Music Program Auditions

PROCEDURES

  1. Apply for admission to the university. You may apply online by visiting the Lock Haven University Admissions page. From this same page, you can also download an application form to apply by mail.
  2. Send an official high school transcript to the Lock Haven Admissions Office.
  3. Schedule your audition with the department of music. You can schedule your audition online, by clicking here, or by contacting Pam Fisher, administrative assistant for the department of visual and performing arts: pfisher@lhup.edu

OPEN AUDITIONS DATES:

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016

The audition should include a performance of material which illustrates your ability. The results as decided by the faculty committee will be sent to applicants shortly after each audition date. Audition materials vary according to the performance area. The following has been prepared as a guide to candidates planning to audition.

Piano:
B.A.

Technique;
Be able to play any Major scale and arpeggio, 4 octaves, hands together, with correct fingering,  sixteenth notes at 1/4=80 BPM.

Repertoire;
Be able to play at least two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, from two different eras (either Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Impressionist/Contemporary) totaling at least 6 minutes in duration. Memorization is not necessary but is encouraged. Popular music and arrangements of music not originally composed for piano are not allowed.

Sight Reading;
A short sight reading excerpt will be provided as part of your audition. 

B.F.A.

Technique;
Be able to play any Major scale, Harmonic minor scale, and major or minor arpeggio-- 4 octaves, hands together, with correct fingering, sixteenth notes at 1/4=120 BPM.

Repertoire;
Be able to play at least two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, from two different eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Impressionist/Contemporary) totaling at least 12 minutes in duration. At least one work must be memorized. Popular music and arrangements of music not originally composed for piano are not allowed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. David Curtin, Professor of Piano and Music Theory, at dcurtin@lhup.edu.

Sight Reading;
A short sight reading excerpt will be provided as part of your audition. 

Voice: 
B.A.

Perform two pieces in varying musical styles, preferably in two different languages. Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English.

B.F.A.

Perform two pieces in varying musical styles, in two different languages. Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English.

Popular Music and Jazz Studies:

Perform two pieces in varying musical styles to include but limited to: standard swing, be-bop, jazz ballads, pop, fusion, or soul.

In addition to the above requirement, students should also prepare an improvisation over a harmonic vamp, simple-form blues, or standard tune.

Brass and Woodwinds:
B.A.

Technique;
Be able to play the chromatic scale and major scales up to four sharps and four flats in eighth notes in an appropriate number of octaves at a metronome marking of quarter=80.

Repertoire;
One-two pieces of repertoire, or etudes, of your choice with an accompanist (if available), that demonstrate contrasting styles (lyrical and technical).  

Sight Reading;
A short sight reading excerpt will be provided as part of your audition. 

B.F.A.

Technique;
Be able to play the chromatic scale, major arpeggios, and major scales up to four sharps and four flats in eighth notes in an appropriate number of octaves at a metronome marking of quarter=112.

Repertoire;
Two pieces of repertoire of your choice with an accompanist (if available), that demonstrate contrasting styles (lyrical and technical).   

Sight Reading;
A short sight reading excerpt will be provided as part of your audition. 

Popular Music and Jazz Studies:

In addition to the above requirements, students should also prepare an improvisation over a harmonic vamp, simple-form blues, or standard tune.

Percussion: 
B.A.

Snare drum

  1. Rudiments - slow to fast to slow: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, flam, flam tap, flam accent, drag, single drag tap, double drag tap, single paradiddle, 5, 7, and 9 stroke rolls. 
  2. Rudimental and/or orchestral style solo(s) selected from Wilcox on All-American Drummer or Rudimental Swing Solos, John Pratt books, Alan Abel solo 2040’s Sortie, other contest solo, Cirone – Portraits In Rhythm, Peters – Intermediate Snare Drum Studies, Advanced Snare Drum StudiesEtudes For Snare Drum, Delecluse .
  3. Sight Reading

Keyboards  

  1. Chromatic scales, two octaves, memorized.
  2. 12 major scales, two octaves, memorized. 
  3. Solo or etude of your choice — two and/or four mallets. Memorization optional
  4. Two-mallet treble clef sight-reading

B.F.A.

Snare drum

  1. Rudiments - slow to fast to slow: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, flam, flam tap, flam accent, drag, single drag tap, double drag tap, single paradiddle, 5, 7, and 9 stroke rolls. 
  2. Orchestral roll - Triple-bounce and/or buzz roll played soft to loud to soft. Each rudiment should be 30 seconds in duration.
  3. Perform a traditional rudimental snare solo 
  4. Rudimental and/or orchestral style solo(s) selected from Wilcoxon All-American Drummer or Rudimental Swing Solos, John Pratt books, Alan Abel solo 2040’s Sortie, other Class A contest solo, Cirone – Portraits In Rhythm, Peters – Intermediate Snare Drum Studies, Advanced Snare Drum StudiesEtudes For Snare Drum, Delecluse.
  5. Sight-reading.

Keyboards- marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone  

  1. Chromatic scales, two octaves, memorized.
  2. 12 major scales and arpeggios, two octaves, memorized. 
  3. Solo or etude of your choice — two and/or four mallets. Memorization optional
  4. Two-mallet treble clef sight-reading

Timpani

  1. Solo or etude from Peters – Fundamental Method for Timpanior similar method book such as Goodman, Friese/Lepak, Carroll, Hochrainer,etc.
  2. Tuning intervals may be requested.
  3. Sight-reading may be requested.

Drum set 

Demonstrate timekeeping and soloing in styles such as swing, jazz waltz, latin, rock, and funk. For example — play an 8 measure cycle; 4 bar time-feel and 4 bar solo, repeating this form.

Prospective performance majors in the B.F.A program should demonstrate significant achievement on at least one instrument. 

Popular Music and Jazz Studies

Drum set  

Demonstrate timekeeping and soloing in styles such as swing, jazz waltz, Brazilian-bossa nova or samba, Afro-Cuban-mambo or songo, rock, and funk. For example — play an 8 measure cycle; 4 bar time-feel and 4 bar solo, repeating this form.

In addition to the above requirements, students should also prepare an improvisation over a harmonic vamp, simple-form blues, or standard tune

Guitar:
B.A.,

Prepared repertoire should include two contrasting major works from different stylistic periods that best represent the applicant’s technical and artistic strengths.

B.F.A.,

Prepared repertoire should include three contrasting major works from different stylistic periods that best represent the applicant’s technical and artistic strengths.

Popular Music and Jazz Studies:

Perform one learned standard jazz, pop, fusion, r&b tune demonstrating both rhythm (comping) and melodic playing.

In addition to the above requirements, students should also prepare an improvisation over a harmonic vamp, simple-form blues, or standard tune.

Orchestral Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass):

Three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios

A movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire

An etude from one of the standard etude books, such as those of Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Rodé, Paganini, or Dont

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