Application and Audition

To apply to the Artist Certificate program, please download, print, complete, and submit the Artist Certificate Application (PDF) to the School of Music:

School of Music – Artist Certificate Program
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Avenue
P.O. Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702 -7000, USA

If you have aany questions please contact (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

After you have been accepted to the Artist Certificate program, please fill out the Artist Contract (PDF) to complete the process.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: September 15

Application Checklist

  • Artist Certificate Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  • Audition Video. Live auditions are preferred, however, if a live audition cannot be arranged, CDs, DVDs (any region) are acceptable. Students can also upload their audition videos to YouTube–in this case, the web address of the video will have to be listed in their application. The audition video must be high-quality and display a total of at least 30 minutes of music from the repertoire list (please refer to the appropriate repertoire listed under Audition Repertoire by Instrument for your field of study)
  • A professional photograph
  • Resume
  • Two recommendation forms (written in English) – attached
  • Forms should be completed by professors or employers (non-family members) who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability and potential
  • Letter to the Program Director
  • Submit a letter to the Artist Certificate Program Director describing your educational goals as well as short- and long-term professional goals. Please also include what you hope to accomplish by participating in the Artist Certificate Program.

Audition Requirements

  • Solo audition of 30 minutes minimum
  • Live auditions preferred when possible for local applicants
  • YouTube videos links or DVDs acceptable
  • Performance must draw from the approved Audition Repertoire listed according to instrument below

Audition Repertoire by Instrument

Woodwinds

Flute

  • Bach: B minor Sonata
  • Mozart: Concerto in D Major or G Major
  • Dutilleux: Sonatine
  • Prokofiev: Sonata
  • Other approved standard repertoire

Oboe

  • Mozart: Concerto in C Major
  • Strauss: Concerto
  • Dorati: Cinq Pieces Pour Le Hautbois

Bassoon

  • Mozart: Concerto in B flat Major
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in E minor or A minor
  • Milde: Scale Studies and Etudes

Clarinet

  • Brahms: Sonatas No. 1 and 2
  • Mozart: Concerto, K. 622
  • Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie
  • Stravinsky: Three Pieces
  • Weber: Concertos No. 1 or 2, Grand Duo Concertant
  • Rose: 32 Etudes

Saxophone

  • Creston: Sonata, Rhapsodie
  • Glazounov: Concerto
  • Heiden: Sonata
  • Ibert: Concertino de Camera
  • Muczynski: Sonata
  • Bozza: Etudes
  • Ferling: Etudes
  • Karg: Etudes

Percussion

For specific questions, contact Director of Instrumental Studies John Burdett at jburdett@apu.edu.

Snare Drum

  • Etudes by Cirone, Peters, Delecuse
  • Multiple Percussion
  • Solo pieces by Kraft or other approved composers

Marimba

  • Sonata, by Bach
  • Multiple mallet solos by approved composers
  • Concertos by approved composers

Timpani

  • Solos by Carroll, Carter, or other approved composers

Brass

For specific questions, contact Director of Instrumental Studies John Burdett at jburdett@apu.edu.

Trumpet

  • Fasch: Concerto in D
  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
  • Hummel: Trumpet Concerto
  • Honegger: Intrada
  • Charlier: Etudes

French Horn

  • Bach: Selection from Cello Suite
  • Beethoven: Sonata
  • Bozza: En Fore
  • Gallay: Etudes
  • Gliere: Concerto
  • Hindemith: Concerto
  • Kling: Etudes
  • Alphonse: Books 4-6
  • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 or No. 3
  • Strauss: Concerto No. 1 or No. 2
  • V. Reynolds: 48 Etudes

Trombone

  • Bourgeouis: Concerto
  • Bozza: Ballade
  • Ewazen: Sonata
  • Grondahl: Concerto
  • Saint-Saens: Cavatine
  • Hindemith: Sonata (1st or 3rd mvt)
  • DeFaye: Deux Danses
  • Ewazen: Sonata
  • Martin: Ballade
  • Rimsky Korsakov: Concerto (1st mvt)
  • Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Tuba

  • Bordogni: Solfeggi for Tuba
  • Broughton: Sonata
  • Plog: Three Miniatures
  • Vaughan Williams: Concerto
  • Williams: Concerto

Excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini (#16 to 5 measures after #19)
  • Gershwin: An American in Paris (#67 to #68)
  • Resphighi: Fountains of Rome (#11 to #14; 13 measures after #14 to Largamente

Guitar

For specific questions, contact Director of String Studies Alex Russell at arussell@apu.edu.

