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Auditions: Undergraduate - Bass

Bassists may choose to perform either a classical or jazz audition. Applicants who wish to schedule both may do so.

Successful applicants will be assigned to the applied studios within the category (classical or jazz) for which they have auditioned. If an applicant wishes to study in both the jazz and classical studios they must participate in both a classical and jazz audition. All bass auditions must be performed on a string bass. Bass guitars are not acceptable for the audition.

Please see the audition requirements below.

  • Classical
  • Jazz Bass


  • two contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • one movement from a Bach cello suite
  • one movement from a standard bass concerto

Jazz Bass

​Pre-Screening Requirements

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. ​

Play unaccompanied blues and rhythm changes: 

  • ​F blues at 150 beats per minute

  • B-flat rhythm changes​ at 250 beats per minute

​Live Audition Requirements

Undergraduate jazz bass students will be expected to play the melody, walk, and improvise on two of the four songs, listed below, from memory, unaccompanied. It will be at the discretion of the faculty to determine which​ two selections are chosen. Please be prepared to play any of the four.

  • ​Oleo – B-flat

  • Perhaps – F

  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams – F

  • Softly as in a Morning Sunrise - C minor

Sight Reading: ​

  • An excerpt from a big band chart, a small group chart, or bass transcription.

Classical selection:

  • ​Choose any Simandl etude