Audition Requirements

Vocal

Applicants must schedule an audition time and perform the following:

  • Three art songs and two arias (one may be from an oratorio)
  • Four language requirements: Representation of German, French, Italian, and English
  • Style requirements: The repertoire presented should reflect a variety of time periods and styles, tempos, moods, and characters. One piece must be written in a contemporary idiom; works written after 1950 by Stravinsky or Schoenberg, for example, would be suitable.

Please contact Harold Clousing, DMA, voice program director, at hclousing@apu.edu to schedule an audition time, or contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Guitar

Applicants must schedule an audition time and perform the following:

  • One of any of the Bach violin, cello or lute suites, or the “Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998”
  • One larger work of contrasting style, either a sonata or theme and variations from the classical period by Sor, Giuliani, or Aguado; or a larger work by a more modern composer such as Ponce, Tansman, Brouwer Tedesco, or Villa-Lobos.

Please contact Michael Kozubek, M.M., guitar program director, at mkozubek@apu.edu to schedule an audition time, or contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Keyboard Collaborative Arts

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.

Please contact Dr. Joel Clifft, Director of Keyboard Studies, at jclifft@apu.edu to schedule an audition time, or contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Percussion

Applicants must schedule an audition time and may select from the following list of books that are highly recommended for use in auditioning. You are not limited to this list; you may use anything comparable in level and content. As a Master of Music candidate you are expected to perform on all of the following instruments (drumset is optional).

Snare Drum: Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone, Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters, Douze Etudes pour Cassie Claire by Jacques Delecluse. Also be prepared to sight-read.

Keyboard Percussion: A 2-mallet transcription of any Bach work; a 4-mallet solo, grade 5 or higher such as those by Abe, Musser, Stout, etc. Also be prepared to demonstrate major/minor scales and to sight-read.

Timpani: Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman, Fundamental Method for Timpani by Mitchell Peters, Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani by Raynor Carroll, or something comparable. Also be prepared to sight-read.

Drumset (optional): Jazz Drumset auditions consist of the applicant being able to demonstrate rhythmic and “groove” competency in the following musical styles:

  • 4/4 swing at a variety of tempos
  • Shuffle
  • Funk, Hip Hop and Rock styles at a variety of tempos
  • Funk, Hip Hop and Rock styles at a variety of tempos
  • Samba and Bossa Nova
  • Mambo, Songo etc.
  • Afro-Cuban 6/8

Additional skills assessed during the Jazz Drumset audition:

  • Brush technique
  • Knowledge of form and repertoire
  • “Trading Fours” in each of the above styles
  • Solo based on the form of a jazz standard
  • Sight-reading big band charts

Please contact John Burdett, Ed.D., instrumental studies program director, at jburdett@apu.edu or William Schlitt, percussion, at billschlitt@icloud.com to schedule an audition time, or contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Piano

Applicants must schedule an audition time and 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.

Please contact Joel Clifft, DMA, director of keyboard studies at jclifft@apu.edu to schedule an audition time, or contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Strings

Please contact Alexander Russell, M.M., strings program director, at arussell@apu.edu for audition times and repertoire requirements.

Winds/Brass

Please contact John Burdett, Ed.D., instrumental studies program director, at jburdett@apu.edu for audition times and repertoire requirements.

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.