Guitar Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM):

• Performance of a minimum of two works representing different historical periods and styles. At least one work should be from the 20th or 21st century (e.g., L. Brouwer, F. Moreno-Torroba, H. Villa-Lobos, J. Cardoso, M. Ponce, R. Dyens, etc.).

• An etude by F. Sor from his op.35 to choose from: No.22 (B minor), No.17 (D), No.18 (E minor), No.8 (E), No.24 (E minor)

• A non-classical piece of choice from rock, fusion, metal, country, folk, world music, etc.

• One major scale in two octaves.

Guitar applicants are encouraged to perform works from memory.  Etudes do not have to be performed from memory.


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (MM, DMA):

Section 1 (6 to 8 mins):
Two contrasting movements by J. S. Bach taken from suites, sonatas, or partitas for lute, cello or violin.
Or two contrasting movements by S. L. Weiss chosen from his sonatas (a.k.a suites).

Section 2 (8 to 10 mins):
One concert piece (i.e. Theme and Variations, Sonata, Fantaisie) by Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor, Niccolo Paganini, or Dionisio Aguado.

Section 3 (10 to 15 mins):

A 20th-century work to select from (or similar pieces):

Manuel de Falla: Homage pour le tombeau de Debussy
Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonatina, Castillos de España
Joaquín Rodrigo: Tres piezas españolas, Invocación y danza, En los trigales
Eduardo Sáinz De La Maza: Campanas del alba
Antonio José: Sonata
Frank Martin: Quatre pieces breves
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Suite populaire bresilienne, 5 Preludes, 12 Etudes
Manuel Ponce: Sonata III, Sonatina meridional, Theme varie et finale
Alexandre Tansman: Cavatina
Astor Piazzolla: Cinco piezas
Leo Brouwer: Sonata, El decameron negro, Elogio de la danza, Rito de los orishas
Alberto Ginastera: Sonata
Hans Werner Henze: Drei Tientos
Roland Dyens: Libra sonatine
John Duarte: English Suite, Americana
Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal
Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina
William Walton: Five Bagatelles
Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight, Folios
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio diabólico, Sonata
Jorge Cardoso: Tangoleada
Abel Carlevaro: Preludios americanos

Section 4 (5 to 7 mins):
A non-classical piece of your choice from rock, fusion, metal, country, folk, world music, etc.