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Graduate Scholarship & Entrance Audition Requirements


Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire (no arrangements please), at least one of which is memorized. Example: Bach Invention or Prelude &Fugue, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Sonata movements; Debussy Preludes; Chopin Nocturnes, Preludes; Brahms Intermezzi; 20th century works – Bartok, Prokofiev, Ginastera, and Shostakovich.
You are not limited to above-mentioned works or composers. In addition to your repertoire presentation, you will present scales and arpeggios, 4 Octaves. You will also receive a sight reading exam at the audition.


  1. At least 5 years of private piano study prior to entering the University. Prior organ study is not mandatory for acceptance into the organ program.
  2. Performance of two contrasting pieces from standard piano or organ repertoire.
    Examples (piano): SEE ABOVE, Examples (organ): Eight little Preludes and Fugues of Bach; chorale preludes by Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Walther, Chorale Preludes by Brahms; Mendelssohn sonata movements; church service music.
You are not limited to the above-mentioned works or composers. In addition to your repertoire presentation, you will play a hymn of your choice, and receive a sight reading exam.
Requirements for scholarship consideration are the same as the entrance requirements lists above.
For more info:
Prof. Steven Hesla
Dr. Nancy Cooper (organ)
406-243-6889 (Faculty Message Phone)


  1. All new/transfer students desiring to become voice majors may audition for scholarships. Only music majors with voice as their principal instrument will receive scholarships.
  2. The times and locations for the auditions will be available from the music office and/or the vocal bulletin board as part of the audition day schedule.
  3. Please Arrive 10 minutes early to fill out an audition form.
  4. Vocal Performance majors, please prepare 5 memorized pieces in four languages, one must be an aria and one a 20th century piece.
  5. Musical Theater majors, prepare two memorized musical theater songs in contrasting styles and two memorized dramatic monologues in contrasting styles.  A dance solo is optional. You must let the Music Office know, in advance, if you are performing a dance solo and bring a CD of your musical accompaniment.
  6. An accompanist will be provided. Please supply a copy of your music for the accompanist. The music must be printed in the same key that you sing. Do not ask the accompanist to transpose. If you are performing a dance solo, bring either tape or CD recording.
  7. Those students who receive and accept a music scholarship are not required to audition again. Students who are not offered scholarships must re-audition in the summer or fall to get into a voice studio.
  8. All new/transfer students who wish to become voice majors must audition to be accepted into the vocal area.
Requirements for scholarship consideration are the same as entrance requirements listed above.
For more info:
Dr. David Cody (musical theater)
406-243-6889 (Faculty Message Phone)
Dr. Kimberly James (vocal perf.)
406-243-6889 (Faculty Message Phone)

  1. 3 octave major and/or minor scale
  2. 10 minute performance of work or works from the standard repertory demonstrating contrasting style, tempo, technique, and/or articulation.
Representative Repertoire for Orchestral String Instruments: (this list represents sample repertoire only and is not meant as an exclusive listing of works).
Concertos by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, Bruch, Mendelssohn; Six Handel Sonatas; Schubert or Dvorak Sonatinas; Unaccompanied Bach Sonatas or Partitas; Mozart or Beethoven Sonatas.
Concertos by Telemann, J.C. Bach, Hoffmeismter; Marcello Sonata in G major; Mozart Sonantina in C; Five Old Dances by Marais; Bloch Suites for Viola.
Concertos by Goltermann, Boccherini, Haydn, Saint Saens; Sonatas by Vivaldi, Handel, Sammartini; Farue Elegie; Bruch Kol Nidrei; Unaccompanied Suites by J.S. Bach.
String Bass
Concertos by Capuzzi, Dragonetti, Dittersdorf; Sonatas by Marcello, Vivaldi, Handel, Galliard, Eccles, Romberg, Telemann; Progressive Reportoire by George Vance, Books 46
Concertos by Vivaldi, Castenuovo-Tedesco, Rodrigo, Giuliani. Solo works and/or Etudes by Dowland, Milan, Sanz, Visee, Weiss, Bach, Scarlatti, Sor, Giuliani, Llobet, Tarrega, Albeniz, Torroba, Ponce, Villa-Lobos, Brouwer.
Requirements for scholarship consideration are the same as the entrance requirements listed above.
For more info:
Dr. Margaret Baldridge

