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Auditions

Required for all the music programs at CMU (all music degree and minor programs)

All applicants are encouraged to schedule an audition on CMU Priority Scholarship Audition Day; however, if an on-campus audition is not possible, students may send in a recording (CD, DVD, email, or online).

CMU Priority Scholarship Audition Day - Friday, March 10, 2017

All applicants will perform an audition, which also serves as a scholarship audition. Please contact your area coordinator if you are unable to make this date.

Your audition day will consist of:
• CMU music orientation
• music theory placement examination
• audition performance

What you need to do BEFORE your audition

• apply for CMU general admission (please also apply for CMU financial aid).
• schedule your audition time with your area coordinator.
• confirm your audition materials with your instrument/voice instructor.

 What you need to bring on your audition day

Application form
• Your instrument
• Audition sheet music

Area Coordinators & Instructors

Please contact your area coordinator to schedule your audition, AND contact appropriate instructor to confirm your audition materials.  

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Graham Anduri. Please contact Dr. Anduri to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

  1. Come prepared to sing two contrasting pieces from memory. Songs/arias may be from the classical, musical theater, jazz, spiritual, folk song, or patriotic song repertory.
  2. You will be asked to complete a music theory placement test, so you may want to brush up on some basic music theory before your audition. 

Your Area Coordinator is Dr. Kristen Yun. Please contact Dr. Yun to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Dr. Frank Restesan. Please contact Dr. Restesan to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

VIOLIN:

  • Two scales in three octaves up to 4 sharps/flats (one major and one minor)
    chosen by the applicant from either Scale System by C. Flesch or Scales for Advanced Violinists by B. Barber
  • Any one movement from Six Violin Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement from one of the following standard Concertos for Violin (J.B. Accolay – No.1 in A minor, J.B. Viotti, No.20, 21,22 or 23), J.S. Bach – Concerto in a minor BWV 1041, any of Mozart Violin Concertos)

VIOLA:

  • Two scales in three octaves up to 4 sharps/flats (one major and one minor) chosen by the applicant from either C. Flesch’s “Scale System for Viola” or B. Barber’s “Scales for Advanced Violists)
  • Any one movement from J.S. Bach’s “ Six Cello Suites”, BWV 1007-1006 arr. for Viola
  • First or last movement from any of the following Viola Concertos ( J.C. Bach/Cassadesus: Concerto for Viola in C minor, GF. Telemann: Concerto for Viola in G Major, J. Stamitz: Concerto for Viola in D Major)

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Kristen Yun. Please contact Dr. Yun to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

Cello

Performance concentration 

  • A movement from a Bach Suite
  • A movement from a concert or a sonata
  • A major and a melodic minor scales of student's choice (3 octaves)

Music Education/Business concentration

  • Two contrasting pieces 
  • A major and a melodic minor scales of student's choice (2 octaves)

Liberal Arts concentration

  • One piece of student's choice
  • A major and a melodic minor scales of student's choice

Bass 

Performance/Music Education concentration

  • Two contrasting pieces
  • A major and a melodic minor scales of student's choice (2 octaves)

Business/ Liberal Arts concentration

  • One piece of student's choice
  • A major and a melodic minor scales of student's choice

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Jonathan Hinkle. Please contact your Area Coordinator to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

For best consideration of music major placement and scholarship opportunity, trumpet students should demonstrate several (4 or more) of the following to best showcase their specific abilities:

  • 4 major scales (2 octaves where possible)
  • 2 octave chromatic scale 
  • long tone or flow study 
  • upper register exercise (demonstrate upper register abilities)
  • 2 or more advanced scales/modes (e.g. Dorian, Blues, Natural Minor, Lydian, Whole-Tone, etc.)
  • 16-32 measure except from a Grade 4 or higher solo (e.g. Ropartz, Andante et Allegro, Geodicke, Concert Etude, Kennan,Sonata, etc.)
  • 16-32 measure technical excerpt of etude or exercise from advanced method book (e.g. Arban, Charlier, Clark, Rubank, Brandt, Schlossberg)
  • short sight reading demonstration (grade 2/3)
  • free improvisation or open demonstration of trumpet fundamental abilities 
  • performance of a jazz standard melody or blues head and 2-3 choruses of improvisation with play-along track (e.g. Aebersold, Youtube, etc.)
  • example of other music performance or project (i.e. video of live performance, composition/arrangement, media production with significant music editing, video of directing/conducting or ensemble leadership, etc.)  

Your Area Coordinator is Dr. Jonathan Hinkle. Please contact your Dr. Hinkle to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Dr. Eileen Mah. Please contact Dr. Mah to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

• chromatic scale (two octaves)
• 2 major scales (any keys, two octaves)
• 1 lyrical etude or section of a solo work

 Suggested Repertoire

• Pottag: Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work for French Horn
• Maxime Alphonse: 200 New Melodic and Progressive Etudes for the Horn, Book I or Book II
• Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3, second movement
• Franz Strauss: Nocturne, Op. 7, first page

Your Area Coordinator is Dr. Jonathan Hinkle. Please contact Dr. Hinkle to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Dr. Sean Flanigan. Please contact Dr. Flanigan to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

  • Scales (all instruments)
    Major scales by memory up to 4 flats or 3 sharps (C, F, G, D, A, Bb, Eb, Ab,)
    Chromatic Scale – 2 octaves
  • 2 Contrasting Etudes – one lyrical/melodic, one technical
  • One solo or single movement of your choice 

Suggested Materials

Etude Examples for Trombone/Euphonium:

  • Melodious Etudes for Trombone, by Bordogni/Rochut
  • Selected Studies for Trombone (or Baritone), by H. Voxman
  • 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone, by H.W. Tyrrell

Etude Examples for Bass Trombone

  • 43 Bel Canto Studies, by Bordogni/Roberts
  • 60 Progressive Studies for the Modern Bass Trombonist, by Lew Gillis

Etude Examples for Tuba

  • 60 Musical Studies for Tuba Book I or II, edited by David Kuehn
  • 70 Studies for BBb Tuba Volume I, by Vladislav Blazhevich
  • 40 Advanced Studies for Bb Bass, by H.W. Tyrrell

Solo Examples for Trombone/Euphonium:

  • Concerto for Trombone, by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Morceau Symphonique, by Alexandre Guilmant
  • Andante et Allegro, by Joseph Edouard Barat
  • Sonatas 1-6 (one slow movement, one fast movement), by Johann Ernst Galliard

(Or a piece of similar difficulty)

Solo Examples for Bass Trombone

  • Concerto in One Movement, by Alexej Lebedev
  • Allegro Maestoso, by Jan Koetsier

Your Area Coordinator is Dr. Jun Watabe. Please contact Dr. Watabe to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Ms. Jane Kuenzel. Please contact Ms. Kuenzel to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

  • A chromatic scale (3 octaves)
  • Two major scales (2 octaves)
  • Two contrasting solo or etude works
  • Brief sight-reading

Suggested materials

  • Melodious and Progressive Studies for Flute, Book One, revised by Robert Cavally
  • Rubank, Concert and Contest Collection for Flute, edited by H. Voxman

Your Area Coordinator is Dr. Jun Watabe. Please contact Dr. Watabe to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Dr. William Aikens. Please contact Dr. Aikens to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

Applicants should come prepared with major scales (two octaves up to E-flat), as well as an etude and a solo (preferably of contrasting tempi/style). 

Etudes can be taken from the list below or from a work of similar difficulty:

  • Barret: Oboe Method
  • Brod: Oboe Method
  • Ferling: Forty-Eight Etudes

Solos can be taken from the list below or from a work of similar difficulty:

  • Marcello: Concerto (D or C Minor)
  • Telemann: Sonata in A minor or Concerto in F minor
  • Hindemith: Sonata
  • Albinoni: Concerto (D or G minor)

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Jun Watabe. Please contact Dr. Watabe to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

  • Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • 2 Full-Range Major Scales (any keys)
  • 1 Solo Work or 2 Short Etudes (1 technical & 1 lyrical)

 Suggested Repertoire

  • Rose: 32 Etudes for Clarinet
  • Rubank: Advanced Studies for Clarinet
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
  • Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata
  • Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No. 1, No.2
  • Weber: Concertino for Clarinet Op. 26

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Jun Watabe. Please contact Dr. Watabe to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

 Audition Requirements

  • Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • 2 Full-Range Major Scales (any keys)
  • 1 Solo Work or 2 Short Etudes (1 technical & 1 lyrical)

Suggested Repertoire

  • Ferling: 48 Etudes for Saxophone
  • Rubank: Advanced Studies for Saxophone
  • Creston: Saxophone Sonata
  • Handel/Mule: Sonata No.6 (Leduc)
  • Maurice: Tableaux de Provence

Your Area Coordinator is Dr. Jun Watabe. Please contact Dr. Watabe to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Dr. Susan Hess. Please contact Dr. Hess to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

  • Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • 2 Major Scales (two octaves - any keys)
  • 1 Solo Work or 2 Short Etudes (1 technical & 1 lyrical)

