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Saxophone 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.

Pre-Screening Requirements:

All Undergraduate Saxophone applicants, except those applying to Jazz Studies, are required to submit prescreening materials before being invited to audition. These requirements are different from the full audition requirements listed below, though overlapping repertoire may be used for both purposes if applicants would like to do so. Requirements can be found on our Pre-Screening Requirements page.

Saxophone Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

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

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

  1. Be prepared to perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list (below). For each selection, perform the head, solo once over the form, return to the head, and end accordingly. 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. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

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

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F#, are strongly encouraged)
  4. Sight-reading

Saxophone Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

Prepare the following for a 15-minute audition:

  1. Elements of technical preparation such as scales and arpeggios.
  2. One complete sonata, concerto, or suite.
  3. Two or three additional works representing various periods of standard repertoire (Baroque, Classic, Romantic, or Contemporary). These may be single movements of longer works.
  4. All major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales, performed from memory (full-range scales, spanning from the lowest Bb to palm F# or higher, are required)

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

Steven Banks
Professor of Music
E-mail: sbanks@ithaca.edu
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Specific classical repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Banks.

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.