Music Admissions Requirements

COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS

Music Admissions Requirements

All students applying for admission to the Music Department in the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music in Jazz, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education must demonstrate, by audition, an outstanding level of performance on their instrument or voice. For the Bachelor of Scienece in Music Industry, prospective students must submit an essay. All Undergraduate students must register for an audition date or submit their essay online.

Step 1 - Decide On One Of The Following Majors

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Music (Liberal Studies)
  2. Bachelor of Music in Composition
  3. Bachelor of Music in Jazz
  4. Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  5. Bachelor of Music in Performance
  6. Bachelor of Science in Music Industry (Music Business or Music Technology), requires an essay submission for prospective students

Step 2 - Apply To The University

Submit your common application to the university. List theater or dance as your intended major. Note: Admissions will not process your application until after your audition. If you are not accepted into our program, you may still attend Rowan with a different major.

Step 3 - Register For An Audition

Once you have applied to the university, please register for an audition

Once you register for your audition date, please allow 2-3 days for your audition confirmation email to arrive. It is recommended that all students appear on campus to audition. If you are unable to appear on campus, please contact music@rowan.edu or call 856.256.4651 for additional information.

Step 4 - Prepare Your Audition (BRASS)

The following repertory lists are of suggested audition material. The Brass Faculty does not expect to hear all of these works in an audition. Please pick two or three contrasting pieces or substitute works of similar musical standard and difficulty. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trumpet (Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg)

  • The following lists are suggested repertory and are not meant to cover the entire list of possible audition material. You should play what allows you to sound your best. As a guideline, select two contrasting items from the Etudes/Studies and Solos lists below. We need to hear you perform something fast and something slow (for example: Charlier Etude #2 and Sonata by Kennan Mvt. 1). We would also prefer to hear you perform orchestral excerpts, but they are not required. We look forward to meeting you and hearing you play.
  • Etudes/Studies: Charlier, Bordogni, Any Arban Characteristic Study, Bousquet-36 Celebrated Studies (also appears in the Saint Jacome Method), Goldman- Practical Studies, etc.
  • Solos: Concerti by Haydn, Hummel, Bohme, Arutiunian; Sonatas by Hindemith, Kennan, Stevens, Ewazen; Any works by Bozza (Badinage, Caprice, Rustiques), Goedicke-Concert Etude; Any coronet solo by H. L. Clarke or J.B. Arban. Any All-State High School Solo.
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Composers: Mahler, Starvinsky, Dvorak, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Gershwin, Copland, Shostakovich, etc.

Horn (Prof. Lyndsie Wilson)

  • Studies: One or two Etudes from Kopprasch-60 Studies for Horn.
  • Solos: Mozart-Concerto No. 3, Mvt. I AND one contrasting piece of your choice.

Trombone (Prof. Richard Linn)

  • Studies: Rochut-Melodious Etudes, Mantia-Trombone Virtuoso or Blazevich-Clef Studies.
  • Solos: Galliard-Sonatas, Berlioz- Recitative and Prayer. Any of the NJ, NY, PA, DE All-State Solos.

Euphonium (Dr. Amy Schumaker Bliss)

  • Please prepare one study and one contrasting solo.
  • Studies: Rochert-Melodious Etudes-Book I, Tyrrell-40 Progressive Studies for Trombone, or Arban- Characteristic Studies.
  • Solos: Barat- Introduction and Dance, Bellstedt- Napoli, De Luca- Beautiful Colorado, Capuzzo-Andante et Rondo (arr. Catelinet), Curnow- Rhapsody for Euphonium, Guilmant- Morceau Symphonique, or similar-level solo.

Tuba (Prof. Brian Brown)

  • Studies: Rochert - Melodious Etudes - Book I, or Tyrrell - 40 Advanced Studies (arr. Jacobs).
  • Solos: Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo (arr. Catelinet), Marcello - Sonata No. 1

Prepare Your Audition (GUITAR or KEYBOARD)

Guitar

Classical Guitar

  • Demonstrations of scales and arpeggios. If the prepared audition piece does not sufficiently demonstrate these areas, then material from Andres Segovia’s Major & Minor Diatonic Scales, published by Columbia and Mauro Giuliani’s 120 Daily Studies can be used.
  • Demonstration of music reading ability. (Material will be supplied at the audition)
  • A memorized piece from the repertoire of the classical guitar, played using the appropriate technique, of about five minutes duration.

Keyboard

Organ

  • Studies; One exercise from: Johnson-Instruction for Beginning Organists or Gleason Method of Organ Playing, or Bach- Orgelbuchlein(one Chorale prelude)
  • 3 Solos: One selection from Bach-Little Fugues and Preludes, or Bach-Prelude and Fugue in E Minor(Cathedral), or Mendelssohn-Sonata Movement, or Vierne-Berceuse of Arabesque (24 pieces in free style) Plus Sight-read a homophonic 4-part passage (8-16 measures).

