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Audition and Portfolio Review Requirements

Below are the audition or portfolio requirements for undergraduate programs offered through the College of Creative Arts. 



WVU School of Art & Design Portfolio Requirements

With the exception of Art History and Interactive Design for Media, all School of Art & Design majors require a portfolio review for admission.

Portfolios for incoming students must be uploaded through the program application for admissions consideration in the studio arts programs. To receive scholarship consideration, students must also attend a Portfolio Review Day or meet with faculty on campus for a private portfolio review. 


Students are encouraged to submit their School of Art & Design application as early as possible to reserve their place at a portfolio review day. Upon submission of the School of Art & Design application they will receive the link to our portfolio upload page. Before submitting a portfolio students must already have received admission to the university.


The portfolio must include…

  1. Personal Statement
    All applicants are required to write a short essay describing interests and creative, academic, and professional goals. Explain reasons why you wish to undertake university study in art on the application. Students pursuing certification in Art Education should include a statement on why they want to teach art. This statement must be single spaced and printed on a single 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper.

  2. Digital Portfolio Upload
    The portfolio should include 8 to 15 pieces of the best examples of your art work executed in the previous year. 
    Examples in all media are encouraged; painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, electronic media, life drawings, high quality sketchbook pages. 
    T he images should be  labeled with name, title, medium, and work dimensions.

WVU School of Theatre and Dance Audition and Portfolio Requirements

BFA in Acting

Present two contrasting monologues with the presentation consisting of:

  • 2 monologues – One dramatic and one comedic – both from contemporary plays after 1900.
  • The monologue package should be between 3 and 4 minutes total.
  • Your monologue package material should be age-appropriate (your age to 30 years old).
  • Read the plays from which you are selecting monologue material for presentation. This will allow you to make appropriate choices for the material as well as demonstrate an understanding of the play and the characters.
  • Hand props such as a letter or handkerchief are allowed but nothing on a larger scale.
  • Wear audition attire (nice and casual, but comfortable daytime attire); no costuming.
  • Be prepared to present a third monologue of your choice and preference if asked.
  • Avoid dialects, extreme profanity, crying or yelling to show emotion.
  • You may sing 16 or 32 bars of a song from a musical in addition to the monologue package (This presentation will not be included within the 3-4 minute time limit for the monologue package.)
  • An accompanist will be provided. Please have appropriate sheet music in your key.
  • No a cappella performances, use of recorded tracks are allowed.
  • Singing is NOT required for the BFA Acting audition nor for admittance to this degree program, but we invite potential students to present this additional talent during this process: While the BFA in Acting, the BFA in Musical Theatre, and the BA in Dance are separate degree programs, class curriculum for these performance degrees does overlap at times in our efforts to best educate future artists.

BFA in Musical Theatre

West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance does not require a Prescreen submission as part of the application process, however, we ask that all students submit a video audition regardless of whether they will be taking part in an on-campus audition.  WVU Theatre & Dance uses digital audition submission requirements from  Musical Theatre Common Prescreen criteria, endorsed by Paper Mill Playhouse .


On Campus Vs. Virtual Auditions

We are currently scheduled to offer on-campus auditions for the 2021-22 recruitment cycle. Students planning to audition for the Musical Theatre program who will be auditioning on campus should also submit video materials. The on-campus audition will consist of live performances of the songs and monologue materials performed in the videos. There will be no on-campus dance call this year. 



Please upload one video for your song and monologue package and another video for your dance audition. Each piece should be uploaded as a separate piece of media; please do not upload one continuous video.  


For the 2021/2022 Audition Cycle, MTCP has included a list of helpful hints. We strongly encourage that you take advantage of these resources which have been thoughtfully and intentionally crafted by the expertise of multiple programs nationwide to support the excellence of the audition and for your benefit. To view the MTCP Resources Page, go to www.papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/

 

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).

 

INTRODUCTION (“SLATE”) for Video Submission

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

 

SONGS

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces. Each institution is responsible for indicating which options are accepted.

·         One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo so as to contrast style

·         Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

·         Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).

