Graduate Audition Information

The Audition Repertoire or Portfolio Requirements for graduate students are listed below. Please note that auditionees in all areas may be asked to sight-read.

Accompanists are not necessary for instrumental auditions. Voice auditionees will be provided with an accompanist, or you may bring your own if you choose.

If you wish to submit repertoire lists and letters of reference from private teachers, please mail them to:

LSU School of Music
102 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Some areas encourage an interview with the appropriate faculty member and/or an essay describing your musical aspirations. Please contact your individual teacher if you have any questions about the audition process or repertoire requirement.

Audition Repertoire / Portfolio Requirements

Darrel Hale 

Knowledge of all major, minor, and chromatic scales is assumed, and along with sight-reading and sight-singing, may be assessed during your audition. All scales must be performed from memory.

  • Prepare four contrasting selections (by style and period) by at least three different composers
  • Three of these selections should come from the solo literature, one from an etude collection
  • Perform the following orchestral excerpts:
      • Mozart – Marriage of Figaro overture, mm. 101 – 171
      • Ravel – Bolero, Rehearsal 2 – 3
      • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, second movement, final solo and tag
      • Rimsky Korsakov, Scheherazade, second movement, Solo and Cadenza

Dennis Parker

  • A movement from a standard concerto of your choice
  • A movement from a Suite by J.S. Bach
  • An étude by David Popper 

John Dickson

  • Pre-Screening (submitted via the portfolio section of your application portal): Video recordings reflecting both rehearsal and performance conducting.
  • Live Audition
      • 10 -15 minute rehearsal with one of the LSU choirs on literature that is provided for advance preparation by the applicant (the choir is prepared so that the student may spend the rehearsal time working on musical and expressive issues
      • Musicianship testing
      • Vocal solo and additional performance of other major instruments
      • An interview with the choral professors

Deborah Chodacki

Master of Music

(memorization of repertoire is not required)

  • Two contrasting works (single movement of each work)
  • Solo unaccompanied work from 20th or 21st century
  • Major solos from the following orchestral repertoire:
      • Beethoven Symphony No. 6 OR No. 8
      • Brahms Symphony No. 3
      • Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
      • Stravinsky FIREBIRD (Variation of the Firebird)

DMA

(at least one work or movement must be performed from memory)

  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto (all movements)
  • One of the following concerti:
      • Copland Concerto
      • Nielsen Clarinet Concerto
  • Solo unaccompanied work from 20th or 21st century
  • Two contrasting works (one movement from each)
  • Major solos from the following repertoire:
      • Beethoven Symphony No. 6 or No. 8
      • Brahms Symphony No. 3
      • Kodaly Dances of Galanta
      • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3
      • Sibelius Symphony No. 1
      • Stravinsky Firebird (Variation of the Firebird)

Ana María Otamendi

Pre-Screening Requirements (MM & DMA)

Pre-screening materials should be submitted via your myLSU application portal; due December 1.

  • Two collaborative selections: one vocal and one instrumental (with partners). Styles should be contrasting.
  • One solo piece.

Master of Music

Please choose four songs from the list below:

  • Wie Melodien zieht es mir (C), (A) - Brahms
  • St. Ita's Vision (original key) - Barber
  • Meine Liebe ist grün (F#) - Brahms
  • Liebesbotschaft (G) - Schubert
  • Il pleure dans mon coeur (G#) - Debussy
  • Green (A-flat) - Debussy
  • Ganymed (A-flat) - Schubert
  • Botschaft, op. 47 (original key) - Brahms
  • C'est l'extase (E) - Debussy
  • Allerseelen (E-flat), (D-flat) - Strauss

Prepare a fast movement from one of the following sonatas:

  • Any of the Brahms violin sonatas
  • Franck violin sonata
  • Any of the Brahms cello sonatas
  • Rachmaninoff cello sonata
  • Beethoven cello sonatas No. 3, 4, or 5
  • Beethoven violin sonatas No. 1, 5, 7, 8 or 9

Prepare one solo piece of your choice.

DMA

Please choose six songs from the list below:

  • Wie Melodien zieht es mir (C), (A) - Brahms
  • St. Ita's Vision (original key) - Barber
  • Meine Liebe ist grün (F#) - Brahms
  • Liebesbotschaft (G) - Schubert
  • Il pleure dans mon coeur (G#) - Debussy
  • Green (A-flat) - Debussy
  • Ganymed (A-flat) - Schubert
  • Botschaft, op. 47 (original key) - Brahms
  • C'est l'extase (E) - Debussy
  • Allerseelen (E-flat), (D-flat) - Strauss

Prepare a complete sonata from the following list:

  • Any of the Brahms violin sonatas
  • Franck violin sonata
  • Any of the Brahms cello sonatas
  • Rachmaninoff cello sonata
  • Beethoven cello sonatas No. 3, 4, or 5
  • Beethoven violin sonatas No. 1, 5, 7, 8 or 9

Prepare one solo piece of your choice.

