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Audition for the ETSU Department of Music 

Any student seeking to major or minor in vocal music at ETSU and all students seeking vocal music scholarships (including non-music majors) must complete the following steps:

 


 

1. Apply to East Tennessee State University

*To be eligible for all scholarships, you must FIRST be accepted by the university at large.

2. Complete the Online Application Form for the ETSU Department of Music

 

3. Select an audition date and time: 

You are responsible for scheduling your own audition date and time! Select a date from one of the following and then add yourself to any open time in the spreadsheet. You will receive a confirmation email about a week prior to your audition.

Friday, November 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition.
  • You should plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. the day of your audition.
  • Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles. 
  • Lunch is provided for all auditioning students.

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music

To prepare for a successful audition, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined below:

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance:

Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:

  • One American or British art song
  • One foreign-language art song or aria (Italian, German, or French)
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations
  • Must theory diagnostic exam
  • See Policies Below

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Vocal Music Education:

Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:

  • One in English
  • One foreign-language art song or aria (Italian, German, or French)
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations
  • Music theory diagnostic exam
  • See Policies Below

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Vocal Jazz Studies:

Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:

  • One ballad from the jazz standards
  • One fast-tempo piece from the jazz standards repertoire; or a pop song that demonstrates commercial styles appropriate to jazz repertoire
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations
  • See Policies Below

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Minor in Music, Vocal Emphasis, & for Non-Music Major Students Seeking Vocal Scholarships:

Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:

  • Preferably at least one song must be an art song or aria in English or a foreign language (Italian, German, or French)
  • Music theatre selections are acceptable
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations
  • See Policies Below

Audition Policies for ALL Vocal Auditions:

Audition Accompanist:
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own accompanist with whom you have rehearsed. If you cannot provide your own accompanist, one will be provided for you. Please bring the original music for the accompanist to use or an approved and legal copy. It is highly unlikely there will be time for you to rehearse with your accompanist before the audition. For this reason, please consider the difficulty of your accompaniment when selecting repertoire and requesting an ETSU accompanist.

All vocal selections must be published for solo voice and piano. (You may NOT use choral music, original songs, or recorded accompaniment.)

It is recommended that Performance and Education majors, as well as Non-Major Scholarship auditionees, choose repertoire from the following, but it is not strictly limited to these collections:

  • 28 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, for high, medium high, medium, medium low, and low voice. G. Schirmer, Inc., distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation
  • 26 Italian Songs and Arias, medium high or medium low voice, John Glenn Paton, editor. Alfred Publishing Co.
  • The First/Second/Third/etc. Book of Solos for soprano, mezzo-soprano/alto, tenor, and baritone/bass, complied by Joan Frey Boytim. G. Schirmer, Inc., distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Standard Vocal Literature Series, Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Pathways of Song Vocal Series, compiled and edited by Frank Laforge and Will Earhart. Alfred Publishing Company
  • The Young Singer Series, compiled and edited by Richard D. Row, Carl Fischer Music
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers, compiled and edited by Jay Althouse, Alfred Publishing Co.
  • The Singer's Music Theatre Anthology Series, Hal Leonard Corporation

Students Auditioning to major in Vocal Jazz Studies may audition from Real Books, leadsheets, or published editions of jazz repertoire.

5. After your audition:

  • You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance to or rejection from the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date.
  • Information regarding music scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.
  • 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. 
  • 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 will provide you with information about the university at large and the required University Orientation for all incoming students.
  • A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required Department of Music Orientation will be sent to you over the summer. (Note: this is SEPARATE and in ADDITION to the University Orientation.)

Questions?

Contact Dr. Matthew Potterton:

(423) 439-6949

 

Recorded Auditions:

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

 

Any student seeking to major or minor in piano at ETSU and all students seeking piano scholarships (including non-music majors) must complete the following steps:

 

1. Apply to East Tennessee State University


*To be eligible for all scholarships, you must FIRST be accepted by the university at-large.

