Saxophone Audition Requirements


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:

1. 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
2. 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: recorded audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.


Applicants for the M.M. degree should prepare a recital program equivalent to a B.M. performance degree recital. Applicants should also be prepared to perform major and harmonic minor scales (full range). Applicants with jazz training are encouraged to also audition for the jazz faculty for possible assistantship consideration in the jazz division.

Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload the audition directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​ 

Please note: The saxophone studio will not be accepting DMA applications for Fall 2021.