Dinos Constantinides

Mara Gibson

Submit 3-5 of your top works that are representative of your compositional form via your myLSU application portal. Materials may include scores and performances, featuring various solo and ensembles works. 

Yung-chiao Wei

  • Two contrasting movements from your choice of Bach Cello Suite
  • Solo of your choice
  • Two contrasting orchestra excerpts of your choice

Edgar Berdahl

Submit an e-portfolio consisting of examples of work that have been created within the Computer Music, Experimental Music, Music Technology, or Digital Media sphere.

The portfolio should demonstrate your experience within this broad field: performance video, compositions, programming examples, hardware documentation, art installations, academic writing, etc.

Use this portfolio to show us what you are passionate about and what kind of contribution you are preparing to make to the discipline.

Katherine Kemler

  • Mozart Concerto
  • A Bach Sonata
  • Two additional contrasting works from the standard flute repertoire
  • Four standard orchestral excerpts of your choice

LSU is not accepting any guitar graduate students at this time.

Gabriela Werries

Applicants should prepare three memorized compositions from the following musical periods:

  • Baroque or Classical
  • Romantic
  • Contemporary

Seth Orgel

Sight reading and transposition will be included as part of the audition.

  • The first movement exposition from two contrasting major horn concerti or major work for horn and piano
  • 5 orchestral excerpts of your choice that demonstrate high, low and lyrical playing

Doug Stone

Jazz Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone

  • Play the melody and 2 choruses of improvisation on 3 jazz tunes of varying styles.
  • Sample medium swing jazz tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Solar, Doxy, Lady Bird, Tune Up, Groovin' High, Have You Met Miss Jones, There Will Never Be Another You, Stablemates
  • Sample straight eighth jazz tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Blue Bossa, Recordame, Black Orpheus, Meditation, Triste
  • Sample blues or "Rhythm Changes" tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Billie's Bounce, Au Privave, Now's The Time, Lester Leaps In, Rhythm-in-ing, Moose The Mooche
  • You may bring your own accompaniment (Aebersold Play-Alongs, Learn Jazz Standards YouTube Play-Along, IRealPro Play-Along), however, live piano accompaniment will be available in each audition, provided by LSU jazz faculty.

Jazz Piano or Guitar

  • Play the melody and 2 choruses of improvisation on 3 jazz tunes of varying styles.
  •  Sample medium swing jazz tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Solar, Doxy, Lady Bird, Tune Up, Groovin' High, Have You Met Miss Jones, There Will Never Be Another You, Stablemates
  • Sample straight eighth jazz tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Blue Bossa, Recordame, Black Orpheus, Meditation, Triste
  • Sample blues or "Rhythm Changes" tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Billie's Bounce, Au Privave, Now's The Time, Lester Leaps In, Rhythm-in-ing, Moose The Mooche
  • You may bring your own accompaniment (Aebersold Play-Alongs, Learn Jazz Standards YouTube Play-Along, IRealPro Play-Along), however, live piano accompaniment will be available in each audition, provided by LSU jazz faculty.  
  • Pianists and guitarists must "comp" chords for at least one chorus on each of their 3 tunes.

Jazz Bass

  • Play the melody and 2 choruses of improvisation on 3 jazz tunes of varying styles.
  • Sample medium swing jazz tunes (these are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Solar, Doxy, Lady Bird, Tune Up, Groovin' High, Have You Met Miss Jones, There Will Never Be Another You, Stablemates
  • Sample straight eighth jazz tunes (there are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Blue Bossa, Recordame, Black Orpheus, Meditation, Triste
  • Sample blues or "Rhythm Changes" tunes (there are just ideas, there are many tunes that fit this category)
  • Billie's Bounce, Au Privave, Now's The Time, Lester Leaps In, Rhythm-in-ing, Moose The Mooche
  • You may bring your own accompaniment (Aebersold Play-Alongs, Learn Jazz Standards YouTube Play-Along, IRealPro Play-Along), however, live piano accompaniment will be available in each audition, provided by LSU jazz faculty.  
  • Bassists must play bass lines for at least two choruses of each of their 3 tunes.  

