Anderson University

Music

 

Music Audition Requirements

 

I. Ensemble Audition Requirements 

(These apply to both Music majors and Non-music majors)

A. Students may audition for ensemble participation during orientation week each semester (generally the Tuesday of that week from 1:00 to 5:00 PM) or by appointment at other times.

B. When scheduling an appointment, please make it clear whether or not you also wish to audition to become a music major. It is not necessary to be a music major to participate in ensembles at AU.

C. Audition requirements and procedures for ensembles vary from group to group. Instructors or contacts for AU musical groups are listed below. Contact the instructor for the group(s) in which you are interested for requirements and to schedule an audition.

Anderson University Music Ensembles

Ensemble

Director/Contact

Email

AU Chamber Singers

Dr. Richard A. Williamson

rwilliamson@andersonuniversity.edu

AU Choir

Dr. Richard A. Williamson

rwilliamson@andersonuniversity.edu

AU Ensemble

Mr. Leonard Johnson

ljohnson@andersonuniversity.edu

AU Guitar Ensemble

Mr. Lyman Golden

lyman.golden@gmail.com

AU Jazz Band

Dr. David Stern

dstern@andersonuniversity.edu

Jazz Band Auditions: Usually take place the week before school starts. This is a full-year commitment. A prepared tune (head chart) which demonstrates command of swing style. Improvisation over a blues (Aebersold CD or SmartMusic accompaniment). Sightreading.
 

AU Singers

Mr. Leonard Johnson

ljohnson@andersonuniversity.edu

AU Wind Symphony

Dr. David Stern

dstern@andersonuniversity.edu

Wind Symphony Auditions: Most students present their all-state/all-region audition material. Otherwise, two contrasting etudes that show technical and lyrical ability; major scales two octaves; chromatic scale the range of your instrument; sightreading. Percussion, perform an etude on two of the three following instruments: snare, timpani, or keyboard.
 
AU String Ensemble Dr. David Stern    

dstern@andersonuniversity.edu

String Ensemble: Most students present their all-state/all-region audition material. Otherwise, two contrasting etudes that show technical and lyrical ability; appropriate major scales three octaves; sightreading.
 

Anderson Symphony Orchestra

Dr. David Stern

dstern@andersonuniversity.edu

AU West African Ensemble Dr. David L. Perry

dperry@andersonuniversity.edu

Campus Ministries Groups

Rev. Greg Allgood

gallgood@andersonuniversity.edu

Questions

Dr. David L. Perry

dperry@andersonuniversity.edu

 

II. Music Minor Audition Requirements

A. Prospective Music Minors

1. Must be accepted into the required ensemble (the one most closely related to the instrument to be studied). See the Music Handbook for specific ensemble requirements.
2. Must take the Theory Placement Test.

III. Music Major Audition Requirements

A. General Information

1. Admission to music study is by audition only. Anyone wishing to pursue a music degree at AU must audition for the Music faculty whether or not they have been accepted by the university.
2. Auditions are held during Open House and on Music Audition Days. Contact Dr. David L. Perry at (864) 231-2076 or dperry@andersonuniversity.edu for specific dates or to make an appointment. In exceptional situations it is possible to schedule an audition at other times.
3. Auditions may influence financial aid decisions.

B. Requirements for All Music Major Applicants

1. All Music Major Applicants:

a) Must perform two contrasting pieces on their primary instrument. Accompaniment, if any, must be live. We can provide an accompanist if music is received by the music department at least one week prior the audition.

b) Must be able to sightread simple rhythms.

c) Must be able to sight sing simple melodies.

d) Must take the Theory Placement Test.

e) Must interview with the music faculty regarding professional goals, prior experience, and academic background.

f) Must have a basic knowledge of music notation.

g) Must demonstrate potential for academic success and meet all university entrance requirements.

h) Present two letters of rcommendation from either school, church, or private music teachers.

2. Singers Must Complete:

a) A test of vocal range and quality.

b) A test of tonal memory.

3. Instrumentalists:

a) Must know scales and arpeggios as indicated below for their instrument.

b) Must be able to sightread music on their primary instrument.