2. Complete the Online Application Form for the ETSU Department of Music

 

3. Schedule an audition time

SELECT one of the following "Music Days" in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. You should plan to arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m. for Music Days events and you will spend most of the day on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music

To prepare for a successful audition, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined below: 

PIANO: Classical

Two contrasting pieces from memory:

  • One Sonata Allegro (fast) movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One substantial work from the 19th century or later
  • Sight reading
  • Scales

*Additional requirements for scholarships listed below

 

PIANO: Jazz

 

  • Perform two jazz pieces of contrasting styles, for example: Swing, Latin, Ballad
  • Play major and natural minor scales, one or two octave in at least three keys
  • Play the chord changes in a standard jazz chart
  • Demonstrating the ability to solo over the changes to at least one standard is strongly recommended

For questions specifically about the audition for the Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, Piano, please contact Mr. Martin Walters at    

 

PIANO: Minor

Two contrasting pieces from memory:

  • One work or movement by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One work or movement by a composer from the 19th century or later
  • Sight reading
  • Scales
  • Interview with ETSU piano faculty

*Additional requirements for scholarships listed below

 

Audition Policies for ALL Piano Auditions:

On the day of audition, you need to:

  • Provide a copy of scores of your audition repertoire (originals strongly recommended)
  • Provide a comprehensive list of repertoire that you have studied previously

 

PIANO SCHOLARSHIPS

In addition to the admission repertoire, please prepare the following:

  • One original work by J. S. Bach
  • One Sonata Allegro (fast) movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One virtuosic étude
  • One substantial work from the 19th century or later

 

5. After your audition:

  • You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance to or rejection from the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date.
  • Information regarding music scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.
  • 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.
  • 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 will provide you with information about the university at large and the required University Orientation for all incoming students.
  • A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required Department of Music Orientation will be sent to you over the summer. (Note: this is SEPARATE and in ADDITION to the University Orientation.)

Questions?

Contact  
 

Recorded Auditions:

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

 

Any student seeking to major or minor in music at ETSU and all students seeking music scholarships (including non-music majors) must complete the following steps:

 

1. Apply to East Tennessee State University

*To be eligible for all scholarships, you must FIRST be accepted by the university at-large.

2. Complete the Online Application Form for the ETSU Department of Music

 See Step 3 for information about selecting an audition date.

3. Schedule an audition date and time

SELECT one of the following "Music Days" in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. You should plan to arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m. for Music Days events and you will spend most of the day on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music

To prepare for a successful audition, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined below:

FLUTE

Repertoire

  • Option 1: One flute etude (Köhler, Bergibuier, Drouet, Garibaldi, Nicholson, Andersen) AND one movement of a sonata (Telemann, Handel, Bach, Blavet)

  • Option 2: One movement from a flute sonata by Hindemith, Poulenc, Platti, Mozart

  • Option 3: Two contrasting movements from a flute sonata by Telemann, Handel, Marcello, Blavet, Louillet

  • Option 4: One movement of a concerto or suite for flute by Telemann, Bach, Godard, Bloch, Stamitz, Quantz, Pergolesi, Mozart

Additional Requirements:
  • All 12 major scales and chromatic scale. Full range (3 octaves) for C and chromatic. Minimum of 2 octaves for all others.
  • Sight reading excerpts

For questions about auditioning on flute, please contact Professor

Note that many appropriate audition selections are available for free download on imslp.org

 

OBOE

Repertoire
Two contrasting selections. The first should be slow and lyrical to demonstrate phrasing and tone. The second should be a faster selection to demonstrate technical skills.

Repertoire should be chosen from:
Barret Complete Method
Ferling 48 Famous Studies
Rubank Advanced Method
OR a sonata, concerto, or concert piece from the standard repertoire

Additional Requirements:

  • All 12 major scales, range from low B flat to high E flat
  • One octave: G, A flat, A
  • Two octace: B flat, B, C, D flat, E flat, E, F, F#, G flat
  • Chromatic scale from low B flat to high E flat
  • Sight reading excerpts

For questions about auditioning on oboe, please contact

 

BASSOON 

Repertoire
Two contrasting selections. The first should be slow and lyrical to demonstrate phrasing and tone. The second should be a faster selection to demonstrate technical skills.

Repertoire should be chosen from:

  • Weissenborn Method Milde Concert Studies
  • OR a sonata, concerto, or concert piece from the standard repertoire

Additional Requirements

  • All 12 major scales, range from low B flat to high G (above middle C)
  • One octave: A flat, A
  • Two octaves: B flat, B, C, D flat, D, E flat, E, F, F#/G flat, G
  • Chromatic scale from low B flat to high G (above middle C)
  • Sight reading excerpts

For questions about auditioning on oboe, please contact

 

 CLARINET

Repertoire
Two contrasting selections:

  • The first should be slow and lyrical to demonstrate phrasing and tone.
  • The second should be a faster selection to demonstrate technical skills.