·         Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

 

Universities may ask for one or either of the following Song Options.  Check the individual university website to see which Option is required:

 

-OPTION A

·         One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice). 

·         One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

 

-OPTION B

·         Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) and contrast in style (“ballad” and “uptempo”).

 

MONOLOGUES

Students may be asked to prepare either one or two pieces Each institution is responsible for indicating which options are accepted.

·         Monologues must be from a published play.

·         Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.

·         Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

 

Universities may ask for one or either of the following Monologue Options.  Check the individual university website to see which Option is required:

 

-OPTION A

·         1 contemporary monologue (written after 1900), 60-90 seconds in length

·         The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

 

-OPTION B

·         2 contrasting monologues each 60-90 seconds in length (see below)

·         1 Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologues should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

·         1 Classical (written before 1900); Classical monologues should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.

 

DANCE

Students may be asked to execute one or both of the following options. Each institution is responsible for indicating which options are accepted.

·         All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.

·         Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.

·         Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.

  

-DANCE OPTION

·         30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, cultural dance styles, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.

·         Please do not submit “barre work”. Instead, check to see if the auditioning program offers the optional “Ballet Submission”.

·         Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.

·         Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.

·         All choreography must be performed to music; please no “a cappella” dance media.

 

-BALLET OPTION

·         Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.

·         Execute a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement; 

·         Execute pirouette en déhors (to both sides)

·         Execute one or more grand jeté across the floor.



*There will be no on-campus dance call during the 2021-22 audition dates. A video of a dance combo will be posted to this page by October 1. Students are welcome to submit any of the options above but will also be asked to submit a video of the dance work in the clip provided in place of the on-campus dance call. 

 

WILD CARD

Students may be asked to execute a “Wild Card” submission. Each institution is responsible for indicating whether the “Wild Card” is accepted.

·         Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.

·         Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.

·         This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

 



BFA Design Tech

An interview and portfolio review is required for admission and scholarship consideration for all incoming BFA Design/Tech students.


Interview: The BFA Design Tech interview is a chance for us to get to know you. We like to get a sense of your experience in and enthusiasm for theatre.


Portfolio: In a portfolio we are looking to understand your previous experience in theatre and related areas. A good thing to do is use a simple program like Microsoft Powerpoint to present your work. Show photos of productions you have worked on. If possible, include process photos of the specific things you did. The portfolio may also include any artwork, craft or construction projects which illustrate your interests and talent.


Dance (BA)

Students applying for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 consideration  should submit two audition videos 


Video 1.) Consisting of a ballet class (work at the barre, center and across the floor).  There is no need to show work on both sides.


Video 2.) A dance solo video should include a performance by the dancer in a studio setting.  The performance solo should be in a style that best represents the dancer, their strengths and performance qualities. The video should be at least 90 seconds but no more than 4 minutes in length.  Please do not include videos from public performance.


Students must also participate in the interview, scheduled through the Dance Program Application. 



Theatre (BA)

  1. Have prepared a verbal statement as to what you want out of the program – what you hope to learn – what interests you. If you have a portfolio showing some of the work you have accomplished in theatre or demonstrating what you hope to work with while in the program here you are welcome to present that as well. 
  2. Be prepared to speak about your goals after graduating from the puppetry and creative dramatics program. 

WVU School of Music Auditions

Piano Placement Exam (Waived for 2021 applicants)

A piano placement evaluation will be administered to undergraduate students (excluding piano majors) during auditions. Students who have had piano study should be prepared for this brief evaluation so they can be placed in the appropriate section of class piano. For the evaluation, students will be asked to play a short piece or excerpt, sight-read, and play or describe experience studying scales and cadences. This evaluation is only for vocal and instrumental music majors (excluding piano majors).


Piano

Three works from the standard piano literature representing three different style periods: examples of selections include works from the baroque period (Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, etc.), a sonata movement from the classical period (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, etc.), a romantic work (Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, etc.), or a contemporary work (Debussy, Copland, Bartók, etc.). A fourth additional piece of the applicant’s choice may also be included.


