Title

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

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Classical Audition

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

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)

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

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

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Degree Page: Performance & Music Education (BM)

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

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

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Program Page: Music Minor

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Double Bass Audition Requirements - Graduate

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.

The double bass audition requirements at Ithaca College are very simple:

“15 minutes of your best playing”

Nicholas Walker is happy to hear whatever the applicant has prepared - whatever the applicant feels most excited about playing, even if it is not on a standard college audition list.

Presumably other schools have strict audition requirements that are already in consideration for applicants, so if the above feels too vague for you, simply bring the required repertoire from any other audition list at any other school.

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

Faculty

Nicholas Walker
Professor of Double Bass
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
E-mail: mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Titlebaum's Website

Specific jazz repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Titlebaum.