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To be accepted to a music degree program at Morehead State University, prospective students (incoming freshmen, transfer students, or graduate students) must successfully complete an admission audition. For incoming freshmen, this audition doubles as your music scholarship audition (you must apply to MSU and be accepted before you will be considered for a music scholarship). Please note that music scholarships are currently only available for those who will major in music.

UPCOMING AUDITION DATES

  • Saturday, Feb, 18, 2023 (for those attending our High School Concert Band Clinic)
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
  • Friday, March 3, 2023
  • By appointment - Contact us at mtd@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-2473

HOW DO I APPLY?

  1. Apply for admission to Morehead State.
  2. Complete the Music Admission & Scholarship form.
  3. Prepare for Audition Requirements. (See below.)

Music Scholarships & Financial Aid

Music scholarship awards are available to qualified students as determined through a scholarship audition. All awards are contingent upon admission to the University. Each year, Music, Theatre and Dance offers numerous scholarships to talented music major and minor students.

Visit https://moreheadstate.awardspring.com/ to apply for the following scholarships.

  • Departmental Music Scholarships (freshman)
  • W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Scholarship for Study of the Arts (freshman; up to full tuition)
  • E. Glenn and Helen F. Fulbright Music Education Scholarship Award
  • Jamey Aebersold Jazz Award
  • Mary Lynne Albers Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Studebaker/Mueller Bassoon Award
  • Walter Smith Scholarship (freshman)
  • Frances Edmunson Scholarship
  • Cherie R. Carnes Rebar Scholarship in Music Education

Other scholarship opportunities:

  • Non-resident tuition scholarships for academically qualified students
  • College Access Program Grant (KY residents only). One-time monetary award
  • Additional institutional scholarships based on merit and need
  • Note that all Federal and State need-based financial aid and loans require annual completion of the FAFSA. It is recommended that this form be completed as soon as possible.

The Music Admission and Scholarship Committee considers many criteria before recommending a candidate for a scholarship award including the candidate's performance ability, potential for academic success, anticipated contribution to the program and the needs within the department. Music scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years provided that the student meets the expectations of the scholarship agreement.

PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

To pursue a degree in music at Morehead State University, all prospective students must audition before a music auditions committee made up of MSU Music Faculty. Specific audition requirements can be found below, but be sure to contact the appropriate faculty member if you have any questions regarding audition requirements. Prospective graduate students should contact the appropriate private applied faculty member

Schedule your audition by completing the Music Admission & Scholarship Audition form.

Students auditioning for traditional music instruments (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, etc) should contact the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music for audition information.

David Oyen
d.oyen@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Major Scales in all 12 keys, two octaves, 3-4 will be chosen by faculty panel.
  2. Chromatic Scale, starting on low Bb, but going up to at least G above middle C (Bb or higher preferred).
  3. Prepared Solo—two contrasting works or two contrasting movements. One longer work will suffice if both lyrical and technical sections exist. Please prepare around 6-10 minutes of music. See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition. A Weissenborn Advanced Study may be substituted for ONE of the works.
  4. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session (required).

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The List below include suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition.

  • Bourdeau, Eugene: Premier Solo
  • David, Ferdinand: Concertino
  • Galliard, Johann Ernst: Six Sonatas
  • Mozart, WA: Concerto in Bb Major, KV 191
  • Osborne, Willson: Rhapsody
  • Phillips, Burill: Concert Piece
  • Pierne, Gabriel: Solo de Concert and Piece de Concert Music Publications
  • Stevens, Halsey: Three Pieces
  • Telemann, Georg Phillip: Sonata in f minor
  • Vivaldi, Antonio: Any of the 38 Concerti
  • von Weber, Carl Maria: Concerto in F major, op. 75
  • Weissenborn, Julius: Various Solos, Rubank

Dr. Lori Baruth
l.baruth@moreheadstate.edu 

Your audition will consist of the following:

  1. Chromatic scale with correct chromatic fingerings from memory (full range preferred, but two octaves acceptable)
  2. Major scales: up to four flats and four sharps from memory (two octaves required, three octaves suggested for E,
  3. F, and G major scales)
  4. Melodic minor scales up to four flats and four sharps from memory, two octaves (optional, but encouraged)
  5. Prepared solo—two contrasting Rose etudes (from the book of 32 etudes) or two contrasting movements within one work. See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition. You may bring an accompanist, if desired. Standard orchestral excerpts may also be performed in addition to a solo.
  6. Sight reading excerpts
  7. Brief interview/question and answer session

Recommended works for audition:

This list includes suggestions from the core repertory, and is by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact Dr. Baruth to determine if your solo is suitable for an audition.

