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2021 - 2022 Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the School of Music at Wichita State University! We currently plan to hold in-person audition days (see below for dates) but might need to adjust our plans based on Wichita State's Covid response. Feel free to contact our Coordinator of Music Outreach, Jesse Koza, with any questions or if you have concerns about audition in-person due to the pandemic.

These are our planned, in-person audition dates for a Fall '22 start:

  • November 20, 2021
  • February 5, 2022
  • April 16, 2022

Scholarships are awarded after each audition date, but priority will be given to those auditioning on the first two audition dates.

Audition Form

The audition form is the first step in the process to becoming a music major at Wichita State. Finishing the form - it takes around 5 minutes - gets you into our system and allows us to schedule a time on your chosen audition date. It also helps our faculty members reach out to you to make your audition experience even more tailored to your needs!

Non-music majors do not need to audition before Fall 2022. You are absolutely welcome to play in an ensemble and/or take private lessons! Please contact the appropriate faculty member for further information.

Please follow this link to fill out our audition form and reserve your spot today!

Audition Requirements by Area

Brass  Jazz  Percussion  Piano/Organ  Strings  Voice  Woodwinds

Brass

French horn and Trumpet

  • Two contrasting works, one lyrical and one technical
  • If you have questions about French horn repertoire or French horn audition procedures, please contact Professor Wallace at jeb.wallace@wichita.edu
  • If you have questions about trumpet repertoire or trumpet audition procedures, please contact Professor Hunsicker at david.hunsicker@wichita.edu

Trombone

  • Two contrasting works, one lyrical and one technical
  • One 2 octave scale of choice, demonstrating range
  • If you have questions about trombone repertoire or trombone audition procedures, please contact Mr. Blauer at matt.blauer@wichita.edu

Euphonium and Tuba

  • One 2 octave scale of choice
  • Chromatic scale demonstrating range
  • A solo and/or etudes of contrasting style
  • If you have questions about low brass repertoire or low brass audition procedures, please contact Professor Black at phillip.black@wichita.edu

Jazz

Students should be prepared to perform with a backing track 3 tunes of varying styles (swing, Latin, ballad, waltz, etc.). Students will be asked to play the melody and improvise over the chord changes. Memorization of materials is encouraged but not required. Tunes should be selected from the standard jazz repertoire, the likes of which can be found in leadsheet form in resources such as The Real Book (6th edition, Hal Leonard, multiple volumes) and the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long series. The following list offers a handful of suggested tunes:

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Blue Bossa
  • Blue Monk
  • Take the A Train
  • Doxy
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • Impressions
  • Mr. P.C.

Rhythm Instruments

Rhythm instruments should also be prepared to demonstrate comping skills (piano, guitar), or walking (bass). Drumset auditionees will be asked to demonstrate a variety of styles including but not limited to: swing, up-tempo, Latin styles, rock/funk, brushes, waltz, trading fours.

Percussion

Snare Drum

  • Roll various dynamics
  • Concert etude/ contest solo

Suggested composers:

  • Délécluse
  • Cirone
  • Aleo
  • Peters

Optional addition:

  • Rudimental solo.

Suggested composers:

  • Pratt
  • Tompkins
  • Wilcoxon

Mallet

Xylophone, marimba, vibraphone - your choice

Two-mallet solo: contest solo or suggested composers

  • Bach (preferably from Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin or Suites for Unaccompanied Cello)
  • Fritz Kreisler
  • G. H. Green
  • Musser

Optional but recommended:

  • Four-mallet solo

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solos, creative adaptations of any other composer's works are welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.

Timpani

Contest solo or suggested composers

  • Woud
  • Hochrainer
  • Firth
  • Délécluse
  • Lepak
  • Carter

Note: Etudes that demonstrate standard orchestral timpani musicianship (e.g., Woud or Hochrainer etudes) are preferred over Carter solos.

