Auditions at ATU

Information
All students who intend to pursue a degree in music must audition with the department before being accepted into the program. This audition will serve both as your admissions audition and your audition for a Music Performance Fellowship. Students who are interested in majoring in music, including the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music Education, need to complete this audition. Fellowship awards for music majors are tiered based upon the quality of the audition. While it is recommended that you contact your primary professor and audition at one of the formal audition dates, these dates are not required. If the dates listed below do not work, then you may set up an individual appointment for an audition.

Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Friday, March 1, 2019

To register for an audition, students must complete the following:

University Application
Prospective Student Form


Students will receive confirmation of their audition by e-mail. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled dates you are welcome to contact the professor for your instrument/voice to set up an alternate audition time. Pianists who are unable to make one of the scheduled dates should contact Dr. Tim Smith.

Students who cannot audition in person because of distance from campus may submit a recorded audition. For information regarding recorded auditions, please contact auditions@atu.edu.

Early Decision Auditions
Students may audition "early" by making an appointment before November 30. Early decision fellowship offers will be made during the first week of December. Students will have 2 weeks to formally accept that offer. Early decision is best for students who know that ATU is their primary choice for college and want confirmation before the holidays. If you are interested in being considered for early admission, please contact the professor of your instrument/voice listed below or contact auditions@atu.edu.

Audition Requirements

  • Woodwind
    • Flute
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
    • Oboe
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
    • Clarinet
      • Two contrasting etudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
      • All auditions must be on Bb Clarinet. More information here.
    • Saxophone
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
    • Bassoon
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
  • Brass & Percussion
    • Trumpet
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces (see suggested list below). ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
        • Any solo by Barat or Balay, Concert Etude- Goedicke, Sonata- Paul Hindemith, Concerto in Eb- J.F. Haydn, Concerto in Eb- J.N. Hummel, Sonata- Kent Kennan.
      • Major/Minor scales from ASBOA All-Region/All State Requirement. More information here.
      • Sight-reading may be required.
    • Horn
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
    • Trombone
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-Statematieral is appropriate.
    • Euphonium
      • Two contrastingetudes and/or solo pieces. Major/Minor scales and sight-reading may be required. ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
    • Tuba
      • Prepare two contrasting etudes. You can also prepare a solo and a contrastingetude. Major scales and sight-reading may be requested for Fellowship consideration.ASBOA All-Region/All-State material is appropriate.
    • Percussion
      • Please prepare one snare etude and/or one keyboard etude or solo piece. You may be asked to sight-read on both snare and keyboard and be asked to perform rudiments from the All-State/Region list. ASBOA All- Region/All-State material is appropriate.
  • Piano
    • Please prepare two contrasting pieces, preferably from different stylistic periods. If auditioning for a piano fellowship, you will be asked to sightread at an early to middle intermediate level.
  • Voice
    • Singers should plan to (1) sing a vocal solo, and be prepared for (2) a brief vocalization, (3) tonal memory exercises, and (4) a short sight-reading exercise.
      • Though solfege is encouraged for sight reading, students should sight read utilizing whatever method they are most comfortable using (i.e. solfege, numbers, count singing, a neutral syllable, etc.).
      • The prepared solo piece for the most well-prepared audition will consist of a memorized classical solo piece in any language.
      • Songs used for solo & ensemble contests such as art songs or arias make excellent audition pieces.
      • However, if a student does not have a vocal solo they can sing whatever they would like and should not be discouraged from auditioning. In these situations, students are encouraged to sing a song from school/region choir or church. This is not ideal but will suffice for students without a classical solo prepared.
    • An accompanist will be provided.
      • Please ensure that you have hole-punched sheet music for the pianist.
      • Students should not sing from any form of electronic audio accompaniment including a CD or from a cell phone.

 

 


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