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2020-21 Undergraduate Audition and Interview Information 

Special note: Auditions for the 2020-21 season will be completed by a recorded audition submission followed by a virtual interview with faculty.

You are required to perform an audition, interview or both to be considered for a music major. Recorded auditions and virtual interviews will take the place of a live audition and interview for the 2020-21 admission year.

The recorded audition will be evaluated for technical and musical proficiency. A schedule of your virtual interview will be sent to you after receipt of your recorded auditionBecause of faculty availability and the high volume of applicants, we are unable to honor special requests for particular times on the interview day. Please allow the entire day (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. for instrumental/piano and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. for voice). Pay special attention to the application deadlines and audition requirements for your specific program of interest.

Once a virtual audition and interview confirmation email has been sent, a $15 change fee applies if you request any changes to the assigned date or time. Please prepare to attend several meetings throughout the to meet with faculty and experience the music program.

Undergraduate Music Virtual Interview Dates + Audition Repertoire

You are required to complete either an audition, interview or both to complete their application. Auditions will be conducted as a recorded audition and can be submitted in the music application. You will be scheduled for a virtual interview on one of the audition dates listed below. 

The November virtual date is for spring 2021 admission only. January and February virtual dates are for fall 2021 admission.

Bassoon (Nov. 14, Jan.16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Bassoon (Nov. 14, Jan.16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition:
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time.The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition:

Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts)

    • Scales: All major scales (three octaves for B-flat and C; two octaves for all others).
    • Two contrasting etudes from Weissenborn: 50 Advanced Studies or one etude from Milde: Concert Studies, Vol. 1.
    • One selection from the list below:
      • A movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Hummel)
      • A movement from a standard sonata (Hindemith, Saint-Säens, Telemann, Hurlstone, Cascarino)
      • A single movement work in its entirety (Elgar: Romance, Pierné: Solo de Concerto, Op. 35 or Prelude de Concert, Bourdeau: Premier Solo, Osborne: Rhapsody) or a similar composition.

Performance Majors

    • Scales: All major scales (three octaves for B-flat and C; two octaves for all others), all melodic minor scales (two octaves), and a three-octave chromatic scale.
    • Milde: One etude from Concert Studies, Vol. 1.
    • One selection from the list below:
      • A fast movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Hummel)
      • A fast movement from a sonata (Hindemith, Saint-Säens, Telemann, Hurlstone, Tansman, Cascarino)
      • A single movement work in its entirety (Elgar: Romance, Pierné: Solo de Concerto, Op. 35 or Prelude de Concert, Bourdeau: Premier Solo, Osborne: Rhapsody) or a similar composition.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the cello faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Cello (Nov.14, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Cello (Nov.14, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition:
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in FebruaryIf you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. For concerto movements that are very long (such as Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms and Beethoven), choose a 10-minute portion of the movement to record and play all cadenzas. Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (TLandsc@asu.edu). The recording should be in one take with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition:
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). Piano accompaniment is not required. You should record the following:

  • An etude.
  • Two works contrasting in tempo and style.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the cello faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to answer interview questions and ask questions yourself. Interview questions may include: "Tell us about your musical background and interest." "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?" and "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?" You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Clarinet (Nov. 14, Jan.16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Clarinet (Nov. 14, Jan.16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition:
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time.The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition:

Non-Performance Majors ( music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts)

    • Scales: All major scales, range from low E to high G. Some knowledge of minor scales and major scales in thirds, (one octave).
    • Ability to perform etudes contained in such materials as Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Book 2, edited by David Hite, published by Southern Music, and Rose’s 32 Etudes.
    • Audition should consist of contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature and/or the above etudes. One of your selections may be an original piece or improvisation.

Performance Majors

    • Scales: All major scales, range from low E to high G. Ability to perform minor scales in at least one form, range from low E to high G and major scales in thirds, (one octave).
    • Some knowledge of dominant 7th chords.
    • Ability to perform etudes contained in such materials as Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Book 2, edited by David Hite, published by Southern Music, and Rose’s 32 Etudes.
    • Audition should consist of contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature and/or the above etudes. Standard literature should be representative of works such as:
      • Weber: Concertos or Concertino
      • Mozart: Concerto
      • Brahms: Sonatas
      • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
      • 20th-century works such as Stravinsky: Three Pieces
      • You may choose an original piece or improvisation for your contrasting selection. It should highlight your creative work and command of the instrument.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the clarinet faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to ask the faculty questions, to answer interview questions, and to sight-read on your instrument. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Composition Prescreening + Interview (Nov. 14, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Composition Prescreening + Interview (Nov. 14, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

To be considered for an interview, the composition program requires a prescreening portfolio to be uploaded to the music application. Refer to "Recordings + Portfolios" for technical specifications. Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2020-21 admission year.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Three to five of the applicant's strongest compositions demonstrating technical facility in a variety of genres. Recent works are preferred.
  • Materials should include scores in PDF and recordings.

Applicants who pass the prescreening are scheduled for an interview with the composition faculty. In the event that you are not selected for an interview, you may apply for another music degree.