  • Leonard Bernstein, Sonata
  • Paul Jeanjean, Arabesques
  • W. A. Mozart, Concerto in A Major, K. 622, Mvts. I & II, or II & III
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Sonata, select any two movements
  • Johann Stamitz, Concerto No. 3 in Bb Major, Mvts. I & II, or II & III
  • Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for clarinet solo, Mvt II
  • J. B. Wanhal (Vanhal): Sonata No. 3 in Bb Major, select two movements
  • Carl Maria von Weber, Concertino, op. 26
  • C. M. von Weber, Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, op. 73, Mvts. I & II, or II & III
  • C. M. von Weber, Concerto No. 2 in Eb Major, op. 74, Mvts. I & II, or II & III
  • C. M. von Weber, Fantasia and Rondo

Dr. Stacy Baker
s.baker@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  • Major Scales in all 12 keys (two octaves when possible), Chromatic - beginning on any note, full range of instrument
  • Prepared Solos—two contrasting works or two contrasting movements within one work (required). See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition.
  • Sight-reading of various styles.
  • Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session.

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The list below includes suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition. Perform a solo of your choice that displays your ability at the highest level. An accompanist is not required. You may also visit current repertoire for competitions sponsored by the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

For those students planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree program:

SUGGESTED SOLOS:

  • Barat: Introduction and Dance
  • Curnow: Rhapsody
  • DeLuca: Beautiful Colorado
  • Galliard: Sonata No. 1 (any movement)
  • Handel, Concerto in f minor
  • Haddad: Suite for Baritone
  • Telemann: Sonata in f minor (any movement)

ETUDE: (OPTIONAL) Perform one technical etude or one lyrical etude. Suggested sources:

  • Arban: Complete Method for Trombone/Euphonium (Characteristic Studies)
  • Mead: 20 Dances for Euphonium or New Concert Studies Vol. 1 or Vol. 2
  • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone Vol. 1
  • Rubank: Advanced Method Vol. 1 or Vol. 2
  • Tyrell: 40 Progressive StudiesRubank: Advanced Method Vol. 1 or Vol. 2

For those students planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Music Education degree program:

SUGGESTED SOLOS:

  • Barat: Andante et Allegro or Introduction and Dance
  • Capuzzi: Andante and Rondo
  • Clarke: Bride of the Waves or Maid of the Mist
  • Corwell: New England Reveries
  • Curno: Rhapsody
  • DeLuca: Beautiful Colorado
  • Galliard: Sonata No. 1 (any movement)
  • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
  • Haddad: Suite for Baritone
  • Handel: Concerto in f minor
  • Horovitz: Concerto (any movement)
  • Hoshina: Fantasy
  • Jacob: Fantasia
  • Marcello: Sonata No. I in F Major
  • Mantia: Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
  • Senaille: Allegro Spiritoso
  • Sparke: Song for Ina
  • Telemann: Sonata in f minor (any movement)
  • Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folksong

ETUDE: Perform one technical etude or one lyrical etude. Suggested sources:

  • Arban: Complete Method for Trombone/Euphonium (Characteristic Studies)
  • Mead: 20 Dances for Euphonium or New Concert Studies Vol. 1 or Vol. 2
  • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone Vol. 1
  • Tyrell: 40 Progressive StudiesRubank: Advanced Method Vol. 1 or Vol.

For those students planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree program:

SUGGESTED SOLOS:

  • Bellstedt: Napoli
  • Brubaker: Rhapsody for Euphonium
  • David: Concertino (any movement)
  • Horovitz: Concerto (any movement)
  • Jacob: Fantasia
  • Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191
  • Sparke: Party Piece
  • Mantia: Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
  • White: Lyric Suite

ETUDE: Perform one technical etude and one lyrical etude. Suggested sources:

  • Arban: Complete Method for Trombone/Euphonium (Characteristic Studies)
  • Mead: 20 Dances for Euphonium or New Concert Studies Vol. 1 or Vol. 2
  • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone Vol. 1
  • Tyrell: 40 Progressive StudiesRubank: Advanced Method Vol. 1 or Vol.

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS (Optional):

  • Holst: The Planets - (Jupiter and Mars)
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: - Pictures at an Exhibition - (Bydlo)

Dr. Julie Baker
jnbaker3@moreheadstate.edu

Flute auditions may occur virtually (over WebEx) or in person, depending on the applicant's preference.

