Audition Music Definition Essay

Audition Requirements

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. The audition committee consists of woodwind faculty members. An accompanist is not necessary.

Bachelor's degree in performance (BM)
Bachelor’s degree in music education (BME)
Bachelor’s degree in composition (BM)
Bachelor’s degree in church music (BM)
Bachelor of Arts degree (academic or performance track) (BA)
Master’s degree in performance (MM)

Consider visiting Baylor to take a lesson before your scheduled audition to give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the professor, to meet students in residence at Baylor and to determine whether Baylor would be a good fit for you.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, students must apply for admission to Baylor and complete the School of Music Request for Audition form. If you would like to submit a recording for the purposes of pre-screening prior to audition, please upload a video recording of two contrasting works. This should be done no later than one month before your scheduled audition date to allow for evaluation and response. If you wish to audition on a non-scheduled audition date, please note that on the request form and contact the appropriate faculty member to schedule an audition.

Memorization is not required. We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment, and we request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level. All undergraduate applicants must prepare all major and chromatic scales, full range. Graduate applicants must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales and related studies.

In addition to all individual instrument requirements, please upload the following with your Request to Audition Form:

• Two letters of recommendation (band director, private teacher)

• A one-page resume including musical experience (e.g., awards earned, All-Region/Area/State placements, school ensemble involvement, UIL Solo and Ensemble involvement, church-related performing experience, etc.) as well as repertoire (e.g., solos performed and etudes studied).

• A short essay expressing your long-term musical goals and your reasons for wanting to study in the Baylor School of Music.

• Writing sample (graduates only)




FLUTE: Dr. Charlotte_Daniel

Undergraduate flute requirements:

• Two contrasting works from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto, sonata, or one-movement works. TMEA etudes are not acceptable audition selections.

• In addition to the above, all applicants should be prepared to perform all major, minor, and chromatic scales.

Graduate flute requirements:

• One movement from a standard concerto, with cadenza when applicable.

• Two additional works or movements of contrasting style from the standard repertory.

• Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of the candidate's choice.

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Daniel (Charlotte_Daniel@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, and audition date. For more information about the Baylor Flute Studio, please visit https://www.baylor.edu/music/index.php?id=935617.




OBOE: Dr. Doris DeLoach

Undergraduate oboe requirements:

• Two contrasting works, preferably from different periods and contrasting styles (lyrical/technical), from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or one-movement works.

• An etude from Ferling or Barret Melodic Studies, or an unaccompanied solo work.

Graduate oboe requirements:

• A standard concerto or sonata, or one movement from each.

• An etude from Barret or Ferling.

• A short work of the candidate's choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast.

• Three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. DeLoach (doris_deloach@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




CLARINET: Dr. Jun Qian

Undergraduate Bb clarinet requirements:

• One or two movements from a standard concerto (with cadenza, if applicable) Recommended literature: Movement 1 or 3 of Weber Concerto No. 2; Movement 1 or 3 of Mozart Concerto on A clarinet if possible; movement 1 of Spohr Concerto No. 1; up to the cadenza of Copland Concerto; complete Weber Concertino.

• A short piece and/or contrasting etudes from Rose 32 or Cavallini Caprices Link for undergraduate B-flat clarinet auditions: https://www.junqianclarinet.com/#!undergrad-audition/s9xkc

Undergraduate bass clarinet requirements:

• All full range major and minor (both harmonic and melodic) scales (three octaves if possible) up to mm=120 slurred and mm=112 tongued in 16th notes.

• Bach: PRELUDE ONLY from Cello Suite II, BWV 1008 (Any edition for bass clarinet/clarinet is accepted).

• Rhapsody for Clarinet by Willson Osborne, Peters Edition

• Orchestral Excerpts: Stravinsky: Petrushka, starting on page 40 of the complete bass clarinet part found on the IMSLP site Link for undergraduate bass clarinet auditions: https://www.junqianclarinet.com/#!undergrad-audition/s9xkc

Graduate clarinet requirements:

• A standard concerto: Mozart Concerto (Movement I), Jean Françaix Concerto (Movement I), or Nielsen Concerto recommended.

• An unaccompanied work.

• A short work of the candidate’s choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast: Debussy Rhapsody or Jean Françaix Theme and Variations recommended.

• Three contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire: Beethoven Symphony No.6; Kodaly Dances of Galanta; Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream recommended

Link for graduate clarinet auditions: https://www.junqianclarinet.com/#!grad-assistantship/e65rn

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Qian (jun_qian@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




BASSOON: Dr. Ann Shoemaker

Undergraduate bassoon requirements:

• Two contrasting works, preferably from different periods and contrasting styles (lyrical/technical), from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or one-movement works.

• Etude #1 from 25 Studies in Scales and Chords for Bassoon, Op. 24 by Ludwig Milde.

Graduate bassoon requirements:

• A standard concerto (at least two contrasting movements, with cadenza when applicable).

