Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Strings Audition

Admission to the ETSU Department of Music

as a Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or String Major or Minor

and for all Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or String Scholarships



Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and String Degree Programs:

Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Performance
Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education
Minor in Music, Instrumental Concentration


Any student seeking to MAJOR or MINOR in music at ETSU must complete the following steps.


1. Apply for general admission to the university. Information about applying to ETSU can be found at: 

         Apply to East Tennessee State University

2. Once you have been accepted to the university at large, you must audition for the Department of Music with the instrumental faculty. Instrumental auditions take place throughout the year. Contact the faculty member for your instrument to schedule an audition time.


Flute: Rebecca Paluzzi      

Oboe: Dr. Heather Killmeyer   

Clarinet: Tom Crawford   

Saxophone: Tom Crawford   

Trumpet: Dr. David Champouillon   

Trombone: David Bubsey   

Horn: Carrie Tedder   

Tuba & Euphonium: Dr. Stephanie Frye 

Percussion: Dr. Rande Sanderbeck   

Violin & Viola: Jane MacMorran   

Cello: Cherylonda Fitzgerald   

Bass: Cynthia Mueller  


If you have any problems contacting the faculty member, please call the Department of Music office at (423) 439-4270.



Audition Repertoire:

Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings:

    • Play two contrasting pieces of at least Grade V difficulty.
      • One must be a movement of a sonata or concerto.
      • One solo or unaccompanied piece of appropriate difficulty may be performed if that piece is specifically written as an unaccompanied piece.


    • Play two contrasting works for solo percussion.
      • At least one piece must be for keyboard percussion.
      • The other piece can be for snare drum, timpani, multiple percussion, or drum set.


Accompanist Requirements:

You must provide your own accompanist for all auditions. 


Recorded Auditions:

Recorded auditions are STRONGLY discouraged, and acceptable only for students who live 250 miles (or more) from campus. Contact the faculty member for your instrument for further details.

Academic Performance Scholarship and Public Performance Scholarship. Contact the faculty member for your instrument to apply for the APS or PPS Scholarship. 


Endowed Scholarships:

A variety of scholarships have been endowed to ETSU by generous donors. These scholarships are primarily available to junior and senior level students. These scholarships require an annual re-audition in order to renew. 

Auditions for Endowed Scholarships for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:

  • Date To Be Announced


To schedule an audition, first complete the audition form:

Instrumental Audition Form

Option 1: Return the form by postal mail to:

East Tennessee State University
Department of Music
Attn. Dr. Christian Zembower
PO Box 70661
Johnson City, TN 37614


Option 2: Return the form by email by scanning the completed form to a pdf file:


Then contact Dr. Christian Zembower to schedule an audition time: