Audition Repertoire Requirements


 

Woodwinds

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon - At least two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including movements of sonatas, concerti and other solo pieces. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.

Brass

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba – At least two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including movements of sonatas, concerti and other solo pieces. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.

Percussion

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

One selection from each of the following categories: (1) snare drum; (2) marimba, xylophone or vibraphone (demonstrating two and four-mallet technique); (3) timpani (demonstrating tuning ability); and optional: drum set or multiple percussion.

Keyboard Instruments

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration: 

OrganAt least two selections: (1) prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or a work by another Baroque composer; and (2) a 19th-20th century composition.

Piano - Three selections (all performed from memory) for each of the following categories: (1) a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Klavier by J.S. Bach; (2) a movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven; and (3) a Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary work of choice.

Strings

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration: 

Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass
 - At least two contrasting works from the following three choices: (1) a movement from a J.S. Bach solo sonata or partita, or other Baroque work; (2) a movement from a 19th-20th century sonata or concerto; (3) or a work of the student's choice. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.

harp

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, plus one orchestral excerpt.

Voice

For admission to the School of Music and scholarship consideration:

By December 1, all vocalists are required to submit an unedited pre-screen video recording of two of the three pieces below to DePauw's Acceptd portal. You may sign up for an audition date, but do not finalize any travel plans until you are informed that you have passed the pre-screen audition. In the live audition, vocalists will be required to sight-read, match pitch, and prepare the following three pieces: (1) an art song in Italian; (2) an art song in French or German; and (3) a classical or musical theatre piece for performance. NOTE: DePauw will provide a pianist and a brief rehearsal free of charge at on-campus auditions.