• Guidelines for Entrance
    and Scholarship Auditions

    All students seeking a degree in music must complete an audition.
    All those auditioning will be considered for a music scholarship.
    No additional audition is required.


    Those seeking a minor in music need not audition, unless you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

    Your audition time will be limited to 12 minutes.
    Due to time constraints, the audition committee may ask you to stop before your performance piece is completed.

    Audition Requirements by Instruction

    • Vocal:

      Scales: A Major one-octave scale (ascending and descending) sung on a vowel (without the aide of solfege syllables or hand signals).
      Repertoire: Two standard works contrasting in style and tempo with at least one in English (such as state solo competition repertoire).
      No taped accompaniments or Christian Contemporary music allowed for this audition.
      Tonal Memory Exercises
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Vocal students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One scale of your choice sung ascending and descending (without the aide of solfege syllables or hand signals).
      2) Two standard classical works contrasting in style and tempo with at least one in English (such as state solo competition repertoire).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or choral director.
       

    • Keyboard:

      Scales: Selected Major and Harmonic Minor, four octaves ascending and descending.
      Repertoire: Two standard works contrasting in style and tempo (such as state solo competition repertoire).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Keyboard students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) Two four-octave scales of your choice (ascending and descending).
      2) Two standard classical works contrasting in style and tempo (such as state solo competition repertoire).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor.
       

    • Strings:

      Scales: Selected Three-octave major scales (double bass 2 octaves only).
      Repertoire: Two standard works contrasting in style and tempo (such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Two movements of the same composition are acceptable. One of the selections may be an etude.
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **String students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) Two scales of your choice from the above listing.
      2) Two standard classical works contrasting in style and tempo (such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Two movements of the same composition are acceptable. One of the selections may be an etude).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or orchestra director.
       

    • Guitar:

      Scales: Selected Two-octave major scales.
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style and tempo by memory.
      Sight Reading: Show proficiency in sight reading material in first and second positions.

      **Guitar students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) Two two-octave scales of your choice.
      2) Two works of contrasting style and tempo.
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor.
       

    • Oboe:

      Scales: Selected Chromatic (ascending and descending); Selected Major scales up to two-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Oboe students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic scale, low Bb to high E (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales of your choice (ascending and descending).
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Bassoon:

      Scales: Selected Chromatic three-octave scale (ascending and descending); Selected Major scales up to two-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Bassoon students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One, three-octave Chromatic scale, Bb-to-Bb (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales of your choice (ascending and descending).
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Saxophone:

      Scales: Selected Chromatic (ascending and descending); Selected Major scales up to two-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Saxophone students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic scale, low Bb to high F (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales (ascending and descending).
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Clarinet:

      Scales: Selected Chromatic (ascending and descending); Selected Major scales up to three-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Clarinet students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic scale, low E to high G as (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales of your choice (ascending and descending).
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Flute:

      Scales: Selected Chromatic three-octave (ascending and descending); Selected Major Scales up to two-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire)
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Flute students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic, C-to-C in three-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales of your choice.
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Horn:

      Scales: Selected Chromatic two-octaves (ascending and descending); Selected Major scales up to three-octaves (ascending and descending)
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Horn students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic scale, G3-to-G5 in two-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Two Major one-octave scales of your choice.
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Trumpet:

      Scales: A chromatic scale that demonstrates the performer’s effective range. (ascending and descending); Major scales up to two-octaves.
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      **Trumpet students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic scale that demonstrates the performer’s effective range. (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales of your choice.
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes)
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba:

      Scales: A chromatic scale that demonstrates the performer’s effective range (ascending and descending);
      Major scales up to two-octaves (ascending and descending).
      Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      Sight-reading will be required of all students.

      ** Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) One Chromatic scale that demonstrates the performer’s effective range. (ascending and descending).
      Two Major two-octave scales of your choice (ascending and descending).
      2) Two works of contrasting style. (Such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes).
      3) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    • Percussion:

      Snare drum: Demonstrate concert style (or concert and rudimental styles): such as state solo competition repertoire or etudes, or comparable level.
      Timpani: Play one solo or etude comparable to state solo competition repertoire or etudes, or comparable level.
      Keyboard percussion: Play one solo or etude comparable to state solo competition repertoire. Four-mallet playing is encouraged but not required.
      Sight-reading will be required on snare drum and 2-mallet keyboard percussion.

      **Students unable to audition in person may submit a video or DVD recording to include:
      1) Snare Drum, Timpani, and Keyboard percussion pieces as described above.
      2) A short sight-reading example given by your instructor or band/orchestra director.
       

    **Students submitting a video or DVD recording should submit their application, two letters of recommendation and recording to:
    Dr. Lynnette Chambers, Scholarship Committee Chair
    Hardin-Simmons University
    School of Music
    Box 16230
    Abilene, TX 79698

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