Auditions at the John M. Long School of Music are used to determine eligibility for
merit-based scholarships through the School of Music. Click the links below for more
information about the various scholarship opportunities, or contact the appropriate
faculty member for more information.
Band & Instrumental Auditions/Scholarships:
Dr. Mark Walker
Director of Bands
Dr. Diane Orlofsky
Director of University Choirs
Dr. Robert Gibson
Lecturer of Guitar
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang
Coordinator of Piano Activities
Music Industry Auditions/Scholarships:
Robert W. Smith
Coordinator of Music Industry
Remember: You DO NOT need to be a music major to receive a music scholarship. You DO need to audition successfully to receive a music scholarship. Troy University has many additional financial aid opportunities available for students. We encourage you to investigate as many options as possible.
Flute Audition Requirements:
Three chromatically adjacent two-octave major scales
Three octave chromatic scale on C or C#
Standard solo that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability
Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, and Bassoon Audition Requirements:
Scales as indicated by all-state requirements
Standard solo that demonstrates lyrical and technical ability
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Audition Requirements:
Three chromatically adjacent major scales
Chromatic scales reflective of the performer's ability level
Two solo movements or études of moderate difficulty and contrasting styles
Percussion Audition Requirements:
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.
All major scales (two octaves)
Concert Snare Drum: Etude 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.
Voice Audition Requirements:
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.
Piano Audition Requirements:
All major and minor (harmonic) scales in two octaves, including arpeggios and cadences, (quarter note = 60)
Two memorized pieces from contrasting periods that feature contrasting styles, tempi, etc. (please provide score for the adjudicator)
Guitar Audition Requirements:
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