Composition applicants are not required to perform an audition to be considered for admission to the composition program. If you wish to take lessons in your main instrument, you must complete an audition and follow those audition repertoire guidelines.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the composition faculty if you pass your prescreening portfolio review on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to answer questions during your intervirew. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application

Double Bass (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Double Bass (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. For concerto movements that are very long (such as Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms and Beethoven), choose a 10-minute portion of the movement to record and play all cadenzas. Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Catalin.Rotaru@asu.edu). See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). Piano accompaniment is not required. You should record the following:

  • An etude exemplifying the applicant's technical ability.
  • Two works (or movements) contrasting in tempo and style.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the double bass faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to answer interview questions and ask questions yourself. Interview questions may include: "Tell us about your musical background and interest." "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?" and "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz bass, select email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

Euphonium (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Euphonium (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. Plan to submit a recorded audition and complete a virtual interview.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time.The recording can have multiple videos. No editing of any kind is allowed for the recordings.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Piano accompaniment is not required. Auditions are 10 minutes and you should prepare the following:

  • Perform something technical and something lyrical 
  • Possible etudes chosen from the following or comparable collections:
    • Voxman: Selected Studies
    • Bordogni and Rochut: Melodious Studies, Vol. 1
    • Arban: Characteristic Studies
  • Possible solos from which to choose or another comparable solo in your repertoire:
    • Curnow: Rhapsody for Euphonium
    • Arban: Carnival of Venice and Variations on a Tyrolean Song
    • DeLuca: Beautiful Colorado
    • Clinard: Sonata for Unaccompanied Euphonium
  • Additional demonstrations or samples of your work as a musician are encouraged and welcomed (jazz, composition, other styles of music, instrument double, other)

What to Prepare for Your Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a 10 minute virtual interview with the euphonium faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will complete sight-reading and a scale quiz. Also plan to answer questions such as:

  1. What are your career goals?
  2. In what way do you see yourself sharing music with your community?
  3. What type of collaborations have you experience? What types can you imagine?
  4. Describe yourself as a member of the euphonium/tuba studio. What are your primary and secondary skill sets?
  5. Describe yourself in three words.

You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application

Flute (Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Flute (Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The flute studio only accepts applications for fall admission. No openings are available for spring admission.

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording should be in one video with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). Piano accompaniment is strongly recommended but not required. All pieces should be recorded in a single, unedited video. You should record the following:

  • Scales: All major and minor scales, preferably more than two octaves in range.
  • One technical etude or study of your choice.
  • J.S. Bach: One movement from any sonata.
  • One movement from a standard concerto.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the flute faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to answer interview questions (such as why you play the flute and what your goals are), and to ask the faculty questions. You may also play scales or short excerpts. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Guitar (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13)

Guitar (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Ji.Yeon.Kim@asu.edu). See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
Prior private instruction from a qualified classical guitar teacher is strongly advised. You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). You may be asked to sight-read a short piece to be selected at the time of the audition.

  • Etudes: Two etudes of your choice.
  • Three solo works demonstrating different musical styles and techniques at an intermediate level.  

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the guitar faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will answer interview questions and have the opportunity to ask questions of your own. Be prepared for possible sight-reading during the interview.

You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. Be prepared to answer interview questions and ask questions yourself. Interview questions may include: "Tell us about your musical background and interest." "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?" and "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?" You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz guitar, email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

Harp (By Appointment)

Harp (By Appointment)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.. Applicants should contact Charles Lynch to schedule a virtual meeting. 

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline is February 1 (or before your interview) for fall 2021 admission. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Charles.Lynch@asu.edu). See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (composition, music education, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). All solos to be performed from memory.

  • Two solos of choice in contrasting style, one of which is a programmatic work from the standard harp repertoire.
  • One Orchestral Cadenza.

Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

If on-campus, applicants may practice and audition on ASU harps. ASU owns a Lyon & Healy 85 CG.

Virtual Interview
You need to contact Charles.Lynch@asu.edu to schedule your virtual interview. All interviews must be completed by Nov. 30 for spring admission and Feb. 28 for fall admission. Be prepared to play short excerpts of audition material on your instrument, discuss your recorded audition, and ask questions of your own.

Horn (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Horn (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. You are allowed multiple video recordings. No editing of any kind is allowed for the recordings. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Admission into performance programs requires more advanced development of embouchure, articulation, range, tone and flexibility than is required for non-performance programs (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). While orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed. Piano accompaniment is not required. You should record the following:

  • Two contrasting selections. These may be of your choice and of any musical style, but should of comparable overall technical difficulty to selections from the following representative samples:
    • One technical etude such as found in Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies 
    • One lyric etude such as found in Maxime-Alphonse or the Pottag Preparatory Melodies 
    • A movement or movements of a solo work such as Mozart: Concertos, Saint-Saëns: Morceau de Concert, F. Strauss: Nocturno or Concerto, Op. 8, or R. Strauss: Concerto No. 1

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a 10 minute virtual interview with the horn faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to do the following in your interview:

  • Discuss your recorded audition.
  • Perform short excerpts of audition materials that you submitted in the recorded audition.
  • Play scales at the request of the horn professor.
  • Sight-Read on your instrument
  • Ask any questions about the horn studio

You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Jazz Instruments (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Jazz Instruments (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

Studio instruction in jazz is only available to jazz majors. Therefore, only applicants applying for the Bachelor of Music in jazz performance, Bachelor of Music in music learning and teaching and Bachelor of Music in music therapy or Bachelor of Arts in music and culture may audition in jazz.

