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The SHSU School of Music offers substantial music scholarships based on your entrance audition. In addition, there are other scholarships that can be earned while attending Sam Houston based on merit, GPA and service to the University.

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Audition Requirements

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String Area Faculty


Javier Pinell, violin

Naomi Gjevre, violin
Dawson White, viola
Daniel Saenz, cello
Deborah Dunham, double bass
Lex Valk, double bass
Alejandro Montiel, guitar
Paula Page, harp


Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Audition Requirements (violin, viola, cello, and bass)

  1. One three-octave scale and arpeggios (minor and major).
  2. Two contrasting pieces or movements from a sonata or concerto.
  3. Memorization is required for performance majors and optional for all other majors.

Audition Requirements for Harp

  1. Two contrasting pieces or movements from a sonata or concerto (Performance Majors must play at least one of these from memory).
  2. One orchestral excerpt from the standard literature.

Graduate Audition

  1. First movement of a major concerto with cadenza (if applicable).
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata/Partita/Suite (from memory).

Audition Dates for entrance in the 2016 - 2017 school year:

  • February 6th, 2016
  • February 20th, 2016
  • March 19th, 2016

School of Music Audtion Information


School of Music
Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

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