Auditions

Repertoire

Undergraduate

For the undergraduate harp audition, please prepare:

  1. Three solo (unaccompanied) works
    • Choose works that demonstrate your current level of performance and a broad command of stylistic differences.
    • At least two of the works should be performed from memory.
    • Original works for harp are preferred, but it is acceptable to include one transcription, particularly for repertoire from the Baroque or Classical periods. Examples would include works by D. Scarlatti, Galuppi, Haydn, J.S. Bach, etc.
    • One of your solos should be written after 1950. You may use music for the performance of contemporary scores.
  2. One cadenza from the standard orchestral repertoire
    • Please choose from the following list:
      • Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

      • Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor (any edition)

      • Ravel – Tzigane

      • Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers OR Swan Lake

  3. Sight-reading during the audition.

Graduate

To audition for the graduate program in harp performance, please prepare:

  1. Three solo (unaccompanied) works
    • Choose works that demonstrate your current level of performance and a broad command of stylistic differences.
    • At least two of the works should be performed from memory.
    • Original works for harp are preferred, but it is acceptable to include one transcription, particularly for repertoire from the Baroque or Classical periods. You are also welcome to include your own transcription of a work, but music must be provided to the panel during the audition.
    • One of your solos should be written after 1950. You may use music for the performance of contemporary scores.
  2. Concerto excerpt (choose one)
    • Mozart, Concerto for Harp, 1st movement (no cadenza)
    • Handel, Concerto for Harp in Bb Major, 1st movement (no repeats)
    • Ravel, Introduction et Allegro, complete
    • Debussy, Danses, complete
  3. One orchestral excerpt or cadenza from the following list:
    • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Harp 1 (Mvt. II: beginning to 1 measure after reh 33)
    • Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (cadenza)
    • Debussy: La Mer, Harp 1 (Mvt. I: Reh 2-6 and Mvt II: 4 measures after reh 33 to 5 measures after reh 36)
    • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (cadenza; any edition)
    • Ravel: Tzigane (cadenza)
    • Strauss: Salome’s Dance, Harp 1 (letter F to V)
    • Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (Mvt. III: 1 measure before Reh 172 to 177)
    • Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (cadenza)

How to Apply 

  • Apply to the University of Arizona via the Office of Admissions
  • Submit your application to the Fred Fox School of Music via Get Acceptd
  • For the 2021 audition season, prospective harp students must submit video recordings. For harp, there will be no live auditions taking place on campus. Video auditions are preferred over live-online auditions, due to potential sound quality and internet issues.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to submit applications to both the University of Arizona and the Fred Fox School of Music by December 1, 2020 for best scholarship consideration.
  • Audition video recordings are due by March 1, 2021. Please consult the harp repertoire requirements for our Undergraduate and Graduate programs and email Dr. Gott at gottharp@arizona.edu with any questions.
  • Graduate students are required to submit additional material:
    • Academic transcripts
    • Resume/CV
    • 1-2 page Statement of Purpose
    • 3 letters of reference
    • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Students interested in the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) position also need to submit a teaching video. Due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the potential difficulty of acquiring such material. Please contact Dr. Gott to discuss options for your situation.

Prospective students are welcome to email Dr. Gott at gottharp@arizona.edu with any questions or to schedule a trial lesson!