Your audition will consist of the following:

  1. Major Scales (up through four sharps or four flats in the key signature). Three or four scales will be chosen by the faculty panel.
  2. Chromatic Scales (from low C to high C up and down, or the applicant's performing range if it is smaller)
  3. Prepared Solo Materials - Two contrasting solos, movements, or All-State etudes.
  4. Sightreading (provided via email during the virtual audition OR provided on the music stand during an in person audition)
  5. Brief Question and Answer Session for you to get to know the faculty.

Prof. Glenn Ginn
g.ginn@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  • Major Scales in all keys, Mixolydian scales, and Dorian minor scales.
  • Prepared Solo— Two tunes of your choice, preferably from the standard jazz repertoire (see list below).
  • Sight-reading single notes lines (standard notation) and chord charts
  • Improvising over 12-bar blues (Bass players will be asked to play a walking bass line over a 12 bar blues).
  • Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session (required).

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The list below includes suggestions from the standard jazz repertoire and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition.

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Take The A-Train
  • All The Things You Are
  • Doxy
  • Perdido
  • All Blues
  • So What
  • Freddie Freeloader
  • Any Charlie Parker Bebop melody
  • Song For My Father
  • Summertime
  • Watermelon Man
  • Satin Doll
  • Blues By Five
  • Tenor Madness
  • C Jam Blues
  • Alone Together
  • Beautiful Love
  • Corcavado
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Easy Living
  • Four
  • Green Dolphin Street
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • In A Mellow Tone
  • Killer Joe
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Recordame
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • There Is No Greater Lo

Dr. Eric Morin
e.morin@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Major Scales in all 12 keys, one octave, 3-4 will be chosen by faculty panel. Three octave written B flat Major scale (begin on b flat below middle c, go up 2 octaves then down 3 octaves.
  2. Minor Scales, all three forms in all 12 keys, one octave (optional, but encouraged).
  3. Prepared Solo—two contrasting works or two contrasting movements within one work (required). See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition.
  4. Sight-reading.
  5. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session.

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The list below includes suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition.

  • L. van Beethoven: Two mvts from Sonate in F Major, op. 17
  • P. Dukas: Villanelle
  • W.A. Mozart: Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412
  • W.A. Mozart: Two mvts from Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major, K. 417
  • W.A. Mozart: Two mvts from Concerto No. 3 in E flat Major, K. 447
  • W.A. Mozart: Two mvts from Concerto No. 4 in E flat Major, K. 495
  • C. Saint-Saens: Two mvts from Morceau de Concert, op. 94
  • R. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, op. 70
  • F. Strauss: Two mvts from Concerto for Horn, op. 8
  • R. Strauss: Two mvts from Concerto No. 1 in E flat, op. 11

Ryan McGillicuddy
r.mcgillicuddy@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Major scales/modes, minor scales, and chromatic scales.
  2. Improvisation demonstration.
  3. Prepared Solo.
  4. Sight-reading.
  5. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session.

Contact Prof. McGillicuddy to verify if your prepared solo is suitable.

Dr. Thomas Pappas
t.pappas@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Major Scales and Arpeggios, ascending and descending in all 12 keys, two octaves when possible. 3-4 will be chosen by faculty panel.
  2. Chromatic Scale, low Bb to at least 3rd octave D (3rd octave F or higher preferred), ascending and descending.
  3. Prepared Solo -- two contrasting works or two contrasting movements. One longer work will suffice if both lyrical and technical sections exist. Please prepare around 6-10 minutes of music. See below for examples of solo works appropriate for your audition. A Ferling or Barret Etude may be substituted for ONE of the works.
  4. Sight-reading.
  5. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session (required).

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The list below includes suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition.

  • Albinoni, Tomaso: Concerto in D Minor, or any other
  • Bellini, Vincenzo: Concerto in E-flat Major
  • Cimarosa, Domenico: Concerto in C Minor
  • Handel, G. F.: any concerto or sonata
  • Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major
  • Hindemith, Paul: Sonata
  • Marcello, Benedetto: Concerto in C Minor
  • Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in C Major, K. 314, or Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370/368b
  • Nielsen, Carl: Two Fantasy Pieces
  • Saint-Saëns, Camille: Sonata
  • Schumann, Robert: Three Romances
  • Telemann, G. P.: any concerto or sonata
  • Vivaldi, Antonio: any concerto or sonata

Suggested Materials for Music Admission & Scholarship Auditions – BME, BM, BA, and Music Minor

Dr. Ben Cantrell
wbcantrell@moreheadstate.edu
 

Dr. Brian S. Mason
b.mason@moreheadstate.edu
 

Students must be unconditionally accepted to Morehead State University in order to be considered for scholarship awards.