Requirements for all new and transfer students wishing to enter into Woodwind studios as music majors or minors are as follows:
  1. Chromatic scale ascending and descending full range of instrument in slurred 16th note patterns at quarter note=60.
  2. All major scales, ascending and descending two complete octaves* slurred 16th notes at quarter note=60. Clarinets: E,F,G scales should be performed 3 octaves. Saxophone and oboes: F#, G, Ab and A should be performed one octave. Bassoons: Bb, B and C should be performed 3 octaves.
  3. Two contrasting solos or etudes demonstrating lyrical and technical command of the instrument.
  4. All students are expected to sight read during the audition.
  5. Oboists and bassoonist are expected to have minimal basic skills in the art of reed making.
Requirements for scholarship consideration are the same as the entrance requirements listed above.
For more info:
Dr. Jennifer Cavanaugh
406-243-6889 (Faculty Message Phone)

French Horn
  1. All Major scales.
  2. Two minor scales (student’s choice).
  3. Chromatic scale (low C to high C).
  4. Solo or etude of lyrical style.
  5. Solo or etude of faster, technical style.
Solos and Etudes should be selected to demonstrate the student’s tone, range, rhythm, intonation and technique.
Low Brass
Chromatic scale from low E to high Bb tongue and slurred separately.
Trombone and Euphonium: a selected etude from Rochut’s Melodious Etudes Vol. I.
A selected etude from Bordogni’s Bel Canto Studies.
Excerpts from a prepared solo performed at district or state music festival.
  1. Slurred chromatic scale from low F-sharp to high C in eight notes.
  2. Choose either A or B:
A: prepared solo or etude of appropriate difficulty and should demonstrate both lyrical and technical playing. (possibly your prepared solo performance at district and/or state music festival.)
B: The required All-State Material for your state for this year.
   3. Sight reading
Requirements for scholarship Consideration are the same as the Entrance requirements listed above.
For more info:
Dr. James Smart

Student must perform on Snare Drum and at least one of the other area listed below.
Snare Drum
Rudiments: Flam, Flam-tap, Paradiddle, 5 stroke roll, Single stroke roll [Play each open (slow) to closed (fast as possible) to open]
Buzz Roll: Play 16 count buzz roll starting pp, crescendo to ff and diminuendo to pp
Solo: Perform a prepared solo (rudimental or orchestral) of appropriate difficulty
Mallet Keyboard
Perform a prepared solo or etude of appropriate difficulty
Perform a prepared solo or etude
Styles: Demonstrate ability to play the following styles: medium swing, up tempo swing, bossa-nova, samba, 16-note based funk. Phrase every four bars with a light fill.
Soloing: Pick one or more of the above styles and trade fours with yourself (play 4 bars of time, 4 bars or solo and repeat). You may also play a prepared written solo.
Multiple Percussion
Perform a prepared solo or etude.
Student must bring his/her own sticks and mallets. The University will provide the instruments.
Some Representative Solo Material Sources:
Snare Drum: Wilcoxon, The All-American Drummer, 150 Solos Wilcoxon, Solos for the Advanced Swing Drummer Pratt, 14 Contest Solos Whaley, Recital Solos
Mallet Percussion: Goldenberg, Modern School for Xylophone, Vibraphone & Marimba (Play any of the etudes in the back) McMillan, Masterpieces for Marimba Pimental/Moore, The Solo Marimbist Rubank/Quick, Soloist Folio Whaley, Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player Hatch, Challenge Peters (any of his solos), Musser (any of his solos)
Timpani: Firth, the Solo Timpanist Schistine, The Developing Solo Timpanist Whaley, Solos and Duets for Timpani
Multiple Percussion: O’Reilly, Solos for the Percussion Player Goldenburg, Studies in Solo Percussion Kraft, Morris Dance Kraft, French Suite Beck, Episode for Solo Percussion
Requirements for scholarship consideration are the same as the entrance requirements listed above.
For more info:
Dr. Robert LedBetter