Video Auditions

Thank you for considering Wichita State University's School of Music! Due to the unprecedented circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19, we will not be holding in-person auditions for the next several months.

In an attempt to allow students to join our program in Fall 2020, the School of Music will be accepting video auditions through August. These videos do not need to be professionally produced - a high quality cell phone or webcam video should be acceptable. Requirements for each instrument area are below. We would recommend that each video be uploaded to YouTube as private or unlisted, though you can use other video platforms as well. Sharing them via Dropbox or other cloud services is also acceptable. Please try to refrain from emailing the videos, as their usual size prevents them from coming through.

Please contact our Coordinator of Music Admissions, Jesse Koza, with information about how to view or download your video.

Non-music majors do not need to submit a video. You are absolutely welcome to play in an ensemble and/or take private lessons! Please contact the appropriate faculty member for further information.

If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to email us.

Brass and Woodwinds

  • Please fill out our audition info form.
  • Two contrasting pieces: one demonstrating technical proficiency, the other highlighting expressive musicianship
    • These may be two different compositions or contrasting movements of the same piece
  • Two major scales over the range of your instrument at a steady and accurate tempo.

Jazz

Please fill out our audition info form.

Students should perform three tunes of varying styles (swing, Latin, ballad, waltz, etc.) with a backing track. Memorization of materials is encouraged but not required. Tunes should be selected from the standard jazz repertoire, the likes of which can be found in leadsheet form in resources such as The Real Book (6th edition, Hal Leonard, multiple volumes) and the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long series.

The following list offers a handful of suggested tunes:

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Blue Bossa
  • Blue Monk
  • Take the A Train
  • Doxy
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • Impressions
  • Mr. P.C.

Percussion

Please fill out our audition info form.

Students interested in studying Percussion should contact Professor Gerald Scholl so they can work with him to determine what to include in their video.

 

Piano and Organ

Please fill out our audition info form.

Pianists are asked to perform at least two solo compositions in contrasting styles. Students may choose from Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern repertoire. It is recommended that at least one of the pieces be memorized.

 

Strings

  • Please fill out our audition info form.
  • Three-octave major scale (two octaves for bass)
  • Three-octave minor scale (two octaves for bass)
  • Two contrasting pieces: one demonstrating technical proficiency, the other highlighting expressive musicianship
    • These may be two different compositions or contrasting movements of the same piece

Voice

Unfortunately, our voice studios are full for the 20-21 school year.