Suggested Repertoire

  • Weissenborn: Bassoon Studies, Op. 8, Vol. II  
  • Rubank: Advanced Studies
  • Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de – Sonata in D, Op. 26, No. 1 (Benjamin Productions)
  • Galliard, Johann Ernest- Six Sonatas (International)
  • Hindemith, Paul - Sonata – 1st movement recommended (Schott)
  • Phillips, Burrill - Concert Piece (Fischer)
  • Telemann, Georg Philipp - Sonata in F minor
  • Mozart - Concerto in Bb Major - movement II or III recommended (Luck or Carl Fischer)
  • Vivaldi, Antonio – any concerto
  • Weber, C.M. – Concerto, Op. 75

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Darin Kamstra. Please contact Dr. Kamstra to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

Percussionists should prepare one etude or solo for each of the following areas: snare drum (concert or rudimental style), keyboard percussion (2 and/or 4 mallets), and timpani. In addition, students with drumset experience should be prepared to demonstrate time and solo playing in various styles.

Suggested Materials

  • Snare Drum:
    Portraits in Rhythm, by Anthony Cirone
    The All-American Drummer, by Charley Wilcoxon
  • Keyboard Percussion:
    Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player, by Garwood Whaley,
    Recital Pieces for Mallets, by Garwood Whaley
    Funny Marimba Book 1, by Nebojša Jovan Živković
    Various solos by Mitchell Peters and Alice Gomez
  • Timpani:
    Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist, by Garwood Whaley
    Modern Method for Tympani, by Saul Goodman

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Darin Kamstra. Please contact Dr. Kamstra to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

Winds/Brass
• Full-Range Chromatic Scale
• 2 Full-Range Major Scales (any keys)
• Perform the head and improvise on two contrasting jazz standards
Guitar/Piano/Bass
• 2 Major Scales (any keys, 2 octaves)
• Perform the head, comp, and improvise on two contrasting jazz standards
Drumset
• Play time in a variety of standard jazz styles (swing, bossa nova, samba, mambo, rock/funk, etc.)
• Trade 4’s in swing and another style (alternate playing four bars of time with four bars of solo)

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Arthur Houle. Please contact Dr. Houle to schedule your audition time and to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

Students auditioning on piano should perform a minimum of two contrasting pieces – preferably, one by memory.

Minimum levels* of audition pieces:

Piano minor
Level 4
E.g.: Minuets from the Anna Magdalena Notebook; Schumann Album for the Young, Op. 68 Nos. 11, 14, & 18

Piano ESB, Music Education & Liberal Arts major
Level 6
E.g.: Clementi Sonatinas Op. 36, Nos. 4 & 6; Chopin Preludes Op. 28 Nos. 4, 6, & 7

Piano Performance major
Level 9
E.g.: Bach Three-Part Inventions BWV 774, 776, 778 & 780; Chopin Nocturnes Op. 9/2, 15/3 or 37/1; Bartok Mikrokosmos Vol. 5, No. 138

*For a more comprehensive list of sample pieces at various levels, consult the CMU Piano Handbook, posted on the Music Student Resources page: http://www.coloradomesa.edu/music/current/resources.html.

Sight-reading ability and technical background will also be assessed at the audition.

Students should submit a one or two page resume listing years of study, teachers, scope of repertory, and theory/technical training (what scales, arpeggios, exercise books, etc. you have mastered).

All prospective piano students must contact Arthur Houle, Director of Keyboard Studies, to arrange a personal audition and interview. (Students who perform in the annual Festival for Creative Pianists may, with approval by Dr. Houle, have their festival performances count as part or all of their formal audition to Colorado Mesa University's music program. All prospective students are encouraged to participate in that unique festival program.)

Your Area Coordinator/Instructor is Dr. Arthur Houle. Please contact Dr. Houle to schedule your audition time.

Your instructor is Mr. Javier de los Santos. Please contact Mr. de los Santos to confirm your audition materials.

Audition Requirements

  • A Major Scale: two or three octave (Any key)
  • A Minor Scale: two or three octave (Any key)
  • One solo Guitar Etude
  • One solo Guitar Piece

Suggested Repertoire

SOLO ETUDES:

  • Leo Brouwer: Estudios Sencillos I to XX
  • Matteo Carcassi: 25 Estudios, Op 60
  • Dionisio Aguado: 35 Etudes
  • Fernando Sor: Twenty Studies for the Guitar

 SOLO PIECES:

  • Francisco Tarrega: Lagrima, Adelita
  • Joao Texeira Guimaraes Pernambuco: 11 Famous Choros
  • S. Bach: Bourree from BWV 996
  • S. Bach: Prelude from BWV 999
  • Tomas Marco: Tarots (22 Piezas para guitarra)