Texas Tech University

graduate Audition Requirements

 

Audition and/or application requirements specific to each area of study are listed below. Please contact the individual professor with questions about these requirements.  Faculty contact information can be found in the FACULTY DIRECTORY.

Bassoon

Please contact Professor Richard Meek (r.meek@ttu.edu) for current audition information

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

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.

Composition

Please visit the COMPOSITION AREA PAGE for complete audition information.

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.

Flute (M.M. & 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.

Harp

 1st solo/concerto:

  • memorization preferred
  • suggested difficulty at or above works such as the Faure Impromptu, Hindemith Harp Sonata, Salzedo Scintillation, Tournier Images, Debussy Dances, Ravel Intro and Allegro, Grandjany Fantaisie sur un theme de J. Haydn

2nd solo:

  • contrasting style with the first
  • memorization preferred
  • suggested difficulty at or above works such as Tournier Au Matin, Pescetti Sonata in C minor, Rota Sarabanda e Toccata, Hasselmans La Source

A cadenza:

  • such as the Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espanol, or Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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

Keyboard

LIVE AUDITIONS

The keyboard faculty highly encourages all prospective students, particularly those interested in qualifying for scholarships, fellowships, and/or graduate assistantships, to visit the TTU campus for a live audition and interview. Official School of Music audition dates are Saturday, February 18 and Saturday, March 4, 2023. We can also arrange for live auditions on other days at the request of the applicant.

Note that pre-screening videos are not required but encouraged.

VIDEO AUDITIONS

The keyboard faculty accepts pre-recorded video auditions. Note that video auditions may not be prioritized for scholarship aid, fellowships, and assistantships. Video recordings must be unedited and be no older than one year. Applicants must add video links to their SalesForce application. Following the faculty's review of application materials, including video auditions, we will extend invitations to applicants to participate in virtual interviews conducted on Zoom.

  • To be considered for a live Zoom interview on February 18, 2023, application and video recording must be submitted by February 4.
  • To be considered for a live Zoom interview on March 4, 2023, application and video recording must be submitted by February 18.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

(To apply for a graduate assistantship, please see requirements at the bottom of this page.)

Master of Music in Piano Performance

  • An audition, approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of three or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire
  • Sightreading assessment**
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list

Master of Music in Organ Performance

  • An audition, approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of three or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire
  • Sightreading assessment**
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list

Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition, approximately 20 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire
  • A link to a video recording, at least 20 minutes in length, of recent teaching (one-on-one and/or group piano)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Résumé or curriculum vita

Master of Music in Collaborative Piano

An audition, approximately 25-30 minutes in length

  • First or last movement from a major instrumental duo sonata, including but not limited to, the sonatas of Mozart (K. 301 and up), Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Franck, Faure, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Copland, or Shostakovich
  • Two art songs/lieder/mélodie in two contrasting styles and languages
  • A substantial solo work/movement of at least 10 minutes in duration (must contrast in style to the instrumental duo sonata selection)

You are welcome to bring your own partners; TTU SoM may provide partners for applicants with sufficient advance notice - please communicate with Dr. Nataliya Sukhina as soon as possible to discuss the arrangements.

  • Sightreading assessment**
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list of both solo and collaborative works - may include repertoire you have performed or studied/rehearsed

Applicants who choose an online-only audition may be asked to submit an additional recording of a piano part from a short piece (TBD) within one week of assignment as a substitute for a sight-reading portion.

All video recordings should be from the last two (2) years, unedited and audio must be of high quality. Please make sure your instrumental/vocal partner is in camera view.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance

  • An audition, approximately 40 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire
  • Sightreading assessment**
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list

Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance

  • An audition, approximately 40 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire
  • Sightreading assessment**
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition, approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire
  • A link to a video recording, at least 20 minutes in length, of recent teaching (one-on-one and/or group piano)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sightreading assessment**
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list

Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition consisting of two contrasting works of at least intermediate-level difficulty. Memorization is optional.
  • A link to a video recording, at least 20 minutes in length, of recent teaching (one-on-one and/or group piano)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae

Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Piano

  • An audition, approximately 20 minutes in length, consisting of solo piano works from contrasting style periods (at least late-intermediate/early advanced level). Memorization is optional.
  • A link to a video of any type of collaborative/chamber performances, approximately 20 minutes in length
  • Sightreading assessment **
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list (may include both solo/collaborative works)

***Graduate Assistantships in Teaching and/or Accompanying***

  • If you intend to apply for a graduate assistantship (MM and DMA applicants only), include in your application a link to a video recording, at least 20 minutes in length, of recent teaching (one-on-one and/or group piano) or collaborative/chamber performance(s).