Jazz Drum Set

  • Use the following recordings as reference points:
    • Miles Davis - Freddie Freeloader
    • Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness
    • Count Basie - Magic Flea

  • Demonstrate Swing feel at several tempos.
  • Demonstrate Afro-Cuban feel.
  • Use the following recording as a reference point:
    • Chucho Valdez - Mambo Influenciado

  • Demonstrate Bossa Nova feel.
  • Use the following recording as a reference point:
    • Antonio Carlos - Jobim Wave

  • Demonstrate Brushes playing.
  • Use the following recording as a reference point:
    • Neal Hefti - Cute

  • Demonstrate Funk feel.
  • Use the following recording as a reference point:
    • Herbie Hancock - Chameleon

  • In addition, we would love to hear any jazz solos you have transcribed or otherwise learned. Options would be solos by Max Roach, Art Blakey, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones, or anything you have worked on.

Ann Marie Stanley

Master of Music

  • Resume/vita
  • Copy of teaching certificate (if not certified, you must complete Alternate Certification Program simultaneous with the MM degree)
  • Interview with faculty, if graduate teaching assistantship is desired.
  • Please write a brief (ca. 500 word) statement that will enable us to know more about you and your reasons for applying for a graduate degree in music education at LSU. Include anything relevant about your background, research and/or musical interests and skill set. The information you provide will support both your application for admission and a possible financial award/assistantship. We are particularly interested why you are interested in pursuing this degree at this time, your opinions of music teaching and learning, and why LSU is one of your schools of choice. This personal statement of purpose will serve as an additional writing sample, so please edit carefully.

PhD

  • Resume/vita
  • 3+ years of successful, full-time teaching in K-12 schools (valid teaching certificate) or an equivalent
  • Evidence of teaching ability/musicianship:
    • A video of class teaching, ensemble rehearsal, or ensemble performance for which you are solely responsible (submitted via Acceptd)
    • Any other relevant examples / evidence of your choice.
  • Interview with faculty
  • Please write a brief (ca. 500 word) statement that will enable us to know more about you and your reasons for applying for a graduate degree in music education at LSU. Include anything relevant about your background, research and/or musical interests and skill set. The information you provide will support both your application for admission and a possible financial award/assistantship. We are particularly interested why you are interested in pursuing this degree at this time, your opinions of music teaching and learning, and why LSU is one of your schools of choice. This personal statement of purpose will serve as an additional writing sample, so please edit carefully.

  • Submit examples of your written work, such as copies of essays, term papers, and/or a thesis, for evaluation.
  • Examples should be uploaded online with your LSU online application.

Johanna Cox

Master of Music

  • At least two contrasting solo works from standard solo literature (sonatas, concerti, and/or solo pieces)
  • A Baroque piece or movement
  • One etude by Ferling or Barrett (Grand Study)
  • Three orchestral excerpts of your choice

DMA

  • Three contrasting solo works from standard literature (sonatas, concerti, and/or solo pieces)
  • Five orchestral excerpts of your choice
  • Please bring three copies of your audition program
  • Submit a writing sample

Carlos Riazuelo

  • Pre-Screening (submitted via Acceptd; due December 1):Orchestral conducting applicants must submit a video recording of a rehearsal and performance.
  • Live AuditionOn-campus interview

Herndon Spillman

  • One Pre-Bach organ work (i.e., Pachelbel, Buxtehude,and Lubeck)
  • One major Chorale Prelude or free work by Bach (i.e., Prelude and Fugue, a Toccata, a movement from a Trio Sonata)
  • One major work from the German or French Romantic periods
  • One work written after 1929

Note: A current CD or video performance from a degree recital or any other recital may be substituted for the aforementioned repertoire list for the graduate degree program.

Brett Dietz

Memorization is not required.

Snare Drum: One Etude (e.g., Delecluse, Peters, Cirone)

  • Two Orchestral Excerpts
  • Rudiments
  • Sight Reading

Marimba

  • One advanced work (e.g., Time for Marimba by Miki, Dances of Earth and Fire by Klatzow)
  • Scales
  • Sight Reading

Xylophone and/or Glockenspie

  • Two orchestral excerpts

Timpani

  • One advanced work (e.g.., Eight Pieces for Four Timpani by Carter)
  • Two orchestral excerpts

Pre-Screening:

Pre-screening materials should be submitted via your myLSU application portal

  • Prelude and Fugue or other complete work by J.S. Bach (toccata, dance suite, etc.)
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • Two contrasting works from different periods (Romantic, Impressionist, Contemporary)Alternate repertoire choices must be approved in advance by piano faculty.
  • Audition must be performed from memory. Exceptions must be approved by piano faculty. 

