Entrance Audition


  • Standard sonata or concerto movement; OR
  • Standard solo etude; OR
  • Selection of standard orchestral excerpts

GUITAR (Classical Emphasis)

  • At least one major and minor scale, in two octaves;
  • Two contrasting movements of pieces from the solo repertoire (e.g., works by Sor, Carcassi, Tárrega, Villa-Lobos, Brouwer, or similar)


  • An etude (e.g., Pozzoli, Bochsa or LaRiviere), or similar study; OR
  • A section of the Level 2 or 3 warm up from On Playing the Harp by Yolanda Kondonassis;
  • A standard solo of student’s choice


  • Jazz “standard,” defined as a jazz composition (e.g., “Blue Bossa”) or a piece from the Great American Songbook commonly used as a vehicle for jazz (e.g., “All of Me”)
  • Demonstration of improvisation on jazz standard
  • Additional specific requirements
    1. BASS (JAZZ)
      1. i) Chorus of melody, play an accompanying bass line for a chorus, then improvise for a chorus
      2. ii) Major and minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves with various bowings
    2. DRUM SET (JAZZ)
      1. i) Demonstrate a few bars of different styles: swing, Latin (samba, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban 6/8), ballad (using brushes), and funk/rock styles
      2. ii) Brief solo in a style of choice
    3. GUITAR (JAZZ)
      1. i) Major and minor scales in two octaves
    4. PIANO (JAZZ)
      1. i) Either unaccompanied jazz solo piece; OR
      2. ii) Ensemble performance with MP3 or iReal Pro accompaniment


  • Two contrasting works from different periods and regions


  • Solos or etudes on at least two different instruments


  • One Baroque or Classical work:
    1. One Baroque work (e.g., a movement from the Dance Suites, or a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach); OR
    2. A movement from a Classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven;
  • One Romantic or 20/21st-century work


  • At least one major and minor scale and arpeggio, in three octaves, with various bowings;
  • One solo work consisting of
    1. a movement of unaccompanied Bach; OR
    2. a movement from a standard concerto; OR
    3. two contrasting movements from a standard Sonata


  • Two solo art songs (e.g., foreign language art song, or published English folk song) in any language


  • Sonata or concerto movement or a selection of equivalent difficulty and substance;
  • Solo etude;
  • Major and Minor Scales