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ASU Online Application Information and Forms

Note: you must apply separately to the School of Music and to ASU. That's two application forms. Begin the ASU application process first, then proceed to the School of Music application links below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

ASU School of Music Application and Audition Information

For undergraduate School of Music information and online application forms, click here.
Graduate students, go here.

Or contact our staff:

ASU School of Music Coordinator of Admissions:
Amy Chou

The mailing address is:
ASU School of Music - 0405
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
School of Music main telephone: 480/965-3371

 

Audition dates for admission to the 2013-14 academic year are scheduled as follows:

For Spring 2013 admission only
November 17, 2012

 
For Fall 2013 admission
January 19, 2013
February 1, 2013 (graduate students only)
February 2, 2013
February 22, 2013 (graduate students only)
February 23, 2013

If you cannot audition on one of these days, please contact me and we can make other arrangements.

 

Frequently asked Questions...

1. What do I play for my audition?

For undergraduate auditions, prepare a ten minute program consisting of two or more contrasting selections. Choose selections by different composers to illustrate a good command of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship. Single movements are acceptable. One of the selections must be an etude. Major and minor scales and sight-reading may also be required. Applicants for the degree in oboe performance will demonstrate a high degree of instrumental and musical accomplishment. A basic knowledge of reed making is expected.

Select from the following repertoire or equivalent. These pieces are intended to serve as suggestions, not as requirements. You should prepare music you feel comfortable with and can play convincingly.
Bellini Concerto
Donizetti Sonata
Guilhaud Concertino
Haydn Concerto
Hindemith Sonata
Hummel Adagio, Theme and Variations
Mozart Quartet or Concerto
Paladilhe Solo de Concert
Saint-SaŽns Sonata
Telemann Sonata in a minor
Barret Oboe Method
Brod Oboe Method
Ferling 48 Etudes

For masters auditions, prepare a fifteen to twenty minute program similar in content to the undergraduate requirements with correspondingly larger and more difficult pieces and/or etudes. Include one or two orchestral excerpts.

For doctoral auditions, a thirty minute recital is required. This must be performed in person (no recorded auditions are accepted), and demonstrate a very high level of musical and instrumental accomplishment. Include orchestral excerpts and one selection in modern twentieth-century language (i.e. not Poulenc or Hindemith). Pre-audition screening tapes are required since doctoral admission is limited.

2. Are recorded auditions OK?

Recorded auditions are acceptable except for doctoral auditions. Prepare the recording following the guidelines above, and be sure to include one selection from a live performance. However, consider an in-person visit unless travel is a real hardship. You will gain much more information about the school, its facilities, the ensembles, and the other students.

3. How much does ASU cost?

Go here for the latest information as tuition amounts and policies change annually. Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year will be set in spring.

4. Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available. These are ensemble activity scholarships and require participation in one of our large ensembles while on scholarship. These awards pay for part of a student's tuition and are renewable as long as satisfactory academic and musical progress is made. Distribution of scholarships is determined by the studio teacher (me) and is based on need and ability. Because of commitments to returning students, scholarships may not be available every year.

5. What about teaching assistantships?

The ASU School of Music has one oboe graduate teaching assistant. Duties include teaching non-major private oboe students, playing in the graduate woodwind quintet, and teaching the oboe portion of the double reeds music education methods class. This assistantship carries with it a full out-of-state tuition waiver, a partial in-state tuition waiver and a stipend (presently around $5,000 per year). It may not be available every year.

6. What sort of performance opportunities can I expect?

The School of Music has a comprehensive array of bands, orchestras, and other structured large and small ensembles. Placement is determined by audtion at the beginning of each year. 

In addition to the large ensembles, there is a New Music Ensemble as well as classes for Woodwind Quintets and other wind chamber music. Many more performance opportunities, both formal and informal, are available. Participation in ASU ensembles is by audition and is available to any music student, regardless of class or major.