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Clarinet Audition Requirements

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For New Clarinet Students

In order to complete your acceptance into the CWU Department of Music program, you must audition for the music faculty. This 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.

For your audition we recommend the following:

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


1. Major scales, at least 2 octaves 
2. Two contrasting selections. 
For example, a quick and a slow etude from the 32 Etudes by C. Rose, a fast and slow movement from a sonata or concerto, etc.;
3. Sight reading may be required 

Performance majors should prepare three works to include 20th century and earlier styles.

Admission Audition times must be arranged directly with Professor Joseph Brooks. He can be reached by calling the Dept. of Music at 509-963-1216 or by email. Auditions should be scheduled during our annual Audition Days, in January, or by appointment with Professor Brooks.

Audition Registration
Before you can audition you must register for an audition time. Please use the online audition form found on our Audition Information Page. You should also consider submitting recommendation forms, also found on that page.

Large Ensemble Audition Requirements

For New and Returning Clarinet Students wising to play in a large ensemble

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band auditions take place during the first week of each new quarter. Fall auditions have specific materials for all who intend to play in a large ensemble. Visit our Auditions Excerpts page for these excerpts. Please note Bass Clarinet auditions have no specific excerpts. Please play excerpts of your choice.

Auditions for Winter and/or Spring will be announced as needed. Contact Professor Brooks for more information.

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