Repertoire can be chosen from:

  • Rose 32 Etudes
  • OR a sonata, concerto, or concert piece from the standard repertoire

Additional Requirements

  • All 12 major scales (at least 2 octaves)
  • Chromatic Scale (at least 2 octaves)
  • Sight reading excerpts

For questions about auditioning on clarinet, please contact

 

SAXOPHONE

Repertoire
Prepare a solo piece demonstrating excellent technique, tone, and musicianship. Examples of appropriate works are:

Creston - Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Lantier - Sicilienne
Milhaud - Scaramouche
Teal - Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player

Additional Requirements

  • Prepare two contrasting etudes from Ferling 48 Studies or Voxman Selected Studies.
  • Prepare all 12 major scales through the full range of the instrument.
  • Sight reading excerpts.

 For questions about auditioning on saxophone, please contact

 

JAZZ - All Woodwinds

 

  • Perform two jazz pieces of contrasting styles, for example: Swing, Latin, Ballad
  • Play major and natural minor scales, one or two octave in at least three keys
  • Play the chord changes in a standard jazz chart
  • Demonstrating the ability to solo over the changes to at least one standard is strongly recommended

For questions about auditioning on a woodwind instrument as a Jazz Studies major, please contact

 

5. After your audition:

 

  • You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance to or rejection from the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date.
  • Information regarding music scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.
  • 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.
  • 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 will provide you with information about the university at large and the required University Orientation for all incoming students.
  • A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required Department of Music Orientation will be sent to you over the summer. (Note: this is SEPARATE and in ADDITION to the University Orientation.)

Questions?

Contact the faculty member for your instrument listed above! 

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.

 

Any student seeking to major or minor in music at ETSU and all students seeking music scholarships (including non-music majors) must complete the following steps:

 

1. Apply to East Tennessee State University

*To be eligible for all scholarships, you must FIRST be accepted by the university at large

2. Complete the Online Application Form for the ETSU Department of Music

 See Step 3 for information about selecting an audition date.

3. Schedule an audition date and time

SELECT one of the following "Music Days" in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. You should plan to arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m. for Music Days events and you will spend most of the day on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music

To prepare for a successful audition, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined below:

 

TRUMPET

Repertoire
Any solo from the standard repertoire that represents your performance level. Examples of appropriate composers include Arutunian, Barat, Haydn, Hummel, Neruda, Hindemith, Kennan   

AND

Any etude that represents your best performance level. Examples include etudes by Arban, Bordogni, Bousquet, Charlier, Concone, Werner, Wurm

Additional Requirements

  • All major scales (two octaves, where appropriate)
  • Chromatic scale (at least two octaves)
  • Sight reading excerpts 

For questions about auditioning on trumpet, please contact

 

TROMBONE

Repertoire
Two contrasting etudes (one fast, one slow) from the standard trombone literature. Examples include:

  • "Melodious Etudes for Trombone Vol. 1," by Johannes Rochout
  • "Selected Studies for Trombone" by Himie Voxman,
  • "40 Progressive Studies" by H.W. Tyrell. 

Additional Requirements

  • All 12 Major Scales (two octaves, where appropriate)
  • Sight reading excerpts

 For questions about auditioning on trombone, please contact

 

EUPHONIUM

Repertoire

  • Option 1: One lyrical etude from Rochut/Bordogni “Melodious Etudes for Trombone” AND one technical etude from Tyrell “40 Progressive Etudes” or Voxman “Selected Studies from Trombone/Baritone”
  • Option 2: A standard euphonium solo or movements (lyrical & technical) from a solo, such as:

Barat “Introduction & Dance”
Capuzzi “Andante et Allegro”
Clarke (any)
Jacob “Fantasia”
Guilmant “Morceau Symphonique”
Marcello “Sonata in F Major”
Saint-Seans “Morceau de Concert”

Additional Requirements

  • All 12 major scales, minimum 2 octaves
  • Sight reading excerpts

For questions about auditioning on euphonium, please contact

 

TUBA

Repertoire

  • Option1: One lyrical etude from Bordogni “43 Bel Canto Studies for Tuba” AND one technical etude from Blazhevich “70 Studies for Tuba” or Tyrell “Advanced Studies for Tuba”
  • Option 2: A standard tuba solo or movements (lyrical & technical) from a solo, such as: 

Barat “Introduction & Dance”
Gregson “Concerto for Tuba”
Haddad “Suite for Tuba”
Hartley “Unaccompanied Suite”
Hindemith “Sonata for Tuba”
Vaughan Williams “Six Studies in English Folksong”

Additional Requirements

  • All 12 major scales, minimum 2 octaves
  • Sight reading excerpts

 For questions about auditioning on tuba, please contact

 