Piano (Prof. Veda Zuponcic)

  • Applicants for the performance track:
    • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)
    • One movement of a Beethoven (excluding Op.49), Haydn or Mozart Sonata(excluding K.545).
    • A work of advanced difficulty of one BY ONE the following composers: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
    • for example, Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 76; Chopin Grand Valse Brilliant, Op. 18; Schumann Papillons
    • A Bach Prelude and Fugue from Well Tempered Clavier, Books I or II
  • Applicants for all other tracks:
    • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)
    • One movement of a Beethoven (excluding Op.49), Haydn or Mozart Sonata (excluding K.545).
    • A work of al least early advanced difficulty by one of the following composers: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
    • Chopin Waltzes, Schumann Arabesque,
    • A Bach Prelude and Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier or a 3-part Invention (Sinfonia)
  • Also required of all Applicants:
    • Letter of Recommendation from private piano teacher.
    • Intended Audition program, submitted to Veda Zuponcic two months before the scheduled audition date.

Prepare Your Audition (PERCUSSION)

Professor Witten will be glad to meet with all prospective applicants to evaluate their audition preparation and give suggestions to insure that each candidate has time to fix and/or improve their upcoming auditions, insuring a better outcome. Please try to schedule these previews at least 2-3 weeks before your scheduled audition date to make sure you have enough time to implement the changes or recommendations you might receive. For an audition preview, contact Professor Dean Witten by telephone 856-256-4500 ext.3546 or by email at witten@rowan.edu. You may also visit the Rowan Percussion website.

All students are required to perform and demonstrate technical ability on snare drum, mallets (marimba, xylophone or vibes), timpani and drum set. This requirement is the same regardless of your intended major: Music Education, Music Performance or Jazz Studies.

Every student will be asked to demonstrate the rudiments, scales and technical exercises listed here, as well as prepared solos on snare drum, mallets and timpani. On drum set, you will be asked to demonstrate styles in straight ahead jazz, rock/funk and Latin. You will be asked to trade fours in one of these styles. Applicants to the Jazz Studies major will be asked to trade fours in all the styles listed.

If you have not yet selected your solo pieces, you may choose from the solos listed below. Select the piece which best reflects your level of ability on each of the percussion instruments. Of course, you may choose pieces not on these lists but which are of a similar difficulty level both technically and musically. This decision should be made in consultation with your private teacher or band director.

All auditionees are required to provide their own copies of the audition music, as well as the appropriate sticks/mallets for each instrument.

Snare Drum

Demonstrate the following rudiments from slow to fast to slow:

  • Double stroke roll, 5-stroke roll, 7-stroke roll, 9-stroke roll, 13-stroke roll, 17-stroke roll, flam, flam tap, flamacue, single paradiddle, double paradiddle, flam paradiddle, ruffs, single ratamacue, double ratamacue, triple ratamacue, closed roll with crescendo soft to loud to soft again.
  • Choose a solo piece from one of the following snare drum methods.
    • Cirone, Portraits in Rhythm.
    • Wilcoxon, Rudimental Swing Solos
    • Delecluse, Twelve Studies for the Snare Drum.

Mallet Instruments

  • Demonstrate all major scales 2 octaves.
  • Demonstrate all harmonic minor scales 2 octaves.
  • Demonstrate all major/minor arpeggios 2 octaves
  • Choose one of the following solo pieces for marimba.
    • **Peters, Yellow After The Rain. grade 4+
    • **Musser, Etude in C Major. grade 5+
    • **Smadbeck, Rhythm Song. grade 5+
    • **O’Meara, Restless. grade 4+
    • J.S. Bach, any single movement from Cello Suites or Sonatas/Partitas for Violin.

**note. These pieces are written for marimba. If you wish to perform on vibraphone or xylophone, please choose a piece of comparable difficulty at grade 4+ or higher.

Timpani

Demonstrate the following:

  • Tune the following intervals: perfect 4th, perfect 5th.
  • Roll legato from one drum to the other back and forth across the 4 timpani.

Choose one of the following solo pieces for timpani.

  • Firth, The Solo Timpanist. grade 4-5
  • Mancini, Suite for Timpani. grade 5
  • Mancini, Suite #2 for Timpani. grade 4
  • Beck, Sonata for Timpani. grade 5
  • Beck, 10 Intermediate Timpani Solos. grade 3-4

All music listed, as well as sticks and mallets can be purchased from Steve Weiss Music 2324 Wyandotte Rd. Willow Grove, PA 19090 tel. 215-659-0100 or order online at steveweissmusic.com

Jazz Drum Majors

Applicants to the jazz drum major must demonstrate:

  • Rock/funk feel 12 bars
  • Jazz/swing feel 12 bars
  • Latin feel (bossa nova, samba or mambo) 12 bars 4
  • Trade 4’s in rock, swing, and Latin feels
  • Satin Doll. Play jazz time while singing aloud one chorus of Satin Doll. Then solo one full chorus while keeping the form and melody recognizable throughout.