Violin, Viola & Cello

  • An etude from etude books appropriate for each instrument such as Fiorillo, Kreutzer, Dont, Rode, Mazas, Kayser, Popper, etc.
  • Two contrasting works from two different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century or 21st Century) of the standard solo repertoire. These can include entire works or individual movements from a major concerto, sonata, or suite.
  • Two or three octave scales may be requested at the audition

Double Bass

  • 1 to 2 Octave Major and Minor Scales. 
  • An etude from Simandl’s “30 Studies for the Development of Tone” or a book of comparable difficulty. 
  • 1 to 2 Contrasting works from the standard solo double bass repertoire such as a Baroque sonata, a concerto, or solos of equal difficulty.

Guitar

Jazz Performance: Perform two jazz standards of contrasting tempos and styles (e.g. ballad, medium swing, up-tempo, bossa nova). Applicants must state the melody of the standard tune and then improvise on the full song form at least one time through. 

 

For the Jazz Performance audition, applicants may choose to perform the tunes in any combination of the following ways:

  1) Solo guitar arrangement with no accompaniment (chords, bass notes, and melody covered at the   same time). This is the most challenging setting of the three options, as the applicant will still be   expected to improvise on the form of the tune.

  2) Accompanied by one (1) additional performer on one of the following rhythm instruments: piano,   guitar, or bass. Accompanists are not provided by the school, so if the applicant wishes to perform   with a live accompanist they must make arrangements to bring one in themselves. 

  3) Accompanied by a pre-recorded backing track (such as the play-along Aebersold CDs or the   iReal Pro app). The applicant must provide their own backing track and the school will provide a   stereo system for playback. 

 

Music Therapy, Music Industry, Music Education, Composition, Music Minors, and all other non-performance tracks:

Perform two pieces of contrasting styles that showcase your abilities as a guitarist. We suggest that applicants select pieces that "stand alone" as solo material rather than guitar parts taken out of the context of an ensemble recording. The selection of classical, jazz, or folk finger-style repertoire is highly encouraged; although other styles are acceptable too. Keep in mind that the school does not provide accompanists, so if an applicant requires accompaniment for their audition pieces, it must be in the form of a pre-recorded backing track, provided on a CD or MP3 player by the applicant. The school will provide a stereo system for playback. Remember to select pieces that showcase some or all of the following: guitar technique, ability to improvise, and solid timekeeping. Applicants may sing while playing their selections as long as the main purpose is to show off their guitar skills. 


Woodwinds

  • All major scales over the full range of the instrument
  • Chromatic scale slurred over the full range of the instrument
  • Two contrasting works from the standard solo repertoire. These can include entire pieces or individual movements from significant concerti or sonatas. One work may be a concert etude composed for the instrument.

Brass

Undergraduate Trumpet Audition Requirements
(BME, IND, BA, COMP, THER)

Candidates are encouraged to showcase their versatility in classical and jazz idioms. Please prepare the following:

  • Three contrasting pieces of choice (i.e. solos, etudes, movements from concertos or sonatas). 

    • Suggested solos (but not limited to the following):

      • Pennequin Morceau de Concert, Barat Andante et Scherzo, Balay Prelude et Ballade or Andante et Allegretto, Cornet solo by Herbert Clarke, Ropartz Andante et Allegro

    • Suggested etudes (but not limited to the following):

      • Bordogni Melodious Etudes for Trumpet, Charlier 36 Études Transcendantes, Arbans Characteristic Studies 

  • Chromatic scale from lowest to highest notes.

  • (Optional, but strongly encouraged) - Showcase ability in jazz/commercial music. This can take the form of preparing a lead trumpet part from a swing, funk, Latin/salsa chart, and/or improvising over a bules, rhythm changes, or other standard tune(s).

Additional Requirements for Trumpet Performance (BM)

  • Three standard orchestral or military band excerpts if applicable to desired career path.

Additional Components to the audition (all majors)

  • Sight-Reading

Undergraduate Trumpet (Jazz Studies, BM) Audition Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to showcase their versatility on the trumpet. Please prepare the following:

  • One piece from the classical trumpet repertoire (i.e. a solo, etude or movement from a concerto or sonata) that demonstrates an understanding of classical trumpet tone, phrasing, and style. 

