Majors are not offered and auditions are not heard in classical saxophone or euphonium.

Notes for Applicants:

  • All applicants must submit a screening audition for review via the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal.
  • Screening recordings and recorded auditions must be audio/video recordings. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted. 
  • Screening deadline: December 4. 
  • Final audition recordings deadline: February 1.
  • When choosing repertoire to satisfy requirements of your choice, we encourage exploring the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, or other works that you find personally meaningful or diverse. Choosing repertoire is an opportunity to showcase works that best reflect your culture, gender or other forms of self-identity. Check the Oberlin Conservatory Library webpage Diversify your Repertoire for ideas to get started.

Special Note for Winds, Brass, and Percussion Applicants

In addition to submitting final audition recordings, applicants will be scheduled for a live video session with applied faculty in your area of study. This will give you the opportunity to get to know the faculty and learn more about the program. The session will feel more like a lesson and/or interview rather than a live audition, however you may still be asked to perform works from the final audition requirements. You will receive information about selecting a date and time for your session after passing the screening review.

Screening Requirements

  • Faure's Morceau de Concours for flute and piano
  • Minimum of one additional piece of applicant's choice

The piano accompaniment is required for Faure's Morceau de Concours, but the other piece(s) may be submitted without piano accompaniment. We understand that recording with live piano accompaniment may prove challenging this year due to COVID-19. If live accompaniment is not possible, we recommend using this recorded piano accompaniment for your video submission or invite you to upload a short recording (no more than three minutes) of yourself in a previous performance with piano or in a chamber ensemble.

Final Audition Requirements

  • Two or three selections, including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces, of contrasting styles from standard repertoires

It is recommended that the piece required for screening, Faure's Morceau de Concours, not be one of the final audition pieces chosen. Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi.  While not required, orchestral excerpts are welcomed and encouraged.

Screening Requirements:

  • One or more pieces of the applicant's choice, totaling approximately ten minutes of playing

Audition Requirements:

  • Two or three selections, including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces, of contrasting styles from standard repertoires
  • Barret's Sixteen Grand Studies, any one of the applicant's choice 

Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi. 

Screening Requirements

  • One piece of the applicant's choice, no more than ten minutes of playing

The selected work should demonstrate the following criteria to the best of your ability: creativity, lyrical playing, technical facility and the passion for the instrument and repertoire you have chosen to perform. Please announce your name and the title of the piece at the beginning of the video.

Final Audition Requirements:

Two required works:

  • Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, first movement, exposition only: m. 57-m. 155
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Clarinet Quintet Op.10, second movement, begin at 5th bar of letter O and end at 3rd bar of Letter P

One of the following works:

One orchestral excerpt:

Bb or A clarinet is acceptable for any work. If you would like to perform a solo or excerpts on the bass clarinet or E-flat clarinet, it would be in addition to the requirements above. Piano accompaniment is optional. Please announce your name before performing.

Screening Requirement:

  • First movement of a standard concerto or solo piece of applicant's choice

Final Audition Requirements:

  • Lyrical selection: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by Ulysses Kay  
  • Standard concerto of applicant's choice, first movement
  • Excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, second movement
    • Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture, mm. 139-171
  • One Milde scale/chord study from Op. 24
  • D major scale, 3 octaves

Screening Requirements:

  • One solo piece of applicant's choice, such as the first movement of Kennan's Trumpet Sonata and the second movement of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto
  • One étude; such as Charlier, Étude #2 or Arban, Characteristic Study #1.
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, "Promenade"
    • Stravinsky's Petruschka, "Ballerina Danse"
    • Respighi's Pines of Rome, offstage solo
    • Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2 and No. 3, trumpet calls
    • Mahler's Symphony No. 5, opening call

Final Audition Requirements:

  • Two solo pieces of applicant's choice of contrasting styles, such as the first movement of Kennan's Trumpet Sonata and the second movement of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, "Promenade"
    • Stravinsky's Petruschka, "Ballerina Danse" 
    • Respighi's Pines of Rome, offstage solo
    • Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2 and No. 3, trumpet calls
    • Mahler's  Symphony No. 5, opening call

