Audition requirements for the Master of Music: Performance Major
1. Two (2) works appropriate to the instrument that will demonstrate two (2) distinctly different styles, including individual works, sonata movements or etudes.
2. A movement from a concerto that has been written for the instrument.
3. Scales and sight-reading
4. Detailed audition expectations for percussion applicants are as follows:
- A four (4) mallet work for marimba by one of the following composers: Abe, Bach, Gomez, Helble, Musser, Rosauro, Smadbeck, or Stout
- A three (3) or four (4) drum composition for timpani by one of the following composers: Beck, Bergamo, Carter, Firth, Goodman, Leonard, Peters, or Whaley.
- An appropriate work for snare drum or multi-percussion. Appropriate works for snare drum would include those by such composers as Colgrass, Goldenberg, Hurley, Markivich, Pratt, Smith, Wilcoxon, and Wooten; for multi-percussion, composers such as Cage, Cahn, Fink, Kraft, Tagawa, and Whaley provide suitable repertoire from which to choose.
- Demonstrate scales and arpeggios on marimba, various rudiments for snare drum, and tuning proficiency on timpani.
1. A work by J.S. Bach or other important Baroque composer for organ.
2. A 19th century work by a composer such as Franck or Mendelssohn
3. A 20th century work by one of the following: Dupre, Hindemith, Langlais, Vierne, or Widor
4. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate pedal exercises and pedal scales.
1. A substantial Baroque work by one of the following composers: Bach, Handel, or Scarlatti or a sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.
2. A substantial work by a 19th century composer such as Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, or Schumann.
3. A work from the 20th century by composers such as Barber, Bartok, Copland, Debussy, Hindemith, Prokofiev, or Ravel.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios.
1. An art song in each of the following languages: German, French, Italian, and English for a total of four (4) songs.
2. One of the above mentioned required songs must be an aria from the operatic or oratorio repertoire in the original language and one must be a 20th century song.
3. If applying to the Nashville Opera Fellows program, two of the required selections must be arias from the operatic or oratorio repertoire in the original language, and one selection must be a 20th century song.
All MM auditions conclude with an interview with the Director of Graduate Studies which includes a review of the applicant's coursework and transcript.