  • Major scales. Additional scales are encouraged if prepared.

  • Chromatic scale from lowest to highest notes.

  • Solo transcription, or jazz etude (in swing, funk or Latin/salsa styles).

  • Play the melody and improvise over one jazz standard and medium tempo blues of choice. Be prepared to improvise for several choruses.

    • Possible jazz standards options (but not limited to these): There Will Never Be Another You, Autumn Leaves, It Could Happen to You, Recorda-me, All the Things You Are, But Not for Me, Blue Bossa, All of Me, Four etc.

    • Applicants must provide their own accompaniment! Play-alongs or good quality accompaniment tracks are acceptable. 

  • (Optional but encouraged): Demonstrate lead playing ability by preparing two contrasting excerpts.

Additional Components to the audition:

  • Sight-Reading

Horn (BM, BME, IND, BA, BS, COMP, THER) Audition Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting movements from the solo repertoire. Suggested works (but not limited to the following):

    • Mozart Concertos 2, 3, or 4, R. Strauss Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Sonata, Dukas Villanelle, Saint-Saens Morceau de Concert, or comparable selection

  • At least one etude. Suggested etude book (but not limited to the following):

    • Kopprasch Book 1 or 2, Maxime-Alphonse Book 2 or 3, Pottag Melodious Studies, or comparable etude selections.

  • Additional Requirements for Horn Performance (BM) 

    • Three standard orchestral excerpts.

Feel free to reach out to Jonas Thoms (jonas.thoms@mail.wvu.edu) with any questions about musical selections.


Tenor Trombone/Bass Trombone (BME, IND, BA, BS, COMP, THER) Audition Requirements

Videos should be shot in a way that the mouthpiece/embouchure is clearly visible. Applicants are encouraged to prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting movements from the solo repertoire. Suggested works: 

    • Tenor: David Concertino (mvt 1+2), Saint-Saens Cavatine or comparable selection

    • Bass: Lebedev Concerto in One movement, Koetsier Allegro Maestoso or comparable selection

  • At least one etude. Suggested etude books:

    • Tenor: Bordogni Vocalises, Voxman Selected Studies

    • Bass: Bordogni Vocalises (down octave)

  • (Optional, but encouraged) - Showcase ability in jazz/commercial/electronic music. This can take the form of preparing a lead/bass trombone part from a swing, funk, Latin/salsa chart, and/or improvising over a blues, rhythm changes, or other standard tune(s).

Additional Requirements for Trombone Performance (BM)

  • At least three standard excerpts (e.g. Berlioz: Hungarian March, Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries).

  • One contrasting etude (e.g. Bordogni, Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Tyrell).

Undergraduate Tenor Trombone & Bass Trombone (Jazz Studies, BM) Audition Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to showcase their versatility on the trombone and use appropriate stylistic effects (i.e. plunger mute). Please prepare the following:

  • One piece from the classical trombone repertoire (i.e. a solo, etude or movement from a concerto or sonata) that demonstrates an understanding of classical trombone tone, phrasing, and style.

  • Major scales. Additional scales are encouraged if prepared.

  • Chromatic scale from lowest to highest notes.

  • Solo transcription, or jazz etude (in swing, funk or Latin/salsa styles).

  • Play the melody and improvise over one jazz standard and medium tempo blues of choice. Be prepared to improvise for several choruses.

    • Possible jazz standards options (but not limited to these): There Will Never Be Another You, Autumn Leaves, It Could Happen to You, All the Things You Are, Blue Bossa, All of Me, Four, On Green Dolphin Street, etc.

    • Applicants must provide their own accompaniment! Play-alongs or good quality accompaniment tracks are acceptable. 

(Optional but encouraged): Demonstrate lead or bass playing ability by preparing two contrasting excerpts.


Feel free to reach out to Hakeem Bilal (hakeem.bilal@mail.wvu.edu) with any questions about musical selections.


Undergraduate Tuba/Euphonium (BME, IND, BA, BS, COMP, THER) Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following:

  • Three contrasting pieces of choice. 

