Conservatory Admission

  •  Auditions


    Students planning to earn a Bachelor of Music through Capital's Conservatory of Music follow a two-step process to become fully admitted.

    1. Apply for academic acceptance at Capital University by creating your account and turning in your admission application and all of the required supporting documents online.
    2. Turn in the audition application and complete an audition. (This can only be done once you have been academically accepted.) Read below to find out more about the auditions and instrument requirements.


    We offer the option to complete your audition either on-campus or using a video. Be sure to note the audition requirements below prior to your audition.

    On-Campus auditions
    Complete the audition application to select the date that best fits your schedule and to learn more about what to expect on your audition date.

    Fall 2015

    The group audition dates for students starting in the fall of 2015 have passed. We are still working with students to complete individual auditions throughout the summer. Contact Susanna Mayo at or 614-236-6101 to discuss your options.

    Fall 2016

    The audition dates for fall semester of 2016 are tentatively scheduled as follows:

    • January 23, 2016
    • February 6, 2016
    • February 20, 2016
    • March 12, 2016

    Video auditions
    We encourage students who are unable to attend an on-campus audition to submit a video audition. Follow the same instrument guidelines found below and upload your recorded audition pieces.

    Contact Susanna Mayo, Coordinator of Conservatory Recruitment, by phone at 614-236-6101 or by email at

  • Emphasis Requirements
    • Bassoon

      Major scales in all keys, at least 2 octaves. Chromatic scale demonstrating applicant's complete range (preferably at least 3 octaves). Two contrasting solos; possible choices include movements from Mozart, Weber or Vivaldi bassoon concertos or Telemann Sonata in f minor; one of the solos may be an etude from Weissenborn, Milde, Gambaro or equivalent. Sight-reading.

      Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon: Betsy Sturdevant

    • Clarinet

      Major and chromatic scales in two octaves. One etude from any of the following studies: Melodious and Progressive Studies Book I or II; Rose 32 Etudes; Rose 40 Etudes. A solo piece comparable to the following: Mozart, Concerto K. 622 (movements 1 or 3); von Weber, Concertino; Cavallini, Adagio and Tarantella; Poulenc, Sonata (movements 1 or 3). Sight-reading.

      Associate Professor of Clarinet: Dr. Gail L. Zugger

    • Classical Jazz Contemporary Guitar
      Major scales, one or two octaves using at least two fingerings. Two solo pieces any style. Sight-reading melodies. Demonstrate improvisational skills and chord progressions if jazz/contemporary guitar major.
    • Composition
      Composition applicants must submit a portfolio of representative original compositions, with the expectation of three to four works of contrasting style. The portfolio must be submitted with the audition application and should include notated scores of all acoustic compositions and recorded representations (CD or cassette of live performances or computer realizations) of all pieces. In addition to the composition audition/interview, you will be scheduled to audition on your primary instrument.
    • Double Bass
      Major and minor scales and arpeggios in one, two or three octaves. Two contrasting – slow and fast – movements or complete works. Sight-reading.
    • Euphonium

      All major and chromatic scales, one octave. One etude from Rochut, Melodious Etudes or Tyrell 40 Progressive Etudes or equivalent, and a solo piece equivalent to or from the following: Blazhevich, Concert Piece No. 5; Barat, Andante and Allegro; Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique. Sight-reading.

      Professor of Euphonium and Trombone: Dr. Thomas Zugger

    • Flute

      Two-octave major scales and arpeggios, all keys; three-octaves for C and chromatic. Two contrasting solos from different style periods. Possible solos from various periods are Bach, Handel or Telemann sonatas or suites (Baroque); Mozart, Quantz or Stamitz concerti (classical); Chaminade Concertino, Faure Fantasie, Poulenc Sonata, Doppler Fantasie (Romantic); the Debussy Syrinx, Hindemith Sonata, works by Muczynski or Hoover (contemporary). Sight-reading. Optional: Minor scales [natural, melodic, and/or harmonic] and arpeggios.

      Professor of Flute: Dr. Lisa A. Jelle 

    • Harp
      Major and minor scales in all keys. Two contrasting solos and two orchestral excerpts preferable, including one cadenza, e.g. “Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake” or Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Sight-reading.
    • Horn

      All major and chromatic scales, one octave. Major arpeggios, legato and articulated. Two contrasting etudes from Kopprasch, Alphonse, Gallay or a comparable etude of the student’s choice. One solo movement from a concerto or sonata by Mozart, Franz Strauss, Richard Strauss, Hindemith or Heiden or a solo of comparable difficulty. Sight-reading.

      Adjunct Instructor of Horn: Kimberly McCann

    • Jazz Contemporary Bass
      Minimum one-octave major scales – all keys. Chromatic scale, minimum two octaves, starting with low F. Walking bass pattern over a 12-bar blues progression in B-fl at or F. Two selections must be chosen from the following: "Misty,” “Autumn Leaves,” “A-Train,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Satin Doll” or “Gone With The Wind.” Preparation of the two selections should be as follows: melody, bass line, solo (improvisation) optional. The two selections must be performed in contrasting styles (i.e. walking 4/4 swing style vs. bossa or ballad. The student also must prepare one selection of his or her choice. Sight-reading.
    • Jazz Piano Contemporary Keyboard
      Major and minor scales, hands together. Ability to play a prepared melody and accompaniment for two contrasting selections in the popular/jazz idiom. Realization of popular/jazz chord progressions at sight. Any prepared classical literature. Demonstrate improvisational skills.
    • Oboe

      Major and minor scales in two octaves. A study from one of the following or equivalent: Barret, Melodious Studies; Ferling, 48 Famous Studies; Sellner, Progressive Studies. A solo piece from the following or the equivalent: Handel, Sonata No. 1 or Concerto No. 2 in B-fl at; Emil Paladilhe, Solo De Concert; Haydn, Concerto in C. Sight-reading.