Your Audition for an Undergraduate Degree Program Will Consist of the Following:

REQUIRED: You should play material that best represents your musicianship and skill level in the following three areas:

  • Concert Snare Drum - In addition to your prepared solo you will be asked to play a variety of concert and rudimental snare techniques/ornaments.
  • Mallet Keyboard (two and/or four mallet) - In addition to your prepared solo(s) you will be asked to play major scales (two octaves).
  • Timpani - In addition to your prepared solo you will be asked to match pitch (sing pitches).
  • Sight-reading on concert snare drum and 2-mallet keyboard will be required in all auditions.

NOT REQUIRED: Your audition may also include materials from the following two areas:

  • Rudimental Snare (or quad) - In addition to your prepared solo you will be asked to play a variety of rudiments.
  • Drum Set - In addition to your prepared solo you will be asked to play a variety of styles.

Students must bring their own sticks and mallets. All standard instruments will be provided.

There are no specific audition pieces that are required. Consult your private teacher or band director to select material that best suits your abilities and musicianship.

Suggested Materials for Music Admission – MM

Percussion Graduate Assistantships are not available every year and are highly competitive. These awards are only given to select candidates who have successfully completed the audition process and have been unconditionally accepted by the MSU Graduate School.

Auditions for Graduate Students Will Consist of the Following:

The following lists serve as a guide to choosing appropriate audition material for prospective graduate students (all areas required):

  • Concert Snare – Any concert solo or etude by Delécluse, Tompkins, Masson, Aleo, Zivkovic, The Noble Snare collection, the Nexus collection (or equivalent), in addition to one standard orchestral excerpt of your choice.
  • Mallet Keyboard – A contemporary work or study to demonstrate multiple-mallet style such as works by Abe, Burritt, Burton, Deane, Ford, Friedman, Sammut, Schwantner, Séjourné (or equivalent), in addition to one standard orchestral excerpt of your choice (glockenspiel or xylophone).
  • Timpani – An advanced work or study to demonstrate musicianship by Elliott Carter, Jan Williams, Toshi Ichyanagi, or an etude by Hochrainer (or equivalent), in addition to demonstrating ability to tune multiple drums from a single given pitch.

In addition to the live audition, please email us YouTube links to the following:

  • Multi-percussion – A solo or etude to demonstrate musicianship such as music by Udow, Hollinden, Kopetzki, Lang, Xenakis, Campbell/Hill (or equivalent).
  • World Music – Demonstration of performance style on congas, steel drum, frame drums, tabla, or other world instruments is required as well.
  • Drum Set – Demonstration of multiple styles including but not limited to rock, funk, swing, and various world styles.
  • Sight-reading on concert snare drum and 2-mallet keyboard will be required.

Dr. Nathan Stites
n.stites@moreheadstate.edu 

The following suggestions for piano-scholarship-auditions are applicable for all of the various piano degrees that we offer at Morehead State University including The Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Piano and Collaborative Piano, The Bachelor of Arts degree, and the Bachelor of Music Education program with keyboard emphasis:

  • Major Scales in all 12 keys, two or four octaves, hands together. Eighth notes, quarter = 100+
  • Two or more solo works originally written for the piano totaling at least ten minutes of music. The pieces should represent at least two different composers of different stylistic periods (i.e., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or Modern), and demonstrate a range of styles and abilities. A movement or individual piece from a larger work may be considered as one piece. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, so memorization is highly recommended, though not required.
  • Sight Reading- Sight reading samples will be at the early intermediate level. Easier accompaniments from the vocal or instrumental literature as well as church hymns, and late elementary repertoire may be used by the scholarship candidate to prepare for this portion of the audition. It would also be helpful for the candidate to have some accompanying experience, as this is an excellent way to become a successful sight reader.

Dr. Benjamin Morris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone
bcmorris@moreheadstate.edu 
606-783-2473

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Major Scales
  2. Harmonic Minor Scales (optional)
  3. Chromatic Scale
  4. Prepared Solo - two contrasting works or two contrasting movements. Please see below.
  5. Sight-reading
  6. Jazz Improvisation (optional)
  7. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session.

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The list below includes suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition.

  • E. Bozza: Improvisation and Caprice
  • P. Creston: Two mvmts from Sonata or Concerto
  • A. Desenclos: Prelude, Cadence et Finale
  • W. Ferling: Two contrasting Etudes
  • J. Francaix: Cinq Danses Exotique
  • A. Glazounov: Concerto
  • W. Hartley: Duo
  • B. Heiden: Two mvmts from Sonata
  • J. Ibert: Concertino Da Camera
  • L. Lunde: Two mvmts from Sonata
  • D. Milhaud: Two mvmts from Scaramouche
  • R. Muczynski: Sonata
  • R. Noda: Improvisation I

Dr. Justin Croushore, Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone
jkcroushore@moreheadstate.edu 
606-783-2473

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  • Major Scales (All 12 Keys) Chromatic Scale, two octaves, 3-4 will be chosen by the faculty panel.
  • Minor Scales, (All three forms in all 12 keys) one octave, 1 will be chosen by the faculty panel.
  • Prepared Solo – two contrasting works or two contrasting movements within one work. See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition.
  • Sight-reading
  • Brief Interview

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The lists below include suggestions from the standard repertoire. If your chosen work is not listed below, please contact Dr. Zokaites to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition. Please work with a private instructor to select appropriate material.

Tenor Trombone

  • Barat: Andante and Allegro
  • David: Concertino
  • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
  • Marcello: Sonata in F Major
  • Rimsky-Korsakow: Concerto
  • Saint-Saens: Cavatine
  • Telemann: Sonata in F minor
  • Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in A minor

Bass Trombone

  • Haddad: Suite for Tuba
  • Lieb: Concertino Basso
  • Hidas: Meditation
  • Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
  • Sachse: Concerto in F Major
  • Koetsier: Allegro Maestoso

Prof. Gregory Wing
g.wing@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Two or three Major Scales, selected by panel (required)
  2. Minor Scales (not required by highly encouraged)
  3. Prepared Solo - two contrasting works or two contrasting movements within one work (required). See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition.
  4. Sight-reading
  5. Brief interview/question and answer session (required).

The list below includes suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition.

  • Balay, G.: Petite Piece Concertante
  • Balay, G.: Prelude et Ballade
  • Barat, J.E. Andante et Scherzo
  • Bernstein, L.: Rondo for Lifey
  • Bozza, E.: Badinage
  • Clarke, H.L.: Carnival of Venice
  • Corelli, A./Fitzgerald: Sonata VII
  • Corelli, A./Fitzgerald: Sonata VIII
  • Curnow, J.: Three Episodes
  • Fitzgerald, B.: Call (from Modern Suite)
  • Fitzgerald, B.: English Suite
  • Fitzgerald, B.: Gaelic Suite
  • Fitzgerald, B.: Introduction & Fantasy
  • Fitzgerald, B.: Italian Suite
  • Goedicke, A.: Concert Etude Op. 49
  • Handel, G.F./Fitzgerald: Aria Con Variazioni
  • Handel, G.F./Fitzgerald: Aria & Bourree
  • Haydn, F.J.: Concerto in Eb Major
  • Hob.VIIe n.1 (Cadenzas by Voisin)
  • Hovhaness, A.: Prayer of Saint Gregory
  • Hubeau, J.: Sonate
  • Hummel, J.: Concerto in Eb Major
  • Peeters, F.: Sonata Op. 51
  • Porrino, E.: Concertino
  • Ravel, M.: Pavane "Infante Defunte"
  • Ropartz, G.: Andante et Allegro ed. Fischer
  • Uber, D.: Sonata

Dr. Stacy Baker
s.baker@moreheadstate.edu 

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

  1. Major Scales in all 12 keys (two octaves when possible), Chromatic - beginning on any note, full range of instrument
  2. Prepared Solos—two contrasting works or two contrasting movements within one work (required). See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition.
  3. Sight-reading of various styles.
  4. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session.

Examples of works appropriate for audition:

The list below includes suggestions from the standard repertoire only and are by no means exclusive. If the work you wish to perform is not listed below, please contact the MSU Professor to determine if your solo(s) is/are satisfactory repertoire for your audition. Perform a solo of your choice that displays your ability at the highest level. An accompanist is not required. You may also visit current repertoire for competitions sponsored by the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

For those students planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree program:

SUGGESTED SOLOS:

  • Bach: Air and Bourree
  • Barat: Introduction and Dance (for tuba)
  • Haddad: Suite for Tuba (any movement)
  • Telemann: Adagio and Allegro
  • Telemann: Sonata No. V in C (any movement)
  • Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in a minor (any movement)

