Entrance Audition Requirements
All auditionees are required to complete an online audition application. Please make note that we do not accept the arts supplement from the Common Application.
Depending on your instrument, auditions will be fifteen to twenty minutes in length, and be representative of current repertoire. The School of Music offers music scholarships for all band and orchestral instruments, voice, piano, and organ. Audition requirements for entrance into a major and/or scholarship consideration for each area follow:
- Winds & Brass
- Accompanist Information
- Recorded Auditions
- Ensemble Auditions
- Non-auditioned Opportunities
Please be prepared to perform:
- a Baroque work on the level of a Bach Prelude and Fugue OR
- the first or last movement from a sonata by Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven
- a Romantic work OR
- a 20th century work
Music must be memorized.
Prepare one selection demonstrating your technique and control on each of the following instruments that you play: snare drum, xylophone or marimba, timpani, and drum set. You may be asked to sight-read. Due to limitations of available equipment, we are unable to provide any percussion equipment in our regional audition locations in Denver, San Francisco, and Honolulu. We will have percussion equipment available for on campus auditions. If you are unable to audition on campus, please submit a video-recorded percussion audition using the "Recorded Audition" guidelines below.
Audition requirements for Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree in music education or music business, or for a music scholarship with a major outside of music:
- For violin, viola, cello, or double bass: Two contrasting pieces or movements that are representative of your technical ability, one selection preferably from a concerto. Include a selection or movement in a slow tempo as well as one in a lively tempo. Memorization is highly recommended.
- For harp: (1) Two solo works of contrasting style, tempo, or period. (2) Scales and arpeggios of three octaves.
- For guitar: 2 pieces in contrasting styles: one in a slow tempo, and the other in a faster tempo. The pieces should be chosen to display the student's basic technical and expressive skills. The overall playing time should be between 3 and 7 minutes. Memorization is highly recommended. Suggested repertoire includes the following pieces: Sor: Study #2 and Study #5 from 20 Studies (Segovia); Bach: Bourree in e-minor from Lute Suite #1; Tarrega: Lagrima or Adelita; Ponce: Prelude 6; Brouwer: Etude 1 or 6. Other pieces can be checked though the School of Music office or by contacting the guitar instructor Douglas Rice.
Audition requirements for the Bachelor of Music in performance:
- Violin: a movement from an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita; a movement from the standard concerto repertoire (other than a Bach Concerto); an etude or caprice demonstrating your current technical development; and major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves. Either the Bach or the concerto movement must be from memory.
- Viola: a prelude from Bach Cello Suite no. 1, 2 or 3; a movement of a major work (Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Schubert) or a concerto by Stamitz or Hindemith; an etude by Kreutzer or Campagnoli; and major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves. Memorization of at least one piece is strongly recommended.
- Cello: a prelude or allemande from Bach Cello Suite 1, 2 or 3; one movement from the standard concerto repertoire (Elgar, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Haydn C-major); one etude demonstrating your current technical development; and major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves. Memorization of at least one piece is strongly recommended.
- Bass: one movement from a Baroque sonata or suite; a movement or piece with contrasting tempo from a later period; two standard excerpts from Mozart Symphonies 35, 39 or 40; and major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves. One of the pieces must be from memory.
- Harp: Please prepare the three items below.
(1) Etude #1 from Larvière, Exercices et etudes pour la harpe, Op. 9 OR Etude #1 or #10 from Bochsa, Exercices et etudes (advanced etudes) OR Study #10 from Pozzoli, Studies of Medium Difficulty OR any one study from Salzedo, Modern Study of the Harp
(2) Orchestra harp cadenza, either: Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker; Waltz of the Flowers OR Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol OR Britten, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
(3) Two solo works of the applicant's choice, in contrasting style, tempo, and period that demonstrate the applicant's level of proficiency.
For any questions about repertoire, please contact email@example.com.
Prepare at least two selections with piano accompaniment representing the Classical genre, i.e., art songs or arias. The selections should contrast in style and in tempo. One selection should be in English, and the other in a foreign language. (Note: The English selection may be from the musical theatre repertoire.) Memorization is required. After you have performed your prepared songs, you may be asked to sing vocal exercises, tonal memory exercises, and/or to sight-read. If you audition on campus, an accompanist will be available. If you audition in a regional location, please provide your own accompanist.
Prepare two selections that are representative of your current repertoire and include a selection or movement in a slow tempo as well as one in a lively tempo. The selections should demonstrate your tone quality, expressiveness, technique and range. You should be prepared to play major and chromatic scales, and you may be asked to sight-read.
Eligible instruments: piano, bass, guitar, drums, trumpet, trombone, saxophone.
If you would like to be considered for a music scholarship specific to jazz or would like further consideration on your instrument through a second audition in jazz, please submit an audition application indicating jazz and prepare the following audition requirements:
- Two contrasting pieces
- Be prepared to improvise on a blues or a jazz standard of your choice
- You may be asked to sight-read
Jazz auditions in regional audition locations: For the improvisation portion of jazz auditions, it is recommended that you bring an accompanist to play chords while you improvise. A recording on a portable stereo or laptop computer with high quality speakers would also be appropriate. (On campus auditions will have this provided.)
While Puget Sound does not offer a major in Jazz, its offerings include Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Jazz Theory & Improvisation, and Jazz History. An integral part of our instruction in music theory and performance, many of our ensembles perform jazz-inspired works. Jazz auditions are not eligible for consideration for a music major. If you are interested in majoring in music, you will need to complete a classical audition. We encourage you to complete two auditions: one for a jazz scholarship and one on your instrument following the guidelines in the sections above.
Jazz scholarship recipients are required to participate in Jazz Band and Jazz Combos.
Vocalists can be provided an accompanist for on-campus auditions. Please email attached copies and a confirmed list of audition selections, including the key (e.g. A major, G minor, etc.) at least two weeks prior to your audition date to the music admission coordinator. Be sure to bring an original copy of your accompaniment to your audition. Vocalists must arrange to bring their own accompanist to regional audition sites. Instrumentalists are not required to have accompaniment on-campus or at regional audition sites, and accompanists are not provided for instrumentalists auditioning on-campus.
We recommend live auditions for scholarship consideration, but if you cannot come to campus or to one of our regional audition sites (Denver, San Francisco, Southern California), we will accept a video-recorded audition (submitted online only) for those who reside more than 200 miles from an audition location. To submit a recorded audition:
- Please view the audition requirements for your instrument above.
- Complete an Audition Application (www.pugetsound.edu/audition).
- Video-record your full audition, starting by stating your full name, what you are auditioning for (specific music majors, scholarship only), and the name of each piece you will perform. We recommend recording in the highest quality possible to give our music faculty the best chance to adjudicate your true ability. The following formats are accepted: mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob. Mp4 with h.264 encoding is recommended.
- Submit your recording by February 1, 2014 to the online Audition Dropbox (http://www.decisiondesk.com/clients/pugetsoundmusic/apply/welcome/). Please do not mail your recorded audition; it will be accepted online only.
For more information or assistance, please call the music admission office at 253.879.3228, or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept CD or audio-recordings.