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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

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​


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