Live audition (by invitation):

  • Same requirements as pre-screening
  • Same repertoire may be used for both or applicant may select new repertoire as long as the basic requirements are met

Pamela Pike

Pre-Screening:

Pre-screening materials should be submitted via your myLSU application portal

  • A Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • One contrasting work

Alternate repertoire choices must be approved in advance by piano faculty.

Audition must be performed from memory. Exceptions must be approved by piano faculty.

Live audition (by invitation):

  • Same requirements as pre-screening
  • Same repertoire may be used for both or applicant may select new repertoire as long as the basic requirements are met

Griffin Campbell

An audition consisting of 45-60 minutes of music, representing a variety of styles and demonstrating a high level of musicianship and technical command of the instrument, that includes:

  • A transcription
  • A core piece of the saxophone repertory
  • A piece exhibiting your control of extended techniques

Hana Beloglavec

Applicants should prepare a standard concerto, and 5 standard orchestral excerpts, chosen from the following: 

Tenor Excerpts

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March, Symphonie Fantastique
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & 4
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphasis
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3
  • Mozart Requiem: Tuba Mirum, Kyrie
  • Ravel: Bolero
  • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra, William Tell Overture
  • Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony (No. 3)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Til Eulenspiegel
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, Tannhauser, Lohengrin Act 3

Tenor Solos

  • Albrechtsberger: Concerto
  • Casterede: Sonatine
  • Crespo: Improvisation No. 1
  • Creston: Fantasy
  • David: Concertino
  • Dutilleux: Chorale Cadence and Fugue
  • Grøndahl: Concerto
  • Hindemith: Sonata for trombone and piano
    Martin: Ballade
  • Leopold Mozart: Concerto
  • Tomasi: Concerto
  • Wagenseil: Concerto

Bass Trombone Solos

  • Bozza: New Orleans
  • Lebedev: Concert Allegro
  • Spillman: Concerto
  • Vaughn Williams: Concerto for Tuba
  • Ritter-George: Concerto

Bass Trombone Excerpt

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 & 4
  • Franck: Symphony in D minor
  • Haydn: Creation
  • Kodaly: Hary Janos
  • Respighi: Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
  • Wagner: Die Walkure, Das Rheingold

Brian Shaw & Matthew Vangjel

We strongly encourage you to perform at least one piece/excerpt on a trumpet other than the B-flat (such as C, E-flat, or piccolo).

  • 2 major solo movements from different time periods in contrasting styles
  • 4 standard orchestral excerpts
  • Sight-reading
  • A solo with contrasting stylistic selections, or two contrasting études (these should be of sufficient difficulty to show your capabilities in each style of playing)
  • All major scales throughout your practical range

Joseph Skillen

Master of Music

  • Minimum of 5 standard orchestral/band excerpts
  • 30 minutes of contrasting solo and/or etude repertoire appropriate for incoming graduate students
  • Sightreading

DMA

  • Minimum of 10 standard orchestral/band excerpts
  • 45 minutes of contrasting solo and/or etude repertoire appropriate for incoming graduate students
  • Samples of written work in addition to the Statement of Purpose required by the Graduate School
  • Sightreading

Master of Music

  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • First movement of a standard 20th Century concerto (Walton, Bartok, Hindemith, etc.)
  • One short work of your choice

DMA

  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • First movement of a standard 20th Century concerto (Walton, Bartok, Hindemith, etc.)
  • Two additional contrasting short works (i.e. études, a slow movement, a sonata movement, or standard orchestral excerpts)

Espen Lilleslåtten

  • Two contrasting movements of ANY unaccompanied work by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of ANY 19th or 20th Century concerto
  • The first movement of ANY concerto by Mozart (cadenza required)
  • A piece of your choice

Loraine Sims

Pre-Screening:

  • Pre-screenings are submitted via the portfolio section of your application portal.
  • 4-6 memorized selections must be presented utilizing French, German, Italian, and English languages.
  • One selection MUST BE an operatic aria (no more than two arias.)

Live audition (by invitation on January 25, February 1, and February 8):

  • Same requirements as pre-screening
  • Same repertoire may be used for both or applicant may select new repertoire as long as the basic requirements are met.

Damon Talley

Pre-Screening:

Pre-screening materials should be submitted via your myLSU application portal

  • A face to the camera video.
  • The video should be approximately 30 minutes in length and include 15 minutes of rehearsal and 15 minutes of performance.
  • The repertoire is the applicant’s choice, but should represent a variety of styles.
  • A repertoire list of pieces conducted in performance
  • Curriculum Vitae

Live Audition (by invitation):

  • Invited applicants will complete a 20-minute audition with the LSU Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Winds.
  • The audition repertoire will be chosen in consultation with the candidate and the wind conducting faculty
  • An interview with the Band Faculty