Admissions

Attn: Jason Bombaugh

School of Music

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Ave., MUS 101

Tampa, FL 33620

 

musicadmissions@usf.edu

 

Audition Requirements
To become a music major every prospective undergraduate must complete an audition and be accepted into a performance studio. The Master of Music in Performance, Jazz Performance, Conducting, Chamber Music and Piano Pedagogy also require an audition. Portfolio submissions and interviews are required for graduate Composition and Jazz Composition.

Audition requirements for each studio are listed below. Please contact your potential applied professor directly for questions related to audition materials.


Bassoon

Undergraduate and Graduate

  • 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.
  • Questions should be sent to Professor John Kehayas at kehayas@usf.edu


Cello

Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education  

  • Outer movement from standard concerto repertoire (or equivalent)
  • One movement from solo Bach Suite or solo Domenico Gabrielli Ricercar
  • One etude or caprice
  • Major and Minor Scales and Arpeggios

Bachelor of Arts  

  • 2 contrasting works from standard repertoire (examples may include, but are not limited to, a movement from a concerto and solo Bach Suite, as well as standard solo works)
  • Representative 3 Octave scales and arpeggios

Master of Music Performance

  • 2 contrasting movements from a standard concerto
  • 2 contrasting movements of solo Bach Suite, or 2 contrasting from a pre-classical sonata
  • Additional work of applicant’s choice written since 1940.

Master of Music in Chamber Music

In addition to MM requirements above, include 2 contrasting recordings of chamber music performances (video preferred, though not required) as well as a chamber music resume.

Graduate Certificate

  • 3 contrasting works/movements from representative recital repertoire

Advanced Graduate Certificate

  • Representative Recital Program
Questions should be sent to Professor Scott Kluksdahl at kluksdah@usf.edu.


Clarinet

Undergraduate and Graduate

  • 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.
Questions should be sent to Professor Brian Moorhead at bmoorhea@usf.edu.


Composition

A successful portfolio submission to the USF composition program includes the following items. Applicants are advised to complete their application to the University and School of Music by December 1 (graduate applicants) or December 15 (undergraduate applicants).
  • Sample Notated Scores (with optional recordings). Undergraduate Applicants: 1-5 Score(s). Masters Applicants: 3-5 Scores
  • List of works and performances
  • Personal Statement describing your experience as a musician/composer
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation (for graduate students, these should be emailed directly to bsekhon@usf.edu)
  • Interview with USF composition faculty (all undergraduate applicants, selected graduate applicants)
In addition to the above items, undergraduate applicants must take an instrumental audition. An undergraduate application to the composition program will only be fully considered after the applicant IS ACCEPTED into an instrumental studio. Graduate students are admitted based on their portfolios only - MM applicants do not have to take an instrumental audition. Due to the high volume and quality of MM applicants, only a select number of applicants will be invited for an interview with the composition faculty.

Questions should be sent to Professor Baljinder Sekhon at bsekhon@usf.edu.


Conducting

Graduate Only

  • Conducting auditions are required for admission and must be arranged by contacting the appropriate faculty coordinator directly:


Euphonium/Tuba

Undergraduate

  • • All major scales. 2 octaves minimum. Tongued quarter-notes ascending and descending.
  • • A solo or etude demonstrating your lyrical playing (3-4 min).
  • • A solo or etude demonstrating your technical playing (3-4 min).
  • Selections may come from movements of a sonata, concerto, suite, etc.

Graduate Euphonium

  • All major and minor scales. 2 octaves minimum. Tongued quarter-notes ascending and descending.
  •  A sonata or concerto, originally written for your instrument.
  • A baroque or classical era transcription, or an Arbans Characteristic Study.
  • 4-5 standard wind band excerpts.

Graduate Tuba

  • All major and minor scales. 2 octaves minimum. Tongued quarter-notes ascending and descending.
  • A sonata or concerto, originally written for your instrument.
  • A baroque or classical era transcription.
  • 2-3 standard orchestral excerpts.
  • 2-3 standard wind band excerpts.
  • If possible, demonstrate proficiency on f-tuba.
Questions should be sent to Professor Joseph Alvarez at jalvare3@usf.edu.


Flute

Undergraduate

  • 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

Graduate

  • 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.
  • The exposition of a concerto (Mozart preferably) and several contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Sight-reading will be asked

Questions should be sent to Professor Francesca Arnone at francescaa@usf.edu.



Guitar: Classical/Popular

Undergraduate  

  • Solo guitar transcription from a Suite, Sonata, or Partita by J. S. Bach. Suggestions include (but are not limited to) Prelude BWV 1007, Prelude BWV 998, Prelude BWV 999.
  • 1 concert etude. Suggested composers include (but are not limited to) Barrios, Brouwer, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Villa-Lobos.
  • 1 free choice piece, which may be performed on a classical, finger-style acoustic, or electric guitar.
  • Sight-reading
Questions should be sent to Professor Erol Ozsever at eozsever@usf.edu.



Horn

Undergraduate and Graduate

  • 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

Questions should be sent to Professor Andrew Karr at andrewk@usf.edu.


Jazz Composition

Graduate Only

  • Portfolio and interviews are required for admission and must be arranged by contacting Dr. Chuck Owen directly at cowen@usf.edu.