HORN 

Repertoire

  • Option 1:Choose twoetudes from any of the following to demonstrate technical and lyrical playing:
      • Pottag/Schantl "Preparatory Melodies for Solo Work"
      • Clark/Bordogni "Melodious Etudes for Horn"
      • Georg Kopprasch "Sixty Studies, op. 6"
      • Maxime-Alphonse "200 etudes nouvelles"
      • Kling "40 Characteristic Etudes"
  • Option 2: A standard horn solo, or movement(s) from a larger work, showcasing both lyrical and technical skills, such as:
      • Mozart, Horn Concerto (any)
      • Haydn, Concerto No. 1
      • Beethoven, Sonata, Op. 17
      • Richard Strauss, Concerto #1
      • Saint-Saens, Morceau de Concerto
      • Saint-Saëns, Romance

Additional Requirements

  • All 12 major scales
  • Sight reading excerpts

For questions about auditioning on horn, please contact

 

JAZZ - All Brass Instruments

 

  • Perform two jazz pieces of contrasting styles, for example: Swing, Latin, Ballad
  • Play major and natural minor scales, one or two octave in at least three keys
  • Play the chord changes in a standard jazz chart
  • Demonstrating the ability to solo over the changes to at least one standard is strongly recommended

For questions about auditioning on a woodwind instrument as a Jazz Studies major, please contact

  

5. After your audition:

 

  • You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance to or rejection from the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date.
  • Information regarding music scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.
  • 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.
  • 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 will provide you with information about the university at large and the required University Orientation for all incoming students.
  • A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required Department of Music Orientation will be sent to you over the summer. (Note: this is SEPARATE and in ADDITION to the University Orientation.)

Questions?

Contact the faculty member for your instrument listed above!

Recorded Auditions:

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

 

 Any student seeking to major or minor in music at ETSU and all students seeking music scholarships (including non-music majors) must complete the following steps:

 

1. Apply to East Tennessee State University

*To be eligible for all scholarships, you must FIRST be accepted by the university at large

2. Complete the Online Application Form for the ETSU Department of Music

 See Step 3 for information about selecting an audition date.

3. Schedule an audition date and time

SELECT one of the following "Music Days" in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. You should plan to arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m. for Music Days events and you will spend most of the day on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music

To prepare for a successful audition, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined below:

VIOLIN

Perform Each of the Following:

  • One movement of the Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach
  • Any etude best demonstrating your technical abilities (Mazas, Dont, Kreutzer, Rode, Paganini, etc.)
  • 1st movement of a concerto (Haydn, Mozart, de Bériot, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Wieniawski, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Sibelius, etc)

To audition as a violin minor (non-music major):

  • Prepare two contrasting works best representing your abilities
  • Three octave scale of your choice

For questions about auditioning on Violin, please contact

 

 VIOLA

Perform Each of the Following:

  • One movement of the Suites for Cello (arranged for viola) by J. S. Bach
  • Any etude best demonstrating your technical abilities (Wohlfahrt, Hoffmeister, Kayser, Mazas, Dont, Kreutzer, Rode, Paganini)
  • 1st movement of a concerto (Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Handel, J. C. Bach, Teleman, Walton, Hindemith, Bartok, etc.)

To audition as a viola minor (non-music major):

  • Prepare two contrasting works best representing your abilities
  • Three octave scale of your choice

For questions about auditioning on Violin, please contact

 

CELLO 

Perform Each of the Following:

  • One movement of the Cello Suites by J. S. Bach
  • Any étude that best represents your technical abilities (Duport, Franchomme, Schroeder Popper, Piatti)
  • 1st movement of a concerto (Boccherini, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi, Haydn, Lalo, Elgar, Schumann, Dvořák)

To audition as a cello minor (non-music major):

  • Prepare two contrasting works best representing your abilities

For questions about auditioning on Cello, please contact

 

BASS: Classical

Repertoire: 
Two solos or movements in contrasting styles that demonstrate your best performance ability.

Additional Requirements:

  • Major scales in two octaves
  • Minor scales in two octaves

For questions about auditioning on Bass (classical), please contact

 

 BASS: Jazz

 

  • Perform two jazz pieces of contrasting styles, for example: Swing, Latin, Ballad
  • Play major and natural minor scales, one or two octave in at least three keys
  • Play the chord changes in a standard jazz chart, demonstrating the ability to solo over the changes to at least one standard is strongly recommended
  • Bass players should be able to stylistically play the changes with a walking bass line, ballad or Latin feel

For questions about auditioning on Bass in Jazz Studies, please contact

 

GUITAR: Classical

 

To audition to major in music on Guitar, please contact  

 

GUITAR: Jazz

 

  • Perform two jazz pieces of contrasting styles, for example: Swing, Latin, Ballad
  • Play major and natural minor scales, one or two octave in at least three keys
  • Play the chord changes in a standard jazz chart, demonstrating the ability to solo over the changes to at least one standard is strongly recommended

For questions about auditioning on Guitar as a Jazz Studies major, please contact

 

5. After your audition:

 

  • You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance to or rejection from the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date.
  • Information regarding music scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.
  • 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.
  • 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 will provide you with information about the university at large and the required University Orientation for all incoming students.
  • A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required Department of Music Orientation will be sent to you over the summer. (Note: this is SEPARATE and in ADDITION to the University Orientation.)

