All students wishing to major in music must audition to be accepted into music major status in the department of music. One audition will serve for both admission to the music degree program and for scholarship consideration. Non-music majors are also eligible for music scholarships and invited to audition. Sight reading and major and minor scales may be requested. Failure to audition prior to the eighth day of regularly scheduled classes will result in automatic non-major status. 

Scholarship acceptance and financial awards are distributed based upon the strength of auditions. Current students and high school seniors are invited to audition on a scholarship audition date. Students unable to audition in person may submit an audio or videotape of high quality made on the best equipment available. For further information, contact Michael Averett at or 785.670.1515.

Members of the Marching Blues are awarded separate scholarships based on participation with no audition required. Basketball pep band membership is via a separate audition in October and members are awarded a stipend for each game performed.

Below is the contact information and suggested repertoire for auditions.

Scholarship Audition Dates, 2019-2020

Nov. 16, 2019
Feb. 1, 2020
Feb. 8, 2020
March 9, 2020

William E. and Emilie F. Gahnstrom Music Scholarship

William and Emilie Gahnstrom have generously created a scholarship opportunity for talented students interested in pursuing careers in music. The scholarship was created for those students studying the primary instrument of bassoon, oboe, or violin. Other orchestral instrumental performers will also be considered based on the demonstration of significant musical skills that best serve the greatest needs for the Washburn University Orchestra. 

The Gahnstrom award will be granted to one recipient based on audition and can be renewed each year for up to four years as long as the student retains full-time music major status and maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA throughout their academic career. Applicants should prepare a major work for consideration such as a complete sonata, concerto, variation set, etc. Auditions will be held February 1, 2020 in White Concert Hall. Scholarship award decisions made by the audition committee are final. 

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Craig Treinen,

It is recommended that you prepare three memorized selections, which may include one musical theater piece and two songs of contrasting styles. You must be able to perform all music with piano accompaniment (no tracks). A foreign language piece is not required but is encouraged. An accompanist will be provided, but your own accompanist is welcome. The audition will include sight reading. This audition will be used for acceptance into voice degree programs: the BM in vocal performance, BA in voice, or a BM with vocal emphasis in music education.

Voice Contact: Kevin Kellim,

You are asked to perform two contrasting musical selections (two excerpts from the same, larger composition or two separate compositions). Examples of composers/literature would include, but is not limited to:

Trumpet: F.J. Haydn Concerto in Eb; Goedicke Concert Etude; A. Arutunian Concerto; H.L. Clarke Carnival of Venice; G. Balay Prelude Et Ballade; Handel/Fitzgerald Aria Con Variazioni; Arban - etudes from 14 Characteristic Studies (from the Arban's Complete Method), Goldman- etudes from Practical Studies for Trumpet.

Horn: Kopprasch 60 Studies for Horn; Maxime-Alphonse 200 New Melodic and Gradual Studies - Book 1 or 2, Max Pottag etude books, Any Mozart horn concerto - 1st movement - exposition, 3rd movement of 2, 3, or 4; Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1; Haydn Horn Concerto No. 1 or 2.

Trombone: Galliard Sonatas (one), Grafe Grand Concerto, Guillmant Morceau Symphonique, Ropartz Andante and Allegro, Hasse Suite, Barat Andante et Allegro, Telemann, G.P. Sonata in f Minor, Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto; David Concertino. And/or etudes from the following books:Rochut Melodious Etudes - Book I, Tyrell 40 Progressive Studies, Blazehevich Clef Studies.

Euphonium: Galliard Sonatas (one) Guillmant Morceau Symphonique, Ropartz Andante and Allegro, Barat Andante et Allegro. Any selections from the following etude collections: Tyrell Advanced Studies, Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies, Rochut Melodious Etudes Book 1.

Tuba: Bach/Bell Air and Bouree, Haddad Suite for Tuba, Beethoven/Bell Variations on Judas Maccabaeus, Jacob Tuba Suite, any Wilder Sonata or Suite, any selections from the following etude collections:Tyrell Advanced Studies; Blazevich 70 Studies; Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies.