The Bachelor of Music in jazz performance is offered on the following instruments:

  • Double Bass
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Woodwind and string auditions are at the discretion of the jazz studies faculty.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. You are allowed multiple video recordings. No editing of any kind is allowed for the recordings. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Audition
You should record a well prepared 15 minute recorded audition. The titles suggested in this section illustrate the kind and quality of music appropriate for an audition. Applicants are free to choose a program using music from this list or music of comparable quality. Candidates for all instruments (except for drum set: see separate requirements) should prepare something similar to the following, although not all selections may be heard:

  • Ballad, in tempo (Body and Soul, Lover Man, In a Sentimental Mood, etc.)
  • Jazz Standard, moderate to up-tempo (All the Things You Are, There Will Never Be Another You, There Is No Greater Love, etc.)
  • Rhythm Changes (I Got Rhythm, Anthropology, Oleo, etc.)
  • Straight-Eighth tune, moderate tempo or faster (Blue Bossa, Little Sunflower, etc)
  • 12-Bar Blues, any tempo
  • Play a bebop head from memory (Confirmation, Donna Lee, Ornithology, Scrapple from the Apple, etc.) to demonstrate jazz phrasing and articulation skills.
  • Chords and Scales: In addition, all candidates are expected to have knowledge of and may be called upon to perform, all major and minor scales, and the II–V7–I progression in arpeggiated format (all chords up to the 9th).
  • Original compositions and non-standard repertoire are optional, but acceptable as part of the audition and may be performed or submitted. Please keep in mind that the jazz faculty will not be available to rehearse. Bring 3 photocopies of each selection in lead sheet form.

Instrument-Specific Requirements

  • Piano and Guitar (strongly encouraged for all other candidates): One of the above required pieces must be performed as an unaccompanied solo
  • Bass: In addition to the above requirements, bassists will be asked to walk bass lines through the progressions of any or all selections.
  • Drum Set: Candidates for drum set will be asked to sight-read big band charts and demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: brush work at a ballad and medium fast swing tempo, Afro Cuban and related grooves (such as mambo, rhumba and bolero), Brazilian bossa nova, samba, contemporary rock, and grooves in 5/4 or 7/4. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate ability to play time, delineate form and improvise over the following types of tunes: blues, rhythm changes (I Got Rhythm, Anthropology, Oleo, etc.), and modal (So What, Impressions, Little Sunflower, etc.). In addition, candidates will be asked to trade 4s, 8s and choruses.

Classical Study
If you wish to take classical lessons you must pass a classical studio audition to be eligible to take these lessons while pursuing jazz studies at ASU. To audition in both classical and jazz, indicate this on your music application and email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the jazz faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared for a Q+A with faculty and to discuss your recorded audition.

You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

 

Music and Culture Interview (Nov. 14 Jan. 16, Feb. 27)

Music and Culture Interview (Nov. 14 Jan. 16, Feb. 27)

 A virtual audition for the 2020-21 admission year with faculty is required. 

If you select music and culture as your first-choice major, you will be scheduled for an interview with at least three musicology faculty to establish your potential as a music and culture major.

What to Prepare for Your Virtual Interview

  • Faculty will ask you questions about your musical background and interest in music and culture, as well as related creative, research, and interdisciplinary experiences.
  • You will also demonstrate your singing voice, sight-reading of rhythm and pitch on voice or your instrument, and audiation (capacity to sing back accurately) during your interview.
  • Your examples of musicianship may also consist of such areas of your choice as songwriting, composition, improvisation in some style of your choosing, performance art, a documented interdisciplinary installation of your own creation, etc. in a live demonstration or through video-recorded performance.

Students who wish to take studio lessons as part of the music and culture degree must also perform an audition with the studio faculty. Acceptance into any performance studio is at the discretion of the respective studio faculty. Refer to your instrument or voice above for audition repertoire.

Music Learning and Teaching Interview (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Music Learning and Teaching Interview (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

If you select Music Learning and Teaching as your first choice major, then you will be scheduled for a virtual interview with music learning and teaching faculty. In the interview you will be asked questions about your musical background and interest in music teaching, as well as your experience working with people of various ages. You will also be asked to demonstrate your singing voice, rhythmic sense, audiation (singing back), and improvisation. Please bring your primary instrument with you to the interview.

Music Learning and Teaching applicants must also perform an audition to be considered for admission. Refer to your instrument or voice above for audition repertoire.

Music Theatre (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Music Theatre (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview should demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates. 

