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 (non-Piano) Concentration


Audition Date for enrollment in Fall 2014:

• Saturday, February 1, 2014

All auditions take place on the ETSU campus in the Mathes Hall Auditorium. A complete schedule for the audition day will be sent to you once your audition is confirmed.



Students who are seeking admittance to the Bachelor of Music program as an instrumental (non-piano) major or minor need only to schedule one audition for the purpose of both admission to the degree program and for scholarship consideration.

Students who will not be majoring in music but wish to be considered for scholarship funding through the instrumental (non-piano) music program will also need to schedule and follow the same process.


Audition Repertoire, Classical:

Woodwind, 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. 


Schedule an Audition:

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:




Recorded Auditions:

Recorded auditions are STRONGLY discouraged, and acceptable only for students who live 250 miles (or more) from campus. Please contact Dr. Christian Zembower for further details about submitting a recorded audition.