Jazz Performance

Horns, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums

  • A technically challenging exercise: a jazz etude or a transcribed solo
  • A variety of jazz scales and arpeggios: majors, minors, dorian, mixolydian, altered dominant, diminished, etc.
  • Drummers will be asked to show technique through snare rudiments, stylistic patterns on cymbals, and/or full set stylistic patterns (various grooves: swing, samba, afro-cuban, Latin-Bossa Nova, etc.)
  • Performance of music (4-5 selections) from the jazz repertoire in contrasting styles and tempos, i.e., ballad, different jazz standards, blues or rhythm changes, straight 8th feel, etc.
  • The jazz repertoire performance will be in a group format, whether with live musicians or recorded accompaniment. Everyone is 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. Drummers need to be prepared to sing the melody as you play, and “comp” behind a soloist.  Drummers will be asked to improvise over the form of the tune and also trade 4’s, 8’s, etc. as part of your audition.
  • Sight-reading
Questions should be sent to Professor Jack Wilkins at wilkins@usf.edu.


Oboe

Undergraduate and Graduate

  • Concert E flat major Scale-2 Octaves
  • Concert E major scale-2 octaves
  • Full range chromatic scale
  • 2 contrasting Solos of choice - something that demonstrates the student’s ability.  
  • Sight reading
Questions should be sent to Professor Amy Collins at acollin6@usf.edu.


Percussion

Undergraduate  

  • Snare Drum: Prepare a solo from a state contest list (i.e. Florida Bandmasters Solo and Ensemble list) or from any of the major snare books such as Cirone, Delecluse and Peters. Sight reading and demonstration of rudiments may also be asked.
  • Keyboard Percussion:  Prepare at least one solo from a state contest list (i.e. Florida Bandmasters Solo and Ensemble list) or any literature that you feel demonstrates your skills on marimba, vibes or xylophone. Sight reading, scales etc. may be asked.
  • Timpani: Prepare to sing intervals and tune pitches. Solos on timpani are optional for incoming Freshman.

Graduate

  • Prepare a solo of your choice for snare, keyboard percussion and timpani.
  • Sight reading, tuning, hand instruments, standard orchestral excerpts may also be asked.
Questions should be sent to Professor Robert McCormick at mccormic@usf.edu.



Piano

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • 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 Science in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts

  • 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.

Graduate

  • Three contrasting works from the standard concert/recital repertory
  • Memorization required for all three works
Questions should be sent to Professor Svetozar Ivanov at svetozar@usf.edu.


Saxophone

Undergraduate and Graduate

  • 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.
Questions should be sent to Professor Valerie Gillespie at vgillespie@usf.edu.


Trombone

Undergraduate and Graduate

• 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

Questions should be sent to Professor Tom Brantley at brantley@usf.edu.


Trumpet

Undergraduate

  • Major scales slurred, two octaves where possible.
  • Chromatic scale full range of the instrument.
  • 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

  • Perform at least 5 standard orchestral excerpts.
Questions should be sent to Professor Jay Coble at jcoble@usf.edu


Viola

Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education  

  • One movement from standard concerto repertoire (or equivalent)
  • At least one movement from solo Bach Cello Suite or from a Violin Sonata or Partita
  • One etude of the candidate's choice

Bachelor of Arts  

  • 2 contrasting works from standard repertoire
  • Representative 2 or 3 Octave scales and arpeggios

Master of Music Performance

  • One concerto movement
  • 2 contrasting movements of solo Bach
  • Work of applicant’s choice (may include a sonata movement, a modern work, standard orchestral excerpts, etc.)

Master of Music in Chamber Music

  • In addition to MM requirements above, include 2 contrasting recordings of chamber music performances (video preferred, though not required) as well as a chamber music resume.

Graduate Certificate

  • 3 contrasting works/movements from representative recital repertoire.
  • May include standard orchestral excerpts.

Advanced Graduate Certificate

  • Representative Recital Program, including 2 standard orchestra excerpts

Questions should be sent to Professor John Posadas at jtposa@hotmail.com.


Violin

Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education  

  • One movement from standard concerto repertoire (or equivalent)
  • One movement from solo Bach or solo Telemann
  • One caprice or etude
  • Major and Minor Scales and Arpeggios

Bachelor of Arts  

  • 2 contrasting works from standard repertoire (examples may include, but are not limited to, a movement from a concerto and solo Bach or solo Telemann
  • Representative 3 Octave scales and arpeggios

Master of Music Performance

  • One concerto movement
  • 2 contrasting movements of solo Bach
  • Work of applicant’s choice (may include caprice, modern, sonata movement, etc.)

Master of Music in Chamber Music

  • In addition to MM requirements above, include 2 contrasting recordings of chamber music performances (video preferred, though not required) as well as a chamber music resume.

Graduate Certificate

  • 3 contrasting works/movements from representative recital repertoire

Advanced Graduate Certificate

  • Representative Recital Program
Questions should be sent to Professor Carolyn Stuart at cstuart@usf.edu.


Voice

Undergraduate (Freshmen)

  • 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.

Undergraduate Transfers and Graduate

  • 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.

Questions should be sent to Professor Kyoung Cho at kyoung@usf.edu.