Scholarship Auditions

The music faculty requires that each incoming scholarship candidate arrange an audition. Auditions must take place prior to March 7 each year (view our list of audition dates). Please complete the Recruit Me for Music form if you are considering auditioning for a Luther College music scholarship.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Luther College music scholarship audition process. 

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Voice Woodwinds Brass Percussion Strings
Piano Organ Guitar Harp Composition

Voice

Voice

  • 2 selections of contrasting mood/style from the classical art song repertoire
    • An opera or oratorio aria may be substituted for one selection
    • Some musical theatre selections may not be appropriate for the audition. Please contact Katie Seidel, Coordinator of Music Recruitment, prior to the audition to clarify any questions you may have on your musical theatre selection
  • Memorization Required
  • The student vocalist does not need to bring an accompanist to the audition.  There will be a pianist for the audition, though there will not be a rehearsal with the pianist prior to the audition
  • Bring a copy of the music (in the key performed if possible)

Woodwinds

Flute

  • 2 pieces of contrasting styles showing different aspects of playing ability
  • Chromatic scales in 3 octaves
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompanist not required

Oboe

  • Two pieces in contrasting styles
  • Two movements from a concerto, sonata, or concert piece are acceptable
  • Two contrasting advanced etudes are acceptable
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompaniment not required

Clarinet

  • 1 solo with contrasting sections (1 or more slow/lyrical sections; and 1 or more sections of rapid technical passages). Appropriate for use in state solo and ensemble contests
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompaniment recommended but not required. Accompanist will not be provided

Saxophone

  • 1 solo with contrasting sections (1 or more slow/lyrical sections; and 1 or more sections of rapid technical passages). Appropriate for use in state solo and ensemble contests
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompaniment recommended but not required. Accompanist will not be provided

Bassoon

  • 2 contrasting movements from any major concerto, sonata, or concert piece
    • Advanced etudes also appropriate
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompanist is not necessary

Brass

Trumpet

  • Solo or etude from recent study or All-State audition tryout material (Iowa only)
  • Memorization not required
  • No accompanist is necessary

Horn

  • Sonata or Concerto with contrasting movements or sections (slow/lyrical and fast/technical) which demonstrates your tone quality, technical ability, and musicianship
    • 2 pieces with contrasting styles is also acceptable
  • Chromatic Scale covering entire range
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompaniment not required

Trombone

  • Solo or etude from recent study or All-State audition tryout material
  • Memorization not required
  • No accompanist is necessary

Euphonium

  • Solo or etude from recent study or All-State audition tryout material
  • Memorization not required
  • No accompanist is necessary

Tuba

  • Solo or etude from recent study or All-State audition tryout material
  • Memorization not required
  • No accompanist is necessary

Percussion

Percussion

  • Prepare a solo on all or any of the 3 groups: snare drum, mallet or timpani
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompanist is not required

Harp

Harp

  • 1 solo piece which demonstrates your most advanced technical and lyrical play styles, or 2 contrasting pieces
  • Memorization is not required
  • Accompanist is not required

Piano

Piano

  • 2 pieces in contrasting styles
  • Memorization Required
  • We prefer Wednesday afternoons, Friday afternoons or Dorian Keyboard Festival (early November) auditions

Organ

Organ

  • 2 pieces of organ literature in contrasting style of no more than 5 minutes each in length
  • 1 hymn such as Lobe den Herren or Aurelia
  • Memorization not required

Guitar

Guitar

  • Works from any of the 5 periods of guitar literature
    • Examples include:
      • Renaissance (Dowland, Mudarra, Narvaez)
      • Baroque (DeVisee, Sanz, J.S. Bach)
      • Classical (Sor, Guiliani, Paganini, Agnado)
      • Spanish Romantic (Tarrega, Barrios, Llobet, Pujol, Torroba)
      • 20th Century (Brouwer, Duarte, Brindle)
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompaniment not required

Strings

Violin

  • 1 solo piece which demonstrates your most advanced technical and lyrical play styles, or 2 contrasting pieces
    • Solo literature is preferred but orchestra or chamber music is acceptable
  • Memorization is not required
  • Accompanist is not required

Viola

  • 2 contrasting solo pieces that show tone, articulation and level of technical development
    • Etude may be substituted for 1 solo piece
  • Memorization is not required
  • Accompaniment is not required, but student may bring an accompanist if they wish

Cello

  • 2 contrasting solo pieces that show tone, articulation and level of technical development
    • Etude may be substituted for 1 solo piece
  • Memorization is not required
  • Accompaniment is not required, but student may bring an accompanist if they wish

Bass

  • 2 contrasting movements of a sonata/concerto or 1 solo with contrasting sections (slow/lyrical and rapid/technical)
  • Memorization not required
  • Accompanist recommended but not required. Accompanist will not be provided.
  • Luther basses can be checked out for an audition

Composition

Composition

  • A portfolio of 2-3 contrasting original works
  • If works are primarily acoustic, scores should be included
  • Recordings are helpful but not required
  • In person audition is ideal, portfolios may be mailed or sent electronically

 

 

 

 

Looking to audition for an ensemble?

Information about all music ensembles and when you can audition for them is located on the Ensembles page.