Classical guitar auditions consist of two selections of contrasting styles and character that will demonstrate the student’s technical and musical ability. Selections to be performed should be chosen from the standard solo repertoire for the classical guitar and both selections together should total no more than 10 minutes in length. Suggested repertoire includes:

  • Luis Milan – “Pivana No. 1” and “Pivana No. 6”
  • J.S. Bach – “Prelude in D minor” and “Bourrée in E minor”
  • Mateo Carcassi – Studies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 19 from “25 Melodious Studies”
  • Fernando Sor – any of the “Studies for the Guitar” (Segovia edition)
  • Francisco Tàrrega – “Làgrima” and “Adelita”
  • Manuel Poncé – any of the preludes (Segovia edition)
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos – any of the preludes

Original compositions and arrangements of popular songs are not acceptable repertoire for the audition.


In addition to the prepared selections, students will be asked to perform scales (C, G, D, A and E major).


Students will be asked to sight-read an easy piece.

Preparation tips

Students who are planning to audition should be studying with a qualified classical guitar instructor. A qualified instructor can properly prepare you for a successful audition.

If you have any questions, contact John Patykula, coordinator of guitar.