Music Auditions

The Fresno State Department of Music Audition Day provides prospective students an opportunity to audition for department faculty and become eligible for departmental scholarships. (Instrumental students may be required to complete a studio audition at the beginning of the Fall semester)

Auditions for the Instrumentalists, Vocalists and the Bulldog Beat will take place on the same day. Students who are auditioning for more than one area will be scheduled for separate auditions times.

High school, transfer and graduate students who have applied for admission to Fresno State for the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to audition.

Audition Days

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (time and events subject to change)

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (time and events subject to change)

Requirements

  1. Select your instrument from the list below. Please read carefully as some instruments require different auditions for different degree programs.
  2. Register by filling out the Audition Form
  3. If you have questions regarding appropriate repertoire, please contact the faculty member listed for your instrument.

Bassoon

Faculty

Larry Gardner, larryg@csufresno.edu

Website

Audition Requirements

Any movement from the 4 bassoon all-state solos:

Mozart: concerto in Bb, K.191

Telemann: Sonata in F minor

Phillips: Concert Piece

von Weber: Concerto in F

Any Weissenborn Advanced Study.

Bb chromatic scale 3 octaves

2 octave scales in A major and Eb major.

Cello

Faculty

Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, tloewenheim@csufresno.edu

Website

Audition Requirements

Two pieces in contrasting styles

Clarinet

Faculty 

Dr. Miles M. Ishigaki, milesi@mail.fresnostate.edu

Audition Requirements

Prepare major scales from C major to E major and Ab major (all major scales up to 4#'s and 4 b's)

Prepare the chromatic scale (full-range - low e to high g3 or c4)

Prepare to play an etude from the Rose 32 or H. Voxman Selected Studies

Prepare to play a solo from the standard clarinet repertoire (H. Voxman Concert and Collection; any Stamitz Concerti; any Weber Concerti; or any sonata - Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Brahms, and etc.)

Be prepared to sight-read orchestral excerpts (Bonade Orchestral Studies; Drucker Orchestral Excerpts)

Submit two letters of reference from your Orchestra or Band Director and your private clarinet instructor. Alternatively, your principal or a teacher/counselor from your school. Please email letters directly to Dr. Miles Ishigaki at milesi@csufresno.edu

Suggest repertoire includes concerti or sonatas by: 

Concerti by Weber, Stamitz, Crusell, VanHal, Spohr and etc.; Sonatas by Saint-Saens, Gade, Poulenc, Brahms, Milhaud, Debussy, Cahuzac, Messager, or solo de concours pieces and etc.

Classical Guitar

Faculty

Dr. Corey E. Whitehead, cwhitehead@mail.fresnostate.edu

YouTube Page

Audition Requirements

One etude

One concert work

One major scale (2-3 octaves)

One minor scale (2-3 octaves)

Audiation (pitch-matching)

Suggest repertoire includes: 

Any large work from the guitar, lute or vihuela repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Flamenco

Classical Voice

Faculty

Dr. Maria Briggs, mbriggs@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

Two classical solo songs (no choral solos or parts), one of which must be in a language other than English.

One song can also be a folk song or a musical theatre piece.

An ascending and descending major scale.

All songs must be memorized and sung with piano accompaniment.

You will also have a short ear training test that includes a sight-singing excerpt and a pitch matching exercise

If submitting a video link, please ensure that the link plays properly, so please check before emailing.

Suggested repertoire includes songs from: 

26 Italian Art Songs & Arias (G. Paton, ed) or 24 Italian Art Songs (G. Schirmer)

Any art songs by German, French, English, American, Spanish composers

Opera arias

Check out these pages and links with many photos and videos of our student and faculty performances:

Fresno State Choral Department

Opera Theatre FB page 

Art Song Festival FB page

YouTube - “Madama Butterfly” full production performance

YouTube - “Der Fledermaus” full production performance

YouTube - “Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena” studio performance

 

Composition

Faculty 

Dr. Kenneth Froelich, kfroelich@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

Students are required to audition and be accepted into their primary instrument or voice.

