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2020 - 2021 Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the School of Music at Wichita State University! This can feel like a complicated process, especially given the current pandemic. Feel free to contact our Coordinator of Music Outreach, Jesse Koza, with any questions.

Due to COVID, we are not holding in-person auditions at this time, though this is subject to change for Spring 2021. Please continue reading to see our video audition requirements.

This is what our audition process currently entails:

  1. Fill out our audition form
  2. Create, upload, and share your audition video
    • If you aren't confident about your ability to record a video, please reach out to our Coordinator of Music Outreach, Jesse Koza, who can help
  3. Meet with your area via Zoom (you will be invited through email)

Videos do not need to be professionally produced - a high quality cell phone or webcam video should be acceptable. Requirements for each instrument area are below. We would recommend that each video be uploaded to YouTube as private or unlisted, though you can use other video platforms as well (please note, the Voice area requires YouTube). Please try to refrain from emailing the videos, as their usual size prevents them from coming through.

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

Choose Your Date to Interview via Zoom

November 21, 2020 (audition videos due November 7)
February 6, 2021 (audition videos due January 23)
April 10, 2021 (audition videos due March 27)

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

Please click here to fill out our audition form and reserve your spot today!

Video Requirements by Area

Brass and Woodwinds

  • Two contrasting pieces: one demonstrating technical proficiency, the other highlighting expressive musicianship
    • These may be two different compositions or contrasting movements of the same piece
  • Two major scales over the range of your instrument at a steady and accurate tempo.

Jazz

Students should perform three tunes of varying styles (swing, Latin, ballad, waltz, etc.) with a backing track. 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.

Percussion

Students interested in studying Percussion should contact Professor Gerald Scholl so they can work with him to determine what to include in their video.

Piano and Organ

Pianists are asked to 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.

Strings

  • Three-octave major scale (two octaves for bass)
  • Three-octave minor scale (two octaves for bass)
  • Two contrasting pieces: one demonstrating technical proficiency, the other highlighting expressive musicianship
    • These may be two different compositions or contrasting movements of the same piece

Voice

Please see this page for the voice area's requirements.