Audition Information

Guitar Requirements

(prescreen and audition required)

Undergraduate

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.)

Graduate

Master of Music (M.M.)
Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Undergraduate Requirements

Note: Students working toward an undergraduate degree in the Jacobs School of Music must use classical guitar as the principal performance medium. 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.

Undergraduate Guitar Prescreen

Undergraduate applicants must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Prescreen repertoire requirements are the same as the audition requirements. Please see below.

Undergraduate Guitar Audition

Auditions are by invitation only upon prescreen review.

PRESCREEN & AUDITION REPERTOIRE:

B.M. guitar applicants should prepare:

  1. J. S. Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
  2. Fernando Sor, one study of Nos. 11-20 
  3. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Prelude No. 4; or a work of similar difficulty.
  4. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Study No. 1; or a work of similar difficulty.

B.M.E., B.S.O.F., and B.M. Composition applicants should prepare:

  1. J. S. Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
  2. Fernando Sor, one study of Nos. 11-20
  3. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Prelude No. 4; or a work of similar difficulty.

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Graduate Requirements

Graduate Guitar Prescreen

Graduate applicants must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Prescreen Requirements:

  • Recordings should be approximately 30-40 minutes in length.
  • The recording should be include three sections, indicated below.
  • Section 1 - approximately 8-10 minutes
    • 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.
  • Section 2 - approximately 8-12 minutes
    • 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.
  • Section 3 - (approximately 8-15 minutes)
    • Two works by different composers selected from: 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; 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; Sonata by Antonio Jose.
Graduate Guitar Audition/ Interview

Audition/ interviews are by invitation only. You will be notified via email if you are invited for a live audition/ interview.

Audition repertoire is the same as the prescreen repertoire requirements.