition, you are required to bring piano scores of your audition pieces for the pianist. The scores should be double-sided and organized in a three-ring binder.
The official ASU accompanist, who is an experienced collaborative pianist, is available to meet briefly immediately prior to your audition time to discuss any cuts and/or breath marks. A rehearsal is not possible with an official ASU accompanist. If you wish to be able to rehearse with a pianist prior to the audition, please contact Dr. Andrew Campbell to inquire after hiring an accompanist for the audition.

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for technical guidelines. Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask the faculty questions about the studio and the program, and to answer interview questions.

  • Recorded Audition Guidelines (music majors):
    • Live piano accompaniment is preferred with your songs, but recorded accompaniment is allowed.
    • Monologue: Please video record your monologue, following the guidelines above.
    • Dance Assessment:
      • Required: Learn and prepare a music theatre combination: There are 3 levels from which to choose. Pick the level that best suits your knowledge of dance and you can execute with your best individual efforts and ability. View the audition videos here.
      • Required: Prepare and upload a 60-90 second clip of yourself moving/dancing. Create a piece that has some connection to the music such as story or emotion. Choose a style you feel showcases yourself best.

Music Therapy Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Music Therapy Interview – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

If you select music therapy as your first choice major, you will be scheduled for an interview with music therapy faculty to establish your potential as a therapist. 

In the music therapy interview, you will be asked questions about your musical background and interest in music therapy, as well as experience working with people of various backgrounds and abilities. Additionally, you will also be asked to demonstrate your singing voice.

Music Therapy applicants must also perform an audition to be considered for admission. Refer to your instrument or voice on this page for audition repertoire.

Oboe – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Oboe – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor). Piano accompaniment is not required. You should prepare the following:

  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required (Recorded auditions: this is not necessary to show in the recording, but will be discussed in the virtual interview)
  • Scales: Major scales in two octaves up to E-flat and chromatic scale.
  • Sight-reading.
  • One etude from the list below or from a work of comparable difficulty:
    • Barret: Oboe Method
    • Brod: Oboe Method
    • Ferling: Forty-eight Etudes.
  • One solo from the list below or from a work of comparable difficulty
    • Bellini: Concerto
    • Donizetti: Sonata
    • Guilhaud: Concertino
    • Haydn: Concerto
    • Hindemith: Sonata
    • Hummel: Adagio, Theme and Variations
    • Mozart: Quartet or Concerto
    • Paladilhe: Solo de Concert
    • Saint-Säens: Sonata
    • Telemann: Sonata in A-minor.

The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good command of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

If you will be submitting a recorded audition, you should record two major and two minor scales plus chromatic. No sight reading is required to be recorded.
Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions, answer interview questions and discuss your recorded audition.

Organ – (Audition by Appointment)

Organ – (Audition by Appointment)

Prospective organists should contact Dr. Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an ad-hoc audition (by appointment). The instruments on the ASU Tempe Campus are an important part of your organ studies and it is encouraged that you schedule an in-person audition. Applications are not being accepted for spring admission, but are available for fall admission.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Live auditions will be followed by a brief interview.

What to Prepare for Your Audition

Non-Performance Majors (composition, music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor)

    • Two short pieces from any of the following collections:
      • Brahms: 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
      • Vierne: 24 Pieces in Free Style, Op. 31
      • Mendelssohn: Slow movement from any of the 6 sonatas

Performance Majors

    • Sight-reading of a hymn or four-part chorale.
    • Bach: One Prelude and Fugue from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues.
    • Bach: Two chorale preludes from Orgelbüchlein.
    • One romantic or modern work of your choice. This work may be appropriate for a church service.

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Please ensure that the organ sound is captured in the room, not from the console. Contact Dr. Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an ad-hoc virtual interview (by appointment).

Percussion – (On-Campus: Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Percussion – (On-Campus: Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Prospective percussion students should demonstrate technical strength and reading ability on at least three instrument groups such as snare drum, timpani, drum set, multiple percussion, steel pan, or other non-Western percussion instruments. Performances on three or more instruments will improve an applicant's chances of admission and scholarship consideration, and keyboard percussion is recommended for those seeking scholarship support. The examples listed below are indicative of the minimum level of ability expected for incoming students. This list serves only as a suggestion; you are welcome to choose different literature that is similar in style and technical demand, and auditioning percussionists are encouraged to contact faculty about repertoire and percussion instruments not listed.  

