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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 have a choice between two audition formats: in person auditions or recorded submissions. Though recorded auditions are accepted, we strongly encourage applicants to audition on campus to benefit from the in-person experience of meeting our faculty and seeing our facilities.

Audition Repertoire:

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

 

Recorded Interview Questions (only applicable to those who select a recorded submission to audition)

​Please upload a video that is no longer than 2-3 minutes and responds to the below questions:

-       What is your musical background?

-       Why are you applying to DePaul?​

 

Pre-Screen Repertoire:

1. Blues, medium tempo (choose one of the following):

- Billie's Bounce (C)

- Au Privave (F)

2. Standard, medium tempo (choose one of the following):

- All the Things You Are (Ab)

- I'll Remember April (G)

- Just Friends (Bb)

Format: One chorus melody, two choruses chordal accompaniment, two chruses solo improvisation, one chorus melody. Live rhythm section is preferred, but will accept a backing track. 

 

Audition Repertoire:

The audition will consist of your performance of the well-known compositions Ceora by Lee Morgan and Joy Spring by Clifford Brown. You’ll play the melodies and supply chordal backing for a soloist. You’ll also improvise on these selections in a manner that acknowledges the underlying changes in harmonic context​. 

A third selection will be read at sight​.

 

 

Recorded Interview Questions (only applicable to those who select a recorded submission to audition)

​Please upload a video that is no longer than 2-3 minutes and responds to the below questions:

-       What is your musical background?

-       Why are you applying to DePaul?​


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