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. Your video recorded audition can be in multiple recordings with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Include in Your Application

  • Repertoire List: your repertoire list should include all solo repertoire studied. It is not necessary to list choral repertoire unless you were a featured soloist. It is appropriate to list any roles you have performed.
  • Resume: voice performance and music theatre applicants should list any training (voice, acting, dance) and performance experience.

What to Prepare for Your Video Recorded Audition
Materials must be memorized. The songs must be performed with live or recorded accompaniment unless otherwise specified.

Music Theatre Minor

    • Two full-length (no cuts), contrasting music theatre songs performed for memory, with either recorded or live accompaniment. 
    • One 60-90 second monologue. Please see Music Theatre Performance for the information regarding monologues

BM Music Theatre Performance

    • Two complete music theatre songs, whole songs and no cuttings, from contrasting time periods and/or styles demonstrating versatility, vocal quality and range.
    • A third selection of your choice of 60 seconds or less, which demonstrates your artistic strengths, flexibility, personality and unique attributes – something that shows us who YOU are. This selection does not need to be a song; for instance, it could include spoken word, dance/movement or a special skill such as juggling or playing an instrument.
    • Monologue: One monologue speech, memorized with clear character choices made, 60-90 seconds in length.
    • Choose from one of the following options:A monologue of your choosing from a published play or musical, or a monologue from an approved list here.
    • Dance Assessment:
      • Required: Learn and prepare the music theatre combination: There are 3 levels from which to choose. Pick the level that best suits your knowledge of dance and you can execute with your best individual efforts and ability. View the audition videos here.
      • Required: Prepare and upload a 60-90 second clip of yourself moving/dancing. Create a piece that has some connection to the music such as story or emotion. Choose a style you feel showcases yourself best.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the voice faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Music Therapy Interview (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Music Therapy Interview (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

If you select music therapy as your first choice major, you will be scheduled for a virtual interview with music therapy faculty to establish your potential as a therapy. Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2020-21 admission year.

In the music therapy interview, you will be asked questions about your musical background and interest in music therapy, as well as experience working with people of various backgrounds and abilities. Additionally, you will also be asked to demonstrate your singing voice.

Music Therapy applicants must also perform an audition to be considered for admission. Refer to your instrument or voice above for audition repertoire.

Oboe (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Oboe (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). Piano accompaniment is not required. You should record the following:

  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required (this is not necessary to show in the recorded audition but will be discussed in the virtual interview)
  • Scales: Major scales in two octaves up to E-flat and chromatic scale.
  • Sight-reading.
  • One etude from the list below or from a work of comparable difficulty:
    • Barret: Oboe Method
    • Brod: Oboe Method
    • Ferling: Forty-eight Etudes.
  • One solo from the list below or from a work of comparable difficulty
    • Bellini: Concerto
    • Donizetti: Sonata
    • Guilhaud: Concertino
    • Haydn: Concerto
    • Hindemith: Sonata
    • Hummell: Adagio, Theme and Variations
    • Mozart: Quartet or Concerto
    • Paladilhe: Solo de Concert
    • Saint-Säens: Sonata
    • Telemann: Sonata in A-minor.

The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good command of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the oboe faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to answer interview questions, ask the faculty questions, and discuss your recorded audition. 

You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Organ (Audition by Appointment)

Organ (Audition by Appointment)

The recorded audition and virtual (option in-person) interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. The interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty. You should contact Dr. Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an ad-hoc meeting (by appointment). Organ auditions are not offered for spring 2021 admission.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application. Your video should be one complete video with all pieces performed in succession with no edits. 

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline is February 1 (or before your interview) for fall 2021 admission. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time.The recording should be one complete video with all pieces performed in succession with no edits.  

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition

Non-Performance Majors (composition, music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts)

    • Scales: All major and harmonic minor scales in four octaves in sixteenth-notes at a quarter note = 92 at the piano.
    • Two short pieces from any of the following collections:
      • Brahms: 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
      • Vierne: 24 Pieces in Free Style, Op. 31
      • Mendelssohn: Slow movement from any of the 6 sonatas

Performance Majors

    • Sight-reading of a hymn or four-part chorale.
    • Bach: One Prelude and Fugue from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues.
    • Bach: Two chorale preludes from Orgelbüchlein.
    • One romantic or modern work of your choice. This work may be appropriate for a church service.

Virtual Interview or Optional On-Campus Interview
Contact Dr. Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an ad-hoc virtual meeting (by appointment). If you are comfortable traveling to campus for an in-person interview, you must follow all ASU social distancing guidelines on this website:https://visit.asu.edu/what-to-expect. The instruments on the ASU Tempe Campus are an important part of your organ studies and it is encouraged that you schedule an in-person meeting.

Be prepared to have the following ready for your interview:

  • Answer interview questions
  • Discuss your recorded audition
  • Perform sight-reading
  • Ask questions about the organ program

Percussion (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Percussion (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts).

