Undergraduate Classical Auditions

The audition requirements on this page are for the following degree programs:

B.M. in Classical Performance
B.M. in Music Education, Classical Performance Track
B.M. in Music Management, Classical Performance Track
B.M. in Sound Engineering Arts, Classical Performance Track

For all B.M. degree programs an in-person performance audition is required. Applicants will also complete placement tests in theory, keyboard skills, and aural skills on scheduled audition dates. The complete evaluation of your audition by the music faculty is the most important factor in granting admission to the department.

Information regarding the audition will be sent to you upon receipt of your music department application.

baritone sax player

The audition program for should be performed by memory with piano accompaniment, which we will provide if you do not choose to bring your own accompanist.

Music Education, Music Management and Sound Engineering majors are required to sing two art songs and/or arias, with at least one of the selections in English. Classical performance majors are required to perform three pieces. Suggestions for appropriate repertoire include:

  • English art songs by composers such as Barber, Britten, Copland, Quilter
  • European art songs by composers such as Schubert, Schumann, Faure, Debussy
  • Arias by composers such as Handel or Mozart.

Choral excerpts and music theater pieces are not acceptable for this audition.


  1. Technical Requirements:
    • Chromatic Scale - full range
    • All major scales
    • Sightreading
    • Singing short tonal patterns played on piano
  2. Suggested Repertoire: Prepare at least two contrasting movements from one piece, and one additional movement from another piece.
    • J.S. Bach - Sonata
    • Mozart - Concerto in G or D
    • Fauré - Fantasie
    • Hindemith - Sonata
    • Poulenc - Sonata

    Email Dr. Karen Demsey, Professor of Flute: demseyk@wpunj.edu


  1. Suggested Repertoire:
    Please prepare at least two contrasting movements from:
    • A Concerto by Cimarosa, Marcello, Handel, or Mozart, or
    • A sonata by Telemann, Handel, or Hindemith.
  2. Suggested orchestral excerpts:
    • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade or
    • Beethoven Eroica Symphony - Marche Funebre (2nd movement).


  1. Technical Reguirements:
    • A Major, Ab Major, and B Major scales, 2 octaves
    • E Major, F Major, and G Major scales, 3 Octaves
    • Sightreading
  2. Suggested Repertoire:
    • One etude from Rose 32 Studies
    • A piece by Mozart, Weber, or other similar selection


  1. Technical Reguirements:
    • Major Scales: Two octaves - Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, D, E, and B
    • Minor Scales: Two octaves - Eb and F# harmonic, F and G melodic
    • (Metronome = 100, playing eighth notes)
  2. Suggested Repertoire:
    Students are expected to perform one etude and one solo piece from the suggested repertoire list below:
    • Etude: Fehrling or Karg-Elert
    • Soprano - Villa Lobos Fantasia or Cohen Sonata
    • Alto - Creston Sonata, Heiden Sonata, Glazunov Concerto or Tomasi Concerto
    • Tenor - di Pasquale Sonata or Villa-lobos Fantasia
    • Baritone - Anderson Sonata or Cunningham Sonata
    • Any Baroque solos by Bach/Handel/Telemann/Vivaldi


  1. Technical Requirements
    • Bb chromatic scale (3 octaves)
    • All major scales
    • Sight reading
    • Singing short tonal patterns played on piano
  2. Suggested Repertoire
    Prepare at least two contrasting movements from one piece on the list below or choose a comparable piece:
    • Mozart Concerto in Bb
    • Vivaldi Sonata No. 3 in A minor or No. 5 in E minor
    • Telemann Sonata in F minor
    • Hindemith Sonata

    E-mail and questions to Robert Gray, Adjunct Bassoon Professor: grayr@wpunj.edu.

French Horn

  1. Technical Requirements
    • Major scales
  2. Suggested Repertoire:
    Choose two contrasting movements or pieces from the following list:
    • One or two movements from the Sonata in F major by Corelli
    • One or two movements from a concerto by Mozart, Franz Strauss or Richard Strauss
    • Sonatas by Beethoven
    • One etude by Kopprasch
    • Gliere Intermezzo


  1. Suggested Repertoire:
    1. Concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian;
    2. Sonatas by Hindemith, Kennan, Stevens;
    3. Etudes by Arban, Brandt, Charlier, etc.;
    4. Orchestral excerpts.


  1. Suggested Repertoire:
    1. Fantasia by Gordon Jacob;
    2. Introduction and Dance by Barat;
    3. Choice of numbers 1 through 14 of the Characteristic Etudes in the Arban Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet or Trombone.


  1. Technical Requirements:
    1. Major Scales
    2. Sight Reading
    3. Singing short tonal patterns played from a piano
  2. Suggested Repertoire:
    Play two contrasting movements from one solo work or from separate works:
    1. Concertino by David
    2. Sonatas by Marcello, Hindemith
    3. Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant
    4. Andante et Allegro by Barat
  3. Optional Repertoire:
    1. One etude by Rochut or Kopprasch
    2. Orchestral excerpts


  1. Suggested Repertoire:
    Please perform one movement from the list below or choose a movement from a piece of comparable level.
    • Haddad Suite for Tuba
    • Hindemith Sonata
    • Marcello Sonata
    • Solo works by Lebedev
    • Etudes from the Tyrell, Blahzevich and Bordogni collections
    • Orchestral excerpts

See the list of requirements on the WPUNJ Percussion Studio pages.


Classical Performance:

  1. A Three-Part Invention, a Prelude and Fugue or equivalent by J. S. Bach;
  2. A complete sonata or set of variations by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven;
  3. A work by a Romantic or Contemporary composer.

All pieces must be memorized. Major and minor scales and arpeggios and sight-reading will be tested.

Music Education, Music Management and Sound Engineering Arts:

  1. A Two-Part Invention by J. S. Bach or equivalent;
  2. a first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (except Op. 27, No. 2 in C# minor)
  3. a work by a Romantic or Contemporary composer.

At least one selection must be played from memory. Major and minor scales and arpeggios and sight-reading will be tested.


  1. Segovia scales, major and minor
  2. One etude by either Sor (Segovia edition), Carcassi or Aguado.
  3. Two concert pieces of the student's own choosing from either preBaroque (DeVisee, Sanz, Milan, etc.), Baroque (Bach, Weiss, etc.) or Romantic Spanish (Tarrega, Llobet).


  1. Two contrasting movements from a solo piece, a sonata, or a concerto of your choice. The two selections should be of contrasting style and tempo.
  2. The applicant should have all major 2 octave scales (all major and melodic minor) prepared and a three octave major scale with arpeggio.
  3. No orchestral excerpts will be required.
  4. Sightreading will be provided.