Three representative compositions. These scores should be notated, either in music notation software (i.e. Finale, Sibelius, etc.) or by hand. Scores should be printed either as PDF files or as bound scores.

Audio recordings of each piece. Recordings may be MIDI realizations (for students applying to the MA program, MIDI is strongly discouraged). Recordings should all be included in Google Drive folder (or similar sharing platform) or on a single Audio CD.

Double Bass

Faculty 

Professor Bruce Bransby, bbransby@mail.fresnostate.edu

Wiki

Audition Requirements

Two pieces in contrasting styles

Euphonium

Faculty  

Dr. Stephen Ivany, ivany@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

Scales:

Two-octave major scales with arpeggios up to four sharps and/or flats

Perform:

1. Bordogni (Rochut), Melodious Etude of your choosing

2. One (1) work selected from or of comparable difficulty to the list below. Accompaniment is optional.

Telemann Sonata in F Minor

Guimant Morceau Symphonique

Barat Andante et Allegro

Barat Morceau de Concours

PV de la NUX Concert Piece

Capuzzi Andante and Rondo

Falcone Mazurka

Vaughan Williams Six Studies on the English Folk Song

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Curnow Rhapsody

Flute

Faculty  

Dr. Meghan Bennett, meghanbennett@csufresno.edu
www.meghanbennett.com

Audition Requirements

Prepare two pieces or études of contrasting styles.

Online resources for possible repertoire may include IMSLP or FluteTunes. Accompaniment is not required.

Major scales should be prepared; sight-reading is required.

French Horn

Faculty   

Dr. Thomas Hiebert, tomh@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

Perform the Bb, G, and F major scales over two octaves, and the chromatic scale from your lowest to highest note.

Perform two contrasting solos or etudes or portions thereof, one demonstrating your technical and one demonstrating your lyrical ability.  No accompaniment is necessary for solos.

Sing the first couple of phrases (approx. 16 measures) of one of the above solos or etudes.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Suggested etudes: Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse, Kling, Schantl/Pottag, Gallay, or similar.

Suggested solos:  Beethoven, Horn Sonata;  W.A. Mozart, Concertos 1 & 3;  C. Saint-Saëns, Romance or Morceau de concert;  R. Gliere, Intermezzo, Valse Triste, or Nocturne;  F. Strauss, Nocturno or Concerto;  R. Strauss, Concerto No. 1;  B. Heiden, Horn Sonata;  Glazinov, Reverie , or similar.

Harp

Faculty   

Ms. Laura Porter, lauraporter@mail.fresnostate.edu

Facebook

Audition Requirements

Two contrasting solos -- original repertoire for harp preferred. At least one piece should be memorized. Suggest a solo work by Grandjany, Renié, Tournier or Salzedo.

Suggest repertoire includes:

It is acceptable to include one transcription of a Baroque work by Scarlatti, Bach, Couperin, or Rameau, or any Classical composer.

Jazz Bass

Faculty   

Mr. Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr., rgiddensjr@mail.fresnostate.edu

Facebook - Fresno State Jazz Studies

Audition Requirements

Please prepare 3 songs of contrasting styles, 1 must have a swing feel, and 1 must be a ballad, the third is up to you.

Please be able to perform the melody, walk or accompany the songs as needed by the music. Also, please be prepared to solo on each tune. You can use backing tracks or a live band, etc.

** If you are unable to come to campus for a live audition please submit a VIDEO recording of you performing the prepared pieces for your instrument.

•• Please state your NAME and ID# at the beginning of your video audition.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Just about anything from the Great American Songbook, or most Jazz Standards will suffice.

Jazz Drums

Faculty

Dr. Jaz Sawyer,  jazsawyer@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

  • Please prepare 3 songs of contrasting styles, 1 must have a swing feel, and 1 must be a ballad, the third is up to you.
  • Please be able to sing the melody, play the time or groove as needed by each song. Also, please be prepared to solo on each tune and or trade bars. You can use backing tracks or a live band, etc.
  • Ability to demonstrate 3 rudiments - paradiddle, flamacue, 9 stroke roll
  • Identify 3 Jazz drummers

** If you are unable to come to campus for a live audition please submit a VIDEO recording of you performing the prepared pieces for your instrument.

