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 woodwind faculty members. An accompanist is not necessary. These guidelines are intended for entering freshmen. Transfer or more advanced students should consider these suggestions as minimal expectations. Texas residents should audition on campus.
Undergraduate audition requirements:
Woodwind students must apply for Baylor admission and fill out the School of Music Request for Audition form before auditioning.
Students should prepare selections that are contrasting in style and tempo and best demonstrate the player's abilities. Two movements from the same composition are acceptable.
One or two movements from a standard concerto (with cadenza, if applicable)
A short piece and/or contrasting etudes
All major scales and full range chromatic
Although not required, memorization is encouraged.
Graduate audition requirements:
A standard concerto
An unaccompanied work
A short work of the candidate's choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast.
Three contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire (except for saxophone)
Comprehensive knowledge of scale and related studies
For questions regarding audition repertoire, please contact:
Oboe: Dr. Doris DeLoach
Clarinet: Dr. Jun Qian
Bassoon: Dr. Ann Shoemaker
Saxophone: Dr. Michael Jacobson