Brass Contact: Michael Averett, 785.670.1515;

You should be prepared to perform a short piece on snare drum, keyboard percussion and timpani. Sight-reading may be included. Students who have not yet studied in all of these areas should prepare what they can. Suggested literature: 

Snare Drum: solos or etudes by Cirone, Pratt, Morgan; 

Keyboard Percussion: solos or etudes from Kite Reading Mallet Percussion Music, Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone, 4-Mallet solos by Peters, Abe, Smadbeck, Tanaka, Stout; Timpani: solos or etudes from Firth, Peters, Goodman, Carroll. Students who play drumset should be able to demonstrate swing, rock/funk, and ethnic styles. 

Percussion Contact: Von Hanson, 785.670.1847,

Non-Music Major: A prepared piece of your choice.

Music Education Major: Scales (major/minor). 2 contrasting works of your choice.

Performance Music Major: 3 or 4 octave scales (major/minor). 1 or 2 movements of Unaccompanied Bach. 1 movement of a standard concerto, sight reading (String Quartet).

Violin: Bach Sonatas and Partitas, Concertos of Mozart, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Wienowski et. al., or major sonatas.

Viola: Bach Sonatas and Partitas/Cello Suites, Concertos of Hoffmeister, Accolay, Stamitz, Telemann, Walton, Bartok et. al., or major sonatas.

Cello: Bach Suites, Concertos of Boccherini, Haydn, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Dvorak et. al.

Double Bass: Bach Cello Suites, Vivaldi Sonatas, Concertos of Dragonetti, Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Koussevitzky et. al.

Harp: Perform two works (preferably memorized) from standard solo repertory of contrasting style and historical periods.

String Contact: Zsolt Eder,

Students with organ experience: One organ piece from the Baroque Era (preferably by Bach) plus another selection in contrasting style; two hymns in contrasting style; and a major and a minor scale

Pianists wishing to begin organ study: A movement from a piano sonata from the classical period; a two-part Invention by Bach or something of similar difficulty; and a major and a minor scale.

Organ Contact: Song Yi Park, 

Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance: Two contrasting works, memorized, equivalent in difficulty to: Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier, Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven sonatas, Chopin etudes; etc.

Bachelor of Music - Music Education (piano emphasis): Two contrasting works, memorized, equivalent in difficulty to: Bach, Two-/Three-Part Inventions, Beethoven sonatas (Op. 49, 79), Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, Chopin preludes; etc.

Bachelor of Arts & Music Minor: Two contrasting works of the student's choice, memory optional.

Piano Contact: Shiao-li Ding;
You are asked to prepare two contrasting musical selections (two excerpts from the same, larger composition or two separate compositions). Examples of composers/literature would include, but is not limited to:

 J. S. Bach Sonatas, Handel Sonatas, Telemann Sonatas or Fantasies, Mozart Concertos or Andante in C, Flute Music by French Composers (pub: Schirmer), Debussy Syrinx, etudes from Selected Studies for Flute (H. Voxman, Pub: Rubank).

 Selections demonstrating student's most advanced level: one lyrical and one technical.

 C. M. Weber Concertino or Concertos, Mozart Concerto, Finzi Five Bagatelles, Tartini Concertino, Wagner Adagio, Concert and Contest Collection (H. Voxman, pub: Rubank), 16 Grand Solos de Concert (Published Southern Music Co.).

 Mozart Concerto in B flat, C. M. Weber Concerto, Telemann Sonata in f minor, Galliard or Marcello Sonatas, Vivaldi Concertos, etudes from the Weissenborn 50 Studies.

 Bozza Aria, Creston Sonata, J. Rueff Chanson et Passepied, etudes from Selected Studies for Saxophone (H. Voxman, Pub: Rubank), 48 Studies after Ferling (M. Mule, pub: Leduc), 27 Virtuoso Studies for Saxophone (L. Bassi, pub: Carl Fischer).

Woodwind Contact:
 Rebecca Meador, 785.670.1518;

Sight-reading will be part of all jazz auditions.

Horn players: Play the melody and improvise over one selection from the Jamey Aebersold play-along of your choice.

Pianists: Be able to “comp” chord changes.

Bassists and Drummers: Be able to demonstrate swing, rock/funk, and ethnic styles.

Jazz Contact: Craig Treinen, 785.670.1520;

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