      Adjunct Instructor of Oboe: Stephen Secan

    • Organ
      A minimum of two selections (three preferred) of contrasting styles or periods. One from the following or the equivalent: Prelude in G Minor, Prelude in F Major from J.S. Bach Eight Little Preludes and Fugues. Sight-read one hymn. Applicants who have not previously studied organ should play a Bach two-part invention or a comparable piece on the piano.
    • Percussion
      Applicant should demonstrate ability in a minimum of three of the following five areas: snare drum: solo or etude; mallet percussion: solo or etude using two, three or four mallets; timpani: contest solo, orchestral excerpts, or etude of moderate difficulty; drum set: demonstrate basic style concepts of drum set drumming and may prepare a short solo to demonstrate improvisational skills; multiple percussion: solo or etude of moderate difficulty. Student also should be prepared to sight-read and play rudiments and scales. Students should supply sticks, mallets and literature. Demonstrate improvisational skills if appropriate.
    • Piano
      Candidates for piano study must demonstrate evidence reasonably justifying that they will satisfactorily complete a four-year degree program. They should have acquired systematic methods of practice and are expected to play fluently on all major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios in four octaves. Standard works corresponding in difficulty to the sonatas of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven should have been studied. Repertoire for the audition should include three compositions in contrasting styles, comparable to the following: Beethoven Sonata Op. 2, No.1; Mozart Sonatas K283 and K332; Chopin Preludes, Waltzes and Nocturnes; a dance movement from J.S. Bach Suites or a prelude and fugue from the WTC I&II. Audition material must be performed from memory. Sight-reading materials will be given at the audition.
    • Saxophone

      Major and chromatic scales, two octaves or full range. Minor scales optional. An OMEA Class A or comparable contest-level solo such as the Maurice Tableaux de Provence, Heiden Solo or Sonata, Creston Sonata, Sonatas by Bach or Handel, Ibert Concertino da camera, etc. Jazz saxophonists may present two contrasting selections (such as medium swing, ballad, straight-eighth, be-bop, etc.) with improvisation, in place of or in addition to the above materials. A play-along CD is recommended for jazz auditions. All wind players will be asked to sight-read as part of the audition.

      Professor of Saxophone: Dr. Michael Cox
    • Trombone

      All major and chromatic scales. One etude from Rochut, Melodious Etudes, Book 1; or Tyrell, Blume, Kopprasch or equivalent and a contrasting solo composition equivalent to Barat, Andante and Allegro; Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique; Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto. Jazz trombone players may present two contrasting selections (such as medium swing, ballad, straight-eighth, be-bop, etc.) with improvisation, in place of or in addition to the above materials. A play-along CD is recommended for jazz auditions. All brass players will be asked to sight-read as part of the audition.

      Professor of Trombone and Euphonium: Dr. Thomas Zugger
    • Trumpet

      Major and chromatic scales, minor scales optional. Two contrasting etudes from: Brandt, Concone, Goldman, Small, Vannettelbosch, Voxman or a comparable etude of applicant’s choice. One solo selection from a concerto or sonata by Arutiunian, Haydn, Hindemith, Hummel, Kennan, Stevens or a comparable solo of the applicant’s choice. Jazz trumpet players may present two contrasting selections (such as medium swing, ballad, straight-eighth, be-bop, etc.) with improvisation, in place of or in addition to the above materials. A play-along CD is recommended for jazz auditions. All brass players will be asked to sight-read as part of the audition.

      Associate Professor of Trumpet: Rob Parton 

    • Tuba

      All major and chromatic scales one octave. Two contrasting studies from one of the following or the equivalent: Blazhevich, Grigoriev, Vasiliev, Bordogni, Rochut. A solo piece from the following or the equivalent: Bach/Bell, Air and Bourree; Beversdorf, Sonata for Tuba; Capuzzi/Catilinet, Andante and Rondo; Catozzi, Beelzebub; Nelhybel, Suite. Sight-reading.

      Associate Professor of Tuba: Tony Zilincik
    • Viola
      Major and minor scales and arpeggios. One etude equivalent to Kreutzer. Two short contrasting solos, or two contrasting movements of the same work.
    • Violin
      Major and minor scales and arpeggios (three octaves preferred). One etude from Kreutzer, Rhode or equivalent. Two contrasting solo works, or two contrasting movements of a concerto or sonata.
    • Violoncello
      Major and minor scales in three octaves through four sharps and four flats. An etude equivalent to Dotzauer or Schroeder Foundation Studies. Two solos of contrasting style, or two contrasting movements that show both bowing and fingering technique. Sight-reading.
    • Voice

      General Vocal Audition Requirements and Information:

      • All materials must be memorized.
      • Sight-reading and tonal memory will be included in the audition process.
      • An accompanist will be provided.
      • Pop songs and contemporary religious songs are not appropriate for entrance auditions.

      Major Specific Vocal Audition Requirements:

      • Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance: Two selections in contrasting styles, including a foreign language selection. Applicants who have an interest in opera may perform an appropriate aria from that repertoire.
      • Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance with emphasis in Musical Theater and Opera: Two selections in contrasting style including traditional music (aria, art song) and one selection from the American Musical Theater repertoire. In addition, a one-minute memorized spoken monologue from a play or musical production. 
      • Bachelor of Music - Music Education, Music Industry, Music Technology, Composition or Bachelor of Arts in Music: Two selections in contrasting styles, at least one of which is chosen from traditional repertoire. A foreign language selection may be used.