Admissions

ATT: Bryan Braue

School of Music

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Ave., MUS 101

Tampa, FL 33620

 

(813) 974-3668

musicadmissions@usf.edu

 

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

To become a music major every prospective undergraduate must complete an audition and be accepted into a performance studio. It is not possible to become a music major if the student does not exhibit sufficient performing competence in his or her audition. Audition requirements for each studio are listed below. Please contact your potential applied professor directly for questions related to audition materials.

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (as secondary instrumental studies), Bassoon, Saxophone:

  • Major scales with arpeggios on the tonic note in any pattern of your choice.
  • Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument in any pattern, any articulation.
  • Two solos or etudes of your choice. Selections should be contrasting; one displaying slow, lyrical playing with the other displaying proficiency in technique and articulation. Any Grade 5 or above work would be considered appropriate.
  • Sight-reading will be asked.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Kim McCormick.

 

French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba:

  • Major scales, slurred and musically, two octaves where possible.
  • Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument, slurred and musically.
  • A major solo work written for your instrument (no transcriptions) chosen to demonstrate the ability to play an expressive phrase musically and a technical passage handily. Separate movements, or even works, may be employed to accomplish this. Select music that will show you at your best, not simply the most difficult piece you know.
  • Sight-reading will be asked.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Tom Brantley.

Trumpet:

  • Scales
  • Sight reading
  • Charlier Etude #2 and pick two (all first movements) from: Kennan Sonata, Stevens Sonata, Haydn Concerto, Hummel Concerto, Tomasi Concerto, Chaynes Concerto, Hindemith Sonate, Goedicke Concert Etude (complete).
  • Graduate applicants are required to perform at least 5 standard orchestral excerpts.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Jay Coble.

Percussion:

  • Snare Drum: Any etude from the Portraits in Rhythms Book (Anthony Cirone), the Snare Drum Studies Books (Mitchell Peters) or the Snare Studies Books (Jacques Delecluse). A solo from the official Florida Bandmasters Association solo list or equivalent. Potential applicants should also be prepared to demonstrate a variety of rolls and fundamental rudiments.
  • Marimba, Xylophone, or Vibraphone: Any etude from the Modern School for Xylophone Book (Morris Goldenberg). A solo from the official Florida Bandmasters Association solo list or equivalent. Sonatas and/or Suites are highly recommended.
  • Timpani: Any etude from the Modern Method for Timpani Book (Saul Goodman), the Timpani Method Book (Alfred Friese) or the Fundamental Method for Timpani Book (Vic Firth). Any solo from the official Florida Bandmasters Association solo list or equivalent. Elliott Carter etudes are highly recommended.
  • Applicants are required to audition in at least two of the above areas.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Bob McCormick.


Jazz Winds, Pianists, Guitarists, and Bassists:

  • Major and Minor scales with arpeggios.
  • Sight-reading in various jazz styles.
  • A prepared jazz etude, transcribed solo, or appropriate selection from jazz ensemble literature.
  • Contrasting selections with pre-recorded or live accompaniment (Aebersold play-alongs are fine). Tunes should be selected from standard Jazz repertoire. Suggested tunes include:
    • Blues tunes-Tenor Madness, Now's the Time, Blue Monk
    • Standards-Take the A Train, Autumn Leaves
    • Latin/Island-Blue Bossa, St. Thomas
    • Ballad-In A Sentimental Mood, Lover Man
  • Wind Players, Pianists and Guitarists are expected to play the melody and improvise. Pianists and Guitarists will be asked to "comp" the chord changes as well. Bassists will be asked to play bass lines which outline the harmony and reflect the rhythmic style of the selection. Bassists may also improvise if they choose to.
  • Important: Wind Instrument Applicants will be scheduled for two auditions - one with our jazz faculty and one with the applied facility on their particular instrument. Applied faculty auditions will include selected materials from the jazz audition (scales, prepared etude/transcription, jazz repertoire, sight reading).
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Jack Wilkins.


Jazz Drums:

  • Sight-reading in various jazz styles.
  • Demonstrate the following styles:
    • Medium swing-sticks and brushes
    • Latin-Bossa Nova, Samba, Afro-Cuban
    • Ballad-brushes
  • Alternate keeping time and improvising for 4, 8, and 12 measure groups (trading).
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Jack Wilkins.


Strings:

  • Representative Scales/Arpeggios
  • One solo etude
  • Concerto movement
  • One movement of Bach Suite, Sonata, or Partita (Telemann Solo Fantasias for violin or viola are also appropriate)
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Carolyn Stuart.


Piano:

  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance - Applicants are to prepare three complete works from the standard piano repertoire to be performed from memory. Sight-reading will also be requested at the audition.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies or Bachelor of Science in Music Education - Applicants are to prepare two contrasting works, each from a different time period. One of the two works should be performed from memory. Sight-reading will also be requested at the audition.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Svetozar Ivanov.


Voice: (Incoming Freshman)

  • Prepare two art songs of classical nature in contrasting style or tempo. Repertoire used for Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Assessments are good examples.
  • Material for auditions can be found in "Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias" collection or The First/Second Book of SATB Solos, also the Joan Boytim Series. One selection must be in a foreign language (German, French, Italian or Spanish). Folk Songs or Musical Theater selections are not acceptable. Selections must be performed by memory.
  • Please do not bring taped accompaniment. A piano accompanist will be provided for all auditions without charge (Note: There will be no rehearsal with the accompanist). Applicants may bring their own accompanist, if desired.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Kyoung Cho.


Voice: (Incoming Undergraduate Transfers)

  • Prepare three pieces. One may be an operatic or oratorio aria, if appropriate to your level of vocal ability and you have worked on it with a voice teacher. Art Songs are preferred. Two of the selections must be in a foreign language (French, German, Italian or Spanish). Selections must be performed by Memory.
  • Please do not bring taped accompaniment. A piano accompanist will be provided for all auditions without charge (Note: There will be no rehearsal with the accompanist). Applicants may bring their own accompanist, if desired.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Kyoung Cho.


Composition:

  • All students applying for the Bachelors of Music degree in Music Composition will be assigned an interview with the composition faculty and are required to submit a composition portfolio before coming to their on-campus audition. You can find more information about preparing a successful composition portfolio here.
  • All portfolios must be received electronically 10 days before your schedule audition date.
  • Applicants for the Bachelors of Music Degree in Composition must also audition for the appropriate applied studio as two years of performance study are required for this degree program. Please refer to the appropriate requirements above for the performance area(s) of your choice.
  • Detailed questions should be sent to Professor Baljinder Sekhon.