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Music at Union University

Auditions Suggested Types of Audition Material for Entering Freshmen

(transfer students, please contact the Department of Music for audition repertoire requirements)

Vocal:

Perform two songs from memory. An accompanist will be provided upon request. No recorded accompaniment will be allowed.

The first song may be chosen freely by the student. The second should be an aria appropriate for the applicant’s voice from an oratorio or opera, or any standard art song. The following list of vocal anthologies contain music appropriate for the second type of song.

Alfred Publishing Co., 26 Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High, Medium Low
Alfred Publishing Co., 28 Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High, Medium Low

G. Schirmer, 24 Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High, Medium Low

Boosey and Hawkes Publishers, Soprano Songs, Mezzo-Soprano Songs, Contralto Songs, Tenor Songs, Baritone Songs, Bass Songs

G. Schirmer, complied by Joan Boytim,
The First Book of Soprano Solos or The Second Book of Soprano Songs
The First Book of Mezzo-Soprano Solos or The Second Book of Mezzo-Soprano Solos
The First Book of Tenor Solos or The Second Book of Tenor Solos
The First Book of Baritone Solos or The Second Book of Baritone Solos
The First Book of Bass Solos or The Second Book of Bass Solos

Instrumental:

  1. Perform two movements from solos or etudes of contrasting styles and tempos of the performers choice. The music should feature the strengths of the players technique, range, musical control, dynamic range, and overall ability. The playing of various major scales and sight reading is expected.

Memorization is not a requirement for the audition.

Piano:

  1. Perform from memory two (2) selections of standard piano literature representing two different periods or styles: (Example: Baroque and Romantic; Classic and Contemporary; etc.)
  2. Play all major scales 4 octaves.

Organ:

  1. Demonstrate piano proficiency by performing some Two Part Inventions of Bach, or a sonata by Mozart or Beethoven, or works of comparable difficulty.
  2. On the Organ perform:
    1. one Baroque composition (Bach),
    2. one contrasting piece and a hymn of the student’s choice,
    3. sight reading,

Memorization is not a requirement for the audition.

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