  • Prospective first–year freshmen: you must demonstrate technical strength and reading ability on keyboard and at least two additional instruments such as snare drum, timpani, drum set, multiple percussion, steel pan, or other non-Western percussion instruments. Performances on three or more instruments will improve your chances of admission and scholarship consideration. The examples listed below are indicative of the minimum level of ability expected for incoming students. This list serves only as a suggestion and you are welcome to choose different literature that is similar in style and technical demand. You are encouraged to contact faculty about repertoire and percussion instruments not listed.
    • Keyboard
      • Scales: all major scales, two octaves at a moderate tempo
      • One significant work for 2 or 4 mallets
      • Optional: a second solo work for 2 or 4 mallets
      • Sight-reading (to be performed during virtual interview)
    • Timpani
      • Ability to mat pitches on drums.
      • Intervallic tuning on instruments (4ths and 5ths, etc).
      • One solo or etude (Hochrainer, Whaley, Goodman or similar)
      • If access to a timpani is currently restricted, you may submit any recording of yourself playing timpani either as a solo or with an ensemble
    • Snare Drum
      • Rudimental roll and closed orchestra roll at ppp through fff.
      • Selected rudiments from the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments
      • One concert style solo (Cirone, Delecluse, or similar)
      • One rudimental style solo (Pratt, Wilcoxen, or similar)
    • Drum Set
      • Ability to keep steady time and play fills several basic beat styles: swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, rock and jazz waltz alternating 4 measures of time with 4 measures of solo.
    • Steel Pan
      • Solo work of your choice
    • Non-Western Percussion
      • Folkloric styles demonstrating technical and musical facility
    • Multiple Percussion
      • While live performance of multiple percussion solos is subject to approval by the faculty, recorded submissions of a significant solo is encouraged

 

  • Transfer Applicants: you must demonstrate technical strength and reading ability on keyboard and at least two additional instruments such as snare drum, timpani, drum set, multiple percussion, steel pan, or other non-Western percussion instruments. Performances on four or more instruments will improve your chance of admission and scholarship consideration. The examples listed below give an idea of the expected minimum level of ability for first- and second-year students. Performance at the audition will determine how many lesson credits will transfer into the program of study.
    • Keyboard
      • Scales all major and minor scales, two octaves at a moderate tempo
      • Two-mallet sight reading
      • One significant four-mallet solo
      • One orchestral excerpt
    • Snare Drum
      • Select rudiments from the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments
      • Rudimental roll and closed orchestra roll at ppp through fff.
      • One concert style solo (Cirone, Delecluse, or similar)
      • One rudimental style solo (Pratt, Wilcoxen, or similar)
    • Timpani
      • Rolls at various dynamics
      • Ability to match pitches on the drums.
      • Intervallic tuning on the instruments (4ths, 5ths, etc)
      • One solo or étude (Hochrainer, Whaley, Goodman, or similar)
      • If access to timpani is currently restricted, you may submit any recording of yourself playing timpani, either as a solo or with an ensemble
    • Drum Set
      • Ability to keep steady time and play fills several basic beat styles: swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, rock and jazz waltz alternating 4 measures of time with 4 measures of solo
    • Multiple Percussion
      • While live performance of multiple percussion solos is subject to approval by the faculty, recorded submissions of a significant solo is encouraged
    • Steel Pan
      • Solo work of your choice
    • Non-Western Percussion
      • Folkloric styles demonstrating technical and musical facility

Virtual Interview
You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the percussion faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to sight-read at your interview.

You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

Jazz Applicants
If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz percussion, email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

Piano (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

Piano (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

How to Submit your Recorded Audition
There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

Or 

2. After you submit your music application: you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. You can have multiple recordings, but no editing should be done. Your head, arms and hands should be clearly visible in the video. Videos submitted must have been recorded within the last year. If submitting a recording from a recital, please upload a program. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

What to Prepare for your Audition
Your audition should be well prepared and memorized. Your should demonstrate technical facility, musicality and understanding of musical styles consisting of the following works or their equivalents.

The keyboard faculty of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre recognizes that many women and BIPOC composers have been overlooked in what has become the standard concert repertoire. We affirm the lives of these composers and recognize the great contributions they have made and are making. To this end, we encourage applicants to perform music by women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and under-represented composers.

Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts)

    • Two pieces of contrasting tempos and styles from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic time periods.
    • A third piece of your choice. The piece can be from the 20th or 21st century, an original composition, an improvisation or a piece in a style of your choosing.
    • Begin your video with two 4-Octave Scales: A Major and D Harmonic Minor with facility and appropriate fingerings.
      • Virtual Interview: Have a piano at your virtual interview. You will be asked to sight-read.

    If you would like to consult with a current ASU professor on your audition repertoire, contact Hannah.Creviston@asu.edu

    Solo Performance Majors

      • A minimum of three pieces contrasting tempos and musical styles. You must include one complete classical sonata.
      • Begin your video with two 4-Octave Scales: A Major and D Harmonic Minor.
      • Virtual Interview: Be prepared to discuss your goals and expectations in the program and have access to a piano for sight reading.

    Collaborative Piano: if you are interested in a collaborative piano major you should prepare the solo performance major audition and email Dr. Andrew Campbell prior to their audition.

    Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the percussion faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

    Jazz Applicants
    If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz piano, email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

    Popular Music (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Popular Music (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition/portfolio and virtual interview should display your current level of artistry, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates.

    Performance Applicants will need to submit a Recorded Audition. Non-Performance Applicants will need to submit a Popular Music Portfolio

    Non-Performance Applicants (Engineer/Producer, Composer/Writer, Music Industry/Business, DJ/Turntablist): 
    Popular Music Portfolio: You should submit a digital audio sound recording of 2 to 3 selections. Your selections may be original works or selections from popular music repertoire. This portfolio is due with your music application. You will also be scheduled for a virtual interview (see below).

    Performance Applicants: 

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in FebruaryIf you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording should be one video with all pieces performed in succession and no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition

    Performance Applicants: Your should submit a well prepared performance or presentation consisting of 2 to 3 selections of live or digital music depending on your area. The selections may be original works or selections from popular music repertoire. You may also provide a recorded sample of your creative popular music work.

     

    Virtual Interview and Audition (All Applicants):
    You will be scheduled for a 20 minute interview on one of the dates you select in your music application. Be prepared to have your instrument ready (if you are auditioning with one), amplification (if required for your instrument) and the ability to stream an audio file into the space you will be auditioning in so that you can play and sing along. You will receive the file electronically when the audition begins. You will complete the following tasks in your virtual interview:

    Performance Applicants (instrumentalist or vocalist)

      • Complete a call and response playing, clapping or singing of rhythms or melodies
      • Identify intervals, chord qualities and brief improvisation
      • Answer questions
        • How have you prepared to study music in college?
        • What are your goals as a professional in the industry?
        • What are you interested in studying?
        • What will you contribute to the ASU Popular Music program?

    Non-Instrumentalist or Non-Vocalist

      • If you would like to showcase your musicianship in another way that is not performance, then prepare to finger drum, play a virtual patch on a MIDI controller or anything else that you think will help the faculty understand your musicianship.
      • Complete a call and response playing, clapping or singing of rhythms or melodies.
      • Identify intervals chord qualities and brief improvisation
      • Answer questions
        • How have you prepared to study music in college?
        • What are your goals as a professional in the industry?
        • What are you interested in studying?
        • What will you contribute to the ASU Popular Music program?

     Students interested in pursuing classical music lessons in addition to their popular music studies are required audition and follow the classical repertoire audition requirements for MUP 111 Studio Instruction.

    Saxophone (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Saxophone (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates. Piano accompaniment is not reqiured for your audition.

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
    These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts).

    • Scales: All full range major, minor and chromatic scales (using front E and F and using appropriate fingerings for the chromatic scale).
    • One selection of standard concert saxophone repertoire with contrasting melodic and technical sections. Memorization is encouraged. Some suggestions are listed below:
      • P. Creston: Sonata
      • B. Heiden: Sonata
      • J. Ibert: Concertino da camera
      • A. Glazounov: Concerto
      • H. Villa Lobos: Fantasia
      • P. Maurice: Tableaux de Provence
      • P.M. Dubois: Concerto
    • Sight-reading (at the virtual interview)
    • Optional, but strongly encouraged: One jazz etude and/or solo choruses over blues changes.

    Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the saxophone faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared for a Q+A with the faculty, sight-reading, and to perform excerpts from your audition material. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

    Jazz Applicants
    If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz saxophone, email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

    Trombone (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13. Feb. 27)

    Trombone (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13. Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates. Piano accompaniment is not reqiured for your audition.

    If possible, you are encouraged to visit the ASU campus for a lesson and visit with Dr. Edwards.  Please email well in advance to arrange a time. If applicants feel that they cannot visit campus, they can arrange an online leson and should email Dr. Edwards.

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. You are allowed multiple recordings but no edits to the recordings are allowed. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
    These guidelines should be used for all programs and majors, although performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts). You should choose music on which you sound your best, including presenting creative work that does not fit the traditional mold.

    • 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles: lyrical/legato and technical/tongued. These varied styles can be different movements from the same work. You may select etudes, solos or orchestral excerpts.
    • Sight-reading is required (expect to complete sight-reading at the virtual interview)
    • You are free to select other works of comparable difficulty. 

