Dr. David L. Walters Department of Music Admissions Requirements
Students interested in majoring in music at Jacksonville State University must audition for admission to the Dr. David L. Walters Department of Music. Your audition for a music scholarship (band, piano, vocal, or jazz) will also serve as your audition for the department of music. If you miss the audition for a music scholarship, please contact Ms. Erin Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-782-5559 to schedule an audition.
Music Department Entrance/Scholarship Audition Information
Please contact Dr. Eliezer Yanson Jr. (email@example.com) for any questions you may have. Please contact Dr. Shellie Beeman (firstname.lastname@example.org).for any questions you may have regarding the Opera.
Vocal, Choral, and Opera Areas - Music Education Major / Performance Major / Music Minor / General Music
Sing two contrasting selections. Both selections must be sung from memory. One song must be from the standard classical song or aria repertoire. The second song may also be selected from the classical song and aria repertoire or from the legit musical theater repertoire typically associated with the “Golden Age” of Broadway. Transfer students should sing one song in a foreign language and one song in English.
Please choose music that shows your voice at its best, something you like to sing and feel comfortable performing. We are listening for vocal quality, expressiveness, musical competence, and, above all, potential. You must sing with piano accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided.
During your scheduled audition, you will be asked to sing a short sight-reading/ear-training exercise.
*Those auditioning for admission as a Music Performance Major should perform more advanced music selections.
IMSLP—public domain music website
Art Song Central—public domain music website
24/26/28 Italian Songs and Arias
Caro mio ben
Vittoria, mio core
Per la gloria
Amarilli, mia bella
Se tu, m’ami
And many others in these books:
Folk Songs for the Solo Singers Anthologies
First/Second Book of Soprano/Mezzo, Tenor/Baritone/Bass Solos
Standard Vocal Literature for Soprano/Mezzo, Tenor/Baritone/Bass Solos
Some Composers: Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Faure, Quilter, Vaughan-Williams, Donaudy, Barber, Copland, Dowland and others
Legit Musicals/Golden Age—Examples include
My Fair Lady
Sound of Music
Into the Woods
Some Disney: Aladdin/Little Mermaid/etc.
If in doubt, please contact a voice faculty member directly!
Music Education Major / Music Minor / General Music
Play two contrasting etudes (lyrical and technical) for no more than one minute each.
Prepare all major scaled with arpeggios. (You will be asked to play two random major scales - must be memorized).
Brass Performance Majors
Major Works-To be performed on Bb or C trumpet: (Choose 1).
Neruda- 1st mvt.
Arutunian Beginning to Letter F.
Etudes: (Play both)
Charlier 2- beginning to fermata in measure 24.
Brandt, 34 Etudes. Etude 2.
Scales: Your all-state scale and arpeggio requirements from your home state at the suggested tempo.
Excerpts: (Choose 3)
Beethoven- Leonore 3 offstage
Respighi- Pines of Rome mvt. 2. 8 measures after 10 to 9 before 11.
Mussgorsky- Pictures At An Exhibition. Promenade. Beginning to Rehearsal 2.
Stravinsky- Petrouchka- Ballerina’s Dance.
Mahler- Symphony 5. Mvt. 1- opening to 6 after rehearsal 1.
Ives- Variations on “America” both parts.
Etude #34 from 40 Characteristic Etudes for Horn by Henri A.L. Kling
• Shostakovich Symphony #5 – Horn 1; 2 after rehearsal 17 to 1 after rehearsal 21
• All Major and Minor scales as required by your home state’s High School All-State Band Audition AND one 3 octave scale of your choice. To be played in 8th notes at quarter = mm120. A scale rhythm of mostly 8th notes is acceptable.
• Chromatic Scale 2 octaves. To be played in 8th notes at quarter = mm120 or in 8th note triplets at mm100.
Recorded Auditions must be submitted as one continuous and unedited video.
Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium
All Major Scales as per your residing state’s all state requirements.
Pick one of the following solos:
Barat - Introduction and Dance
Haddad - Suite for Baritone (Mv.t 1 & 2)
Clinard - Sonata (Mvt. 1 & 2)
De La Nux - Concert Piece
Curnow - Rhapsody for Euphonium
Marcello - Sonata in a minor (Mvt. 1 Adagio & 2 Allegro)
Mozart - Bassoon Concerto K 191 (Mvt. 1 & 2)
Barat - Andante et Allegro
Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo
Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique (Note: Other works of comparable difficulty may be accepted upon approval from Mr. Casanova)
Pick one lyrical etude from Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious Etudes for Trombone (Carl Fischer):
No. 4 - Andante Cantabile
No. 6 - Andante Cantabile
No. 9 - Andante con moto
No. 13 Andante Cantabile
No. 16 - Allegro
No. 17 - Allegro (Note: Tempi written on the etudes are suggestions. You may take an etude faster/slower if you feel it is more fitting for the music.)
Pick one technical etude from Voxman - Selected Studies for Baritone:
Pg. 3, Bb Major - Böhme (Alla breve)
Pg. 5, g minor - Blazhevich (Moderato)
Pg. 11, F Major - Müller (Allegro Moderato)
Pg. 14 (through top of pg 15), Ab Major - Gatti (Allegro marziale)
Pg. 21, a minor - Gatti (Allegretto grazioso)
Pg. 23, Db Major - Blazhevich (Con moto)
All 3 of the following wind band excerpts from Euphonium Excerpts - Barbara Payne (Cimarron Music):
Pg. 35 - Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry (Start at beginning, stop before circle 49) Pg. 62
Holst - Second Suite in F (March, Solo only)
Pg. 65 - Bennet - Suite of Old American Dances (Cakewalk only, top divisi on 2nd to last measure)
1. Prepare two contrasting etudes (Lyrical and Technical):
Bordogni – Complete Vocalises for Tuba (Wesley Jacobs)
Blazhevich – 70 Studies for BBb Tuba (Volume 1)
Prepare a solo of your choice (Suggested solos but not limited to):
Barat – Introduction and Dance
Haddad – Suite for Tuba
Marcello – Sonata in F for Tuba
Capuzzi – Andante & Rondo
Hartley – Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba
D. Gabrieli – Ricercar No. 7
Lebedev – Concerto in One Movement
Edward Gregson – Tuba Concerto
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Tuba Concerto
Paul Hindemith – Tuba Sonata
Bruce Broughton – Sonata
J.S. Bach (Sauer) – Cello Suite No. 3 – Bourree I & II
J.S. Bach (Sauer) – Cello Suite No. 4 – Gigue
J.S. Bach (Cooley) – Sonata No. 2 in Eb – 1st Movement
Orchestral Excerpts (Choose 3):
• Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries
• Wagner – Die Meistersinger – Beginning to A & J to L
• Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – D to downbeat of 7 before E & 11 after G to end.
• Mahler – Symphony No 1 – Movement 3 – 7 bars after 2 to 4 bars before 5.
• Brahms – Symphony No. 2 – Final Movement – O to 19 after P
Scales: All Major and Minor scales as required by your home state’s High School All-State Band Audition AND one 3 octave scale of your choice.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Chris Hosmer (email@example.com)
For more information please contact the faculty member for your instrument: