Potential voice majors must present a memorized performance of three or four art songs or a combination of art songs and arias in contrasting styles and from different historical periods. (It is preferred that Musical Theatre songs not be used for audition.) These works should reflect the student's level of technical and interpretive skill. If previous study has included significant repertoire in a language other than English, one piece performed in the audition should be representative of the singer's competence in that language.

Singers requiring Bucknell accompanists for their auditions must send their music to the department at least two weeks prior to the audition date.


Violin: An etude from one of the standard etude books, such as Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Rode, or Dont; two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita of J.S. Bach, or two contrasting movements from a Baroque sonata by a composer such as Handel or Corelli; a movement of a concerto from the standard repertory by a composer such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, or Bruch; three-octave scales and arpeggios.

Viola: An etude from Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Campagnoli (Op. 22), or Fuchs; a movement from one of the unaccompanied works by Bach for cello or violin; a concerto by Telemann, J.C. Bach, or Stamitz; all major and minor scales and arpeggios. Applicants whose achievement level so qualifies them may also prepare one of the following: Block Suite for Viola and Orchestra; concertos by Bartók, Handel, Hindemith, Piston, Walton, or works of comparable difficulty.

Cello: One movement of a standard concerto of moderate difficulty, such as those by Saint-Saëns, Lalo, or Romberg; two movements of a standard sonata, such as Sammartini G Major, Francoeur E Major, or Boccherini A Major; two contrasting movements from a Bach suite; two contrasting etudes, such as Popper Nos. 6 and 8, or Duport Nos. 1 and 7; major and minor scales and arpeggios in three or four octaves.

Bass: Two movements from a Baroque sonata by a composer such as Eccles or Antoniotti; excerpt from etudes by Simandl or Bille; orchestral excerpts from a symphony by Beethoven, Mozart, or Haydn; two-octave major and minor scales.


Applicants for a piano major will be expected to play two or three works in contrasting styles from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th-century literature. Students will be expected to sight-read and candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree will also be asked to play scales and arpeggios.

Wind instruments

Students should prepare at least two contrasting movements from concerti, sonatas, or standard etudes that best demonstrate the student's technical and lyrical musical achievement. Student will also be asked to play scales to demonstrate range and tone throughout the instrument's range.


Percussionists are encouraged to audition on snare, timpani, and mallet percussion instruments to demonstrate their background and versatility. Solos and/or etudes by such composers as Schinstine, Firth, Peters, Musser, Buch are recommended.


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