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Auditions and Admission

Dept. Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission into the Department of Music at Boise State University consist of two main steps:

  1. Apply to Boise State
  2. Audition for the Department of Music

Please note that these steps only apply if you want to major or minor in music.  Any Boise State student is eligible to participate in our ensembles — regardless of major.  Other than auditions for the Blue Thunder Marching Band, our ensemble directors typically hold membership auditions and placement auditions during the first week of classes.  More information on the ensembles and their types of auditions can be found at Boise State Music Ensembles.

Area Audition Repertoire Requirements

Symphony Orchestra Audition Info

Please go to the download link to download the audition material for your respective instrument. Each download will contain the marked excerpts (in red) and audition requirements for your instrument. Please follow them carefully as to not miss anything.

All Auditions to Take Place in C117 of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Violins
    Saturday, August 20, 2022
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Violas, Cellos, Basses
    Saturday, August 20, 2022
    1:00-4:00 pm
  • Winds/Brass/Perc.
    Sunday, August 21, 2022
    1:00-4:00 pm

Auditions will be done behind a screen for a committee of Boise State faculty from each of the respective instrumental areas. Under extenuating circumstances, auditions may sometimes be done by recording prior to the dates listed above. Please contact Prof. Purdy for further information.

  1. A 2 minute solo of your choice.
  2. Marked excerpts. All marked excerpts for your instrument should be prepared as close to tempo as possible. It behooves you to listen to recordings of each of these pieces and work with your private teacher on the various elements of these excerpts that will make for a successful audition.

Please click to schedule your audition. Be sure to click on the appropriate tab for your instrument at the bottom of the page.

For more detail, please visit our orchestra website here. Specific questions can be answered by the orchestra’s musical director, Prof. Purdy.