• One other contrasting work from a different era

• An etude of your choice from 25 Studies in Scales and Chords for Bassoon, Op. 24 by Ludwig Milde.

• Orchestral excerpts: Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, movement 2; Ravel - Bolero.

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Shoemaker (ann_shoemaker@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




SAXOPHONE: Dr. Michael Jacobson

Undergraduate saxophone requirements:

• Two contrasting examples from the standard saxophone repertoire, one technically oriented and the other lyrical. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or a one-movement work exhibiting both elements.

• An etude from Ferling or Voxman Selected Studies, or an unaccompanied solo work.

Graduate saxophone requirements:

• A standard concerto (at least two contrasting movements).

• Two other contrasting works from different periods or styles of composition

• An etude from Ferling, Karg-Elert, Mule, or Lacour

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Jacobson (michael_jacobson@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




For questions regarding audition repertoire, please contact:

Flute:Dr. Charlotte Daniel

Oboe:Dr. Doris DeLoach

Clarinet:Dr. Jun Qian

Bassoon:Dr. Ann Shoemaker

Saxophone:Dr. Michael Jacobson

How to apply

The MIS Option seeks bright, personable, organized, self-starters who possess exceptional character and strong core values that include an intense desire to blend their love of music with their interest in business.

Entrance to the MIS Option is by audition, which can only be completed following acceptance to the University. Acceptance to the University and declaring yourself a “Music” major does not constitute entrance into the MIS Option.

For additional information how to apply to the MIS Option, please visit the Music Department’s Audition & Placement page.

MIS Option Audition Components

All applicants to the MIS Option are required to pass a three-part audition that includes a performance audition (on a musical instrument or voice), an interview, and an essay. Failure to pass any part of the audition will disqualify the applicant from consideration. Simply passing each audition component is not necessarily sufficient for entrance to the MIS Option. With a historic admission rate of approximately 50%, admission into the MIS Option is competitive and determined by the availability of enrollment opportunities and how well an applicant scores in each component of the audition.

1. Performance Audition

Applicants are required to demonstrate musical competency and the ability to read traditional music notation (not just chord symbols or the ability to play by ear) on a musical instrument or voice. Most applicants who have seriously studied music performance with a professionally qualified music teacher for a period of time should have little difficulty passing the performance audition. Please note that the performance audition requirement is never waived.

2. Interview

Applicants are required to participate in an interview with the MIS Option Coordinator. The interview allows the Option Coordinator to assess the applicants' career aspirations, capabilities, and character. Most students present a professional resume at the interview session.

3. Essay

Applicants are required to write an essay on a designated music industry topic. The essay allows the MIS Option Coordinator to assess the applicant’s academic ability, research skills, and writing proficiency. Essay topics are delivered to the applicant at the conclusion of the interview. Applicants have approximately two days in which to complete the essay. All essays are submitted electronically and screened for plagiarism.

Performance Audition Requirements

Performance audition requirements and repertoire are governed by the respective performance areas. The MIS Option does not adjudicate performance auditions nor does it have the authority to modify the scores awarded by the respective performance area. Submission of pre-existing personal or commercial recordings without prior authorization does not qualify as a substitute for the performance audition.

Composers, songwriters, producers, and engineers are subject to the same performance audition requirements as described above. The live performance of recorded media (such as that employed by a DJ or Remixer) does not qualify under the department’s definition of a musical instrument.

For specific performance audition and repertoire requirements for each performance area, please visit the Music Department’s Audition & Placement page.

Can I perform popular music and/or my original songs at the performance audition?

Performance audition repertoire is governed by the respective performance areas. In general, performance audition repertoire is classical in nature.

For specific performance audition repertoire requirements, please visit the Music Department’s Audition & Placement page.

I missed or cannot attend the on-campus auditions. Can I arrange a late or recorded audition?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their performance audition live and on-campus rather than through a recording. Recorded auditions are primarily intended for those applicants residing outside of the United States. For those applicants residing greater than 600 miles away from Los Angeles, California, or whose schedule prevents them from attending an on-campus audition, a recorded audition may be accepted with prior approval of the MIS Area Coordinator.

I have no formal instruction in music performance. Can I still pursue the MIS Option at CSUN?

Entrance to the MIS Option is by audition. All applicants are required to pass a three-part audition that includes a performance audition (on a musical instrument or voice), an interview, and an essay. Failure to pass any part of the audition will disqualify the applicant from consideration.

For many applicants, the performance audition represents the most challenging part of the MIS Option audition. Most applicants who have seriously studied music performance with a professionally qualified music teacher for a period of time should have little difficulty passing the performance audition. Self-taught musicians who cannot read traditional music notation and/or have little experience with classical repertoire and performance techniques seldom pass the performance audition.

Can I still take MIS courses without being admitted to the MIS Option?

Most MIS Option classes are reserved for MIS students only. MUS 419 (Music Industry Foundations) is offered every Fall semester for those non-MIS students who are interested in a one-semester survey of the music industry.

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