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Audition Requirements

 

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Voice

Dr. Lisa Maxedon (318) 257-2061

Piano

Dr. Steele Moegle (318) 257-5275

Guitar

Dr. Cain Budds (318) 257-3655

Orchestral Strings

Dr. Cain Budds (318) 257-3655

Woodwinds

Lawrence Gibbs (318) 257-5472

Trumpet and Horn

Dr. Randall Sorensen (318) 257-5473

Percussion

Dr. Gregory Lyons (318) 257-5470

Tuba

Dr. Joe L. Alexander (318) 257-2060

Trombone and Euphonium

Dr. Joe L. Alexander (318) 257-2060

Non-Music Major Band

Jim Robken (318) 257-4233

Non-Music Major Choir

Dr. John Petzet (318) 257-4109

 

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Voice

Prepare and perform one vocal selection that best demonstrates your vocal range, quality and musicality. Traditional selections would include art songs, folk songs, and arias. Do not use choir music or lead sheets for your audition. An accompanist will be provided. Sight reading will be included as part of the audition.

Suggested Repertoire: (including but not limited to the following)

  • Any selection from the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, G. Schirmer
  • Any selection from the Boytim series, The First Book of Solos (Sop., Mezzo-Sop, Tenor, Bar.) 
  • 20th and 21st century art songs by such American and British composers as Quilter, Barber, Copland and Duke.
  • Any American folk song, such as The Water is Wide, Shenandoah, or Simple Gifts.

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Guitar

We recognize that pre-college guitar training is varied and somewhat inconsistent. We also recognize that the average guitar major accepted at Louisiana Tech University may never have studied classical guitar before. The following information, therefore, is offered as a guideline for your preparation.

We require three pieces to be played for your audition. They should include one technical study showing your ability to play arpeggios and two pieces from contrasting musical periods. The following are pieces commonly played at auditions. All but the technical work, should be played from memory:

Studies:

  • Carcassi, 25 Melodious Studies: Nos. 2, 3, 7, 13, 15
  • Sor, Twenty Studies, edited by Segovia
  • Giulliani: Any studies one page or longer in length

Repertoire:

  • Six Lute Pieces From the Renaissance, Columbia Music.
  • Villa-Lobos: Any Preludes or Etudes, Max Eschig.
  • Bach: Bouree or Allemande, from First Lute Suite. Sarabande from Third Cello Suite. Any movement from The First Cello Suite.
  • Tarrega: Adelita Lagrima
  • Brouwer: Selected works from, Simple Studies, Vol. 1 & 2, Max Eschig.

These pieces are merely suggestions. We urge you to show this list to your teacher and, based on these suggestions, he/she will be able to suggest appropriate pieces you may currently be studying.

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Piano

Solo: Students should play two memorized pieces from two different eras: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th Century.

Suggested Repertory Examples Include:

  • Prelude or Fugue by J. S. Bach or a Sonata by Domenico Scarlatti (Baroque)
  • Movement from a Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven Sonata (Classical)
  • Chopin Prelude (Romantic)
  • Debussy Prelude (Impressionistic)
  • Bartok or Barber selection (20th Century)

Scales: Students will be asked to choose and play a major scale, minor scale and arpeggios in the same key as the chosen scales in four octaves, hands together.

Sight Reading: Students will also be asked to sight read at least one intermediate level piece.

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Orchestral Strings

Prepare scales and arpeggios and three selections of contrasting styles and periods as follows:

  • Three octave scales and arpeggios in three different keys (two major and one minor) and at various speeds played legato separate bows, slurred (three or more notes per bow) and spicatto.
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach (Double bass majors substitute one orchestral excerpt from the standard repertoire).
  • One movement of a concerto (or a showpiece).
  • An etude or caprice.

At least one of the selections should be performed from memory. Sight-reading may be required. Applicants may bring their own pianist or audition without accompaniment.

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Trumpet

Solo: Perform two works of contrasting style and tempo. These can be etudes or solo repertoire. All-State or District Honor Band materials are acceptable. Solo selections can be performed with piano accompaniment or without.

