Saxophone Audition Requirements

Saxophone Audition Requirements

Undergraduate requirements (BM, BME)

Prospective students will be evaluated on their skills of tone production, intonation, musicality, lyrical phrasing, rhythmic accuracy, technical proficiency, and overall musical experience. The student will be asked to perform:

  • Two or more contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire (an etude is acceptable for one of these) that demonstrate lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency.
  • All major scales and chromatic scale (at least two octaves, preferably full range).

Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here.

All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.

Graduate requirements (MM, AD, DMA)

Pre-screening requirement: ALL graduate saxophone applicants are required to submit a pre-screening recording along with their other application materials. Selections should include three contrasting pieces or movements from different major style periods. Prescreening recordings should be uploaded directly to the Graduate College application.

Live Audition Requirements: Applicants for the MM degree should prepare a recital program equivalent to a BM performance degree recital. Applicants for the AD or DMA degree should prepare a recital program equivalent to a MM performance degree recital (piano accompaniment is not required). Applicants should also be prepared to perform major and harmonic minor scales (full range) and sight read. Applicants with jazz training are encouraged to also audition for the jazz faculty for possible assistantship consideration in the jazz division.


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