    • These can include etudes from various books such as Bordogni, Blazevich, Tyrell, or Kopprasch including material previously learned from all-state auditions. A solo work is also recommended. Works by Vaughan Williams, Haddad, and Barat have been successfully used in the past. 

 

Undergraduate Tuba/Euphonium Performance (BM) Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following:

  • One solo piece of choice. Suggested pieces include (but not limited to the following):

    • Works by Gregson and/or Horovitz.

  • Two advanced etudes. Suggested etude books include (but not limited to the following):

    • Tuba

      • Snedecor, Low Etudes for Tuba

      • Bobo, Bach for the Tuba

    • Euphonium

      • Kopprasch, 60 Etudes for High Tuba or Euphonium

      • Rochut, Melodious Etudes for Trombone Book 2 

  • Three standard orchestral or military band excerpts if applicable to desired career path.

Please feel free to contact Carson McTeer (John.McTeer@mail.wvu.edu) for suggestions and/or questions.


Percussion

  • Snare drum: Medium to advanced rudimental solo/etude, medium to advanced concert solo/etude, open and closed rolls to be performed, selected rudiments to be performed, sight reading.
  • Keyboard percussion: All major scales and arpeggios, medium to advanced 2 mallet solo/etude in a classical or contemporary style, sight reading, 4 mallet solo/etude in a classical or contemporary style (suggested, but not required)
  • Timpani: Medium 4 drum solo/etude. Tuning within the piece is not required. Drum tuning will be asked apart from the etude/solo
Percussion Audition for Music Industry multi-instrumental:
  • 3 different styles on the drum set (rock, jazz, latin, or afro-cuban, etc.).  Record 3 different tracks which each lasting approximately 1 minute in length.  
  • Video should demonstrate good control/timing of the style, and ability to improvise (add fills).
  • Record an intermediate snare drum solo.  Reccomended: Mitchell Peters Intermediate Snare Drum book   https://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/intermediate-snare-drum-studies-mitchell-peters/snare-drum-books.  (Students may play any solos from Nos. 1 through 15 for the audition)

Voice

  • A minimum of three songs, two of which should be from the standard classical art song repertoire. At least one of the two should be in English. The third song may be classical, or it may come from the musical theatre repertoire.
  • All songs should be sung from memory with accompaniment. For students applying during the 2020-2021 academic year, live accompaniment or track accompaniment are acceptable. 

Composition

  • One or more scores (on paper) of your composition in hand notation or computer notation. A representative group of pieces in different styles and genres is preferred. Please bring cassette or CD recordings if available. If you do not have your music written down, an audition performance, tape of performance, or a computer disk with a MIDI file for playback in either Vision or Finale 2 or 3 is acceptable.
  • Testing of pitch matching, sight reading (treble & bass clefs), and ability to write down what you hear (melodic dictation) should be expected.
  • It is advisable that composition students have some background in piano.

Jazz

Students interested in a major or minor in Jazz Studies will demonstrate their ability on their instrument based on the following requirements. Jazz majors will receive weekly jazz improvisation lessons and will in addition take traditional instrumental lessons to develop fundamental skills. It is suggested that you bring the iReal Pro app or a play-a-long recording with you to the audition. 


Those students interested in pursuing music education with a Jazz emphasis should prepare for the audition based on the requirements below.


The auditions will consist of the following:



