The following information refers to auditions by new and transfer undergraduate students. Prospective graduate students should contact the instructor of their instrument or voice regarding audition requirements at the graduate level. Students wishing to be considered for scholarships should demonstrate the ability to perform advanced works in their major area of study.
Students who are unable to present a live audition, may send in a recorded audition on CD or DVD. Recordings may be sent to:
LHSOM Audition (Instrument/voice)
Lionel Hampton School of Music
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4015
Moscow, ID 83844-4015
Brass: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone & Tuba
- Two contrasting etudes or solo works which represent the student’s level of technique, range and musical expression.
- Prepare 3-5 major scales (one octave) which demonstrate range capabilities.
- The student should prepare a movement (without accompaniment is fine) of a concerto, such as Mozart Concerto #3, slow movement, or a movement from a sonata, such as Beethoven's Sonata in F
- Or a short concert solo work for horn such as Gliere 'Nocturne,' Saint-Saens 'Concert Piece,' etc.
- Or, a prepared horn etude that demonstrates the student's level of musical and technical experience, such as Rubank Advanced Method, Gallay, Kopprasch, or items from any suitable etude book.
- The student should also know how to play major and minor scales. The instructor will probably ask for a full scale from a low tone up to the high register to check for range and embouchure. Be prepared to sight read a short passage from a band or orchestral horn part, or a passage from an etude book, etc. This material will be at a level expected of entering music students.
Guitar (classical acoustic)
The student should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire. These may include such works as studies by Carcassi from his Twenty-Five Etudes, Op. 60; selections from Leo Brouwer's Etudes Simples, vols. 1 or 2; or Fernando Sor's Twenty Studies edited by Segovia. The student may also perform pieces such as the Divertimenti by Robert Benedict, Suite #2 by James McGuire, or any comparable works.
Prospective students should be familiar with basic right and left hand techniques and should be able to read well in the first position. Students wishing to be considered for scholarships should demonstrate ability to perform advanced works such as Villa-lobos preludes, movements from Bach lute or cello suites, or other pieces of comparable difficulty.
Percussion majors are required to be well-rounded and capable of functioning at high levels on all instruments: concert percussion, solo percussion, timpani, mallet instruments, drum-set, and also improvisation in many styles. Be prepared to demonstrate anything and everything you are currently working on in lessons, band, orchestra, or just on your own. If possible, prepare solos or etudes on: 1) mallet instrument, 2) timpani, and 3) snare drum. Additional material may be included if desired.
Two contrasting compositions from the standard piano literature.
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass (classical acoustic)
The student should prepare one or two movements demonstrating contrasting styles from the standard concerto or sonata repertoire.
Auditionees should sing two songs, preferably from the standard art song repertory (such as those on the State Solo and Ensemble list). An aria from an oratorio or opera may substitute for one of the songs. All audition pieces should be memorized. Auditionees should also be prepared to demonstrate their sight-reading abilities – i.e. read a solo or choral part. Each auditionee will also be asked to perform simple vocal exercises so that the faculty may hear your range and vocal ability. (If you or your teacher have any questions about audition requirements or procedures, please contact email@example.com.)
We will provide an accompanist for all auditions. Please supply our pianist with either the original music or a copy in the original format (double-sided), three-hole punched in a three-ring binder. No copies of the music are needed for the voice faculty. We prefer that no audition pieces are sung with CD accompaniment or a cappella.
Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon
- An etude that is representative of the student's level of technique, range and expression.
- One or more solo works (movements) of your choice. Consult your State Solo List for appropriate selections.
- All major scales-generally two octaves; more if possible.
- Two contrasting compositions from the standard flute literature; one may be an etude.
- All major scales, 2 octaves, and chromatic on C, 3 octaves. A knowledge of and some technical grasp of minor scales is preferred.
- The scales of F#/Gb, G, Ab and A should be played as one octave, repeated.
- Oboists should also play a chromatic scale, low Bb through F above the staff.
- All major scales and chromatic scale (3 octave). Performance of scales in an extended range is encouraged.
- Two contrasting selections. Repertoire for the audition may include: studies or etudes; sonata or concerto literature; and orchestral excerpts.
- All applicants will be asked to sight-read at the audition.
all major scales should be played full range.
- All major scales at least 2 octaves (3 octaves where possible)
- Bassoonists should also prepare 3 contrasting standard orchestral excerpts.