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 instrumental 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. 

  • First:  Submit Online  the Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Strings Audition Form
  • Second:   You will receive a response from ETSU faculty about what repertoire is required to prepare for your audition. 
  • Third: Schedule your audition date & time via email with ETSU faculty.  Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and String auditions will be held on:
      • Saturday, February 14, 2015 (Instrumental Jazz & Endowed Scholarship Auditions ONLY)
      • Monday, February 23, 2015
      • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3. Once you have auditioned, you will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance or rejection to the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date. Information regarding scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.

4. If you are accepted as a music major or minor and/or you are awarded a scholarship, you must return the appropriate acceptance forms by the stated due date. Failure to do so may forfeit your admission and/or all scholarship awards. 

5.  Once you have returned your acceptance forms, you will receive further information on how to prepare for the coming year. An academic adviser will be assigned to you, and you may contact him/her with questions. ETSU Admissions will provide information to you about the university at large. A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required orientation for the Department of Music will be mailed to you over the summer. 




Students who are seeking admittance to the Bachelor of Music program as a 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 music program will also need to schedule and follow the same process (see above). 


Academic Performance Scholarships and Public Performance Scholarships:

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible for the Academic Performance Scholarship and Public Performance Scholarship. Faculty members will automatically consider you for these scholarships when you audition. Questions can be discussed with the faculty members. 


Endowed Scholarships (Students MUST attend audition on February 14, 2015)

Endowed Scholarships are highly competitive awards that require:

  • Attending the Endowed Scholarship Audition Day on February 14, 2015
  • Preparing specific repertoire for the auditions (See Below)


Audition Repertoire Requirements for Endowed Scholarship Auditions:

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.
      • You must provide your own accompanist for these auditions.


    • 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.
      • You must provide your own accompanist for these auditions.


To schedule an audition, complete the Endowed Scholarship Application Form and return it to:

Dr. Rande Sanderbeck: