Audition Requirements

Voice Requirements

The entrance audition demonstrates the student's ability to sing in tune, with correct rhythm, and good vocal quality.  For Music Education applicants, please choose two pieces from the following list.  For Vocal Performance applicants, please choose three:

  1. One 16th-18th century Italian song or aria, in Italian
  2. One 19th or 20th century German or French art song.  Original language is recommended, but this piece may be sung in English.
  3. One 20th or 21st century American or British art song
  4. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

The selections must be chosen from the standard classical vocal repertoire, show contrasting musical and historical styles, and include at least one language other than English. All selections must be memorized.  If you have any questions about your selections, please contact Professor Constance Fee (Director of Vocal Studies) at fee_constance@roberts.edu.

An accompanist will be provided upon request.  In this case, music scores must be sent to the RWC Music Office at least two weeks prior to the audition date. For further information, please contact Jillian Lauritzson at lauritzson_jillian@roberts.edu.

Piano/Organ Requirements

Two contrasting compositions or movements from different periods.  For example, one piece from the baroque or classical period, and one piece from the romantic or 20th century.

*if you have any questions about your selections, please contact Dr. Michael Landrum (Director of Piano Studies) at landrumm@roberts.edu.  

Brass Requirements

Trombone: 
All major scales. Two contrasting etudes by Bordogni, Kopprasch, Blazhevich, or similar. Solos by David, Grondahl, Pryor, Hindemith, Saint-Saens, or similar

Trumpet: 
Sonatas by Kennan, mvts. 1 or 3, Halsey Stevens, mvt. 1, Hindemith, mvt. 1 or 3; Concerti by Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian, Corelli; Goedicke, Concert Etude; Solos by Arban or Clarke, Etudes by Charlier.

Tuba and Euphonium:
Two contrasting compositions, movements, or etudes from different periods.  For example, one piece from the baroque or classical period, and one piece from the romantic or 20th century.

French Horn: 
Solos by Bozza; Dukas, Villanelle; Concerti by Haydn, Mozart, Strauss;  Sonatas by Beethoven and Hindemith; Saint-Saens, Morceau de Concert; F. Strauss, Nocturno.

*if you have any questions about your selections, please contact Dr. Paul Shewan (Director of Instrumental Studies) at shewanp@roberts.edu.

Woodwind Requirements

Two contrasting compositions, movements, or etudes from different periods.  For example, one piece from the baroque or classical period, and one piece from the romantic or 20th century.

*if you have any questions about your selections, please contact Dr. Paul Shewan (Director of Instrumental Studies) at shewanp@roberts.edu.

String Requirements

Violin:
Two contrasting and complete works (one showing legato playing, and one fast) from different periods.  Pieces could include a movement from unaccompanied Bach or a movement from a standard concerto or short, solo works (eg. showpieces by Sarasate, Kreisler).  One etude or caprice by Mazas, Dont, Kreutzer, Rode, etc.

Two 3-octave scales of the student's choice (Major, Harmonic Minor, and Melodic Minor) and its arpeggios (Major and Minor).

Viola:
Two contrasting works or movements from different periods (demonstrating slow lyrical playing and fast passage work). For example: One movement from J.C. Bach, Stamitz, or Walton Concerto and one contrasting movement from a Bach cello suite.  

Be prepared to play one scale (Major, Harmonic Minor, and Melodic Minor) and its arpeggios (Major and Minor) in 3 octaves.

Cello:
Two contrasting works or movements from the standard repertoire, each from different periods. These could include a movement from a Bach suite, a movement from a standard concerto or sonata, a show piece or character piece, and/or an etude by Duport, Popper or Piatti.

One major and one minor three-octave scale with arpeggios.

Bass:
*if you have any questions about your selections, please contact Dr. Paul Shewan (Director of Instrumental Studies) at shewanp@roberts.edu.

Guitar Requirements 

Audition pieces should include three contrasting major works from different stylistic periods that best represent the applicant’s technical and artistic strengths. For example, this may include a memorized solo from the standard repertoire and two etudes that utilize different techniques (i.e. arpeggio, scale, rest-stroke melody). Be prepared to perform from memory any two and three octave major and melodic minor scales (Segovia edition) with rest or free stroke (i-m; m-a). NOTE: electric guitar may NOT be used for auditions. Guitarists must call Adjunct Professor of Guitar, Dr. Tim Shannon before scheduling the audition (585-613-5013).

Percussion Requirements

Three compositions that demonstrate your proficiency on snare drum and mallet instruments.  A marimba and timpani solo are recommended.  Repertoire should reflect your current playing level, realizing that may be different for each area of percussion. 

*if you have any questions about your selections, please contact Jillian Pritchard (Instructor of Percussion Studies) at pritchard_jillian@roberts.edu. 

 

If you have any further questions, please contact Jillian Lauritzson, administrative assistant, at 585.594.6320 or lauritzson_jillian@roberts.edu.