Drumset (optional)

Contest solo or a variety of styles

  • Medium Swing
  • Swing in ¾
  • Bossa Nova
  • Rock
  • Funk

Piano and Organ

To schedule an audition, please complete this form. Pianists are asked to prepare the following to audition:

  • Perform at least two solo compositions in contrasting styles.  Students may choose from Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern repertoire.  It is recommended that at least one of the pieces be memorized.
  • Students may be asked to sight read a short selection chosen from intermediate repertoire.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch. We are very pleased that you are considering Wichita State for your music studies.

Strings

Violin

  • One three octave major and one three octave minor scale demonstrating legato slurs and spiccato.
  • One movement of a standard concerto or concert piece.
  • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita or a movement of a Baroque Sonata.

Viola

  • One three octave major and one three octave minor scale demonstrating legato slurs and spiccato.
  • A prelude and one dance movement from JS Bach Suites.
  • One movement from a standard concerto such as Telemann, Handel, JC Bach, Stamitz or Hoffmeister.

Cello

  • One three octave major and one three octave minor scale demonstrating legato slurs and spiccato.
  • Prelude and one dance movement from JS Bach Cello Suites.
  • One additional contrasting piece of repertoire.
  • Duport Etude No. 7 AND Popper Etude No. 6.

Double-Bass

  • One major and one minor two octave scale.
  • Two contrasting movements from the basic double bass sonata, concerto and concert piece repertoire such as works by Vivaldi, Capuzzi, Dragonett, Corelli, Eccles, Bottesini, etc.

Voice

Students need to prepare two art songs (no musical theatre), one in English and preferably another in a foreign language. An accompanist will be provided.

Woodwinds

Flute

  • All major scales, up through four flats and four sharps (memorization encouraged but not required)
  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, pieces may be selected from movements of a larger work.
  • If you have questions about flute repertoire or flute audition procedures, please contact Professor Lemoine at carmen.lemoine@wichita.edu

Oboe

  • All major scales, up through four flats and four sharps (memorization encouraged but not required)
  • Chromatic scale, full instrument range (B-flat to high D at least)
  • One (1) Barret Progressive Etude or Rubank/Geckeler Advanced Etude; Ferling Etude may be substitutued if player is more advances
  • Solo portion or movement of solo from one of the following:
    • Marcello, Concerto in C Minor
    • Any Handel sonata
    • Mozart, Concerto in C Major
    • Mozart, Quartet in F Major
    • Haydn, Concerto in C Major
    • Other work with permission of Professor Robinson
  • If you have questions about oboe repertoire or oboe audition procedures, please contact Professor Robinson at aaron.robinson@wichita.edu

Clarinet

  • One to two pieces or movements (or selected excerpts from clarinet solos/etudes) that demonstrate both technical and lyrical playing. Examples include:
    • District/All-State music/sections/excerpts
    • Cavallini: Adagio and Tarantella
    • Mozart: Concerto, K. 622
    • Rabaud: solo de Concours
    • Rose: 32 Etudes
    • Rubank Selected Studies
    • Weber: Concertiono, Op. 26
  • If you have questions about clarinet repertoire or clarinet audition procedures, please contact Professor Goter at rachelle.goter@wichita.edu

Bassoon

  • All major scales, up through four fltas and four sharps (memorization encouraged but not required).
  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, pieces may be selected from movements of a larger work.
  • If you have questions about bassoon repertoire or bassoon audition procedures, please contact Mr. Hague at zachary.hague@wichita.edu

Saxophone

  • Any two contrasting pieces, one slow and lyrical; the other fast and technical. Etudes are acceptable, such as 48 Etudes by Ferling and Selected Studies. Some pieces below are listed as samples to provide guidance in repertoire to select:
    • Sonata by Herni Eccles
    • Concerto by Alexander Glazunov (excerpts are okay)
    • Sonata by Paul Creston
    • Arai by Eugene Bozza
    • Chanson et Passepied by Rueff
  • Two movements from sonatas or concertos are acceptable
  • If you have questions about saxophone repertoire or saxophone audition procedures, please contact Professor Pisano at james.pisano@wichita.edu
  • In addition, if you are interested in jazz, you are welcome to perform repertoire from that genre as well. Samples can be found at this link.