Music Audition Reqs

Audition Dates and Locations

The Music Division will be accepting video audition submissions on an ongoing basis until in-person auditions are able to be scheduled and confirmed depending on the progress of the pandemic. Please submit your video link (YouTube or Vimeo), to Kayla Cardona, Assistant to the Dean of Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please state your name and preferred concentration at the start of your audition.

Criteria For Acceptance (listed by specialty)

  • Two studies by Kreutzer, Rode or Fiorillo.
  • Any one movement from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas.
  • One movement from a concerto from the standard repertoire.
  • One etude by Campagnoli, Rode, Dont, or Kreutzer.
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied suite for violoncello by Bach.
  • One movement from a concerto from the standard repertoire.
  • One movement from a solo suite by Bach or one movement from a sonata such as Sammartini or Boccherini.
  • One movement from a concerto from the standard repertoire.
  • One étude by Popper, Duport, Gruetzmacher, Merk or Franchomme.
Double Bass
  • An etude to demonstrate the applicant’s level of technical ability.
  • A solo work, such as one of the sonatas of Vivaldi or Marcello.
  • Two studies; a study or prelude by Salzedo or the No. 10 by Pozzioli or a study by Larivierre.
  • A composition of the degree of difficulty of the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp or the Handel Concerto in B Flat.
  • Two contrasting short works: one classic and one by a 20th Century composer.
  • The prospective student will be expected to display a well-formed technique and music intelligence.  Entry level performance requirements should be, at minimum, on the level of the more advanced studies of Carcassi and So.  The student's repertoire should include movements from suites by Bach (cello, violin, or "lute"), works of the classical style, such as Sor and Giuliani, and Romantic and Contemporary works by composers such as Tarrega, Ponce, Catelnuovo-Tedesco, Duarte, and Brouwer.
  • Etudes from either Goodman or Vic Firth, or excerpts from the orchestral repertoire.
Snare Drum
  • Etudes from “Portraits in Rhythm” by Anthony Cirone or 12 Etudes by Delecluse or excerpts from the orchestral repertoire.
Mallet Instruments
  • A two-mallet solo piece from the traditional repertoire.
  All compositions must be performed from memory and include the following:
  • A prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or another Baroque piece of similar level of difficulty.
  • One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (excluding op. 49 and op. 79) or Schubert.
  • A composition by a 19th Century composer.
  • A work by a representative 20th Century or contemporary composer.
  The faculty is primarily interested in discovering a naturally beautiful voice, and inherent musicality. Private voice study is NOT a prerequisite.

The college vocal program at NWSA is an accelerated training experience for students who wish to pursue a singing career in classical music, especially opera. Admission is granted to singers who demonstrate basic musicianship skills and knowledge of classical repertoire. Some prior formal voice training and experience in foreign languages is highly desirable. Successful candidates for admission must audition with, two memorized selections:

  • One aria from standard opera or oratorio
  • One art song in Italian, German, or French
Songs from musical theatre, popular songs, folksongs, or spirituals will not be acceptable for auditions.
Winds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Brass: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
  Applicants for admission in any of these instruments must be prepared to
perform the following:
  • Major and minor scales.
  • Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical advancement.
  • A classical composition such as one of the flute sonatas by Bach, the oboe concerti by Handel or the horn concerti by Mozart.
  • A solo composition either of the 19th or 20th Century repertory.
Composition/Electronic Music
  • Submit a portfolio of at least three pieces of varying length and instrumentation (include date of composition).
  • Submit a CD or DVD of at least one (1) of the compositions.
  • Audition on applicant’s primary instrument, to present 2 contrasting works that best demonstrate the applicant’s technical and musical performance abilities. Pieces should be from the standard classical repertoire and may not include personal compositions.
Requirements for Video Tape Auditions
  • Vocalize at least one scale or exercise which demonstrates the range of the voice.
  • Perform a monologue or poetry reading to demonstrate theatrical potential.