**The sightreading assessment may be completed at time of audition or before the first semester of enrollment.

Oboe

Please contact Professor Amy Anderson (amy.b.anderson@ttu.edu) for current audition information

Percussion

Graduate auditions in the Percussion area can be scheduled independently from TTU School of Music audition dates. Prospective graduate students should contact Dr. Lisa Rogers (lisa.rogers@ttu.edu) and Dr. Michael Mixtacki to arrange an audition date in-person, or the possible submission of recordings and virtual meetings.

Prospective students should prepare a 30-minute audition program including the following:

Required audition material:

  • An advanced four-mallet marimba solo of your choice
  • A two-mallet marimba or xylophone selection of your choice

(ex: a Bach cello suite transcription, selections from Koshinski's Two, ororchestral excerpts such as Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, or Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon Overture are acceptable)

  • Snare drum etudes representing contemporary and/or rudimental styles 

(ex: Delecluse Douze Etudes, Peters Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Tompkins Nine French-American Rudimental Solos, etc.)

  • A timpani solo or advanced etude 

(ex: Carter's Eight Pieces for Timpani, Vic Firth The Solo Timpanist, Hochrainer Etudes for Timpani, etc.)

  • Sight reading on mallets and snare drum
  • Pitch matching and tuning intervals on timpani

Optional selections:

  • Multiple percussion
  • Two or four-mallet Vibraphone solo
  • Drum set styles (ex: Swing/Jazz/Fusion, Rock, Funk, Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, or play-along tracks of your choice)
  • Hand drums, steel pan, or other world percussion instruments depending on the candidate's expertise

The audition will also include a short interview with the percussion faculty. This can include a discussion about career interests and contributions to the percussion area and School of Music. Candidates should also prepare several questions and be prepared to discuss their skills and experience as related to any available assistantships.

Please contact Dr. Rogers or Dr. Mixtacki about any accompaniment or technology needs prior to your audition.

Saxophone

Please contact Professor David Dees (d.dees@ttu.edu) for current audition information

Trombone

  • Prepare two contrasting movements (can be from the same or from different works) from the standard solo repertoire. Accompaniment is not required.
  • Prepare three to five orchestral excerpts.
  • All Major and Minor scales, two octaves, from memory
  • Sight reading will be required
  • Please contact Professor James T. Decker (james.decker@ttu.edu) to schedule an audition date and time.

Trumpet

Please contact Dr. Andrew J. Stetson directly to schedule an audition, and prepare the following:

  • 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

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.

Viola

Masters of Music in Viola Performance

  • One movement of a standard high-level concerto (Stamitz, Hindemith, Walton, Bartok, Schnittke, etc.)
  • Two contrasting movements from the same Cello Suite or Violin Sonatas and Partitas by JS Bach (please omit repeats in the dance movements).
  • One movement of a standard sonata. 
  • Either the concerto or Bach must be memorized.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance

  • One movement of a standard high-level concerto (Stamitz, Hindemith, Walton, Bartok, Schnittke, etc.)
  • Two contrasting movements from the same Cello Suite or Violin Sonatas and Partitas by JS Bach (please omit repeats in the dance movements).
  • One movement of a standard sonata.
  • A solo work other than Bach (Vieuxtemps Capriccio, Biber Passacaglia, a movement from a solo Hindemith sonata, etc.).
  • Either the concerto, solo, or Bach must be memorized.

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.

Voice

Master of Music (MM) and/or Opera Certificate

A pre-screening video of two contrasting selections representing two languages is required before coming to campus for a live audition. Pre-screening materials are uploladed in the "optional materials" section within the application system of the Graduate School.

Four selections, memorized, are required, one in each of the four languages, English, Italian, German, & French.

Of the four, no more than two may be arias, art songs should be well represented, and at least one of the selections should be from the Classical period, representing composers such as Mozart or Haydn, or similar compositional styles.

The auditionee may make selections from various style periods as best represents their vocal & performing capabilities. Students auditioning for a MM or DMA in voice at Texas Tech will be asked to bring a piece to the audition that will be coached in front of the audition panel. The piece of music should be in a foreign language but otherwise is the student's choice.

Study at this degree level is almost exclusively classical in nature, but the use of a music theatre selection to demonstrate performing capabilities is acceptable.

A personal accompanist is welcome, or a highly-qualified accompanist will be made available, free of charge, with prior notice.

In that event, a list of selections should be sent to the Voice Area Chair Dr. Gregory Brookes no less than one week prior to the audition to fully prepare the provided accompanist.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

The audition requirements for this degree consist of presenting a list of eight memorized selections from which the Voice Faculty may choose.

The widest variety of performing styles, languages, and periods is expected at this degree level.

Mentoring by a current Voice faculty member is the normal procedure for preparing for this audition.

Consultation with the Voice Area Chair Dr. Gregory Brookes is expected when seeking admission/audition to this degree levels.

Kimberly Calvert-Gibson

Questions?

Contact the Advisor

Kimberly Calvert-Gibson
Lead Advisor