Suggested Solo Repertoire:

  • Trumpet Concerto in Eb: Movements 1 and 2 by Joseph Haydn
  • Concert Etude by Alexander Goedicke
  • Petite Piece Concertante by Guillaume Balay
  • Trumpet Concerto: Movement 1 by J. N. Hummel
  • Andante et Allegro by J. Guy Ropartz

Scales: All major scales. A scale sheet may be used, but additional points are awarded for memorization. If within your range, perform 2 octave scales. Chromatic Scale: from low F# to C above the staff.

Sight Reading: A brief sight reading exercise will be included in the audition.

Horn

Solo: Perform two works of contrasting style and tempo. These can be etudes or solo repertoire. All-State or District Honor Band materials are acceptable. Solo selections can be performed with piano accompaniment or without.

Suggested Solo Repertoire:

  • Romance by C. Saint-Saens
  • Concerto No. 3: Movement 1 by W. A. Mozart
  • Any Selection from the Collection Solos for the Horn Player edited by Mason Jones
  • Nocturno by Franz Strauss

Scales: All major scales. A scale sheet may be used, but additional points are awarded for memorization. All scales played 2 octaves. Chromatic Scale: 2 octaves beginning on g below the staff to the g on the top of the staff.

Sight Reading: A brief sight reading exercise will be included in the audition.

Trombone

Solo: Perform two works of contrasting style and tempo. These can be etudes or solo repertoire. All-State or District Honor Band materials are acceptable. Solo selections can be performed with piano accompaniment or without.

Suggested Solo Repertoire:

Scales: All major scales. A scale sheet may be used, but additional points are awarded for memorization. If within your range, perform 2 octave scales. Chromatic Scale: from low E to Bb above the staff.

Euphonium

Solo: Perform two works of contrasting style and tempo. These can be etudes or solo repertoire. All-State or District Honor Band materials are acceptable. Solo selections can be performed with piano accompaniment or without. 

Suggested Solo Repertoire:

Scales: All major scales. A scale sheet may be used, but additional points are awarded for memorization. If within your range, perform 2 octave scales. Chromatic Scale: from low E to Bb above the staff.

Tuba

Solo: Perform two works of contrasting style and tempo. These can be etudes or solo repertoire. All-State or District Honor Band materials are acceptable. Solo selections can be performed with piano accompaniment or without.

Suggested Solo Repertoire:

Scales: All major scales. A scale sheet may be used, but additional points are awarded for memorization. If within your range, perform 2 octave scales. Chromatic Scale: from low E to Bb on top of the staff.

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Woodwinds

Scales: All major scales and chromatic (full range: tongue up, slur down).

Etude or Solo: One slow etude and one fast etude of student's choice.

Sight Reading: A short sightreading excerpt will be included in the audition.

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Percussion

Snare solo/etude: 

Examples of acceptable repertoire include

  • Intermediate Snare Studies by Mitchell Peters
  • Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone

A rudimental solo is also encouraged.  

Marimba solo:

Examples of acceptable repertoire include

  • Sea Refractions by Mitchell Peters
  • Furioso and Valse by Earl Hatch

Timpani solo:

Examples of acceptable repertoire include

  • Primal Mood by Mitchell Peters
  • Sonata for Timpani by Beck

Scales: Knowledge of two-octave major and minor scales is expected.

Sight reading: Sight reading will be included as part of the audition.

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Non-music major Band

  • Prepare pieces that demonstrate your BEST technical and musical ability.
  • Bring a current letter of recommendation from your home band or ensemble director.
  • Prepare and perform 2 contrasting etudes. Region and All-State Honor Band audition materials are acceptable.
  • Perform 2 major scales of choice and the chromatic scale. At least one of the major scales must be two octaves. A scale sheet may be used.

Please call (318) 257-4233 if you have any questions. The primary purpose of this audition is for acceptance as a member of the Marching Band of Pride. Auditions for the concert bands occur during the school year.

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Non-music major Choir

Auditions are held at the beginning of each quarter. To schedule an audition contact Dr. John Petzet.

  • Please prepare one song of your choice or be able to sing a major scale.
  • Sight reading is included for students wishing to be considered for a service award.

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