•• Please state your NAME and ID# at the beginning of your video audition.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Just about anything from the Great American Songbook, or most Jazz Standards will suffice.

Jazz Piano

Faculty   

Mr. Craig VonBerg, cvonberg@mail.fresnostate.edu

Audition Requirements

Major/minor scale proficiency

Can form Maj7, min7 and 7 chords in root position

Can name 7 jazz artists who you are inspired by and why.

Play 1 standard and 1 blues.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Monk tune

Evans tune

Hancock tune

Parker tune

Coltrane tune

Jazz Saxophone

 Faculty   

Dr. Alan Durst, adurst@mail.fresnostate.edu

Audition Requirements

Major and chromatic scales, full range

Prepare three standard songs/jazz standards representing a variety of key centers, tempos, and rhythmic format.  Applicants must perform the melody and demonstrate improvisational skills.  Performance by memory is strongly encouraged.  You may use backing tracks or other accompanying materials. 

Suggest repertoire includes:

It is recommended that repertoire be selected from the Great American Songbook.

Jazz Trombone

Faculty

Dr. Stephen Ivany, ivany@csufresno.edu

Facebook - Fresno State Jazz Studies

Audition Requirements

Please prepare 3 songs of contrasting styles, 1 must have a swing feel, and 1 must be a ballad, the third is up to you.

Please be able to perform the melody (from memory, if possible), and be prepared to solo on each tune. You can use backing tracks or a live band, etc.

** If you are unable to come to campus for a live audition please submit a VIDEO recording of you performing the prepared pieces for your instrument.

•• Please state your NAME and ID# at the beginning of your video audition.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Just about anything from the Great American Songbook or most Jazz Standards will suffice.

Jazz Trumpet

 Faculty 

Max Hembd, mhembd@mail.fresnostate.edu

Facebook - Fresno State Jazz Studies

Audition Requirements

Please prepare 3 songs of contrasting styles, 1 must have a swing feel, and 1 must be a ballad, the third is up to you.

Please be able to perform the melody (from memory, if possible), and be prepared to solo on each tune. You can use backing tracks or a live band, etc.

** If you are unable to come to campus for a live audition please submit a VIDEO recording of you performing the prepared pieces for your instrument.

•• Please state your NAME and ID# at the beginning of your video audition.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Just about anything from the Great American Songbook, or most Jazz Standards will suffice.

Oboe

Faculty   

Rachel Aldrich, raldrich@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

Two contrasting solos

Suggest repertoire includes:

Handel, Telemann, St. Saens, Hindemith sonatas. Cimarosa, Marcello, Telemann or other concerti.

Percussion

Faculty   

Dr. Matthew Darling, matthewd@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

I. Snare Drum

A. Etude or Solo (one from list rep list below or choose your own)

B. Long roll, closed. Start ‘pp’, crescendo to ‘ff’, decrescendo to ‘pp’. 30 seconds.

C. 3 Rudiments:  Selected from the “PAS 40” or “Standard 26”

D. Sight reading

II. Mallets

A. Solo or Etude, 2 or 4 mallets

B. Scales & Arpeggios: Major (up to 4 #s/bs). Three octaves.

C. Sight reading

III. Timpani

A. Solo or Etude

B. Tuning: Ability to tune drums accurately and match pitch with voice

Suggest repertoire includes:

I. Snare Drum (one solo/etude): Portraits in Rhythm (Cirone); The Solo Snare Drummer (Firth); Intermediate Snare Drum Studies (#15 – #32) (Peters); Representative etude or solo of your choice

II. Mallets (one solo):

A1. 2 Mallets: Masterpieces for Marimba (McMillan);  Representative etude or solo of your choice

