Audition Requirements

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. The audition committee consists of string faculty members.


Bachelor's degree in performance (BM)
Bachelor’s degree in music education (BME)
Bachelor’s degree in composition (BM)
Bachelor’s degree in church music (BM)
Bachelor of Arts degree (academic or performance track) (BA)
Master’s degree in performance (MM)

Consider visiting Baylor before your scheduled audition to give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the professor, to meet students in residence at Baylor, and to determine whether Baylor would be a good fit for you.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, students must apply for admission to Baylor University and complete the School of Music Request for Audition form (undergraduate form here, graduate form here). If you would like to submit a recording for the purposes of pre-screening prior to audition, please upload a video recording of two contrasting works. This should be done in a timely manner to allow for evaluation and response before the scheduled audition date. If you wish to audition on a non-scheduled audition date, please note that on the request form and contact the appropriate faculty member to schedule an audition.

Memorization requirements are listed per individual instrument repertoire. Auditions are performed without accompaniment, and candidates may not perform any current region/all-state etudes.

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level.

In addition to all individual instrument requirements, please submit the following with your Request to Audition Form:

• Two letters of recommendation (e.g., orchestra director, private teacher)

• A short essay expressing your long-term musical goals and your reasons for wanting to study at the Baylor School of Music

• A one-page resume including musical experience (e.g., awards earned, All-Region/Area/State placements, school ensemble involvement, UIL Solo and Ensemble involvement, church-related performing experience, etc.) as well as repertoire (e.g., solos performed and etudes studied)




VIOLIN: Dr. Bruce Berg and Dr. Eka Gogichashvili

Violin undergraduate audition requirements:

• First or last movement of a standard concerto including cadenza if applicable, memorized

• Movement of unaccompanied Bach, memorized

• Short virtuosic piece or etude

Violin graduate audition requirements:

• First movement of a standard concerto including cadenza, memorized

• Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach, memorized

• Short work of the candidate's choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrasts, memorized

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Berg (Bruce_Berg@Baylor.edu) or Dr. Gogichashvili (Eka_Gogichashvili@Baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.



VIOLA: Dr. Kathryn Steely

Viola undergraduate audition requirements:

• First movement of a standard concerto, including cadenza, memorized

• Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach, memorized

• One short virtuosic piece, sonata movement or etude

Viola graduate audition requirements:

• First movement of a 20th century concerto, memorized

• Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach, memorized

• Single movement virtuosic work

• Sonata movement of the candidate's choice demonstrating stylistic contrast

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Steely (Kathryn_Steely@Baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.



CELLO: Dr. Gary Hardie

Cello undergraduate audition requirements:

• First or last movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza for Boccherini Bb)

• Prelude or Gigue from any Bach unaccompanied Suite (except Suite #1)

• Select one: single movement lyrical work, technical showpiece, standard sonata first movement or etude

Cello graduate audition requirements:

• First and last movement of a standard concerto, memorized

• Prelude, Gigue, and one other movement from an unaccompanied Bach Suite (except Suite #1)

• First or last movement from one of the following sonatas: Locatelli, Beethoven #3 or #4, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Shostakovich, Prokofiev

• Select one: First or last movement from a 20th century unaccompanied work, a technical showpiece, or a virtuosic etude by Popper or Piatti

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Hardie (Gary_Hardie@Baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.



DOUBLE BASS: Dr. Sandor Ostlund

Double bass undergraduate audition requirements:

• A movement of a concerto or other major work from the double bass solo repertoire

• Another piece (or movement from a larger work) in contrasting style

• Two standard orchestral excerpts by different composers

Double bass graduate audition requirements:

• A movement of a concerto or other major work from the double bass repertoire

• Another piece or movement from a larger work in contrasting style

• Two contrasting movements of solo Bach (from the suites for cello)

• Two standard orchestral excerpts by different composers

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Ostlund (Sandor_Ostlund@Baylor.edu ) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.



HARP: Karen Thomas

Harp undergraduate audition requirements:

• Two works of contrasting styles and periods from the harp repertoire. One transcription is acceptable; one work should be originally written for harp. (A movement from a harp concerto may be used for one of the pieces)

• One standard orchestral excerpt

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Thomas (Karen_Ab_Thomas@baylor.edu ) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.



For questions regarding audition repertoire, please contact:

Violin: Dr. Bruce Berg or Dr. Eka Gogichashvili
Viola: Dr. Kathryn Steely
Cello: Dr. Gary Hardie
Double Bass: Dr. Sandor Ostlund
Harp: Karen Thomas