The Illinois State University guitar studio offers a supportive environment for classical guitarists to explore a myriad of guitar music through the decades while developing excellent technique and musicianship.
Students receive weekly lessons and masterclasses consisting of technique sessions, performance forums, and discussion. Students perform in the various recitals and are given the chance to perform for visiting guest artists. Among those who have come include Denis Azabagic, Johannes Moller, Lily Afshar, and Adam Holzman.
In the fall of each school year, the guitar ensemble focuses on duets and trios to build small group bonds and cooperation. These allow students to focus on a variety of musical styles and work with other students. Spring semester, the Guitar Ensemble will work together as a large group, performing an ensemble piece together. These rehearsals often happen during Masterclass time.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
In order to audition for the guitar studio at Illinois State, a student must have at least six months of consistent guitar lessons from a qualified instructor before auditioning. Practice diligently. Classical technique serves as a good foundation for your hands when you play other styles. When learned well, classical technique affords efficient use of the hands/fingers. To audition for our studio you will need,
Major and minor scales in two and three octaves using rest strokes and free strokes; be prepared to sight-read melodies up to the fifth position. In addition, applicants must perform from memory one work in each of the following categories, not to exceed 15 minutes:
Choose any three of the following (or works of equivalent level):
Note: All students auditioning for acceptance into the B.M. in Jazz Studies sequence must complete two separate auditions: one classical audition on your instrument (see each studio’s requirements) and also a jazz audition (requirements listed below.)
Note: For numbers 2 - 4 above, students may use a play-along device of their choosing if desired such as “I-Real Pro” or they may choose to play unaccompanied.