Scholarship Auditions


  • Three chromatically adjacent two-octave major scales
  • Three octave chromatic scale on C or C#
  • Standard solo that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability
  • Sight-reading.

Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

  • Scales as indicated by all-state requirements
  • Sandard solo that demonstrates lyrical and technical ability; sight-reading

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

  • Three chromatically adjacent major scales
  • Cromatic scales reflective of the performer's ability level
  • Two solo movements or études of moderate difficulty and contrasting styles
  • Sight-reading


  • All major scales (two octaves)
  • Sight-reading
  • Concert Snare Drum: Études by Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Whaley, etc.
  • Timpani: Etude or Solo by Carter, Firth, Goodman, Lepak, Whaley, etc. 
  • Mallets: Four-Mallet Solo by Abe, Bach, Burritt, Smadbeck, Stout, etc. (Two-Mallet Études or Solos are acceptable, but Four-Mallet works are encouraged) 
  • Drum set: Optional; demonstrate various styles (Swing, Latin, Funk, etc.) 
  • Rudimental Snare Drum: Optional; solos by Markovich, Pratt, Wilcoxen, etc.

All applicants are encouraged to perform in all, listed major areas (Concert Snare Drum, Timpani, Mallets); drum set is optional, and you may also exhibit proficiency in rudimental snare drumming. The provided repertoire is only a suggestion. Please contact Dr. T. Adam Blackstock if you have any questions concerning appropriate alternatives.


  • One memorized composition from any genre (art song, musical theatre, opera, oratorio, jazz, hymn, or folk song preferred)

Students will be vocalized by a vocal faculty and will be asked to sight-read a simple melody. Students should provide accompaniment music or may sing a cappella.


  • All major and minor (harmonic) scales in two octaves, including arpeggios and cadences, (quarter note = 60)
  • Sight-reading
  • Two memorized pieces from contrasting periods that feature contrasting styles, tempi, etc. (please provide score for the adjudicator;)


  • Perform one or two pieces of your choice demonstrating your technical abilities and musicality
  • Guitar faculty may ask for the student to demonstrate knowledge of scales, chords, improvisational skills, and sight-reading