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Auditions: Undergraduate - Guitar

Students auditioning on guitar choose to audition either as a classical guitarist or as a jazz guitarist. A classical audition is not required of jazz guitarists, and a jazz audition is not required of classical guitarists. Please note: DePaul School of Music does not offer auditions or instruction in other styles of guitar (such as rock, pop, or contemporary).

Please see the audition requirements below.

  • Classical
  • Jazz Guitar


Applicants should choose one work from each of the following three categories:

  • a work from the Renaissance by such composers as Da Milano, Milan, Narvaez, Dowland, or equivalent; or a work by Bach, Weiss, Scarlatti, or equivalent

  • a 19th-century work such as an etude or single movement by Carcassi, Sor, Giuliani, Aguado, Mertz, Tárrega, or equivalent

  • a 20th-century work by such composers as Albeniz, Barrios, Falla, Turina, Torrobo, Ponce, Brouwer (if etudes, chooose two), Villa-Lobos or equivalent

​​The audition will last approximately 20 minutes. If a single work is longer than seven minutes, excerpts or edits may be taken.​

Jazz Guitar

All jazz applicants (regardless of intended major) are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our Acceptd page by December 1. Pre-screenings must be in video format. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times. Upon passing the pre-screening, you will receive notification by no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your live audition. ​

Pre-Screening Requirements

The pre-audition screening requirement for prospective undergraduate Jazz Guitar students consists of an unaccompanied recording of the jazz standard Star Eyes (with an audible metronome set at quarter note=126) using the following arrangement:

  • One (1) chorus each of melody and chordal accompaniment

  • Two (2) choruses of improvised soloing

  • Introduction and coda are optional

  • One of the improvised choruses should be performed with a Latin feel and the other with a swing feel

  • The form and changes in the underlying harmony should be apparent in the unaccompanied improvised choruses (as well as in the chordal "accompaniment")

Your piece should be recorded in a single take and uploaded as a single track. Recordings edited together from multiple takes are not appropriate.

Live Audition Requirements

Improvise on these selections in a manner that acknowledges the underlying changes in harmonic context​:

  • the melody and chords for Ceora by Lee Morgan and Joy Spring by Clifford Brown

  • a third selection will be read at sight​