Graduate Audition | Kent State University

Graduate Audition

Upcoming Audition Dates:

For Fall 2018 
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017*
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017* Open House (only attendees to the open house will be able to audition on this date)
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018*
  • Monday, February 19, 2018*
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018*
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018

Graduate Audition Application

If you have additional questions about graduate auditions and admission to the School of Music, please contact the School of Music office at 330-672-2172.

Graduate Audition Information

Master's degree applicants in MM Performance and MM Conducting, and Music Performance Certificate applicants must audition in their major performing medium before being recommended for admission to the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. Students planning a major in MM Performance (vocal or instrumental) and MM Conducting will be expected to demonstrate ability on the level of the Bachelor of Music in Performance Senior Recital. While it is not required for admission, students planning to study applied music while in a Master of Arts or PhD program must also audition. 

For students residing at an inconvenient distance from Kent, an audition recording may be sent to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in addition to submitting the online Graduate Studies in Music Audition Application Form. A video recording should be submitted by Conducting applicants as outlined in the audition requirements of the specific area. If necessary, a live audition will be scheduled at a later date through the appropriate conductor. 

Michael W. Chunn, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-9234
Email: mchunn@kent.edu

Audition Requirements

Voice

Present a variety of languages and a variety of performance styles. Typically, songs or arias presented are from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century repertory and include an oratorio aria or an opera aria. Candidates are requested to provide their own accompanist. If this is not possible, a recording of the accompaniment is acceptable. Additionally, students will be asked to demonstrate musical sight-reading ability and proficiency in Italian, German, and French diction through poetic excerpts.

Piano

Four works representing at least three different style periods, including a complete Classical Sonata. All selections composed prior 1950 should be memorized. Sight-reading may be included.

Woodwinds
  • Flute: First movement exposition of either Mozart Concerto (G or D major). Two other works of contrasting period and style, including one 20th century work. These may be movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Oboe: Two works contrasting in period and style, including one 20th century work. These may be movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Clarinet: Two works contrasting in period and style, including one 20th century work.Thesemaybe movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Bassoon: Two works contrasting in period and style. These may be movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Saxophone: Two works contrasting in period and style, including one 20th century work. These may be movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. Sight-reading may be included.
Brass
  • Trumpet: Two works contrasting in period and style, including one 20th century work. These works may be movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Horn: A Mozart concerto and a contrasting solo work. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Trombone: Two movements from solo(s) of applicant’s choice, demonstrating musicality, technical proficiency, range and contrasting styles. Preferred Tenor Trombone orchestral excerpts are Mozart “Tuba Mirum” solo from Requiem; “Ride of the Valkyries” (2nd trombone); and Mahler Symphony No. 3, 1st Mvt., 1st trombone solos. Preferred Bass Trombone orchestral excerpts are Haydn The Creation (solo), Franck Symphony in D Minor (solo), Wagner “Ride of the Valkyries”. Sight-reading may be included.
  • Tuba: Two contrasting etudes (Bordogni/Rochut and Kopprasch preferred) and a concerto from the standard repertoire. A selection of standard orchestral excerpts. Proficiency on both bass tuba and contrabass tuba preferred.  All major and minor scales (2 octaves).  Sight-reading may be included.

Percussion 

Solo work demonstrative of proficiency on keyboard percussion (solo marimba work preferred). Standard orchestral excerpts for xylophone or glockenspiel, snare drum and timpani. Etude or solo for snare drum and timpani (or multiple percussion). Optional: demonstration of jazz skills on drum set, vibraphone, or steel pan. Recordings may be submitted in lieu of an audition at the Kent Campus. A DVD recording of a live performance is preferred in this case. 

Strings 
  • Violin: Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita and the first movement from a standard concerto.
  • Viola: Two contrasting movements from a Bach suite and the first movement from a standard concerto.
  • Cello: Two contrasting movements from a Bach suite and the first movement from a standard concerto.
  • Bass: One movement of a Bach Cello Suite. Two contrasting movements of a concerto or other significant solo work. Orchestral Excerpts: Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 3rd movement and Mozart Symphony No. 40, 4th movement, mm. 49-70 or applicant’s choice. Scales with varied bow articulations (staccato, legato, detache, marcato). 
Graduate String Quartet 

Two complete works of contrasting styles, demonstrating the quartet’s overall playing level. Following a live audition, there will be a coaching session with the faculty Artists-in-Residence. 

For audition recordings, a recording of two complete works of contrasting styles. A video recording is preferred. 

Conducting
  • Band: To be considered as a candidate, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a 15-20 minute conducting video during the fall semester.  Applicants who attend the “Kent Wind Band Conductor’s Symposium” are not required to submit video.  The Director of Bands will notify applicants if they are invited to audition.  An on-campus audition is required, and is usually held in the middle of the spring semester..
  • Choral: Submission of a 15-20 minute DVD choral rehearsal/performance video recording and a resume outlining prior vocal/choral/conducting experience prior to setting up the audition date. The 30 minute audition will consist of the vocal warm-ups and a rehearsal of two works (1. an assigned piece; 2. a work of the candidate’s choosing) with one of the University choral ensembles. A 30-45 minute video recording may be submitted in lieu of a live audition if the distance is too great; however, an on-campus audition is preferred.
  • Orchestra: To be considered as a candidate, applicants must submit a 30-45 minute video recording (or links to online videos) of conducting, including (if possible) rehearsal footage from the perspective of the orchestra.  The Director of Orchestras will then notify candidates if they are invited to audition.  An on-campus audition and interview will then be arranged.