Choose two from the following:

  • A dance or two from a Lute Suite, Cello Suite or Violin Sonata or Partita by J.S. Bach
  • A major classical work of length by Sor (Theme & Variations, Sonata or Grand Solo), Giuliani (Theme & Variations, Sonata, Grand Overture), Aguado (Rondo in Am)
  • A major Romantic/Neo-classic work of length by Ponce, Tansman, Castelnuovo-Tedesco. A sonata or suite from any of these composers will suffice
  • A modern work of length by Brouwer, Takamitsu, Walton, Britten or Smith-Brindle or comparable work

Harp

For specific questions, contact Director of String Studies Alex Russell at arussell@apu.edu.

  • Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite solo
  • Two contrasting works: (1) 17th or 18th century composer, (2) 20th century composer
  • Etude (e.g. Bochsa Etude No. 1 from Cinquante Etudes Op. 34, Book One)
  • Orchestral excerpt (e.g. Waltz of the Flowers harp cadenza from the Nutcracker Suite)

Keyboard Collaborative Arts

For specific questions, contact Director of Keyboard Studies Joel Clifft at jclifft@apu.edu.

Applicants must perform the following:

  • One complete solo work, performed from memory
  • One complete instrumental sonata
  • One opera aria
  • Three art songs of varied style and language

Applicants may also be required to demonstrate sight-reading skills. All sonatas must be performed with an instrumentalist. All songs and arias must be performed with a singer. The applicant is expected to provide his or her own musical partners.

Piano

For specific questions, contact Director of Keyboard Studies Joel Clifft at jclifft@apu.edu.

Applicants must perform the following:

  • One Prelude and Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
  • One complete classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert (excluding Beethoven “Opus 49”)
  • One large-scale work from the romantic period
  • One virtuoso etude

The applicant may also be required to demonstrate sight-reading skills.

Strings

For specific questions, contact Director of String Studies Alex Russell at arussell@apu.edu.

Violin

  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach unaccompanied Sonata or Partita
  • One movement of a major Romantic or Contemporary violin concerto, including applicable cadenza
  • One virtuoso piece/caprice/etude
  • Viola

  • Two contrasting movements of either a Bach cello Suite or a Bach violin Sonata or Partita
  • One movement of a viola sonata
  • One movement of a standard concerto written for viola, including applicable cadenza
  • Cello

    • Cello Suites (two contrasting movements), by Bach
    • Etude (choose one), by Popper, Piatti
    • One movement from a major cello sonata from the Classical or Romantic period
    • One movement from a standard cello concerto

    String Bass

    Solo Literature (select one):
    • Two contrasting movements of Bach transcribed solo cello, key of applicant’s choice
    • One entire standard concerto
    • One sonata with piano e.g., Schubert "Arpeggione," Misek No. 2, or Hindemith

    Orchestral Excerpts (select one):

    • Ein Heldenleben No. 9, by Strauss
    • "Haffner" Symphony, Fourth Movement, by Mozart
    • Symphonies 5 and 9 (standard excerpts), by Beethoven
    • Otello, Act 4, bass soli, by Verdi

    Orchestral Solos (select one):

    • Symphony #1, by Mahler
    • Lt. Kije, by Prokofieff
    • Hornsignal, by Haydn

    Petitions

    A petition process exists for students desiring consideration of an exception to stated university policies, procedures, and regulations. The student will need to complete the Artist Certificate Petition Form (PDF) and submit it to the director of the Artist Certificate program for logging in and tracking in the program. Once all signatures are obtained, the director will submit the petition for final approval by the dean or associate dean. Once a decision has been made, the director of the Artist Certificate program will notify the student whether the petition has been approved or denied.

    Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.
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