Audition to Become a Saxophone Major at WSU
If you are interested in pursuing a career in Music Education and/or Music Performance, it is highly recommended that you schedule a preliminary visit to Wright State University by first contacting Dr. Jagow. She will be happy to introduce you to the saxophone studio program and answer any questions you have.
You may also visit the WSU Department of Music to view curriculum requirements, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, ensembles, performance calendars, faculty profiles, and detailed information on applying to the Department of Music .
Prospective students should also visit the Wright State University website for information on applying to WSU and to see what campus activities are offered and become acquainted with academic life.
Directions to Wright State University
Visitor Parking at Wright State University: Visitors must go to LOT 2 (in front of the Student Union) for a visitor parking pass before coming to the Creative Arts Center. Vehicles without visitor parking passes are subject to parking tickets.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long is the audition?
Performance time for the audition is no longer than 15 minutes
What repertoire should I prepare for the audition?
Saxophonists are required to perform two movements of contrasting tempo and style, or a single selection with contrasting sections.
Suggested Audition Materials:
Undergraduate Level: Technique - Prepare all major and harmonic minor scales through the full range of the instrument. Etudes - Prepare two contrasting etudes from Ferling 48 Studies or Voxman Selected Studies. Solo Literature - Prepare a solo piece demonstrating excellent technique, tone, and musicianship. Examples of appropriate works include: Creston - Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Ibert - Concertino da Camera, Glazounov - Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Maurice - Tableaux de Provence, Reuff - Chanson et Passpied, Teal - Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player.
Masters Level: Technique - Prepare all major and harmonic minor scales through the full range of the instrument. Etudes - Prepare two contrasting etudes from Ferling 48 Studies or Marcel Mule Cinquante Trois Etudes. Solo Literature - Prepare a solo piece demonstrating excellent technique, tone, and musicianship. Examples of appropriate works include: Denisov - Sonata, Desenclos - Prelude, Cadence et Finale, Lauba - Neuf Etudes, Maslanka - Sonata, Villa-Lobos - Fantasia
Do I need to bring an accompanist to my audition?
Although it is recommended that compositions written with accompaniment be performed with accompaniment, this is NOT a requirement.
Will I be asked to perform any scales?
Yes, you will be asked to play major scales through at least four sharps and four flats, and a full-range chromatic scale.
Department of Music Scholarships
In order to be eligible to receive a talent-based scholarship from the Department of Music you must audition on a "scholarship audition date." After these audition dates have passed, auditions will be for "entrance only." Scholarship priority will be given to music majors, minors, and full-time students.