    TENOR TROMBONE

    • Suggested solos:
      • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
      • Galliard or Marcello: Sonata 1
      • Barat: Andante et Allegro
      • Rimsky Korsakov: Concerto (esp. mvts. I and II)
      • St. Sëans: Cavatine
      • Larsson: Concertino (esp. mvts II and III)
    • Suggested etudes:
      • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone
      • Voxman, ed.: Selected Studies
    • Suggested excerpts (not required)
      • Mozart: "Tuba mirum" from Requiem
      • Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from The Damnation of Faust

    BASS TROMBONE

    • Suggested solos:
      • Haddad: Suite for Tuba (esp. mvts I and II)
      • Lassen/Bollinger: Two Fantasy Pieces
      • Jacob: Cameos (esp. mvts. I, II or III)
      • Hindemith: Drei Leichte Stucke (Three Easy Pieces)
    • Suggested etudes:
      • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone (down one octave)
      • Bordogni/Ostrander: Melodious Etudes for Bass Trombone
      • Grigoriev: Studies

    Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a 10 minute virtual interview with the trombone faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared for the following:

    • Perform sight-reading on your instrument
    • Ask questions related to trombone studies at ASU
    • Answer interview questions from the trombone faculty

    You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

    Jazz Applicants
    If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz trombone, email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

    Trumpet (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Trumpet (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition and virtual interview should demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Do not work up the hardest pieces you can find in an effort to impress. Choose pieces that represent your strengths and that you have experience playing. This is not the type of audition where missing notes means you “lose”. Rather, this is an evaluation and interview for you, and Professor Burgstaller to see if there is a good fit for all parties. The virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with Professor Burgstaller on one of the scheduled audition dates. Piano accompaniment is not required for your audition.

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. You are allowed multiple recordings but no edits to the recordings are allowed. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Prepare for Your Audition
    We want to hear your best sounds, hear you demonstrate your personal musicality and interpretation, and learn about your creative process, who you are, your diverse musical interests, your dreams and career goals, etc.  Share as much as you can in as many different ways as you know to see if ASU can get you to “the next level”. There are many paths to “success” available and much of that success depends on you being who you are. And growing and expanding too, of course! .

    • Choose three contrasting pieces of music of your choice (solos, etudes, standard excerpts, movements, pieces). A mix of “standard” and “non-standard” pieces, including pieces of varying genres is welcomed. Professor Burgstaller has a diverse musical background and career and appreciates your diversity and interests. Choose pieces that represent different facets of the career path you would like to pursue, and choose pieces that represent your personal mix of musical background. If it is in your skill set, include in your mix of repertoire an original composition or an improvisation. If you have other ideas and are not sure about them, please email Professor Burgstaller at joeburgstaller@asu.edu to discuss.
    • Scales: Be prepared to play all major scales in two octave where capable.
    • Sight Reading: Be prepare to sight read at your virtual meeting as this is an important part of being a musician.

    Virtual Interview 
    You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the trumpet faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application. 

    Be prepared to attend a virtual meeting/lesson where you will demonstrate the below items.

    • Discuss your recorded audition
    • Play excerpts from your audition material
    • Answer interview questions such as: 
    • -Why ASU?
      -Describe yourself as a leader and a role model.
      -What are your career goals? 
      -Describe yourself as a member of the trumpet studio. 
      -What do you bring other than playing trumpet well?
      -Share a story that illustrates your self-starting mindset.
      -In what way do you see yourself sharing music with your community? 
      -What type of collaborations do you pursue? 
      -What are your primary and secondary skill sets? 

    Jazz Applicants
    Professor Burgstaller has a diverse musical background that includes several charted crossover CDs as well as some Canadian Brass CDs that focus on traditional Jazz as realized by the late great Luther Henderson (of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, etc.). So if you enjoy doing both classical and jazz and are trained or have experience in both, you can be involved in all genres at ASU! 

    If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for virtual interview dates and repertoire requirements. A separate recorded audition is required for this program. To audition on both classical and jazz trumpet, email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu to schedule a second virtual interview.

     

    Tuba (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Tuba (Nov.14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. Plan to submit a recorded audition and complete a virtual interview.

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or 

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time.The recording can have multiple videos. No editing of any kind is allowed for the recordings.

    What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
    You should have a well prepared audition regardless of your intended major. Piano accompaniment is not required. Auditions are 10 minutes and you should prepare the following:

    • Perform something technical and something lyrical
    • Possible etude selection or something comparable:
      • Grigoriev: Studies for Tuba
      • Bordogni: Legato Etudes Vol. 1
      • Blazhevich: 70 Studies for Tuba
    • Possible Solo Selection - or something comparable
      • Haddad: Suite for Tuba
      • Hindemith: Sonata for Bass Tuba
      • Vaughn Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba, Mvmt. 1
      • Holmes: Lento
      • Wilder: Suite No. 1 for Tuba
      • Marcello: Sonata in F–Major
    • Additional demonstrations or samples of your work as a musician are encouraged and welcomed (jazz, composition, other styles of music, instrument double, other)

    What to Prepare for Your Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a 10 minute virtual interview with the tuba faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. You will complete sight-reading and a scale quiz. Also plan to answer questions such as:

    • What are your career goals?
    • In what way do you see yourself sharing music with your community?
    • What type of collaborations have you experience? What types can you imagine?
    • Describe yourself as a member of the euphonium/tuba studio. What are your primary and secondary skill sets?
    • Describe yourself in three words.

    You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application

    Viola (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Viola (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates. Piano accompaniment is not reqiured for your audition.

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Nancy.Buck@asu.edu). See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
    Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts).