These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (composition, music education, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor).

What to Prepare for Your Audition (All Applicants)

  • Keyboard
    • All Applicants: Scales - all major scales, two octaves at a moderate tempo (format available here)
    • First-Year Applicants:
      • One significant work for 2 or 4 mallets
      • Optional: a second solo work for 2 or 4 mallets
      • Sight-reading
    • Transfer Applicants:
      • Two-mallet sight-reading
      • One significant four-mallet solo
  • Timpani
    • Ability to match pitches on drums
    • Intervallic tuning on instruments (4ths and 5ths, etc)
    • One solo or etude (Hochrainer, Whaley, Goodman or similar)
    • If access to a timpani is currently restricted, you may submit any recording of yourself playing timpani either as a solo or with an ensemble
    • Transfer applicants: Rolls at various dynamics
  • Snare Drum
    • Rudimental roll and closed orchestra roll at ppp through fff.
    • Selected rudiments from the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments (accessible here)
    • One concert style solo (Cirone, Delecluse, or similar)
    • One rudimental style solo (Pratt, Wilcoxen, or similar)
  • Drum Set
    • Ability to keep steady time and play fills several basic beat styles: swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, rock and jazz waltz alternating 4 measures of time with 4 measures of solo.
    • If doing a recorded audition: Assessment will be based upon ability to keep steady time and play fills. Candidates should record 16 measures (4 measures of time, 4 measures of solo, 4 measures of time, 4 measures of solo) in at least 4 of the following 6 styles: swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, rock and jazz waltz.
  • Steel Pan
    • Solo work of your candidate's choice
  • Non-Western Percussion
    • Folkloric styles demonstrating technical and musical facility
  • Multiple Percussion
    • While live performance of multiple percussion solos is subject to approval by the faculty, recorded submissions of a significant solo is encouraged.

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

The percussion faculty highly recommends that applicants audition in-person: we’d love for you to meet the percussion faculty and tour our spaces. Recorded auditions are allowed and are fully considered for acceptance and for scholarship. If submitting a recorded audition, please record 2 major and 2 minor scales. See "Recordings + Portfolios" for technical specifications.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions, answer interview questions and sight-read on your instrument.

Transfer Applicants

Performance at the audition will determine how many lesson credits will transfer into the ASU program of study.

Jazz Applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz percussion, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

 

Piano – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Piano – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. 

When possible, an in-person audition is highly recommended for scholarship consideration.

What to Prepare for your Audition
Your audition should be well prepared and memorized. You should demonstrate technical facility, musicality and understanding of musical styles consisting of the following works or their equivalents.

The keyboard faculty of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre recognizes that many women and BIPOC composers have been overlooked in what has become the standard concert repertoire. We affirm the lives of these composers and recognize the great contributions they have made and are making. To this end, we encourage applicants to perform music by women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and under-represented composers.

Non-Performance Majors (Music Learning and Teaching, Theory, Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts) and Music Performance Minors

If you would like to consult with a current ASU professor on your audition repertoire, contact Professor Hannah.Creviston@asu.edu

Solo Performance Majors

Collaborative Piano: if you are interested in a collaborative piano major you should prepare the solo performance major audition and email Dr. Andrew Campbell prior to their audition.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Be prepared to discuss your goals and expectations in the program. Also have a piano at your virtual interview - you will be asked to sight-read.

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz piano, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

Popular Music – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 29, Feb 19) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Popular Music – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 29, Feb 19) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

When applying to the Popular Music degree, you may choose either the Performer Track or the Non-Performer Track. Please Note: regardless of which track you choose, you can still elect any specializations in the program.

  • You should select Performer Track if you would like to take lessons on your instrument/voice during this degree. You will need to perform on your instrument/voice as part of your audition into the program.

  • You should select Non-Performer Track if you do not have an instrumental/voice performance focus to your musicianship, or if you don't want to elect it as part of your studies in this program.

What to submit in your Application

Popular Music Portfolio: 

Non-Performer Track Applicants: You should submit digital audio sound recordings of 2 to 3 selections. Your selections may be original works or selections from popular music repertoire. This portfolio is due with your music application on Jan 5.

