Audition Guidelines for Music Majors

The Audition

Student singingYour audition at Heidelberg will include three parts:

  1. Performance of music you have prepared. You may audition in more than one performance area.
  2. Interview with faculty
  3. Assessment of musical background

Suitable Repertoire

Recommendations of repertoire listed below by performance area are only suggestions. Many pieces, too numerous to list, would be equally appropriate, and it is best if you perform music which best demonstrates your capability. If you have questions regarding suitability of the pieces you wish to perform, please call Dr. John E. Owen, Director, at (419) 448–2073.

  • Bassoon
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to Weissenborn Study No. 5. Major scales, one octave.
  • Cello
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or two contrasting movements from J.S. Bach Suites for unaccompanied cello. Majors scales in two octaves through five sharps and flats. Etude comparable to Popper or advanced Dotzaver. Memorization is encouraged.
  • Clarinet
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization.  One etude from the Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book I or 2, ed. by David Hite and published by Southern Music.  Major scales two octaves; chromatic scale from E — c2.
  • Composition
    Scores and/or tapes of original composition(s), if available, should be mailed two weeks prior to audition. During the audition the prospective student will interview with a composition/theory faculty member and complete a musical aptitude test. Composition majors will also declare an area of applied music study.
  • Euphonium
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to Rochut/Bordogni Melodious Etudes. Major scales. 5b’s-2#’s.
  • Flute
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to Berbiguier Exercises. Major scales, two octaves.
  • French Horn
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. Major scales, one octave; F and G scales, two octaves; F chromatic scale, two octaves.
  • Guitar
    Two contrasting solos comparable to the Sor Studies. At least one piece should be memorized. Major scales, two octaves.
  • Oboe
    One solo by Albinoni, Cimarosa, Piston, Arnold, or comparable choice. A two–octave major scale of your choice, and an etude from an oboe method.
  • Organ
    At least two pieces of contrasting periods and styles. Preferably, one piece should be an organ piece by J.S. Bach for manuals and pedal. Another piece may be for piano from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. Major scales, two octaves, played at the piano.
  • Percussion
    One solo on either snare drum, timpani or mallet instrument from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard.
  • Piano
    Two contrasting solos from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. At least one piece should be memorized. Major and minor scales, two octaves. Major arpeggios, two octaves.
  • Saxophone
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization.  One etude from the Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1 or 2. ed. by David Hite and published by Southern Music.  Major scales, one or two octaves.
  • String Bass
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to the Storch–Hrabe 57 Studies for String Bass. Major scales, one octave.
  • Trombone
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to Rochut/Bordogni Melodius Etudes. Major scales, one octave. 5b’s-2#’s.
  • Trumpet
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to Hering 32 etudes or Brandt Studies for the Trumpet. Major scales, one octave.
  • Tuba
    One solo from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. One etude comparable to Blazhevich 66 Studies. Major scales.
  • Violin/Viola
    Two contrasting compositions from the solo or orchestra literature selected from the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard. Two octave major scales (three octave preferred) through four sharps and four flats and one etude comparable to Kreutzer.
  • Voice
    Two contrasting solos comparable to the highest two levels in your state music organization, or comparable standard; memorized; preferably one solo in a foreign language.