Questions?

Contact the faculty member for your instrument listed above!

Recorded Auditions:

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

 

 Any student seeking to major or minor in music at ETSU and all students seeking music scholarships (including non-music majors) must complete the following steps:

 

1. Apply to East Tennessee State University

*To be eligible for all scholarships, you must FIRST be accepted by the university at large

2. Complete the Online Application Form for the ETSU Department of Music

 See Step 3 for information about selecting an audition date.

3. Schedule an audition date and time

SELECT one of the following "Music Days" in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Percussionists may not audition at the November Music Day due to a conflict with the Percussive Arts Society International Conference. If you would like to audition prior to February 19, please contact to schedule an appointment. 

Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. You should plan to arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m. for Music Days events and you will spend most of the day on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music 

Those auditioning to be a Percussion major or minor should prepare at least one solo or etude for snare drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani. Any additional material prepared will demonstrate knowledge and preparedness and benefit your audition.

SNARE DRUM

  • Any concert snare drum solo oretude from:
    • "Portraits in Rhythm" by Anthony Cirone
    • "Intermediate Snare Drum Studies" by Mitchell Peters
    • All-State audition material
    • Similar solo repertoire
  • Optional: Rudimental solo from "14 Modern Contest Solos" by John Pratt (or similar)

 

KEYBOARD PERCUSSION

Required:
Any two mallet solo or etude from the following

  • “TWO” by Gene Koshinski
  • “Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone” by Morris Goldenberg
  • All-State audition material
  • Similar solo repertoire

Recommended:
Any four-mallet marimba solo or etude by the following composers

  • Mitchell Peters
  • Mark Ford
  • Julie Davila
  • Alice Gomez
  • Gordon Stout
  • Eric Sammut
  • Adam Hopper
  • Blake Tyson
  • Matthias Schmitt
  • Paul Smadbeck
  • Or similar composers

Optional: 
A vibraphone solo from “Mirror From Another” by David Friedman or a similar composer

 

TIMPANI

  • Any solo or etude from:"Modern Method for Timpani" by Saul Goodman
  • “Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani “ by Raynor Carroll
  • Similar solo repertoire

 

SIGHT READING & SCALES

Be prepared to sight read on snare drum and marimba during your audition.

Prepare all 12 major scales and arpeggios.

 

MULTIPLE PERCUSSION/DRUM SET

Multiple percussion pieces can be performed if you have been working on multiple percussion performance with a private teacher. 

Drum set can be played at the audition. Typically, this should be a demonstration of various styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin and any other styles that have been studied previously. Works written for solo drum set can also be performed. 

World percussion, including congas, djembe, steel pan, etc. may also be performed to help demonstrate knowledge beyond fundamental percussion areas.

Please contact in advance if you plan to play any world percussion instruments.

 

Audition Policies for All Percussion Auditions: 

The above etudes and pieces are only suggestions that would be appropriate. The varied experience of each student will determine the level of music that can and should be performed. It is always recommended that the student discuss appropriate material with their teacher.

The audition should demonstrate the best technical and musical ability of each student on the various instruments. The difficulty of the literature is not as important as the overall musical presentation! 

 

Audition Repertoire Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, Percussion Emphasis:

 

  • Be able to play a rhythmic pattern in the swing and Latin styles as well as this written rhythm part: Jazz Drum Set Audition
  • Play major and natural minor scales, one or two octave in at least three keys
  • Demonstrating the ability to solo over the changes to a standard tune is strongly recommended

For questions about auditioning on Percussion as a Jazz Studies major, please contact

  

5. After your audition:

 

  • You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance to or rejection from the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date.
  • Information regarding music scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.
  • 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.
  • 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 will provide you with information about the university at large and the required University Orientation for all incoming students.
  • A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required Department of Music Orientation will be sent to you over the summer. (Note: this is SEPARATE and in ADDITION to the University Orientation.)

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Recorded Auditions:

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

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