Performer Track Applicants: This portfolio is optional for Performer Track applicants who are auditioning on-campus. You may choose to submit sample work or recordings beyond live performance, such as a recorded sample of your creative popular music work.
If you are not auditioning on-campus, this portfolio is required. Please submit a well-prepared performance or presentation consisting of 2 to 3 selections of live or digital music depending on your area. Be sure to demonstrate your instrument/voice. The selections may be original works or selections from popular music repertoire. You may also provide a recorded sample of your creative popular music work.

What to Prepare for Your Audition/Interview

You will be scheduled for a 25 minute interview/audition on one of the dates you select in your music application. Your audition/interview should display your current level of artistry, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and strengths. Popular Music has no set repertoire for the audition process. Please choose whatever pieces or styles will help us to get an understanding of the type of musician you are and will showcase your musicianship the best.

  • Performer Track Applicants: 

    • Put together a well-prepared performance or presentation consisting of 5-10min (2 to 3 selections) of live or digital music depending on your area. The selections may be original works or selections from popular music repertoire. You must demonstrate instrumental or vocal proficiency to be eligible for the Performer Track.

  • Non-Performer Track Applicants: 

    • Please prepare to present 1-2 of your strongest pieces, and be prepared to describe your workflow and creative process. Feel free to bring supporting materials such as lead sheets, session files, etc.

  • All Applicants:

    • Complete a call and response playing, clapping or singing of rhythms or melodies

    • Identify intervals, chord qualities and brief improvisation

    • Answer questions

      • How have you prepared to study music in college?

      • What are your goals as a professional in the industry?

      • Which areas are you interested in specializing in?

      • What will you contribute to the ASU Popular Music program?

Virtual interview and Audition:

If you will be completing a virtual interview/audition instead of coming to campus, you will be scheduled for a 20 minute interview/audition. Have your instrument ready (if you are auditioning with one), and amplification (if required for your instrument).

Popular Music Portfolios are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Classical/Traditional Lessons:
Students interested in pursuing classical music lessons in addition to their popular music studies are required audition and follow the classical repertoire audition requirements listed under their instrument/voice dropdown on this webpage.

Saxophone – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Saxophone – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor).

  • Scales: All major, harmonic minor and chromatic scales (using appropriate fingerings for the chromatic scale).
  • One or more selections that showcase your abilities and exemplify your best efforts at preparation, exhibiting contrasting melodic and technical sections. Standard repertoire is probably best, and memorization is highly encouraged.
  • Sight-reading
  • Optional, but strongly encouraged: One jazz solo transcription or jazz etude and/or solo choruses over blues changes.

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

You may record all majors in a single video, all harmonic minors in a single video, and chromatic (using appropriate alternate fingerings) in a single video. Please be sure to frame your videos so that your hands and embouchure can be seen.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared for a Q+A with the faculty, sight-reading, and to perform excerpts from your audition material.

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz saxophone, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

Trombone – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 19) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Trombone – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 19) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

If possible, you are encouraged to visit the ASU campus for a lesson and visit with Dr. Edwards.  Please email well in advance to arrange a time. If applicants feel that they cannot visit campus, they can arrange an online lesson and should email Dr. Edwards.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor). You should choose music on which you sound your best, including presenting creative work that does not fit the traditional mold.

  • 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles: lyrical/legato and technical/tongued. These varied styles can be different movements from the same work. You may select etudes, solos or orchestral excerpts.
  • Sight-reading is required
  • You are free to select other works of comparable difficulty. 

TENOR TROMBONE

  • Suggested solos:
    • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
    • Galliard or Marcello: Sonata 1
    • Barat: Andante et Allegro
    • Rimsky Korsakov: Concerto (esp. mvts. I and II)
    • St. Sëans: Cavatine
    • Larsson: Concertino (esp. mvts II and III)
  • Suggested etudes:
    • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone
    • Voxman, ed.: Selected Studies
  • Suggested excerpts (not required)
    • Mozart: "Tuba mirum" from Requiem
    • Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from The Damnation of Faust