Note:  To enhance the auditions, jazz drum set applicants may also demonstrate a solo on snare drum, mallet instruments or on timpani if they feel comfortable doing so.  This is not required.

 

Prepare Your Audition (STRINGS)

Violin (Dr. Timothy Schwarz)

For applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

  • Scale: One three octave scale of your choice
  • Solo: Any prepared violin solo piece

For applicants for the Music Education degree:

  • Scale: One three-octave scale of your choice
  • Etudes: One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
  • Solo: First movement of a violin concerto, with cadenza if applicable

For applicants for the Bachelor of Music degree:

  • Scale: One major and one minor three octave scale of your choice
  • Etudes: One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, Rode, Gavinies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
  • Solos: First movement of a violin concerto from the Classical Period or later, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of a baroque sonata or partita

Viola (Dr. Timothy Schwarz)

For applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

  • Scale: One three octave scale of your choice
  • Solo: Any prepared viola solo piece

For applicants for the Music Education degree:

  • Scale: One three-octave scale of your choice
  • Etudes: One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
  • Solo: First movement of a viola concerto, sonata, suite, or solo work of similar difficulty

For applicants for the Bachelor of Music degree:

  • Scale: One major and one minor three octave scale of your choice
  • Etudes: One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, Rode, Gavinies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
  • Solos: Two contrasting works from different periods

Cello (Prof. Michal Schmidt)

For applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

  1. Scales - Scales in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor, up to three sharps and flats
  2. Etudes - One etude by Klengel, Schroeder, Popper, or an equivalent
  3. Solos - One solo that shows your best technical and musical ability

For applicants for the Music Education degree:

  1. Scales - All Scales in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor
  2. Etudes - One etude by Klengel, Schroeder, Popper, or an equivalent
  3. Solos - One movement from the Unaccompanied Suites by J.S. Bach, and one solo from the Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary period

For applicants for the Performance Degree:

  1. Scales - All scales and arpeggios in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor
  2. Etudes - One etude by Popper, Piatti, or equivalent
  3. Solos - First movement of a major Classical, Romantic or 20th-Century concerto; Bach, J.S., any of the Unaccompanied Suites (2 contrasting movements)

String Bass (Prof. Douglas Mapp)

  1. Scales: All major and natural minor scales two octaves. Scales should be played with eighth notes at quarter note equals 100 beats per minute playing one, two and four notes per bow.
  2. Studies: 1 etude chosen from the following: Simandl; 30 Etudes, Storch-Hrabe 57 Studies. (Applicant may choose a different etude of similar difficulty such as Bille, Kreutzer, Kayser).
  3. Solos: 2 contrasting movements of a baroque sonata or other solo of similar difficulty such as Vivaldi Sonata #3 in A Minor, Marcello Sonata #5 in C Major, Gardoni Suite in Classical Style.

Harp

  1. Etude: Choose one etude from Pozzoli, "Studies of Medium Difficulty" (#5, #7, #10, #11, or #14), or Bach-Grandjany, "Etudes for Harp"
  2. Solos: Choose one of the following: Sonata in C Minor (first movement), by Dussek, Theme and Variations, by Hadyn (arr. Salzedo), Theme and Variations, by Handel, Passacaille, by Handel (arr. Beon), Song in the Night, by Salzedo, First Arabesque, by Debussy, Vers La Source, by Tournier (or substitute a solo from the standard repertoire of equal or greater difficulty)

Prepare Your Audition (VOICE)

  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance must sing three pieces. At least one must be in a foreign language.*
  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Music Education-Vocal, Bachelor of Arts, and Music Minor must sing two pieces. At least one must be in a foreign language.*

* While several opportunities for singing Musical Theater exist within the performance experiences offered at the university, Musical Theatre repertoire is not acceptable for the audition.

All applicants will be expected to execute the above from memory with poise, good pitch, proper breathing, phrasing, and above all, demonstrate an expressive musicianship. An accompanist is provided for the audition.

