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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.


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

  • a Renaissance or Baroque work by Francesco da Milano, Luis Narvaez, Luis Milan, J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Sylvius Leopold Weiss or equivalent

  • an etude or single movement work from the 19th century guitar literature by Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi, Dionisio Aguado, J.K. Metz, Francisco Tárrega or equivalent

  • a 20th-century work by Isaac Albeniz, Agustin Barrios, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, Federico Moreno Torroba, Manuel Ponce, Leo Brouwer, Heitor 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 upload 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.​

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​