BASS TROMBONE

  • Suggested solos:
    • Haddad: Suite for Tuba (esp. mvts I and II)
    • Lassen/Bollinger: Two Fantasy Pieces
    • Jacob: Cameos (esp. mvts. I, II or III)
    • Hindemith: Drei Leichte Stucke (Three Easy Pieces)
  • Suggested etudes:
    • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone (down one octave)
    • Bordogni/Ostrander: Melodious Etudes for Bass Trombone
    • Grigoriev: Studies

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Those submitting recorded auditions will be asked to do a 24-hour turnaround sight-reading. This means they will have 24 hours to send in a recording after receiving it. Normally this would take place in the week before the audition date.
Make sure that you are recording with high-quality audio and reasonable video. Please place the camera 45 degrees to your right so I can see your slide and your embouchure.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions related to trombone studies at ASU, answer interview questions, and complete sight-reading on your instrument.

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz trombone, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

Trumpet – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Trumpet – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Burgstaller at joeburgstaller@asu.edu with any and all questions.

The audition should demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Do not work up the hardest pieces you can find in an effort to impress. Choose pieces that represent your strengths and that you have experience playing. This is not the type of audition where missing notes means you “lose”. Rather, this is an evaluation and interview for you, and Professor Burgstaller to see if there is a good fit for all parties. Piano accompaniment is not required for your audition.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
We want to hear your best sounds, hear you demonstrate your personal musicality and interpretation, and learn about your creative process, who you are, your diverse musical interests, your dreams and career goals, etc.  Share as much as you can in as many different ways as you know to see if ASU can get you to “the next level”. There are many paths to “success” available and much of that success depends on you being who you are. And growing and expanding too, of course! .

  • Choose three contrasting pieces of music of your choice (solos, etudes, standard excerpts, movements, pieces). A mix of “standard” and “non-standard” pieces, including pieces of varying genres is welcomed. Professor Burgstaller has a diverse musical background and career and appreciates your diversity and interests. Choose pieces that represent different facets of the career path you would like to pursue, and choose pieces that represent your personal mix of musical background. If it is in your skill set, include in your mix of repertoire an original composition or an improvisation. If you have other ideas and are not sure about them, please email Professor Burgstaller at joeburgstaller@asu.edu to discuss.
  • Scales: Be prepared to play all major scales in two octaves where capable.
  • Sight Reading: Be prepared to sight read at your audition.

Interview Questions during Audition
Be prepared to answer interview questions such as:

  • -Why ASU?
  • -Describe yourself as a leader and a role model.
  • -What are your career goals? 
  • -Describe yourself as a member of the trumpet studio. 
  • -What do you bring other than playing trumpet well?
  • -Share a story that illustrates your self-starting mindset.
  • -In what way do you see yourself sharing music with your community? 
  • -What type of collaborations do you pursue? 
  • -What are your primary and secondary skill sets? 

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.
Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions, answer interview questions, discuss your recorded audition and play excerpts from your audition material.

Jazz Applicants
Professor Burgstaller has a diverse musical background that includes several charted crossover CDs as well as some Canadian Brass CDs that focus on traditional Jazz as realized by the late great Luther Henderson (of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, etc.). So if you enjoy doing both classical and jazz and are trained or have experience in both, you can be involved in all genres at ASU! 

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition dates and repertoire requirements. A separate audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz trumpet, select this option in your application, and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second audition.

 

Tuba – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Tuba – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

What to Prepare for Your Audition (Tuba majors and minors)

Piano accompaniment is not required. Undergraduate auditions are 15 minutes in length.

  • Perform one technical and one lyrical solo or etude or combination of your choice
  • Additional demonstrations or samples of your work as a musician are encouraged and welcomed (jazz, composition, other styles of music, instrument double, other)
  • Sightreading and major scales two octaves

Interview questions will include though are not limited to:

  • What are your career goals?
  • In what way do you see yourself sharing music with your community?
  • What type of collaborations have you experience? What types can you imagine?
  • Describe yourself as a member of the euphonium/tuba studio. What are your primary and secondary skill sets?
  • Describe yourself in three words.

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

If you will be submitting a recorded audition, please submit a video recording and include the same repertoire as listed for the live auditions. No accompaniment is required.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions, answer interview questions, and complete sight-reading and a scale quiz.

Viola – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Viola – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Nancy.Buck@asu.edu).

What to Prepare for Your Audition
Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor).

Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor)

    • Two pieces written for solo viola (or for viola and piano), contrasting in style and tempo.
    • Record one 3-octave major scale (with arpeggio) and one 3-octave minor scale (with arpeggio) from this list of key options: A-Flat Major, D-flat Major, E Major, B Major, F-sharp Melodic Minor, B Melodic Minor, G Melodic Minor, A Melodic Minor

Performance Majors

    • J.S. Bach: One movement from any of the unaccompanied cello suites.
    • A movement or piece from the standard viola repertoire comparable to:
      • Bloch Suite Hebraique
      • Handel Casadesus B Minor Concerto
      • Hummel Fantasie
      • Stamitz Concerto
      • Vaughan Williams Suite
      • Weber Andante and Hungarian Rondo

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Recorded Auditions
Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

For those submitting recorded auditions, you should record:

  • one 3-octave major scale with arpeggio
  • one 3-octave minor scale with arpeggio
  • and 2 pieces from the standard viola repertoire demonstrating contrasting styles and tempos.

Piano accompaniment is not required. Recordings should be in one take, unedited, and not exceed 15 minutes total. Recordings must have been recorded within the last several months (no earlier than September 2021 for fall admission).

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions and answer interview questions such as: 

  • "Tell us about your musical background and interest."
  • "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?"
  • "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"



Violin – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Violin – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (violin faculty are Professor Jonathan Swartz, Professor Danwen Jiang, Professor Katherine McLin). 

What to Prepare for Your Audition
Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor).

Performance Majors

    • An outer movement of a standard concerto.
    • J.S. Bach: One movement from any of the unaccompanied violin partitas or sonatas.

Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts, music performance minor)

    • Two works contrasting in style and tempo.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for recorded audition guidelines.

Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions and answer interview questions such as: 

  • "Tell us about your musical background and interest."
  • "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?"
  • "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"

Voice – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

Voice – (On-Campus: Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 5) (Virtual: Feb. 12)

The audition should demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

What to Include in Your Application (Music Majors)

  • Repertoire List: your repertoire list should include all solo repertoire studied. It is not necessary to list choral repertoire unless you were a featured soloist. It is appropriate to list any roles you have performed.
  • Resume: voice performance and music theatre applicants should list any training (voice, acting, dance) and performance experience.
  • Please submit a 60-second "wildcard" video in which you show us something interesting about yourself, artistic or otherwise, that we would not learn from your audition. (Music majors.)

What to Prepare for Your Audition

Materials must be memorized. The songs must be performed with live accompaniment unless otherwise specified.

Voice Performance

    • Two classical songs in varying styles or tempi, one in English and one in a language other than English.

BA Music, Music Performance Minor

    • Two selections of your choice, which demonstrate your artistic strengths, flexibility, personality and unique attributes – pieces that show us who YOU are.These may be classical, music theatre, jazz, gospel, popular, etc. One of these may be an original composition.

Music Therapy, Music Learning and Teaching, Music Theory

    • A classical song. This can be in any language, including English.
    • A second song, from any genre you choose, such as classical, music theatre, popular, hip-hop, folk, jazz, gospel, or others.

Music Theatre majors or minors should refer to the Music Theatre section on this webpage (above).

Accompaniment for Live Auditions
ASU accompanists are available for on-campus auditions for music majors. If you are using the ASU accompanist: Within 48 hours of receiving your Audition Schedule email, you must confirm your schedule and submit the titles, composer names and keys of your audition repertoire. There will be a link in your Audition Schedule email to the form where you can enter your repertoire. 

On the day of your audition, you are required to bring piano scores of your audition pieces for the pianist. The scores should be double-sided and organized in a three-ring binder.
The official ASU accompanist, who is an experienced collaborative pianist, is available to meet briefly immediately prior to your audition time to discuss any cuts and/or breath marks. A rehearsal is not possible with an official ASU accompanist. If you wish to be able to rehearse with a pianist prior to the audition, please contact Dr. Andrew Campbell to inquire after hiring an accompanist for the audition.

Recorded Auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music application. Refer here for technical guidelines.

For those submitting a recorded audition, a live piano accompaniment is preferred, but recorded accompaniment is allowed.
Virtual Interview - The recorded audition will be followed by a virtual interview with the faculty. Please be prepared to ask questions about the voice program and studios at ASU, and answer interview questions. You will not need to sing.