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Double Bass Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Double Bass Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: Audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Classical Audition

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Jazz Audition

  1. Perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list (below). For each selection, perform the melody, walk for one chorus, solo for one chorus, return to the head, and end accordingly. For one selection, demonstrate the ability to play "in 2." Instrumental jazz studies applicants must also sing the melody of one of their prepared pieces.
    Audition Information for Jazz Studies Majors
  2. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Music Theory (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements from a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One other complete composition, or two orchestral excerpts from the standard literature
  3. One technical étude
  4. Major scales in three octaves, minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Performance & Music Education (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements from a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One other complete composition, or two orchestral excerpts from the standard literature
  3. One technical étude
  4. Major scales in three octaves, minor scales in two octaves

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Note: SRT applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording (review requirements)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Two contrasting movements of a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One technical étude
  3. Major and minor scales in two octaves

Double Bass Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Performance (MM)

Candidates must exhibit the equivalent preparation to that required for the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Ithaca College and give evidence of being equipped to perform successful recitals during the period of study for the degree program.

Prepare the following for a 20-minute audition:

  1. Two contrasting movements from a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One other complete composition, or two orchestral excerpts from the standard literature
  3. One technical étude
  4. Major and minor scales in three octaves

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

Candidates must exhibit the equivalent preparation to that required for the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Ithaca College and give evidence of being equipped to perform successful recitals during the period of study for the degree program.

Prepare the following for a 20-minute audition:

  1. Two contrasting movements from a sonata, suite, or concerto (transcriptions are permitted)
  2. One other complete composition, or two orchestral excerpts from the standard literature
  3. One technical étude
  4. Major and minor scales in three octaves

Faculty

Nicholas Walker
Professor of Double Bass
Phone: (607) 274-3462
E-mail: nwalker@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Walker's Website

Specific classical repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Walker.

Mike Titlebaum
Director of Jazz Studies
Phone: (607) 274-1283
E-mail: mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Titlebaum's Website

Specific jazz repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Titlebaum.