Guitar audition requirements

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.

These programs are for classical guitar only. It is not possible to use rock or folk guitar as the principal performance medium for any music degree. Students with an interest in jazz guitar should see requirements listed under Jazz Studies.

This is a two part audition process. All applicants should submit a recorded video audition by Feb. 1 following the repertoire requirements listed here. Select applicants will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview with the faculty for the final round.

(There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.)

Final recorded auditions must be video recordings and are due byFebruary 1, 2021.

Step 1:Submit your JSOM Supplemental application by December 1, 2020.

Step 2: Submit your recorded audition by February 1, 2021. We will reopen your application after December 1 and advise you on how to submit your recordings. Select applicants may also be scheduled for a live virtual interview. We will communicate via email to schedule those events.

The Jacobs School of Music is committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and seeks talent in performance, pedagogy, and scholarship. This talent is found in individuals of any race, creed, or socio-economic status. If lack of access to technology or other assets will affect your ability to have a successful audition for the Jacobs School, we urge you to reach out to so that we may assist you in finding a solution.

Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Students working toward an undergraduate degree must use classical guitar as the principal performance medium.

Audition repertoire requirements

  • J. S. Bach - Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
  • Fernando Sor - one study of Nos. 11-20 
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos - Prelude No. 4, or a work of similar difficulty
  • B.M applicants only: Heitor Villa-Lobos - Study No. 1, or a work of similar difficulty

Upon department approval, other repertoire will be accepted as long as the difficulty level is similar to the listed works. Please contact Prof. Petar Jankovic at for substitute repertoire requests or if you have questions regarding your program selection.

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.), Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

Audition repertoire requirements

Recordings should be approximately 30-40 minutes and should include three sections as indicated below.

Upon department approval, other repertoire will be accepted as long as the difficulty level is similar to the listed works. Please contact Prof. Petar Jankovic at for substitute repertoire requests or if you have questions regarding your program selection.

Two contrasting movements by J. S. Bach chosen from suites, sonatas, or partitas for lute, cello, violin, or flute, including Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro for lute, BWV 998

One selection from the following:

  • Mauro Giuliani: Variations, Op. 38; Grande Ouverture, Op. 61; Variations, Op. 105; Variations, Op. 107; Sei grandi variazioni, Op. 112; Le Rossiniane, Opp. 119-124; Giulianate, Op. 148; Gran sonata eroica, Op. 150
  • Nicolò Paganini: Grand Sonata in A, arr. for guitar solo
  • Fernando Sor: Introduction and variations on a theme by Mozart, Op. 9; Grand solo, Op. 14; Sonata, Op. 15b; Grande sonate, Op. 22; Deuxième grande sonate, Op. 25; Introduction and Variations, Op. 26; Introduction and Variations, Op. 28; Septième fantaisie et variations brillantes, Op. 30; Fantaisie sur un air favori ecossaise, Op. 40; Fantaisie élégiaque, Op. 59

Two works by different composers, selected from the following:

  • Antón Garcia Abril: Evocaciones, Sonata del pórtico
  • Isaac Albéniz: Asturias, Cadiz, Córdoba, Granada, Malagueña, Mallorca, Rumore de la caleta, Sevilla, Torre Bermeja
  • Vicente Asencio: Collectici intim, Suite valenciana
  • Richard Rodney Bennett: Impromptus
  • Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina, Theme and Variations
  • Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal
  • Leo Brouwer: El decameron negro, Elogio de la danza, Hika, Sonata
  • Mario Castelnuovo: Tedesco, Capriccio diabólico, Sonata, Tarantella
  • Stephen Dodgson: Fantasy-Divisions, Partita
  • John W. Duarte: Americana
  • Roland Dyens: Libra sonatine, Saudade No. 3
  • Manuel de Falla: Homenaje para Le tombeau de Debussy
  • Angelo Gilardino: Studi di virtuosità e di trascendenza, Tenebrae factae sunt
  • Alberto Ginastera: Sonata
  • Enrique Granados: Danzas españolos, 5-11, La maja de Goya
  • Hans Werner Henze: 3 tientos
  • Antonio Jose: Sonata
  • Frank Martin: Quatre pièces brèves
  • Federico Mompou: Suite compostelana
  • Federico Moreno Torroba: Castillos de España, Nocturno, Pièces caractéristiques, Sonatina, Suite castellana
  • Juan Orrego Salas: Esquinas
  • Goffredo Petrassi: Suoni notturni
  • Astor Piazzolla: Four Pieces
  • Manuel Ponce: Sonata clásica, Sonata mexicana, Sonata romántica, Sonata III, Sonatina meridional, Thème varié et finale, Variations sur "Folia de España" et fugue
  • Joaquín Rodrigo: En los trigales, Invocation et danse, Sonata a la española, Tres piezas españolas
  • Antonio Ruiz Pipo: Cancion y danza No. 1
  • Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight, Folios
  • Alexandre Tansman: Cavatina
  • Joaquín Turina: Fandanguillo, Hommage à Tarrega, Sevillana, Sonata
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Chôros No. 1, 12 Etudes, 5 Preludes, Suite populaire brésiliene
  • William Walton: Five Bagatelles

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