CWU Department of Music
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Admission Audition Requirements

For New Oboe Students

In order to study Oboe at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. This step is required to complete your acceptance into the CWU Department of Music program. This audition gives us an opportunity to hear the level you have achieved in your musical skills and it gives you the opportunity to discuss your development with collegiate instructors. Performance entrance standards may be found at the bottom of the page. For more details about the admissions process pleas visit our Music Program Auditions & Admissions page.

For your audition we recommend the following:

  • Select music which best displays your performance level.
  • We strongly recommend you prepare your audition material under the supervision of your private teacher and/or music director.


  • 1 two octave major scale, 1 two octave minor scales (harmonic or melodic)
  • 2 contrasting etudes (suggested: Barret or Ferling 48 Famous Studies)
  • 2 contrasting movements of standard solo repertoire

Admissions Audition Registration

Before you can audition you must register for an audition time. Please visit our Music Admission & Audition Registration page for further information. 

Ensemble Audition Requirements

For new and returning oboe students wishing to play in a large CWU Ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band auditions will take place during the first week of of each new quarter. Fall auditions have specific materials for all who intend to play in a large ensemble. For the schedule, and further details, please visit our Ensemble Auditions page. Auditions for Winter and/or Spring will be announced as needed. Check our Audition Excerpts page for specific flute excerpts.

Contact Dr. Scott Erickson for more information.

  • Performance Standards, Oboe

    Transfer students who have oboe as their major instrument will be placed at an applied level that is based on their skill achievement. Music to be studied each year will vary some, depending on the student's ability and past music learned. Below are representative samples (not a complete list), of music that will typically be studied at the college level.

    "The man who think he can
    and the man who thinks he can't are both right"
    - Henry Ford

    Junior Level, Music 364


    • 2 Barret articulation studies


    • Saint Saens Sonata for oboe
    • Bach Concerto for oboe and violin

    Orchestral Excerpts:

    • Beethoven Symphony No. 9, II. Scherzo solos
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 1, III. Lento, solos

    Senior Level, Music 464


    • 2 Barret articulation studies


    • Mozart Concerto
    • Strauss Concerto

    Orchestral Excerpts:

    • Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin, I. Prelude
    • Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, II. Vivaco non troppo