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 woodwind faculty members. An accompanist is not necessary.

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 to take a lesson 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 and complete the School of Music Request for Audition form. 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 no later than one month before your scheduled audition date to allow for evaluation and response. 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 is not required. We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment, and we request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level. All undergraduate applicants must prepare all major and chromatic scales, full range. Graduate applicants must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales and related studies.

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

• Two letters of recommendation (band director, private teacher)

• 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).

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

• Writing sample (graduates only)




FLUTE: Dr. Charlotte_Daniel

Undergraduate flute requirements:

• Two contrasting works, preferably from different periods and contrasting styles (lyrical/technical), from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or one-movement works.

• In addition to the above, those auditioning for the degree in flute performance should also prepare the exposition of the Mozart G Major or D Major Concerto, first movement.

Graduate flute requirements:

• A standard concerto (at least two contrasting movements, with cadenza when applicable)

• Two other contrasting works from different eras (one must be unaccompanied)

• The following orchestral excerpts: Beethoven Leonore No. 3 Overture, Brahms Symphony No. 4, and Mendelssohn Scherzo

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Daniel (Charlotte_Daniel@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




OBOE: Dr. Doris DeLoach

Undergraduate oboe requirements:

• Two contrasting works, preferably from different periods and contrasting styles (lyrical/technical), from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or one-movement works.

• An etude from Ferling or Barret Melodic Studies, or an unaccompanied solo work.

Graduate oboe requirements:

• A standard concerto or sonata, or one movement from each.

• An etude from Barret or Ferling.

• A short work of the candidate's choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast.

• Three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. DeLoach (doris_deloach@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




CLARINET: Dr. Jun Qian

Undergraduate Bb clarinet requirements:

• One or two movements from a standard concerto (with cadenza, if applicable) Recommended literature: Movement 1 or 3 of Weber Concerto No. 2; Movement 1 or 3 of Mozart Concerto on A clarinet if possible; movement 1 of Spohr Concerto No. 1; up to the cadenza of Copland Concerto; complete Weber Concertino.

• A short piece and/or contrasting etudes from Rose 32 or Cavallini Caprices Link for undergraduate B-flat clarinet auditions: http://www.junqianclarinet.com/#!undergrad-audition/s9xkc

Undergraduate bass clarinet requirements:

• All full range major and minor (both harmonic and melodic) scales (three octaves if possible) up to mm=120 slurred and mm=112 tongued in 16th notes.

• Bach: PRELUDE ONLY from Cello Suite II, BWV 1008 (Any edition for bass clarinet/clarinet is accepted).

• Rhapsody for Clarinet by Willson Osborne, Peters Edition

• Orchestral Excerpts: Stravinsky: Petrushka, starting on page 40 of the complete bass clarinet part found on the IMSLP site Link for undergraduate bass clarinet auditions: http://www.junqianclarinet.com/#!undergrad-audition/s9xkc

Graduate clarinet requirements:

• A standard concerto: Mozart Concerto (Movement I), Jean Françaix Concerto (Movement I), or Nielsen Concerto recommended.

• An unaccompanied work.

• A short work of the candidate’s choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast: Debussy Rhapsody or Jean Françaix Theme and Variations recommended.

• Three contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire: Beethoven Symphony No.6; Kodaly Dances of Galanta; Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream recommended

Link for graduate clarinet auditions: http://www.junqianclarinet.com/#!grad-assistantship/e65rn

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Qian (jun_qian@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




BASSOON: Dr. Ann Shoemaker

Undergraduate bassoon requirements:

• Two contrasting works, preferably from different periods and contrasting styles (lyrical/technical), from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or one-movement works.

• Etude #1 from 25 Studies in Scales and Chords for Bassoon, Op. 24 by Ludwig Milde.

Graduate bassoon requirements:

• A standard concerto (at least two contrasting movements, with cadenza when applicable).

• One other contrasting work from a different era

• An etude of your choice from 25 Studies in Scales and Chords for Bassoon, Op. 24 by Ludwig Milde.

• Orchestral excerpts: Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, movement 2; Ravel - Bolero.

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Shoemaker (ann_shoemaker@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




SAXOPHONE: Dr. Michael Jacobson

Undergraduate saxophone requirements:

• Two contrasting examples from the standard saxophone repertoire, one technically oriented and the other lyrical. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or a one-movement work exhibiting both elements.

• An etude from Ferling or Voxman Selected Studies, or an unaccompanied solo work.

Graduate saxophone requirements:

• A standard concerto (at least two contrasting movements).

• Two other contrasting works from different periods or styles of composition

• An etude from Ferling, Karg-Elert, Mule, or Lacour

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Jacobson (michael_jacobson@baylor.edu) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




For questions regarding audition repertoire, please contact:

Flute: Dr. Francesca Arnone

Oboe: Dr. Doris DeLoach

Clarinet: Dr. Jun Qian

Bassoon: Dr. Ann Shoemaker

Saxophone: Dr. Michael Jacobson