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Undergraduate Admissions

As one of the nation’s most diverse collegiate music programs, we offer a variety of degree options to fit your personal interests and career goals. One of our greatest strengths is helping students find a successful bridge to their career in music.

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Fall 2023

Woodwinds Admissions

Fostering students individually and in groups in a comprehensive manner that prepares them for the competitive world of woodwind performance.


Key Admission Dates

Fall 2023

  • Freshman Early Action Deadline (Florida Residents only) October 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline for Freshman and Transfer applicants to apply to FSU, submit the Music Supplemental Application, and request an audition date. December 1
  • Final Deadline for Freshman and Transfer applicants February 1
  • On-campus auditions January 28 (except flute), February 11, February 25 (except oboe); other dates by appointment
  • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis February and March

Application Requirements

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1 Apply to Florida State University

Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Early Action

Florida resident Freshman applicants who apply by October 15 may be considered for an Early Action decision on December 15 based on their academic profile. However, all students must successfully pass an audition in January or February in order to gain admission to the College of Music.

International Students

Instructions for Freshman applicants

Instructions for Transfer applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate spoken and written proficiency by providing examination results. Proficiency exam exemptions are granted if certain conditions are fulfilled.


2 Apply to the College of Music

Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and any additional materials required for your major. The Supplemental Application allows you to select your audition date, and will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. Music Minors and current FSU students seeking to change their major should contact the College of Music Admissions Office for assistance.

Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List

A list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. This may include methods and etude studies. Students can upload a list of their own or create a new one on the Application Status Page.

Letter of Recommendation (1)

Your letter should be from a music teacher or conductor, and you will enter their contact information on your Application Status Page.


3 Complete your audition

Be sure to review the audition requirements below for your instrument. Auditions are to be unaccompanied.

Recorded Audition Guidelines

For those who choose the recorded audition option:

Video and audio is required. All audition materials should be recorded in separate, unedited videos.  Please introduce yourself and the piece at the beginning of each video.


Audition Requirements

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Choose your instrument of choice to see specific audition requirements.

Woodwinds Flute
All music majors and music minor:
  • W.A. Mozart: First movement from one of the following concerti:
    • Concerto in C for Flute and Harp
    • Concerto in G for Flute
    • Concerto in D for Flute
  • One piece of your choice in a contrasting style
  • One etude
  • Chromatic scale (3 octaves)
Additional requirement for performance majors:
  • one of the above works must be performed from memory

Applicants who have questions about appropriate repertoire please contact Dr. Karen Large.

Woodwinds Oboe
All music majors and music minor:
  • Solos:
    • Mozart Concerto (1st movement) or Haydn Concerto For Oboe (1st movement)
    • In addition, you may play a solo for English horn (if you have one).
  • Etudes:
    • Ferling: 48 Famous Etudes, Number 4
    • Barret: a slow Grand Study or Progressive Melody of your choosing
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • JS Bach: Cantata number 156 (Ferrillo, p. 22)
    • Rossini: Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri

Applicants who have questions about appropriate repertoire please contact Dr. Eric Ohlsson.

Woodwinds Clarinet
All music majors and music minor:
  • Two contrasting solo pieces (or movements). Examples given below.
  • All major scales.
Additional requirement for performance majors:
  • One orchestral excerpt. Examples given below.

Examples of solo pieces:

  • Concert pieces by Stamitz, Weber, Crusell, Mozart
  • Sonatas/sonatinas by Arnold, Bernstein, Martinu, Poulenc, Saint-Saens
  • Solo de concours by Debussy, Lefebvre, Marty, Messager, Rabaud
  • Burgmuller Duo, Cavallini Adagio & Tarantella, Widor Introduction & Rondo

Examples of orchestral excerpts:

  • Beethoven Symphonies 4, 6, 8
  • Brahms Symphonies 2-4
  • Mendelssohn Scherzo; Symphonies 3, 4
  • Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol
  • Tchaikovsky Symphonies 5, 6

Applicants who have questions about appropriate repertoire please contact Dr. Deborah Bish or Dr. Jonathan Holden.

Woodwinds Bassoon
All music majors and music minor:
  • 1st and 2nd movements of W.A. Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191 or 1st and 2nd movements of C.M. von Weber: Concerto for Bassoon in F Major, Op. 75
  • A work of your choice in a contrasting style
  • One etude from Ludwig Milde: Concert Studies, Op. 26, volume I (etudes #1-25)
  • Twelve major scales, at least two octaves (in 8th notes, at least at quarter=80); full-range chromatic scale.

Applicants who have questions about appropriate repertoire please contact Prof. Jeff Keesecker.