4. Worship Leadership:

a) Complete items for all music majors.

b) Contrasting pieces should be as follows:

Vocalists One contemporary and one traditional worship song
Guitarists One song accompaniment in a strumming style and one example of lead playing or a classical guitar piece
Keyboardists See below under Piano

c) Worship leadership students whose main instrument will be guitar should demonstrate knowledge of the following chords and keys.

Key I I2 IV IV2 V V7 Vsus vi
A A A2 D D2 E E7 Esus F#min
D D D2 G G2 A A7 Asus Bmin
G G G2 C C2 D D7 Dsus Emin
C C C2 F F2 G G7 Gsus Amin

C. Audition Requirements for Specific Instruments

1. Piano

Students should prepare two pieces and/or movements as listed for the respective major:

Bachelor of Music in Performance - contrasting pieces/movements from the standard repertoire representing two different style periods
Bachelor of Music Education - one from the standard repertoire and one free choice selection
Bachelor of Music in Worship Leadership - one written sacred arrangement and one free choice selection
Bachelor of Arts in Music – two contrasting pieces/movements

2. Voice

a) One of the two pieces performed should be classical. The other may be in any style.

b) Taped accompaniment is unacceptable.

3. Winds 

a) Chromatic Scale - To be played from the lowest required note in the major scales to the highest required note in the major scales.

b) All major scales - Ranges as indicated below.

Flute 3 octaves C
2 octaves C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B
Oboe 2 octaves Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F
1 octave F#, G, Ab, A
Bassoon 3 octaves Bb
2 octaves B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A
Bb Soprano Clarinet 3 octaves E, F, F#, G
2 octaves Ab, A, Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb
Bass Clarinet 2 octaves E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C
1 octave C#, D, Eb
Contra Clarinet 2 octaves Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C
1 octave C#, D
All Saxes 2 octaves Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F
1 octave F#, G, Ab, A
Trumpet/Cornet 2 octaves F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C
T.C. Baritone 1 octave C#, D, Eb, E, F
French Horn 2 octaves F, F#, G, Ab, A, B
1 octave B, C, C#, D, Eb, E
Trombone/ B.C. Baritone/ Tuba 2 octaves E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb
1 octave B, C, C#, D, Eb


4. Guitar

a) Major Scales

b) Arpeggios

c) Solos by such composers as Sor, Carcassi, or Tarrega are recommended.

5. Bowed Strings

a) Violin

(1) Scales (q = 60, separate bows):

  Major Minor
3 Octaves C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb c, d, e, g, a, b

(2) Solos should include one fast and one slow piece.

b) Viola

(1) Scales (q = 60, separate bows):

  Major Minor
3 Octaves C, D, Eb, E, F, G, A, Bb c, d, e, g

(2) Solos should include one fast and one slow piece.

c) Cello

(1) Scales (q = 60, separate bows):
   

  Major Minor
3 Octaves C  
2 Octaves D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb d, e, a
  

(2) Solos should include one fast and one slow piece.

d) Bass
(1) Scales
(2) Solos should include one fast and one slow piece.

6. Percussion: snare drum, timpani, mallets

a) Snare Drum—Rudiments to be chosen from the list below. Open and close preferred.

b) Additional demonstration of timpani or mallet skills desirable, but not required.

Roll Rudiments
Drag Rudiments
5 Stroke Roll (alternating) Ruff (alternating)
7 Stroke Roll (non-alternating) Single Drag (alternating)
9 Stroke Roll (alternating) Double Ratamacue (alternating)
10 Stroke Roll (non-alternating) Single Ratamacue (alternating)
11 Stroke Roll (non-alternating) Double Ratamacue (alternating)
13 Stroke Roll (alternating) Triple Ratamacue (alternating)
15 Stroke Roll (non-alternating) Lesson 25 (non-alternating)
Long Roll
Flam Rudiments
Single Stroke Roll Flam (alternating)
Diddle Rudiments
Flam Tap (alternating)
Single Paradiddle (alternating) Flam Accent (alternating)
Double Paradiddle (alternating) Flamacue (non-alternating)
Drag Paradiddle #1 (alternating) Flam Paradiddle (alternating)
Drag Paradiddle #2 (alternating) Flam Paradiddle-diddle (alternating)


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