Screening Requirements:

  • First movement from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4
  • First movement from Strauss' Concerto No. 1
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel, first horn solo (two calls in F)
    • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, second movement solo
    • Brahms' Symphony No. 3, third movement solo

Final Audition Requirements:

  • Strauss' Concerto No. 1, op. 11, beginning to twenty-three measures before letter D
  • Thelonious Monk's Straight No Chaser
  • Excerpts:
    • Paquito D'Rivera's Aires Tropicales for wind quintet, "Contradanza," entire movement
      Oberlin understands that music is an inclusive art form that can be learned, appreciated, and accessed in a variety of different ways. We are providing sheet music for Paquito D’Rivera’s second movement of Aires Tropicales for use in auditions. There is a link below to a recording for immediate reference. Should a vision impaired student need access to an alternate format of this piece, please contact the Office of Conservatory Admissions at conservatory.admissions@oberlin.edu.
    • Nielsen's Wind Quintet, solo: begin ten measures after letter A for eight measures
    • Strauss' Don Juan, begin one measure before letter O to letter P
    • Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, op. 47, first movement, begin three measures after rehearsal #17 to #21

For Straight No Chaser, transpose the part down one step (also known as Horn in Eb) and repeat the entire page once. For the movement from Aires Tropicales, only play the second endings, do not play first endings.

Screening Requirement:

  • One or more pieces of the applicant's choice, totaling approximately ten minutes of playing

Audition Requirements:

  • A Rochut/Bordogni étude of the applicant's choice
  • A contrasting technical étude of the applicant's choice
  • A solo or concerto movement from the standard repertoire
  • Major scales (two octaves where practical) and sight reading may be asked for in the live audition.
  • Orchestra excerpts are welcome, but not required

Screening Requirement:

  • One or more pieces of the applicant's choice, totaling approximately ten minutes of playing

Audition Requirements:

  • A Rochut/Bordogni étude of the applicant's choice
  • A contrasting technical étude of the applicant's choice
  • A solo or concerto movement from the standard repertoire
  • Major scales (two octaves where practical) and sight reading may be asked for in the live audition.
  • Orchestra excerpts are welcome, but not required

Screening Requirements:

  • One étude
  • Wagner's Die Meistersinger Overture
  • One, two-octave scale

Final Audition Requirements:

  • One technical and one lyrical étude
  • One solo piece of applicant's choice
  • Berlioz' La damnation of Faust, "Hungarian March"
  • Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries
  • Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, first movement, begin at rehearsal #3 to eight measures after rehearsal #5
  • Wagner's Die Meistersinger Overture

The Percussion Audition includes all three areas:

 

Marimba, Xylophone

Screening Requirements:

  • One composition, or movement from a composition with four mallets
  • One piece with two mallets, preferably a movement from the Bach sonatas or partitas
  • A variety of major and minor scales and arpeggios

Final Audition Requirements:

  • One composition, or movement from a composition, with four mallets and another with two mallets
  • A variety of major and minor scales

Snare Drum

Screening Requirements:

  • Two études of diverse styles demonstrating musicality as well as technical ability; one, a rudimental solo, and another, such as a classical-style étude

Final Audition Requirements:

  • Two études or compositions of diverse styles demonstrating musicality as well as technical ability

Timpani

Screening Requirement:

  • One composition or movement from a composition or étude, preferably a Delecluse or Hochrainer étude with tuning changes 

Final Audition Requirements:

  • One composition or movement from a composition 
  • Demonstration of tuning ability (Professor Rosen will ask you to match pitches and tune various intervals from given pitches)

Preferably, the compositions should be works written specifically for the instrument, rather than transcriptions. 

Note: If you're having difficulty accessing the percussion instruments required for your screening or final audition recordings, please contact the Office of Conservatory Admissions at conservatory.admissions@oberlin.edu.