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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:

 

  • SELECT one of the following dates and choose an audition time on the Google Spreadsheet. Please note that anything you enter is automatically saved, so do not change any other students' entries.
  • Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours 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:

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

  • Auditions for are scheduled individually. Schedule an individual audition appointment by emailing Dr. Esther Park  
  • Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours 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: 

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance & Vocal/Keyboard Music Education*:

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
  • Interview with ETSU piano faculty
  • *Additional requirements for scholarships listed below

*The Bachelor of Music, Vocal/Keyboard Music Education requires two SEPARATE auditions: One for piano and one for voice. For the voice audition requirements, please see the Voice tab (above).

 

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

  • 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    

 

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Minor in Music, Piano Emphasis:

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

Additional Repertoire Requirements for Students Seeking 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

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

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. Benjamin Caton: 
or 423-439-4405

 

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 dates in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

Individual auditions can be scheduled on other dates if absolutely necessary. Please contact to arrange an alternative audition date. 

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

Please check with Professor Paluzzi for approval of repertoire substitutions and for any other questions that you may have:   Subject line: Audition

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:

  1. All 12 major scales, range from low B flat to high E flat

  2. One octave: G, A flat, A 

  3. Two octave: B flat, B, C, D flat, D, E flat, E, F, F#/G flat

  4. Chromatic scale from low B flat to high E flat

  5. Sight reading excerpts

 

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:

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

 

 CLARINET

 

Repertoire:

Option 1:
2 Etudes from the Rose 32 and/or Rose 40 Etude books (one slow, and one fast).

Option 2:
Any first movement from a clarinet concerto (Mozart, Stamitz, Krommer, Weber, Spohr, Crussel, etc.)

Option 3:
Any first movement from a clarinet sonata (Brahms, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Bernstein, Martinu, etc.)

Additional Requirements:

All 12 major scales at least 2 octaves

Sight reading excerpts

 

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.

 

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 specifically about the audition for the Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, Woodwind Instruments, please contact Mr. Martin Walters at    

 

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. Christian Zembower:

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 dates in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.


Individual auditions can be scheduled on other dates if absolutely necessary. Please contact to arrange an alternative audition date.

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 (several octaves, where appropriate), and chromatic scale (at least two octaves)

Sight reading excerpts 

If there are any questions about appropriate trumpet audition repertoire please contact Dr. Christopher Underwood at  

 

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 (several octaves, where appropriate)

Sight reading excerpts

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Brass Area Coordinator, Dr. Stephanie Frye:

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 dates in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

Individual auditions can be scheduled on other dates if absolutely necessary. Please contact to arrange an alternative audition date for violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Contact to arrange an alternative audition date for guitar or jazz bass. 

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, Performance & Music Education, String Instruments:

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)
  • 1st movement of a concerto (Haydn, Mozart, de Bériot, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Wieniawski, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Sibelius, etc)
  • Guitar majors, please contact the Department of Music for specific audition requirements:  

Please contact Dr. David Kovac with any questions about audition repertoire

 

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, String Emphasis (Guitar & Bass Only):

 

  • 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

Please contact Mr. Martin Walters with any questions about audition repertoire  

 

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Minor in Music, String Emphasis (Only Classical Studies Available for Minor):

Perform the following: 

  • Two contrasting works best representing your abilities (Etudes, Movement of a sonata, Movement of a concerto, Movement of any solo)

 

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 String Area Coordinator, Dr. David Kovac 

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 dates in the online application form (Step 2). You will be contacted via email about your scheduled audition time.

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length, but your visit to the Department of Music offers much more beyond the audition. Expect to spend a minimum of 2 – 3 hours on campus meeting faculty, current students, and observing classes and ensembles.

Individual auditions can be scheduled on other dates if absolutely necessary. Please contact to arrange an alternative audition date. 

4. Prepare to Audition for the ETSU Department of Music

 

 SNARE DRUM

  • Any etude from "Portraits in Rhythm" by Anthony Cirone
  • Any etude from "Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies" by Mitchell Peters
  • Any other solo or etude in a similar style, selected by your private percussion teacher

TIMPANI

  •  Any etude from "Modern Method for Timpani" by Saul Goodman
  • A selection from "Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist" by Garwood Whaley
  • Any other solo or etude in a similar style, selected by your private percussion teacher

KEYBOARD PERCUSSION

  • Any two mallet etudes from the Morris Goldenberg text "Modern School for Xylo"
  • Any study from Whaley's "Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player."
  • "Yellow after the Rain", Mitchell Peters
  • "Sea Refractions", Mitchell Peters
  • Any piece from Mark Ford's "Marimba: Technique Through Music"
  • Any piece from Julie Davila's "Impressions on Wood"
  • Any other etude or piece in a similar style, selected by your private teacher

MULTIPLE PERCUSSION/DRUM SET

Multiple percussion pieces can be performed if the student has 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.

 

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

  

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 Percussion Area Coordinator, Dr. Rande Sanderbeck:

 

Recorded Auditions:

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

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