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Dates to audition for the School of Music announced:
All auditions to be held at the School of Music, Altgeld Hall, Carbondale, IL.
- January 19, 2013
- February 18, 2013
- or by appointment. (Call 618.536.8742)
All audition dates are for incoming students and transfer students. All auditions are held at Altgeld Hall on the SIUC campus.
For Music scholarship eligibility, students must audition by Feb. 18, 2013. Academic scholarships that are awarded by Financial Aid are given on a first-come basis, so early application and admission is strongly advised. For more information go to www.scholarships.siu.edu.
Auditions can be scheduled by appointment if you are unable to attend on one of the scheduled dates. Please contact Bernadette Summerville at email@example.com or call 618-536-8742 for assistance.
- Mozart concerto for Flute, in G -- movement 1
- Mozart concerto for Flute, in D -- movement 1
- J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 2 in Eb -- any movement
- Hindemith Sonata -- movement 1 or movement 3 to the end of the work
- Poulenc Sonata -- movements 1 & 2, or 2 & 3
- Any solo from Flute Music by French Composers
- Dance of the Blessed Spirits -- Gluck
Major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios up to 4 sharps and 4 flats from Barret Oboe
Method (pp. 19-21) or IMEA scale sheet
Two contrasting etudes from Barret Oboe Method or Ferling 48 Studies
One or two movements from one of the following concertos or sonatas:
- Marcello - Concerto in c
- Albinoni - Concerto in d
- Cimarosa - Concerto in C
- Mozart - Concerto in C
- Corelli - Concerto in F
- Handel - Concerto in B flat or g
- Handel - Sonatas in c, g or F
Major and minor scales from IMEA scale sheet, or Klose Method, page 123.
Two contrasting etudes from Rose 32 Etudes or Voxman Selected Studies.
One accompanied solo work with piano, such as the following:
- Henri Rabaud - Solo de Concours
- Ernesto Cavallini - Adagio and Tarantella
- Michael Bergson - Scene and Air
- Paul Jeanjean – Arabesque
Applicants should be prepared to play major and minor scales and arpeggios
Applicants should choose 2 selections- one fast and one slow- from repertoire such as the following:
- A movement from a concerto by Vivaldi, Weber, or Mozart
- A movement from a sonata by Galliard, Hindemith, or Telemann
- An etude from Milde Concert Studies or Weissenborn Etudes
All Major and Harmonic Minor Scales (Full Range)
Two lyrical pieces:
- From Ferling, “48 Studies” for Oboe or Saxophone
- Creston, "Sonata" Mvt. II, or comparable work
Two technical pieces:
- From Ferling “48 studies” for Oboe or Saxophone
- Ibert "Concertino da Camera" Mvt. I, or comparable work
- All major and minor scales from either the IMEA scale sheet or from Arban's Method for Trumpet-#1 form each key, pp. 59-75. (Complete Conservatory Method For Trumpet - J.B. Arban, pubished by Carl Fischer
- A technical etude such as an Arban Characteristic Study, pp. 285-299.
- A lyrical etude such as one of the selections on pp. 191-192 in Arban.
- A solo that you would normally play for Solo/Ensemble contest. It should reflect your current ability level. Eg. - Haydn Concerto, Hummel Concerto, Concert Etude-Goedicke, Andante and Allegro - Ropartz, Aria con Variazioni - Handel/Fitzgerald, Petite Piece Concertante - Balay, Allegro - Vivaldi/Fitzgerald
- Sight reading
All audition material selected should be representative of the highest level possible for the individual player.
Bachelor of Music – Performance and Music Education majors:
- Two etudes in contrasting styles by Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies Book 1 or 2; Concone/Shoemaker, Legato Etudes; or Maxime-Alphonse, Book II-IV
- R. Strauss, Concerto No. 1, first movement OR Mozart, Concerto No. 3, K. 446, first movement
- All Major Scales – covering the largest part of the individual player’s range
Bachelor of Arts
- Two etudes in contrasting styles by Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies Book 1; Pottag, 335 Melodius Progressive, and Technical Studies, Maxime-Alphonse, Book II-III
- Saint-Saëns, Romance, Op. 36
- All Major Scales – 2 octaves
Any etude from Melodious Etudes Book 1 by J. Rochut (Bordogni)
- Andante and Allegro -- Barat
- Andante and Allegro -- Ropartz
- Morceau Symphonique -- Guillmant
- Sonata -- by either Galliard or Marcello
- Concerto -- Rimsky-Korsakov
- Concertino – David
- Perform a prepared solo (accompaniment optional)
- Perform 2 contrasting etudes (one melodious and the other technical)
Not sure of what to play? Feel free to contact me directly.
- One movement of an Unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
- One movement of a concerto, preferably with accompaniment
- One short piece from the 19th Century Romantic period.