Woodwinds Saxophone
All music majors and music minor:
  • Scales: Db major, E major, Bb Major, G major, F# major
  • 5-10 minutes of music from the standard repertoire for alto saxophone (ex: Creston Sonata, Heiden Sonata, Glazunov Concerto, Ibert Concertino da Camera, Maurice Tableaux de Provence, or equivalent),
  • 1 etude (ex: Ferling, Voxman, Lacour, Bozza, or equivalent).
Additional requirement for performance majors:
  • All of the above, plus the following minor scales: Eb minor, F minor, D minor, B minor, A minor.

Applicants who have questions about appropriate repertoire please contact Prof. Geoff Deibel.


Audition Day Itinerary

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Time: 8:00 AM
Location: HMU 114
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Breezeway
Campus Tour

A student ambassador will lead a tour of College of Music facilities and other important sites around campus.

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Opperman Music Hall
Welcome/General Session

Meet Dean Todd Queen and other key faculty and staff from the College of Music. Learn more about the programs of the College as well as details regarding the admission process, scholarships, and housing. Question and answer session will follow.

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Various
Academic Majors

Meet some of the professors and current students in our academic degree programs:

  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Theory & Composition
  • Commercial Music
Time: 12:00 PM
Lunch Hour
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Various
Special Interest Sessions
  • Students interested in dual degrees/double majors
  • Transfer students
  • Meet an Advisor
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Various
Audition Appointments
Time: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Location: Breezeway
Music Living-Learning Community Tour

Meet faculty, staff, and students from the LLC and learn about housing options for music majors

Time: 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM
Location: Allen Music Library (HMU)
Tours of the Warren D. Allen Music Library
Time: All afternoon
Location: KMU 214
Drop-in to chat with Admissions and Advising staff

Have all of your final questions answered! Speak one-on-one with an admissions representative, our Director of Undergraduate Programs, or our advisor.

Common Questions

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Who is required to audition, and how are auditions scheduled?

All undergraduate applicants must pass an audition to enter the College of Music. Auditions are scheduled via the Music Supplemental application, submitted on the Application Status Page.  Applicants who complete their supplemental application by December 1st are generally able to secure their first-choice audition date, but requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is a prescreening recording required?

Prescreenings are required for the following instruments/degree programs:

  • BM or BFA in Music Theatre
  • BM in Piano Performance

Prescreening submissions are due by December 1 and results will be released by December 15. Applicants who are successful in this first round will be invited to campus for a full audition on one of the dates listed above. (Music Theatre will have a second round via Zoom, followed by a final round on campus).

How do I apply for the music minor?

Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors. Students who wish to apply for a music minor should contact for access to the application.

I am already enrolled at FSU but I would like to change my major or add a minor. How do I apply?

Current students who wish to apply to the College of Music should contact for access to the application.

Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Everyone who auditions as a music major is automatically considered for talent scholarships and assistantships, and no additional application is necessary.

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What are the guidelines for recorded auditions?

While all students are encouraged to audition on campus, most studios will accept a recorded video audition in lieu of a live audition. Students who wish to audition on campus but have scheduling conflicts may request an alternate on-campus audition date. Please note the following recorded audition guidelines:

  • CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted – upload your recording(s) to YouTube or Vimeo and attach to the application. YouTube videos may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private.
  • Recordings must include video (no audio-only recordings, please) and should be unedited. Video links are to be submitted on the Application Status Page.
  • Some areas prefer one continuous recording and others prefer individual recordings of each selection. See repertoire requirements for your instrument for clarification.
  • Begin each recording facing the camera and introduce yourself and the piece(s) you are about to present.
  • Please ensure that recordings are of the highest quality possible and that all audition requirements are uploaded. We do understand that most applicants will not have access to professional recording equipment – faculty will take this into account in their evaluation. Watch/listen to your recordings before you submit them!
  • Voice auditions must be accompanied – no a cappella singing, please. Instrumentalists should play unaccompanied.
  • Exceptions:
    • Applicants for Music Theatre will not submit recorded auditions. Auditions will be conducted live, via Zoom. Final callbacks will be on campus.
    • Percussion auditions must be completed on-campus except in extraordinary situations (e.g., international applicants). Please contact if you wish to request a recorded or remote audition.

Recorded Auditions must be submitted no later than midnight on February 1.

Is an accompanist provided?

An accompanist is provided, free of charge, for all voice and music theatre auditions on campus. Rehearsal time is not provided, however, and scores should not be submitted in advance. Please bring neat copies, in a book or organized in a binder, in the appropriate key(s). Students may bring their own accompanist to the audition if they wish.

Instrumental auditions will be unaccompanied.

How many times may I audition?

Students are allowed a maximum of three audition attempts per instrument/voice, per degree level (bachelors, master’s, doctoral). Applicants are allowed one audition per application.