Audition Information

Guitar Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Guitar auditions will not be offered during the January audition weekend. Guitar auditions will only be available during the February and March audition weekends.
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.)

Undergraduate applicants must submit a screening recording demonstrating their guitar performance abilities before a personal audition will be scheduled.  Screening recordings must be submitted online no later than December 1.  Follow the appropriate audition repertoire requirements listed below. You will be notified if you are to be invited for a personal interview.

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.

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.

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

All graduate applicants must submit a screening recording (DVD) online before a personal interview will be scheduled. Screening recordings (DVD) must be received no later than December 1. Recordings should be approximately 30-40 minutes in length. All applicants must perform works from all of the following three groups:

  • Group 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.

  • Group 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.

  • Group 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.