- Two contrasting movements from a Bach Suite
- One movement from a concerto or major solo work by Haydn, Boccherini, Elgar, Saint-Saens, or Popper
One-octave major scales: all
Two-octave major scales: F, G, Ab and A
Two-octave melodic minor scales: E and F#
Simandl: "Etude No. 17: Tempo di Polacca" from 30 Studies
A slower, lyrical movement from a Baroque or Classical sonata, or a comparable work such as:
- Purcell: Aria
- Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
A faster, rhythmic movement from a Baroque or Classical sonata, or a comparable work such as:
- Russell: any allegro movement from Buffo Set
- Saint-Saens: "L'Elephant" from Le Carnaval des Animaux
Two and Three-octave major and minor scales (Andres Segovia edition).
Any selections from the Twenty Studies for Guitar by Fernando Sor (Segovia edition).
Selected solo repertiore from the Renaissance (Milan,Dowland,etc.)
Baroque(Sanz, Bach, etc.)periods.
Undergraduate Music Majors & Graduates/Undergraduates Seeking Elective Credit:
- TECHNIQUE: Be prepared to play any of the 12 Major scales, hands together, a minimum 2 octaves ascending and descending, at a metronome speed in the range of 60-100, 4 notes per beat. Minor scales in natural, harmonic and melodic forms, as well as triad and 4-note arpeggios may also be examined at the audition, but are not necessarily required for acceptance into an applied piano studio.
- REPERTOIRE: Perform 2 pieces of contrasting periods/styles from the standard classical piano literature, at least one of which should be performed from memory. Representative examples include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Baroque: J. S. Bach 2 or 3-Part Inventions or Prelude & Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier; Scarlatti Sonata, etc.
- Classical: Sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, etc.
- Romantic: Chopin Waltzes or Nocturnes, Mendelssohn Songs without Words, Brahms Intermezzi, or works by Schumann, Liszt, etc.
- 20th Century: Debussy Preludes, Bartók Bagatelles, shorter works by Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc.
- SIGHT-READING: Sight-read a brief excerpt selected by the piano faculty.
Steven Barwick Piano Scholarship For Undergraduate Piano Performance Majors:
Please click here to see the Barwick Piano Scholarship page.
M.M. Graduate Performance And Pedagogy Majors:
Present a memorized performance of a well-balanced solo program of a minimum of 30 minutes length including at least 3 different style periods from the standard Classical literature. Technical requirements will include solid proficiency in all Major and minor scales and arpeggios, hands together, 4 octaves at a minimum metronome speed of 80, 4 notes per beat. A brief sight-reading demonstration will also be required.
Audition For Accompanying Graduate Assistantship:
If you are applying for MM Piano Performance or Pedagogy track and wish to audition for an accompanying graduate assistantship position, please prepare an instrumental sonata movement or an art song to be performed (with an instrumentalist or a singer who will be provided by SIUC) at a live audition. In case you are not able to visit the campus for a live audition due to the distance from your home and Carbondale and you choose to mail a recorded audition CD/DVD, please include a performance with an instrumentalist or a singer of your choice in your audition CD/DVD.
M.M. Graduate Collaborative Piano Majors:
Please click here for M.M. Collaborative Piano audition requirements.
Each candidate is scheduled a 30-minute audition. You should prepare approximately 20 minutes of music demonstrating musical competency and instrumental versatility. 10 minutes of your audition is allotted for an interview to answer your questions, discuss your past musical experiences and future career goals, and review your audition.
The prepared material should demonstrate understanding of fundamental sound production, rhythmic control, and the necessary technical proficiency in at least two of the following areas:
- Solo/Etude – Rudimental and/or Orchestral style
- Sight Reading (provided at the audition)
- Major scales and natural minor scales
- Solo/Etude - 2 or 4 mallets
- Sight Reading (provided at the audition)
- Demonstration of styles – swing, jazz waltz, funk, rock, Afro-Cuban (mambo, mozambique), Brazilian (samba, bossa-nova), etc.
- Prepared solo or transcription (optional)
- CD play-along (optional)
- Solo/Etude and/or orchestral excerpts
- Demonstrate tuning ability and pitch matching
Demonstration of abilities in other areas such as hand drums, multiple percussion, orchestral accessories, or steel drums is acceptable and highly encouraged. Supplemental audio and/or video recordings of these additional areas may be submitted at/or prior to your audition. Original compositions may be performed or submitted in hard copy, audio, and/or video formats. For any questions concerning audition materials or procedure please contact:
Ron Coulter, Percussion
Southern Illinois University
School of Music, MC 4302
Carbondale, IL 62901-4302
- 2 contrasting musical theater selections and 1 monologue appropriate to age, physical type, and vocal abilities, the total of which not to exceed 5 minutes. An accompanist will be provided.
- Please bring 8 x 10 picture and one page resume (on back of pic) of performance experience and training to audition.
Any art song from the following collections:
- 26 Italian Songs and Arias – John Glenn Paton, Editor, Alfred Publishing Company
- Schubert 200 Songs in three volumes – International Music Company
- Anthology of Spanish Song – Hal Leonard Publishing Company
- Basics of Singing – Jan Schmidt, Schirmer Books
- Adventures in Singing – Clifton Ware, McGraw Hill Publishing
Major and minor scales, one octave