Prepare Your Audition (WINDS) 

Bassoon (Questions? Please contact Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands)

All Major scales

Two contrasting etudes from either Milde Concert Studies and/or Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies

One of the following solo pieces (or equivalent to the following):

  1. Telemann Sonata in F minor.
  2. Mozart Concerto in Bb major, K 191 ( movements 1 and 2)
  3. Bourdeau Premier Solo

& Sight Reading

Clarinet (Dr. Rie Suzuki)

Applicants are required to prepare the following (applicants must audition on the B-flat soprano clarinet and/or on the A clarinet if necessary; auditioning on other utility clarinets are not necessary but optional):

  1. Major and minor (harmonic or melodic) scales (Ed. Majors: four sharps and four flats; Performance Majors: all) and chromatic scales in slur and tonguing from memory.
  2. Two contrasting etudes from Rose 32 Etudes or 40 Etudes.
  3. One of the following (or the equivalent to the following):
    1. Mozart Concerto in A major, K. 622 (1st or 3rd mvt; 2nd mvt)
    2. Weber Concertino, Op. 26
  4. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice (optional).
  5. Sight-reading

Flute: (Dr. Adeline Tomasone)

Scales:

  • Majors: up to 7 sharps and 7 flats, 2 octaves (3 octaves on C major)
  • Minors: A Minor, and minors up to 3 flats and 3 sharps (2 octaves), all three forms
  • All scales to be played in quarter note =100

Etudes:

  • Two contrasting etudes from Cavally "Melodious and Progressive Studies," Vol. 1, or Andersen "24 Studies" op.33 or equivalent.

Pieces:

  • One Baroque sonata, all movements (example: any sonata by Handel, JS Bach,Vivaldi, Marcello, Vinci, Telemann, Locatelli, Platti, etc.)
  • PLUS One selection from the following (or equivalent):
    • Mozart "Concerto in G Major"
    • Hindemith "Sonate"
    • Poulenc "Sonata"
    • Chaminade "Concertino"
    • Enesco "Cantabile et Presto"
    • Faure "Fantasie"

Oboe (Dr. Mark Snyder)

  • Solos: Choice of Marcello concerto in C Minor, Handel Sonatas I, II, or III, or Hindemith Sonata
  • Studies: Vade-Mecum or Barrett Book (two prepared exercises)
  • Major Scales
  • Demonstrate reed-making ability

Saxophone (Dr. Tim Powell)

Major scales in all 12 keys, preferably played on the full range of the saxophone starting on the tonic up to the highest note on the instrument (F or F# above the staff), down to the lowest note on the instrument (B or Bb below the staff), and then up again, ending on the tonic. Tempo should be at least = 60M.M. slurred 16th notes.

Scales may also be played in the All State audition format with a legato tongue. F#, G, A and Ab scales may be played one octave but all others are to be played two octaves. (See minor scales for form). Tempo should be at least = 80M.M.

Minor scales in all 12 keys. All three forms, natural, harmonic and melodic minor are to be played with a legato tongue in the All State format at = 60M.M.

A chromatic scale slurred, played over the full range of the instrument from low Bb to high F or F# and back down to low Bb. Suggested tempo = 60M.M.

Major Triad Arpeggios slurred in 8th note triplets 1 octave for F#, G and Ab, 2 octaves for all other keys. Suggested tempo = 60M.M.

Any etude from one of the following studies or a study of comparable difficulty: 27 Melodic and Rhythmic Etudes by J. L. Small, 27 Virtuoso Studies by Bassi, 48 Famous Studies by W. Ferling.

  • 27 Melodic and Rhythmic Etudes by J. L. Small,
  • 27 Virtuoso Studies by Bassi,
  • 48 Famous Studies by W. Ferling.

Any solo from New Jersey All State auditions for alto, tenor or baritone saxophone, or any solo from the classical saxophone literature of equal or greater difficulty.

Prepare Your Audition (JAZZ STUDIES)

Jazz Studies (Prof. Denis Diblasio)

Additional Audition Requirements for those intending to be Jazz Majors or Jazz Education Majors (Jazz Ed; K-12 Certification)

All applicants for the Jazz Major at Rowan University must:

  1. Play the melody to Charlie Parker's 'Donna Lee'. The person auditioning selects tempo. The song is to be played from beginning to end without stopping. Donna Lee does not have to be memorized.
  2. Play melody and improvise to at least two choruses of Duke Ellington's 'Take the A Train' in concert C. Accompaniment will be provided. 'Take the A Train' does not have to be memorized. The person auditioning selects tempo.
  3. Play selected sight readings.

Jazz Guitarists: Although jazz guitar majors are required to study classical guitar, they are not required to audition on it.

If you have questions about the jazz portion of the audition, please call Denis DiBlasio, Coordinator of Jazz Studies & Composition, (856) 256-4500, ext. 3528

Step 5 - Come To Campus for Audition On Chosen Date

It is recommended that all students appear on campus to audition. If you are unable to appear on campus, please contact music@rowan.edu or call 856.256.4651 for additional information. Your audition confirmation email will arrive 2-3 days after your audition request.