Saxophone
    • Major scales are required and additional scales are encouraged (you may submit these with your audition videos, but may be asked to play again during your interview with the Jazz faculty)
    • Demonstrate ability with at least two selections that include technical passages and/or improvisation. This could include a combination of the following:
      •  a solo transcription (such as a Charlie Parker or Hank Mobley transcription)
      • a traditional etude (such as a Ferling etude) in any style
      • a piece of jazz repertoire that requires technical ability (such as Moose the Mooche, Donna Lee, or Eternal Triangle)
    • Play the melody and improvise on a jazz standard (There Will Never Be Another You, Autumn Leaves, It Could Happen to You, Recorda-me, All the Things You Are, But Not for Me, Blue Bossa, All of Me, Four, etc.)
    • Play the melody of a standard blues tune (Blue Monk, Tenor Madness, Bag's Groove, Blues in a Closet) and improvise for several choruses
    • Be ready to sight read
    • If you have a specialty such as lead playing, prepare an excerpt that demonstrates your ability
Trumpet (Jazz Studies, BM)
Applicants are encouraged to showcase their versatility on the trumpet. Please prepare the following:
    • One piece from the classical trumpet repertoire (i.e. a solo, etude or movement from a concerto or sonata) that demonstrates an understanding of classical trumpet tone, phrasing, and style. 
    • Major scales. Additional scales are encouraged if prepared.  (you may submit these with your audition videos, but may be asked to play again during your interview with the Jazz faculty)
    • Chromatic scale from lowest to highest notes.
    • Solo transcription, or jazz etude (in swing, funk or Latin/salsa styles).
    • Play the melody and improvise over one jazz standard and medium tempo blues of choice. Be prepared to improvise for several choruses.
    • Possible jazz standards options (but not limited to these): There Will Never Be Another You, Autumn Leaves, It Could Happen to You, Recorda-me, All the Things You Are, But Not for Me, Blue Bossa, All of Me, Four etc.
    • Applicants must provide their own accompaniment! Play-alongs or good quality accompaniment tracks are acceptable. 
    • Sight-Reading
    • ( Optional but encouraged): Demonstrate lead playing ability by preparing two contrasting excerpts.
    Feel free to reach out to Dr. Robert Sears ( robert.sears@mail.wvu.edu ) with any questions about musical selections.

    Tenor Trombone/Bass Trombone (Jazz Studies, BM)
    Applicants are encouraged to showcase their versatility on the trombone and use appropriate stylistic effects (e.g. plunger mute). Please prepare the following:

    • One piece from the classical trombone repertoire (i.e. a solo, etude or movement from a concerto or sonata) that demonstrates an understanding of classical trombone tone, phrasing, and style.
    • Major scales. Additional scales are encouraged if prepared.  (you may submit these with your audition videos, but may be asked to play again during your interview with the Jazz faculty)
    • Chromatic scale from lowest to highest notes.
    • Solo transcription, or jazz etude (in swing, funk or Latin/salsa styles).
    • Play the melody and improvise over one jazz standard and medium tempo blues of choice. Be prepared to improvise for several choruses.
    • Possible jazz standards options (but not limited to these): There Will Never Be Another You, Autumn Leaves, It Could Happen to You, All the Things You Are, Blue Bossa, All of Me, Four, On Green Dolphin Street, etc.
    • Applicants must provide their own accompaniment! Play-alongs or good quality accompaniment tracks are acceptable. 
    • (Optional but encouraged): Demonstrate lead or bass playing ability by preparing two contrasting excerpts.
    Feel free to reach out to Hakeem Bilal ( hakeem.bilal@mail.wvu.edu ) with any questions about musical selections.


    Bass – Electric or upright are acceptable for the audition with the understanding that upright proficiency is required before completion of the degree program.
    • Play major scales with at least two fingerings for each scale  (you may submit these with your audition videos, but may be asked to play again during your interview with the Jazz faculty)
    • Perform a solo transcription or traditional etude
    • Walk bass lines for 12 bar blues in at least three different keys at various tempi
    • Demonstrate a bass line in a bossa nova or samba feel
    • Improvise a walking bass on a jazz chord chart
    • Be ready to sight read bass line charts 
    Percussion including drums, marimba, and vibes
    • Play the melody to a tune of your choice on the drum set and improvise at least four choruses on the form of the tune
    • Be able to alternate four bar phrases of time and filling in these styles:
    • Swing
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Be prepared to sight read a big band chart
    • Marimba/vibes auditions will include scales and arpeggios in addition to etudes, standards, and   jazz improvisation
    Piano

    • All 12 major scales are required and the ability to perform additional scales is encouraged
    • Perform a solo transcription or a traditional etude in any style 
    • Be prepared to improvise and comp for several choruses on a medium tempo blues progression
    • Play an unaccompanied ballad with a chorus of improvisation
    • Perform a piece with a samba, bossa nova, or straight 8th feel
    • Be able to demonstrate comping ability

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