A2. Mallets: Yellow After the Rain (Peters); Rain Dance (Gomez); Ghanaia (Schmitt); Libertango (Sammut);  Concerto #1 for Marimba - one movement of choice (Rosauro); Representative etude or solo of your choice

Timpani (one solo/etude): Fundamental Method for Timpani (Etudes 19-63) (Peters); Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani (pgs 127-158) (Carroll); Representative etude or solo of your choice

Piano

Faculty

Andreas Werz, andreasw@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

Two pieces in contrasting styles by choice of the student

Saxophone

Faculty 

Dr. Alan Durst, adurst@mail.fresnostate.edu 

Audition Requirements

Major and chromatic scales, full range

Two movements or etudes of contrasting style and tempo or one larger work from the standard repertoire

Suggest repertoire includes:

Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence

Henri Eccles: Sonata

Paul Creston: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Alexander Glazunov: Concerto for Alto Saxophone

Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche

Eugene Bozza: Aria

Voxman: Selected Studies

W. Ferling: 48 Famous Studies

M. Mule: Etudes Variees

Trombone/Bass Trombone

Faculty

Dr. Stephen Ivany, ivany@csufresno.edu

Audition Requirements

1. Bordogni (Rochut), Melodious Etude of your choosing

2. One (1) work selected from or of comparable difficulty to the list below. Accompaniment is optional.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Tenor Trombone:

Barat Andante et Allegro

Boda Sonatina

Galliard Sonata No. 1

Guilmant Morceau Symphonique

Gregson Divertimento

Sandstrom, Song for Lotta

Saint-Saëns Cavatine

Sulek Sonata vox Gabrieli

Weber Romance

David, Concertino (first page)


Bass Trombone:

Hindemith Drei leichte Stücke

Lebedev Concerto in One Movement

McCarty Sonata

Lassen/Bollinger 2 Fantasy Pieces

Galliard/Mortimer Sonata #1

Semler-Collery, Barcarolle et chanson bachique

Tcherepnin, Andante

Warburton Among Us.

Trumpet

Faculty   

Dr. Nathan Sobieralski, nsobieralski@mail.fresnostate.edu

Audition Requirements

Your audition for the trumpet studio will consist of the following:

1. You will need to prepare contrasting solos or etudes (two selections).  These can be any combination of a movement from a concerto/sonata and or etudes from the standard repertoire.

2. I would like you to sing a short phrase from any of your submitted audition materials.  For instance, if you chose Haydn mvmt II you could sing the first statement of the theme.  I am not looking for amazing vocal work, just a demonstration that you can comprehend pitch. 

Suggest repertoire includes:

Sonatas/Concerti:

Haydn- Concerto for Trumpet

Hummel- Concerto for Trumpet

Kent Kennan- Sonata

Halsey Stevens- Sonata

Brandt- Concertpiece No. 2

Geodicke- Concert Etude

Etudes:

Charlier 36 etudes

Bousquet 36 etudes

Brandt 34 etudes

Wurm 20 studies

Wurm 40 studies

Tuba

Faculty   

Gabriel Sears, gsears@mail.fresnostate.edu

Website, YouTube

Audition Requirements

2 major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats, 2 octaves minimum. Scales to be chosen by audition panel.

Chromatic scale showcasing your entire range.

Two contrasting pieces/etudes from the standard literature.

Sight reading will be required.

Please provide copies of the chosen repertoire for the audition panel.

Suggest repertoire includes:

Blazhevich - 70 Studies

Bordogni - Vocalises

Kopprasch - 60 Selected Studies

Tyrell - Advanced Studies

Hindemith - Sonate

Gregson - Tuba Concerto

Hartley - Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba

Viola

Faculty   

Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman, LToren@csufresno.edu

YouTube

Audition Requirements

Two pieces in contrasting styles

 

Violin

Faculty   

Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman, LToren@csufresno.edu

YouTube, 2nd YouTube

Audition Requirements

Two pieces in contrasting styles