Audition Requirements by Instrument

University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Nicholas PapadorUniversity Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Papador


An audition is required for students wishing admission into the Bachelor of Music program whether they wish to focus on classical performance or jazz performance, as outlined below. NOTE: Admission is based on the successful completion of the audition process, and academic acceptance to the University of Windsor. The audition includes:

  • Performance of technique and repertoire on one major instrument


1. Honours Bachelor of Music
Requirements: Audition performance at the level outlined below for individual instruments/voice.

2. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music
Audition required for performance instruction and ensemble participation only, not for admission to the program. 

3. Bachelor of Arts, Double Major (Combined Honours)
​Audition required for performance instruction and ensemble participation only, not for admission to the program.


PLEASE NOTE: For all instruments/voice, students may choose to perform a jazz/pop piece which demonstrates an equivalent level of proficiency. 



Grade 9 RCM equivalency required for piano majors.
Technique: major and minor scales in all keys; block and broken chords in 4-note form; major and minor arpeggios and diminished sevenths in all inversions; major and harmonic minor scales in octaves.
Repertoire: Three memorized pieces, from three different style periods. Pieces should be of a level comparable to: Bach, Three Part Inventions, Little Preludes and Fugues; Beethoven, Sonata Op. 79; Schumann, Romances Op. 28,. Debussy, Golliwogg's Cakewalk.


Three pieces at a level comparable to: J.S. Bach, Eight Short Preludes and Fugues, Prelude and Fugue in E minor ('The Little"), Little Organ Book; Brahms, Eleven Choral Preludes, Op. 122; Schroeder, Little Preludes and Intermezzi, Op. 9; Vierne, Twenty-Four Pieces in Free Style, Bk. 1.


Three contrasting pieces, in English and at least one other language, at approximately Grade 8 RCM level. Choose songs equivalent to: Caldara, Alma del core; Handel, Where'ere You Walk, Brahms, Sonntag Morgen; Britten (arr.) Salley Gardens.


Major, minor, and chromatic scales and arpeggios, up to 4 sharps and flats, and selections from the materials below:


One study from Boehm 24 Caprices for Flute, Op.26, Kohler Etudes, Op. 33, Bk 2, or Berbiguier 18 Etudes (5, 6, 9, 10, 16, 17, or 18). Two contrasting movements from the Baroque or Classical Period. One other work from the 20th century or 21st century.


One study by Ferling or Barret. One of the Handel Sonatas or Concerti, and one of the Paris Conservatoire solos.


One odd-numbered and one even-numbered selection from Rose, 32 Etudes. One piece from the Classical or Baroque period demonstrating technique and style. One contrasting piece from the Romantic period or 20th century. The clarinet entry level is roughly equivalent to RCM grade 8.


One étude from Weissenborn, Studies Book 1; Jancourt, 26 Melodic Studies. One contrasting piece of the candidate's choice. Candidates are expected to have a knowledge of the rudiments of reed making.


One étude from J.L. Small, Melodious and Rhythmic Studies; Voxman Selected Studies, Ferling 48 Etudes. Two contrasting movements of a work such as Rueff, Chanson et passepied,- Heiden, Sonata; Bach, Sonata #, Handel Sonata #3.



Major and minor scales up to 4 sharps and flats. Two contrasting pieces of the candidate's choice. One etude of the candidate's choice at a level comparable to: Concone, Lyrical Studies for Trumpet or Horn.


Major and minor scales up to 4 sharps and flats. Two contrasting pieces of the candidate's choice. One etude of the candidate's choice at a level comparable to: Kopprasch, Sixty Selected Studies.

Trombone and Euphonium

All Major Scales - At least 4 of which are two octaves tongued and slurred. One Bordogni Etude from Book 1. One Kopprasch Etude from Book 1. One Etude that includes the tenor clef from Blazhevich Clef Studies. One movement from a concerto from the Romantic period, one contrasting movement from the 20th century.


Major and minor scales up to 4 sharps and flats. Two contrasting pieces of the candidate's choice. One etude of the candidate's choice at a level comparable to: Bordogni, Legato Etudes (King); Blazhevich, 70 Studies (vol. 1); Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies; Concone, Legato Etudes, ed. Jacobs


Three instrument areas are required for a successful audition into the percussion studio.

  1. One snare drum solo piece in an orchestral or rudimental style, (examples: etudes from Anthony J. Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm or Jacques or Délécluse’s Douze Etudes.
  2. One Keyboard Percussion solo (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone) for two mallets and/or four mallets (examples: etudes from Morris Goldenberg’s Modern School for Xylophone, Vibraphone and Marimba or Thomas McMillan’s Masterpieces for Marimba.
  3. One piece for Timpani such as an etude from Saul Goodman’s Modern School for Tympani. A multiple percussion (set up piece) may be substituted for a work on timpani. Other areas of percussion such as drum set styles and world music styles/technique are encouraged, but must be presented in conjunction with the three required audition areas.


Orchestral instruments - All major and minor scales. Two contrasting movements, from a Baroque or Classical sonata or concerto. One Romantic or twentieth century movement. Technical facility through fifth position. Cellists and bassists should demonstrate knowledge of thumb positions; violinists and violists should be familiar with double-stop playing.

Classical Guitar

Major and minor scales up to 4 sharps and flats. Play two contrasting selections: One short twentieth or twenty-first century classical guitar work and one study by Sor, Carcassi, Aguado or Giuliani.

Audition Requirements for Jazz/Pop Studies

All applicants for Applied Jazz Pop Lessons must present the following:

  1. Two prepared works in Jazz/Pop idiom with appropriate accompaniment (if applicable).
  2. Demonstrate satisfactory sight-reading ability with lead sheets and music notation.
  3. Demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of scales and chord symbols.

The following are more specific guidelines by Jazz/Pop instrument area:


Auditioning vocalists will present 2 prepared pieces (For example: a jazz standard and a popular selection/show tune) with accompaniment.  The student should demonstrate an established vocal tone with technical and stylistic potential.  The student should demonstrate satisfactory sight-reading ability, knowledge of traditional and lead sheet notation, and a basic familiarity of key vocal performance figures in the jazz and popular idiom.


The Auditioning student will present 2 contrasting prepared pieces in a jazz idiom demonstrating technical and stylistic potential with accompaniment if applicable. The student should have satisfactory sight-reading ability and knowledge with traditional and lead sheet notation.  The student must be able to demonstrate all major and minor scales (including melodic and harmonic). The student will also be asked to perform at sight, introductory level solo and/or comping improvisation over a basic chord changes.

Drum Set/Percussion

Auditioning drummers must demonstrate a number of drum set styles with satisfactory time, flow, and rhythmic vocabulary such as: swing/bop, bossa nova, samba, an Afro-Cuban-based style, and rock/pop.
Recommended, but not required: The student must have melodic percussion ability and should prepare 2 jazz “head chart” melodies on vibraphone or marimba.  The student should be familiar with major and minor scales as well as basic sight-reading.
Demonstration of other jazz/pop percussion (congas, bongos, timbales, etc.) is encouraged but may not substitute drum set and keyboard percussion requirements.

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