Texas Tech University

Graduate Audition Requirements

Students seeking graduate degrees in music must also apply and audition for the School of Music.  The audition requirements for each area of study are listed below.

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Applications for auditions must be submitted two weeks before the date of the audition. Please contact the individual applied studio professor for any additional audition requirements for your instrument before you audition.  Faculty contact information can be found in the FACULTY DIRECTORY

Composition Applicants

In addition to auditioning on your principal instrument according to the requirements listed on this page, you will need to submit supporting materials in the form of musical scores.

Guitar Applicants

Prepare two contrasting solo pieces and play a 2 octave scale.

Harp Applicants

Prepare two contrasting solo pieces and play a 2-octave scale, hands together.

Keyboard Applicants

Please visit the KEYBOARD AREA GRADUATE PAGE for complete audition information.

Music Education Applicants

You will need to submit a statement of purpose/career goals, a scholarly paper as a writing sample, and a link to a video of yourself teaching or rehearsing. An audition is not required, but an interview with music education faculty members will be needed.

Theory Applicants

You will need to submit supporting materials in the form of a paper written on a musical topic and, if an interview is scheduled, you will need to take a theory placement exam at the time of your interview.

Voice Applicants

Please visit the VOICE AREA GRADUATE PAGE for complete audition information.

String Applicants

  • VIOLIN
    • Two contrasting movements from any one of the unaccompanied Sonatas or Partitas of J. S. Bach.
    • A solo piece of the candidates choosing. The selection should reflect your highest level of technical proficiency and refinement, and most sophisticated level of musicianship.
    • The first or last movement of a major concerto with cadenza. Concerti and solo Bach must be memorized.
  • VIOLA
    • Masters of Music in Viola Performance
      • One movement of a standard high-level concerto (Stamitz, Hindemith, Walton, Bartok, Schnittke, etc.)
      • Two contrasting movements of the same Bach Suite
      • One movement of a standard sonata. At least one movement of the concerto or Bach must be memorized.
    • Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance
      • One movement of a standard high-level concerto (Hindemith, Walton, Bartok, Schnittke, etc.)
      • Two contrasting movements of the same Bach Suite (any Suite except no.1 in G major)
      • One movement of a standard sonata
      • A solo other than Bach (Vieuxtemps Capriccio, Biber, Passacaglia, a movement from a solo Hindemith sonata, etc.)
      • At least one movement (concerto, solo, or Bach) must be memorized
  • CELLO
    • One etude of the student's choosing from Popper Opus 73 "High School of Cello Playing"
    • Three contrasting movements of a Bach Suite
    • One movement of a standard cello concerto
    • Memorization is required for the Bach and the concerto
  • DOUBLE BASS
    • Two contrasting movements from a standard double bass concerto (e.g. Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Koussevitsky, etc.). Contrasting movements need not be from the same work.
    • Two contrasting movements from one or more Bach Cello Suites.
    • Three orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral literature (e.g. Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, etc.).
    • Three octave major & minor scales and arpeggios.
    • At least one work should be performed by memory.

Winds and Percussion Applicants

  • FLUTE (M.M. and D.M.A.)
    • J.S. Bach Sonata of your choice
    • Mozart Concerto (G or D), Movement 1, exposition
    • Selection from the standard French repertoire for flute and piano of your choice
    • Selection from the standard 20th Century or Contemporary repertoire of your choice
    • Accompaniment is not required.
  • OBOE
  • CLARINET
    • We request that you prepare two or three representative works to demonstrate technical and expressive abilities.  In addition, orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire can be added if you have them prepared.  These are not required but would be welcomed in the audition.
    • In addition to the repertoire requested, please be prepared to play major and minor scales in whatever form you have learned. 
    • A short sight reading excerpt may or may not be presented as well.
  • BASSOON
    • Please contact Professor Richard Meek (r.meek@ttu.edu) for current audition information
  • SAXOPHONE
    • Please contact Professor David Dees (d.dees@ttu.edu) for current audition information
  • TRUMPET
    • Please contact both Professor Will Strieder (will.strieder@ttu.edu) and Dr. Andrew J. Stetson (andrew.stetson@ttu.edu) to schedule an audition date and time.
    • Students interested in auditioning for Dr. Andrew J. Stetson's studio should prepare:
      • Solo: Honegger Intrada and one other solo of your choice (Tomasi Concerto, a movement from Haydn or Hummel, etc.)
      • Two etudes: Select from Charlier or Bitsch.
      • Excerpts: Select 5-6 standard orchestral excerpts.
      • Jazz/Commercial expertise: Applicants are encouraged but not required to display skills in Jazz/Commercial areas.
      • Sight reading: with and without transposition
  • HORN
    • Two contrasting movements (can be from same or different pieces) from the standard solo repertoire, or two contrasting etudes, one lyrical and one technical (you may use a solo or etude combination). Accompaniment is not required.
    • 5 standard orchestral audition excerpts 
    • All Major and Minor scales, two octaves, from memory
    • Sight reading will be required
  • TROMBONE
    • Prepare two standard solos (those that fully showcase your playing capabilities) and 5 orchestral excerpts.
    • Please contact Professor James T. Decker (james.decker@ttu.edu) to schedule an audition date and time.
  • TUBA/EUPHONIUM
    • Two contrasting movements (can be from same or different pieces) from the standard solo repertoire. Accompaniment is not required.
    • 3-5 standard audition excerpts (band or orchestra).
    • All Major and Minor scales, two octaves, from memory.  
    • Sight reading will be required.
    • Please contact Dr. Kevin Wass (kevin.wass@ttu.edu) to schedule an audition date and time.
  • PERCUSSION
    • Prepare a 30-minute audition program including the following:
      • A four-mallet marimba solo of your choice
      • A two-mallet Bach transcription for marimba or xylophone excerpts (Porgy and Bess-Gershwin, Colas Breugnon Overture-Kabalevsky, and Appalachian Spring-Copland)
      • A couple of snare drum etudes from Delecluse, Cirone, and/or Peters' Advanced Snare Drum Studies
      • A timpani solo or one or two timpani etudes from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth
      • Multiple percussion and/or vibraphone solos as well as drumset styles as time and expertise permits.
    • During the audition, you will also be expected to sight-read on mallets and snare drum as well as tune timpani.
    • Accompaniment is not necessary but you may provide your own if you like.