    Non-Performance Majors (composition, music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts)

      • Two works contrasting in style and tempo.
      • Record one 3-octave major scale (with arpeggio) and one 3-octave minor scale (with arpeggio) from this list of key options: A-Flat Major, D-flat Major, E Major, B Major, F-sharp Melodic Minor, B Melodic Minor, G Melodic Minor, A Melodic Minor.

    Performance Majors

      • J.S. Bach: One movement from any of the unaccompanied cello suites.
      • A movement or piece from the standard viola repertoire comparable to:
        • Bloch: Suite Hebraique
        • Handel: Casadesus B Minor Concerto
        • Hummel: Fantasie
        • Stamitz: Concerto
        • Vaughan Williams: Suite
        • Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo

    Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

    Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the viola faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to discuss your recorded audition, answer interview questions, and ask questions of your own.  Interview questions may include: "Tell us about your musical background and interest." "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?" and "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?"You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

    Violin (Nov. 14, Jan. 16. Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Violin (Nov. 14, Jan. 16. Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition and virtual interview must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the recorded audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates. Piano accompaniment is not reqiured for your audition.

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. The recording may be in multiple videos, but with no editing. For concerto movements that are very long (such as Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms and Beethoven), choose a 10-minute portion of the movement to record and play all cadenzas. Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to the appropriate professor: (Swartz@asu.edu, Danwen.Jiang@asu.edu, K.McLin@asu.edu). See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Prepare for Your Recorded Audition
    Performance majors should anticipate a higher entrance standard than non-performance majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts).

    Non-Performance Majors (music learning and teaching, theory, music therapy, Bachelor of Arts)

      • Two works contrasting in style and tempo.

    Performance Majors

      • An outer movement of a standard concerto.
      • J.S. Bach: One movement from any of the unaccompanied violin partitas or sonatas.

    Supplemental material, recorded or written, to augment one’s application is highly encouraged (to show curated musical experiences, previous degree recitals performed, highlight diverse programming/repertoire knowledge, etc.).

    Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the violin faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared to answer interview questions, discuss your recorded audition, ask questions, and possibly play during your virtual interview. Interview questions may include: "Tell us about your musical background and interest." "What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?" and "Who, or what, has made the greatest impact (or has been the most influential thus far) in your life as a string player?" You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

    Voice (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    Voice (Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27)

    The recorded audition and virtual interview should demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. A virtual interview will allow you the opportunity to meet with faculty on one of the scheduled audition dates. 

    How to Submit your Recorded Audition
    There are no in-person auditions for 2020-21. There are two options to submit your recorded audition in the music application.

    1. While you complete your music application: submit your YouTube or Vimeo link in your music application.

    Or

    2. After you submit your music application: once you submit your music application you can add your YouTube or Vimeo link directly to your music application at a later time.

    The Recorded Audition deadline (for fall) is January 5 for an interview on January 16 and February 1 for an interview in February. If you are submitting your application close to the deadline, we recommend that you submit your audition at the same time. Your video recorded audition can be in multiple recordings, but with no editing. See the Recordings and Portfolio webpage for more details.

    What to Include in Your Application

    • Repertoire List: your repertoire list should include all solo repertoire studied. It is not necessary to list choral repertoire unless you were a featured soloist. It is appropriate to list any roles you have performed.
    • Resume: voice performance and music theatre applicants should list any training (voice, acting, dance) and performance experience.

    What to Prepare for Your Video Recorded Audition
    Materials must be memorized. The songs must be performed with live or recorded accompaniment unless otherwise specified.

    BM Voice Performance

      • Two classical songs in varying styles or tempi, one in English and one in a language other than English.
      • A third selection of your choice of 60 seconds or less, which demonstrates your artistic strengths, flexibility, personality and unique attributes – something that shows us who YOU are. This selection does not need to be a song; for instance, it could include spoken word, dance/movement or a special skill such as juggling or playing an instrument.

    BA Music, Music Performance Minor

      • Two selections of your choice, which demonstrate your artistic strengths, flexibility, personality and unique attributes – pieces that show us who YOU are.These may be classical, music theatre, jazz, gospel, popular, etc. One of these may be an original composition.

    Music Theatre Minor

      • Two full-length (no cuts), contrasting music theatre songs performed for memory, with either recorded or live accompaniment. 
      • One 60-90 second monologue. Please see Music Theatre Performance for the information regarding monologues

    BM Music Therapy, BM Music Learning and Teaching

      • A classical song. This can be in any language, including English.
      • A second song, from any genre you choose, such as classical, music theatre, popular, hip-hop, folk, jazz, gospel, or others.
      •  third selection of your choice of 60 seconds or less, which demonstrates your artistic strengths, flexibility, personality and unique attributes – something that shows us who YOU are. This selection does not need to be a song; for instance, it could include spoken word, dance/movement or a special skill such as juggling or playing an instrument.

    Virtual Interview
    You will be scheduled for a virtual interview with the voice faculty on one of the virtual interview dates listed above. Be prepared for a Q+A and discussion with the faculty. You will have the opportunity to select the interview date in the music application. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for preparing for your virtual interview after you submit your music application.

    Accommodations

    Hotel accommodations are listed on the Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau website.