CWU Department of Music
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Admission Audition Requirements

For New Saxophone Students

In order to study Saxophone 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.


  • Major scales, at least 2 octaves
  • Two contrasting selections. For example:
    • A quick and slow etude from the 48 Famous Studies by W. Ferling
    • A fast and slow movement from a sonata or concerto, etc.
  • Sight reading may be required
  • Performance majors should prepare three works to include 20th century and earlier styles.

Jazz Improvisation

Jazz Improvisation auditions require:

  • two charts in contrasting styles (Blues in F or Bb, a jazz standard from the "realbook", etc)
  • A taped accompaniment or Aebersold play along disc is acceptable and encouraged for a Jazz Improvisation audition.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to be admitted at the 364 level, or higher, must demonstrate competencies equivalent to those listed on the appropriate Performance Standards section below.

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. 

Large Ensemble Audition Requirements

For new and returning saxophone students wishing to play in a large 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 saxophone excerpts.

Contact Dr. Adam Pelandini for more information.

Jazz Band auditions

Jazz Band auditions will take place during the first week of each new quarter. Visit the Jazz Auditions page for more information, charts, and scheduled times.

Contact Professor Chris Bruya if you have any further jazz audition questions.

  • Performance Standards, Saxophone

    To begin your studies at the 364 level in the Saxophone Studio at CWU you must demonstrate proficiency on your instrument in an audition or placement lesson based upon the guidelines below. Students not meeting these standard may be placed in the 164 or 264 level based upon the discretion of the auditioning faculty.

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

    Junior level

    To pass into the 364 level, the student should demonstrate Minimum competencies:

    • All major, melodic minor, chromatic and whole tone scales from The Foundation Studies for Saxophone by David Hite
      (quarter note = 100 for music ed majors, 112 for performance majors)
    • Two selctions
      • One lyrical
      • One highly technical
        (approx. 10 minutes of music) selected from the following list:

    Saxophone Repertoire

    • Syrinx, Debussy
    • Sonata, Wilder
    • Sonata, Dubois
    • Sonate, Eychenne
    • Gavambodi 2, Charpentier
    • Three Romances, Schumann
    • Dittico, Stevens
    • Sarabande and Gigue, Fisher Tull
    • Rapsodie, Vellones
    • Aria, Ibert
    • Duo, Hartley
    • Pieces Carateristiques, Dubois
    • Ballade, Tomasi, Leduc
    • Cinq Danses Exotiques, Francaix
    • Sonatine Sportive, Tcherepnine, Leduc
    • Piazolla, Tango Etudes
    • Concerto, Galzounov
    • Concerto, Hartley
    • Sonata, Bourrel
    • Sonata, Heiden
    • Concertino, Donizetti
    • Sonata, Muczynski
    • Tableaux, Maurice
    • Sonata, Creston
    • Valse Vanite, Weidoft
    • Prelude and Salterelle, Planel
    • Scaramouche, Milhaud