ETUDE: (OPTIONAL) Perform one technical etude or one lyrical etude. Suggested sources:

  • Arban/Young: Arban Complete Method for Tuba (Characteristic Studies)
  • Blazhevich: 70 Studies (Volume I)
  • Bordogni: 43 Bel Canto Studies
  • Grigoriev: 78 Studies
  • Kopprasch: 60 Studies
  • Rubank: Advanced Method Vol. 1 or Vol. 2
  • Tyrell: 40 Advanced Studies
  • Vasiliev: 24 Melodius Etudes

For those students planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Music Education degree program:

SUGGESTED SOLOS:

  • Bach: Air and Bourree
  • Barat: Introduction and Dance for Tuba
  • Beversdorf: Sonata (any movement)
  • Capuzzi: Andante and Rondo
  • Catozzi: Beelzebub
  • Gabrieli: Ricercar
  • Gregson: Tuba Concerto (any movement)
  • Haddad: Suite for Tuba (any movement)
  • Hartley: Suite
  • Hindemith: Sonata for Tuba (1st movement)
  • Jacob: Tuba Suite
  • Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
  • Marcello: Sonata No. I in F
  • McFarland: Sketches
  • Strauss: Nocturno, Op. 7
  • Telemann: Adagio and Allegro

ETUDE: Perform one technical etude or one lyrical etude. Suggested sources:

  • Arban/Young: Arban Complete Method for Tuba (Characteristic Studies)
  • Blazhevich: 70 Studies (Volume I)
  • Bordogni: 43 Bel Canto Studies
  • Grigoriev: 78 Studies
  • Kopprasch: 60 Studies
  • Knaub: Progressive Technique for Tuba (with Blazhevich 70 Etudes)
  • Tyrell: 40 Advanced Studies
  • Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol. I (read down one octave)
  • Vasiliev: 24 Melodius Etudes

For those students planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree program:

SUGGESTED SOLOS:

  • Arnold: Fantasy for Unaccompanied Tuba
  • Broughton: Tuba Concerto (any movement)
  • Corwell: Aboriginal Voices (with CD)
  • Gregson: Tuba Concerto (any movement)
  • Hindemith: Sonata for Tuba (any movement)
  • Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
  • Persichetti: Serenade No. 12
  • Vaughn-Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba (1st movement)
  • Wilder: Suite No. 1 “Effie” (movements 4-6)

ETUDE: Perform one technical etude and one lyrical etude. Suggested sources:

  • Arban/Young: Arban Complete Method for Tuba (Characteristic Studies)
  • Blazhevich: 70 Studies (Volume 1 or Volume 2)
  • Bordogni: 43 Bel Canto Studies
  • Grigoriev: 78 Studies
  • Kopprasch: 60 Studies
  • Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol. I (read down one octave)
  • Tyrell: 40 Advanced Studies

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS: Suggested excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - last movement, 84 - end
  • Berlioz: Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust - #4 - 2 after #5
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses - Mvt II: 4 after L - 2 after P
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Mvt III: 4 before #3 - #4
  • Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger - Beginning - A, J - K/L
  • Wagner: Die Walkure “Ride of the Valkyries - 125

Dr. Roma Prindle
r.prindle@moreheadstate.edu 

Dr. Eric Brow
e.brown@moreheadstate.edu 

Suggested Materials for Music Admission & Scholarship Auditions (Undergraduate)

For admission consideration into the undergraduate program for voice, students should prepare the following from memory:

  1. Foreign language art song
  2. One selection from the English art song literature or musical theatre
  3. After your audition, you will participate in a brief interview.

If you are not providing your own accompanist, please be sure to bring sheet music.

Suggested Materials for Music Admission & Scholarship Auditions (Graduate)

For admission consideration into the graduate program for voice, students should prepare the following from

memory:

  1. One aria from standard opera or oratorio literature
  2. Two selections from the following criteria:
    • Song/Aria from German opera, oratorio, or art song literature
    • Song/Aria from French opera, oratorio, or art song literature
    • Song/Aria from Italian opera, oratorio, or art song literature
    • Song/Aria from English opera, oratorio, or art song literature

Please sing all opera arias in the original language.

After your audition, you will participate in a short interview.

If you are not providing your own accompanist, please be sure to bring sheet music.

For additional information about admission, auditions, scholarships, and more, please contact the Department of Music.

Morehead State University's Music program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music.

Contact Information

Department of Music

106 Baird Music Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

EMAIL: mtd@moreheadstate.edu
PHONE: 606-783-2473
FAX: 606-783-5447