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Undergraduate Admissions and Audition Information

APPLY Sign up for a School of Music audition here: https://app.getacceptd.com/sfasumusic.

Thank you for your interest in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University. All applicants to the School of Music must complete the audition application on the Acceptd Portal in addition to the Texas Common Application found in the link below.

Texas Common Application: https://www.applytexas.org

Should you have any questions about music at SFA, please do not hesitate to contact us at (936) 468-4602, at schoolofmusic@sfasu.edu, or reach out to your audition coordinator or appropriate professor.

  • Choral/Vocal (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Choir/voice students wishing to enter SFA as a music major (education or performance) must audition for admission to the choir/voice area. Even though you may be admitted to the university, a voice audition is required for the School of Music:

    • The audition will consist of two art songs or arias from the standard repertoire. Music from the UIL Vocal Solo Contest or music of equivalent difficulty and style is the accepted standard.
    • At least one of the two musical selections should be in a foreign language; however, it is permissible to sing both in a foreign language.
    • A professional accompanist will be provided. If auditionees would like to bring their own accompanist, please contact Dr. Murphy at murphymt2@sfasu.edu.
    • For the audition/registration file, the candidate must submit — prior to the audition date — 2 letters of recommendation and a transcript.

    There is no pre-admission audition for music minors or those students wanting to sing in a choir or take voice lessons.

  • Composition (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Things you’ll need to complete your application:

    • Statement of Purpose: Explain your background as a musician, why you wish to be a compositions major, your career goals, and why you think SFA is a good choice. No more than 500 words in length.
    • Transcripts: Scanned copies of your transcripts (unofficial versions are OK - but the university will require official ones separately).
    • Major test scores (SAT or ACT)
    • Any other documents that reflect well on you (awards, recent papers, articles, etc.).
    • Two letters of recommendation. These letters must be from individuals who know you well and can comment on your probable success in the field of study. Teachers or employers are most appropriate.
    • Three samples of your composition work (PDF scores and MP3 recordings). The style and performing forces are not important, but there should be evidence of creativity, variety, and musical skill. Choose examples that are as different from one another as possible.
    • Performance Audition: Since composition majors must also take applied lessons and perform in our ensembles, you will need to provide a video audition in an area of performance (voice, instrument, etc.). You will not do an in-person audition. Repertoire for auditions in all areas can be found HERE. You must play all the required repertoire in one continuous unedited video. Your admission into the composition program will not be affected by your performing audition.
    • Interview: You must schedule either an in-person or electronic interview with the composition faculty. You will schedule this as part of the application process.
  • Keyboard (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    • First or third movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert OR a piece by J.S. Bach or Domenico Scarlatti played from memory.
    • One contrasting work from the Romantic era or 20th century played from memory.
    • Additional work played from memory optional (recommended if considering performance)
    • All Major and minor scales and arpeggios played 4 octaves in parallel motion (if considering performance)
    • Sight reading will be tested for leveling purposes
  • Sound Recording Technology (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Students who wish to major in sound recording technology (SRT) at SFA should submit an application, and schedule an audition, through our Accept’d application portal. Applicants will need to be prepared to submit a portfolio and will be able to select an available audition date and time. The portfolio should include a letter of intent, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation; you will be able to upload these files individual in Accept’d. Optionally, students may submit two audio/video projects in support of their candidacy—these can be recordings you have made, music you composed and produced electronically, or audio projects that you played a significant role in its creation. Other factors, including test scores and/or GPA, may be considered when making admission decisions. Since SRT majors must also take applied lessons and perform in our ensembles, they should plan to Audition in an area of performance (voice, instrument, etc.) by completing the Undergraduate Music Acceptance/Scholarship Application.

  • Strings (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Violin
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza if one exists)
    • One movement of a sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006) by J. S. Bach

    Examples of Standard Concerti:

    • Concerto No. 1 in G Minor - Max Bruch
    • Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn
    • Concerti Nos. 3, 4, or 5 - W. A. Mozart
    • Symphony Espagnole - Eduard Lalo
    • Concerto (any) - J.S. Bach
    • Concerto in C major or G major - Franz Joseph Haydn
    Viola
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • One movement from a Bach Sonata or Suite
    • The first movement from a standard viola concerto (including cadenza if one exists)

    Examples of Standard Concerti:

    • Concerto - Johann Baptist Vanhal
    • Concerto in B Minor - Handel-Casadesus
    • Concerto in D - Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    • Concerto in D, Op. 1 - Anton Stamitz
    Cello
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • One movement from a Bach Sonata or Suite
    • The first movement from a standard cello concerto (including cadenza if one exists), or other work comparable to difficulty and style.

    Examples of Standard Concerti:

    • Concerto in C major - Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Concerto (any) - Luigi Boccherini
    • Concerto - Bach/Casadesus
    • Concerto (any) - Georg Golterman
    • Concerto (any) - Bernhard Romberg
    • Concerto Nos. 1 or 2 - Camille Saint-Saëns
    Double Bass
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • Two contrasting movements or pieces, such as Eccles, Marcello, or Bach.

    Examples of Representative Concerti and Sonata Movements:

    • Concerto - Antonio Capuzzi
    • Concerto - Domenico Dragonetti
    • Sonata - Henry Eccles
    • Sonata - Benedetto Marcello
    • Sonata - J.S. Bach
    Harp
    Undergraduate Major or Minor:
    • Choice of one cadenza either from Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers or Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol
    • One orchestral excerpt of applicant’s choice
    • Two substantial works of contrasting style (example: Handel Concerto, 1st mov’t, any edition; and one of the following: Grandjany, Automne; Salzedo, Chanson dans la nuit; Hasselman, Nocturne; Tournier, Six Noëls)
    • One sight-reading exercise will be given on day of Audition
  • Winds, Brass and Percussion (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Woodwinds and Brass
      Freshmen Music Major Auditions
    • The audition will consist of two pieces or movements in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire of your instrument. One-movement works of sufficient length, difficulty and variety may be acceptable, though you are encouraged to contact the SFA professor of your instrument for approval to perform a single-movement work.
    • You will be asked to perform a short sight-reading excerpt. Additionally, you may be asked to perform a chromatic scale and a selection of major scales.

    • Transfer Music Major Auditions
    • You perform an audition with the above repertoire requirements as well as Four scales from each of the following categories: major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor. These will be chosen at random by the Audition committee and are to be performed in the format required by the student’s applied professor. Please contact the applied professor for the required scale patterns, number of octaves and tempos. (These vary from studio to studio.)
    • Percussion
      Freshmen Music Major Auditions

      Required Audition Areas:

      • Mallet Instrument: a two-mallet or four-mallet marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone solo (memorization preferred)
      • Snare Drum: a concert style snare drum solo or etude

      Optional Audition Areas:

      • Timpani: concert style solo or etude
      • Multi-Percussion: solo or etude (a DVD of a multi-percussion solo is acceptable)
      • Drumset: demonstrate ability to groove and solo in several styles (i.e., funk, swing, samba, soca, etc.)
      • Scales:12 major, 12 natural minor, 12 harmonic minor, and 12 melodic minor
      Transfer Music Major Auditions
      • Mallet Instrument: Selected 4-mallet marimba work from memory.
      • Snare Drum: : Snare drum etude or the equivalent as determined by the instructor.
      • Scales: Four scales from each of the following categories: major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor. These will be chosen at random by Dr. Meyer and are to be performed two octaves ascending and descending as consecutive 16th-notes at 90 bpm.